• Study finds states with largest number of full-time Latina workers suffer from punishing wage gaps

    LatinaLista — Though women have gone into space, enlist in the military, sit on the Supreme Court, head up Fortune 500 companies and have even run for president of the United States, women still get paid less than men for doing the same jobs. Nationally, women overall, are...

  • Exploring Mutual Funds could be a first step in achieving financial peace

    By Andres Gutierrez LatinaLista What is a mutual fund? A mutual fund is simply an account that contains the investments of a group of people. For example, if Hiram invests $100, Kaila invests $50, Andres invests $50, and everybody else invests $100, all of us together have mutually invested in a fund....

  • Latina Cubicle Confidential™: Latinas in Retail — Is Your Employer Hurting Your Future?

    By Dr. Maria G. Hernandez Latina Cubicle Confidential™ The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that a...

  • Quick tips for getting the most from your income — no matter how much money you make

    By Andres Gutierrez LatinaLista How long have you been in the same situation? Is this where you wanted to be 10 years ago? Did you ever say, “When I make this much (money) everything will be so much better”? If you’re making more now, are things really better? Getting to a better...

  • Helping Latinos succeed with money

    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...

  • Zap the microwave mentality and create ‘tamale’ wealth

    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,...

  • Value, Price, and Cost: Three things to know before buying a home

    By Megan Gates LatinaLista Purchasing a home can be a complicated endeavor, making it critical that you do as much research as you can to understand why a home is priced the way it is and whether or not it’s the right home for you. One of the key steps in the...

  • Loss of homes by Latino homeowners signals an erosion of equality in the nation

    LatinaLista — As June, otherwise known as National Homeownership Month, draws to an end so does the American Dream for many Americans, especially Latino and black home owners. RealtyTrac reports that banks took back 54,844 properties last month, up 7 percent from April. This is a discouraging sign in an economy where...

  • College Board releases college resource guide just for undocumented students

    LatinaLista — In one of the strongest signals that the education community supports the DREAM Act — allowing undocumented students, who were brought to the US as children, attend college or enlist in the military and be put on a path to citizenship — the College Board released yesterday a state-specific resource...

  • Taming the Ferocious Budget

    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...

  • Financial advisor tells Latino families — stop living in “crisis mode”

    By Andrés Gutierrez LatinaLista Imagine your child is sick, and the vaccine that would save his life costs $1,000.You have 30 days to come up with the money — but you can’t borrow it. Could you save $1,000 in one month? Of course you could. Why? Priority. For most people, saving money...

  • New report finds CA Latinos experience the most severe rates of underemployment of all races

    LatinaLista — If ever there was doubt of whether or not college/vocational training is worth the expense, here comes the latest in what seems like an avalanche of reports detailing just how imperative higher education/training is for today's worker. The latest report zeroes in on workers in California, yet the report's authors...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Creating special birthday cakes for kids facing adult challenges

    LatinaLista -- For a child, there is only one day all year that is special -- their birthday. But these are tough times and for too many families birthday parties, complete with pretty cakes are just not in the family budget. That's where Sweet Blessings comes in. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, volunteer...

  • Purple purse campaign empowers abused women to take control of their finances

    LatinaLista -- Think of domestic violence and images of women bruised and beaten immediately come to mind. Yet, we know there are other types of abusive behavior that leave women just as beaten down. One type of abuse that doesn't get nearly enough attention is financial abuse. The family's finances are used...

  • Indigent women of Latin America blaze new trails for themselves, their families and countries

    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...

  • New research shows how vital the role of all Latinos is to the US economy

    LatinaLista -- The power of political action committees is fierce. One has only to look at the Tea Party to see what happens when determination sets in to elect only like-minded candidates. That's why news today that a new political action committee was being formed with another laser-specific agenda caught most people...

  • Tuition timeline shows how today’s Latino students less likely to afford college in near future

    LatinaLista -- In keeping with what is developing as a theme for MediaCasts posts so far this week, the issue of Latino college graduation rates remains troubling. According to a March education conference organized by the College Board, there has been only a 2 percent increase in Latino college graduation rates since...

  • Guest Voz: Latino debt deepens with out of control payday lending

    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...

  • ALL Latinos suffer the stigma of low household wealth

    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...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Microfinance loans pair borrowers and donors in partnership to escape poverty

    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...