Deirdre Fernandes

Fernandes covers banking and insurance for the Globe’s Business section. She has also written about Newton and the western Boston suburbs for GlobeWest. Prior to joining the Globe in 2011, she had worked for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia and papers in North Carolina. She has written about politics, education, public pensions and salaries, and the occasional rogue tomato gardener. She grew up in Sudbury.

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Massachusetts economic growth lags nation in the first part of the year

By , Globe Staff

The Massachusetts economy lost steam in the first three months of this year, lagging behind the nation as a whole, UMass reported.

Mass. unemployment rate rises to 3.6 percent

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The state’s unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6 percent in March as job gains slowed.

Remember quantitative easing? It could make a comeback, says Boston Fed president

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In a speech Wednesday, Eric Rosengren is expected to say that lowering interest rates won’t be enough to deal with the next recession.

Car dealerships take Sunday off

By , Globe Staff

Among the state’s car dealerships, this may be as close to heretical as you can get.