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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.

Latest stories

This is the fastest-growing segment of borrowers burdened by student loans

By , Globe Staff

Since 2005 the number of consumers over age 60 with college debt has quadrupled to 2.8 million.

Rates jumping for long-term care insurance

By , Globe Staff

The Mass. Division of Insurance has negotiated rate increases of up to 40 percent spread over four years with more than a dozen companies.

Mass. ends 2016 with lowest unemployment rate in 16 years

By , Globe Staff

The state’s jobless rate dropped to 2.8 percent in December.

Massachusetts gets $12 million in national housing crisis-era settlement with Moody’s

By , Globe Staff

Massachusetts will receive $12 million as part of a nationwide settlement between the US Department of Justice and Moody’s Investors Service Inc., over allegations that the credit-rating agency misled investors about the quality of some mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the housing crisis.