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LatinaLista — When crowdfunding first arrived in cyberspace about eight years ago, most people saw it as another incarnation of the popular “Pay It Forward” movement. Ordinary people pledging their own money to help out an entrepreneur, assist in developing the next smart-tech invention or support a good cause and actually get something in return, […]


LatinaLista — In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission which said “that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions.” Since that ruling, more money to influence politicians and political election outcomes as been spent […]


By Odysseas Papadimitriou LatinaLista More than 28% of all U.S. households are either unbanked or underbanked, according to a study from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Hispanics are among the consumer cohorts that are most likely to operate outside the traditional banking system. Nearly half of all Hispanic households fit into these categories, […]

By Andres Gutierrez LatinaLista To succeed with money, you need a plan. Better yet, it should be an easy-to-understand plan with a step-by-step process. Good news! I’ve got one for you. I call it the “Baby Steps.” You see, babies aren’t born running. At first, they just absorb their surroundings. Then they begin to crawl […]

By Andres Gutierrez LatinaLista Do you remember how you felt when mama, tía or abuela would say, “Let’s make tamales”? That was never good news for me, because I knew how much work it was. It would involve cleaning the corn husk, kneading the dough, adding chili pepper, mixing in the meat, and cooking forever. […]

By Andres Gutierrez LatinaLista One of my favorite memories as a kid was when my parents took me to the circus. I loved watching the lion show. It was incredible how one man, with nothing but a whip in one hand and a small chair in the other, could control a 500-pound ferocious beast. A […]

LatinaLista — Inequality between women and men still exists in greater degrees in South America than they do anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. A review of any telenovela makes the disparity between the sexes immediately apparent and underscores how social attitudes towards women in South America lag behind those of the United States. As […]

LatinaLista — Hugely disappointing news was released this week regarding just how much the Latino community has suffered from this recession — a drop of 66 percent in household wealth. For too many Latinos, debt has become a way of life. Not because Latinos are big spenders but more because of economic circumstances and because […]

LatinaLista — Even before today’s release by Pew Social & Demographic Trends announcing the freefall in Latino household wealth, it was known that the recession hit Latinos especially hard. Yet, the real story is that it didn’t hit ALL Latinos the same. While the just published statistics are dramatic in showing that median household wealth […]

LatinaLista — The practice of microfinance — loaning low-income entrepreneurs small loans to start or help their businesses along — is not a new concept. In fact, it’s been around, with a lot of success, for several years. Microfinance is especially popular in third-world countries where cash is short, need is long and entrepreneurs abundant. […]