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A Closer Look Into the Finances of Hispanic American Households

Morningstar set out to better understand the extent of the U.S. racial wealth gap and its underlying causes. Our goal is to better inform ourselves and others in the field and to help work toward solutions to close the racial wealth gap. In this paper, we look specifically at the current state of savings for Hispanic households.

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Samantha Lamas

Senior Behavioral Researcher
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Samantha Lamas is a behavioral researcher at Morningstar. She is a recipient of the Montgomery-Warschauer Award for her research in financial planning.

Lamas' research focuses on investor engagement and the factors that drive people's decision-making about investing and money. Her work delves into how people think about their financial goals, what they look for when seeking financial advice, and what kinds of mental shortcuts people use when making decisions about their personal finances.

Lamas joined Morningstar in 2016 as a product consultant working directly with the individual investor and advisor audience segments before moving into a research role.

Lamas holds a bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in finance from Dominican University. Follow Lamas on Twitter at @SamanthaLamas4 and on LinkedIn.

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Michael Thompson

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