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While the gender pay gap persists for all women relative to their white male counterparts, it has long been widest for Latinas, who are paid 46% less than white men and 26% less than white women. One explanation offered for this gap has been that Latinas are more likely to hold low-wage jobs—but research indicates that those pay disparities remain in place among women who are more educated or work in more lucrative industries. READ MORE AT FAST COMPANY

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The fastest growing Hispanic food company in the country, based in Central Texas, is helping empower and support Latino communities across the U.S. This year, Siete Family Foods is awarding a total of $300,000 to Latino-owned food and beverage establishments across the country, marking its biggest distribution to date. READ MORE AT MYSANANTONIO

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The wealth gap between white families and their Black and Latino counterparts has widened by more than $1 million, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on economic and social policy research. White families have a median wealth of $284,310, more than four times that of Latinos ($62,120). Additionally, the analysis found that the wealth gap widens with age — on average, white families accumulate more wealth over their lives than Latino families in the same age group. READ MORE AT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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In 2023, there were more than 9.5 million Latino homeowners in the United States, according to a report by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals®. In other words, about half of Latinos in the U.S. own their homes. In Chicago, that figure stood at around 43% in 2017, nonprofit Prosperity Now reported. READ MORE AT AUSTIN WEEKLY NEWS

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How Latino wealth varies by state


A new report examining Latino wealth in six U.S. states shows that New York — where Puerto Ricans and Dominicans make up the largest Latino ethnic groups — has the highest wealth disparities between Latino and white households. 

The Brookings Metro report shows that white households in New York hold 40 times the wealth of Latino households. That’s a stark contrast to Illinois — home to the smallest Latino-white wealth gap — where white households hold 1.9 times the wealth of Latino households. READ MORE AT LOS ANGELES

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The COVID-19 pandemic significantly increased interest in wearable health-monitoring devices among low-income Hispanic and Latine adults living in the U.S., a new Northwestern University study has found. The study was published today (May 8) in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. While the pandemic highlighted the need for regular health monitoring, these groups often lack access to affordable health care and sometimes distrust existing health systems. Wearables, therefore, could provide a reliable, at-home alternative to traditional in-clinic health monitoring.

But, although interest has increased, several barriers remain that prevent these groups from adopting wearable technologies. According to the researchers, tech companies historically have designed current wearable devices with affluent, predominantly white users in mind. READ MORE AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY NEWS

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Latinos are making their mark in Houston and across the nation economically, according to the latest Metro Latino GDP Report. As of 2021, the Houston metro area is the second largest metropolitan statistical area in Texas. It’s also the fourth largest MSA in the nation by Latino population.

$581 billion - The Texas Latino GDP for 2021 matches the economic output of Michigan.

2.7 times - The Texas Latino GDP grew 2.7 times faster than the Non-Latino GDP from 2018 to 2021.

28.7 percent - Texas’ Latino population saw a growth of 28.7 percent from 2010 to 2021, compared to 12.9 percent for non-Latinos. READ MORE AT CLICK2HOUSTON

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Half of Hispanic adults (50%) reported being very worried about having enough money for retirement, six percentage points higher than the response from the general population, according to LIMRA’s 2023 Insurance Barometer Study, but the owner of a Hispanic-run financial wellness platform says focused engagement with the Latino audience can help.

Approaching 70 million people, or nearly 20% of the U.S. population, Latinos present a significant opportunity for every sector, according to Finhabits’ 2023 “Power in Numbers” report. Yet efforts to capitalize on the wealth potential of this segment, which by the firm’s estimates will grow to $113 trillion by 2050, have so far fallen short. READ MORE AT PLAN ADVISER

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For Hispanic-Latinos, the drive to become financially successful isn’t just about accumulating wealth — rather, it’s driven by a strong feeling of responsibility to support our families and the Hispanic-Latino community. In A Merrill survey. 

Affluent Hispanic-Latinos in the Merrill survey were also four times more likely than the affluent general population to say that planning to assist aging parents financially is their most important financial goal. READ MORE AT ML.COM

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Latinos in Hollywood


US Latinos account for 24 percent of box office ticket sales and 24 percent of streaming subscribers.3 To put this into even sharper contrast, US Latinos see films 3.3 times a year, per capita, compared with 2.9 for Asian-Americans and 2.3 for White Americans.

Yet Latinos hold less than 5 percent of leading on-screen, off-screen, and executive leadership roles in US media. Half of large media companies’ boardrooms include no Latino representation, and overall there is limited progress toward parity. As a result, the many facets of the Latino identity, from the United States and around the world, continue to be unseen or misrepresented on screens. READ MORE AT MCKINSEY & CO

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Hispanic small business owners statistics


In October 2023, the U.S. Department of the Treasury reported that roughly 5 million Latinx-owned businesses operated nationwide. These companies generate over $800 billion in annual revenue with an economic output of $2.8 trillion. 

That report also revealed that this share is growing. In 2021, almost 25 percent of the entrepreneurs behind new business applications were Latinx. And between 2019 and 2023, the share of self-employed Latinx workers across the country grew by 26 percent. READ MORE AT BANKRATE

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Planning your Latino parents' retirement


few years back, my siblings and I began what would turn out to be a long, somewhat arduous conversation: What’s going to happen with Mom? Our mom was getting older, and we needed to start thinking about what her golden years would look like, considering the possibilities that could come with caring for an elderly parent. The entire exercise, thus far, has led to arguments and a sense of straying further from the light. READ MORE AT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Latinos essential to growing STEM workforce


U.S. Latinos are key when it comes the nation’s engineering and technology workforce, according to a new joint report from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC). According to the report, the economic contributions the Latino community makes to the U.S. are immense. The contributions are significant enough that if the national Latino population were its own country, it would have the fifth-largest GDP in the world, $3.2 trillion, despite comprising only 19.1% of the U.S. population. READ MORE AT DIVERSE EDUCATION

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53 Hispanic American-owned banks and credit unions


Hispanic American financial institutions were created to provide services to low-income and minority communities, particularly Hispanic American communities. Historically, Hispanic Americans have been affected by discriminatory lending practices like redlining and experienced limited economic opportunities to build wealth.

Hispanic American banks were founded in areas where minority communities lived. These financial institutions were able to connect with their local communities and fill the banking gap by addressing areas like language and culture. READ MORE AT PERSONAL FINANCE

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Financial services and the tools they provide can be invaluable for economic mobility and wealth building, but many of the benefits have been hard to reach for Latinos, many of whom live with unmet needs. While they represent about 20 percent of the US population and are a growing economic bloc, Latinos have not had access to many of the benefits of financial services. READ MORE AT MCKINSEY & COMPANY

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The total economic output of U.S. Latinos reached $3.2 trillion in 2021, inching closer to Germany's and staying ahead of India. A report shows U.S. Latino buying power and economic output grew by more than 14% despite the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Latino communities.

While the report focused on the overall strength of the U.S. Latino economy, it did not address the massive economic inequalities still facing Hispanics nationwide. READ MORE AT AXIOS

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Financial planning tips for the Latino community


The Hispanic community is taking the U.S. economy by storm. Projections suggest that Latinos will hold $2.6 trillion in purchasing power over the next three years, a growth that outpaces that of non-Hispanic households. Despite these promising statistics, Latino individuals are still behind financially, for a variety of reasons. READ MORE AT MORNINGSTAR

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The United States is a diverse nation of consumers with different wants and needs, backgrounds, opinions, values, and expectations. However, not all voices are always clearly heard, often leading to decision-makers remaining ill-informed. With the holiday season in full swing, here are key insights about U.S. Hispanic consumers regarding holiday shopping and how they compare to the non-Hispanic U.S. population. READ MORE AT CIVIC SCIENCE

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