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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Chip card deadline is here, but not everybody is ready

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US merchants are making the transition to the new payment system, but most aren’t prepared for the switch from magnetic stripes to chips.

Millennials face tough obstacles to buying a home

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Student debt, a lack of savings thanks to hefty rents, and limited housing stock all make it a challenge for younger adults to buy.

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Belmont bank president jets to see the pope – in Cuba

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People have traveled to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis, but Bob Mahoney, the president of Belmont Savings Bank, traveled a bit farther – to Cuba.

Citigroup to shut branches, leave arts realm

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It will end its support of the nonprofit arts center — which operates the Citi Wang Theatre, the Citi Shubert Theatre, and, for a short while longer, the Colonial Theatre.