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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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Largest US banks all pass latest round of Fed ‘stress tests’

, Globe staff and wire reports

The nation’s 31 largest banks could all withstand a severe US and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve said.

In ads, punctuation can make a point

By , Globe Staff

When it comes to advertising and urging people to buy a product, is it more effective for a company to make a statement or raise a question?

Two Massachusetts credit unions to merge

By , Globe Staff

One of the state’s oldest credit unions, Boston-based Industrial Credit Union, will merge with Webster First Federal Credit Union, the financial institutions announced on Tuesday.

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Advice from your neighborhood banker

By , Globe Staff

Every few weeks, Bob Mahoney, chief executive of Belmont Savings Bank, will post a video on YouTube or his bank’s website, offering a dose of folksy wisdom.