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.

Latest stories

Mass. AG probes Santander for auto lending practices

By , Globe Staff

The state is looking at whether Santander lent to borrowers unlikely to repay the money and sold those loans to Wall Street.

John Hancock buying New York Life retirement division

By Deirdre Fernandes , Globe Staff

As part of its purchase of the retirement planning division, John Hancock expects to offer all 450 New York Life employees positions.

Five things you should know about Brenda Sharton

By , Globe Staff

Sharton, an attorney, helps companies make sure that they have all the right policies and practices in place to protect the consumer information they collect.

Gold is losing its shine for investors

By , Globe Staff

A sharp decline in gold prices — from $1,900 an ounce in 2011 to $1,200 now — has left some companies struggling.