For many Latino families, average household incomes in the past decade have gone down. Hispanics lost 66 percent of their household wealth following the Great Recession, and unemployment has been high among Latinos. This has resulted in two things. Households have reduced spending, but for big expenditures like mortgages, automobiles and higher education, families have to take on additional debt.
Yet in the area of student loans, and even more so with auto loans, Latino families are still being steered in many cases toward riskier and even predatory loans, according to a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending.