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

Car insurance rates on the rise in Mass.

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The rise comes as insurers recover losses from a harsh winter and an improving economy encourages more driving — and accidents.

Santander expands wealth management services

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Santander is expanding wealth management services to branches in Abington, Andover and Lexington.

West Newton man turns local bank deposits into riches

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Matthews has profited from the belief that mutually owned banks cannot all last. And when they are sold, he stands to earn thousands of dollars.

Seacoast vacation homes hit by higher insurance

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Owners of summer homes on the coast not only are getting hit with higher flood-insurance premiums, but also a $250 annual surcharge.