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

Santander to pay $26m to settle subprime auto-loan case

By , Globe Staff

The money will settle allegations that Santander provided unfair, high-interest loans to car buyers and mislead investors about the ability of borrowers to repay them.

New rules for long-term care insurance would not cap rate hikes

By , Globe Staff

Regulators would increase oversight of the policies, but wouldn’t limit price increases.

Santander to boost auto loan controls

By , Globe Staff

The bank’s subprime auto-lending unit continues to fall short of state and federal consumer protection laws, the Federal Reserve said.

Unemployment rate ticks up to 3.4 percent in Mass.

By , Globe Staff

Massachusetts employers added 10,100 jobs in February, with the largest gains coming in the state’s stalwart industries.