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

Congress looking into John Hancock’s long-term care increases for federal employees

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John Hancock Financial is drawing fire from Congress over the steep rate increases to its long-term care insurance policies for federal employees.

Can artificial intelligence guide stock picks?

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A Boston-based firm hopes to bring the same technology behind Netflix’s personalized recommendations to financial services.

Second-largest private student lender to pay $4 million over its unfair practices

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Wells Fargo & Co. will have to pay a fine after regulators found the at the bank engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in its student loan business.

The difficult task of qualifying for student loan refinancing

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Only would-be borrowers with high-paying jobs, stellar credit history, and the ability to tap parents as cosigners usually clear the bar.