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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Needham Bank gets a new executive

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Former big-bank executive Joe Campanelli, who ran Sovereign Bank for several years, will be taking charge of Needham Bank in January.

New England firms struggle with hiring, according to Fed report

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Staffing firms said legal, marketing, and medical assistant positions were particularly hard to fill, according to the Federal Reserve report.

Retirement account reforms may be under threat with new administration

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The biggest shake-up of the retirement industry in four decades is set to take place in April.

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For businesses that still have pensions, they’re a golden lure

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The 401 (k) has largely replaced them, but these old-school benefits make for an increasingly attractive benefit today.