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Harvard’s Endowment writes down huge losses in Brazilian Farmland

As of Q3 2017, Harvard’s endowment was valued at USD 37.1 billion. This ranked Harvard first out of 1,158 ranked university endowments in the United States. In its fiscal year which ended June 30, 2017, Harvard wrote down its natural resources portfolio 28 percent from USD 4 billion to USD 2.9 billion. This USD 1.1 billion write-down – or financial loss – occurred partly from Harvard’s…

Peru expects to export 15% more Hass avocados in 2018

Peru expects to export 10 to 15% more Hass avocados in the 2018 campaign than the 230 thousand tons it dispatched in the 2017 campaign. The president of the Hass Avocado Producers Association of Peru (ProHass), Daniel Bustamante Canny, said the volume dispatched would increase because of the new areas that would enter into production and the…

Falling prices at the beginning of the Chilean nut season

Exponut, is the biggest event of the Chilean walnut industry. It brings together more than 400 producers, exporters, suppliers, investors, and entrepreneurs from the nut sector each year and includes technical and commercial seminars, as well as the largest specialized exhibition in products, services, and machinery for that sector. Exponut…

Chile registers record foreign direct investment in first quarter

InvestChile, the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency, reports the South American country registered direct foreign investment flows of US$ 6,875 million in the first quarter of this year, according to figures published by the Chile Central Bank. The amount, which represents an increase of 167% compared to the same stretch of 2017,…

100,000m2 Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires is one of the largest in the world

The Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) is the largest cultural centre in Latin America and the third largest in the world. It occupies the entire building of the former central post and telegraph office  – one of the city’s most important historic buildings and an outstanding example of French second empire architecture.…

Chinese investment in Latin America

As São Paulo hosts the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2018, it is time to consider China’s important influence on economics and business in the region since the Forum’s last meeting in Brazil, in 2011. With foreign trade worth $4 trillion, China is the world’s most important trading country. Besides the US, it is also the most important trading partner for 100 countries, including…

Chinese start-ups turn to Latin America as new land of tech opportunities

Trend intensifies as Trump continues to insult Mexico ○ Chinese entrepreneurs are embracing opportunities in Latin America while mutual exchanges in technology and innovation increase ○ Some Latin American entrepreneurs are joining China’s competitive start-up landscape as China-Latin American trade grows The golden…

The United Kingdoms view on South America in 2018

Boris Johnson the British Foreign Secretary speaks about his recent trip to Latin America, and the unique opportunities the region presents for the UK. He said never have did he feel such a sense of mystery as he did last week when he gazed at the Pacific from the coast of Latin America – and we looked at each other, as the poet puts it, with a wild surmise. The mystery was what had taken…

LatAm Investor Report May 2018

Argentina’s Progress Report   When Mauricio Macri came to power in late 2015 and promised to fix Argentina’s distorted economy it caught the world’s attention. In the LatAm INVESTOR Argentina Report published in Q2 2016, we described how closed sectors were being opened up for international investors. Two years later we’re back with an update. Macri’s first…

Agribusiness Report Argentina Merger & Acquisitions Activity April 2018

Agri Business Report Argentina Q1-2018 aims to summarize the principal activity in INVESTMENTS and M&A in Argentina for the first quarter of the year. Circulation is managed in a quarterly basis to develop relevant updated information. The investments section includes operations in Ag Finance like corporate bonds or stock…

Algodon Wines and Luxury Development Group, Argentina 1,675 ha Development

Algodon Wines & Luxury Development Group Receives Deed Approvals for Algodon Wine Estates Lots Algodon to Record First Lot Sale Revenues of Approximately $870,000 Algodon Wines & Luxury Development Group, Inc. (OTCQB: VINO), a real estate development brand with luxury lifestyle assets and premium wines in Argentina,…

11 Things I Learned About Investing in Argentina

After completing my studies at the University of Canterbury I wanted the challenge of living and working abroad in a foreign language. With the help of the New Zealand Prime Minister ́s Scholarship and the New Zealand Embassy to Argentina, I undertook a three-month legal internship with Wiener.Soto.Caparrós in Buenos Aires. WSC is a mid-size law…

Construction to Start on the International Tunnel Paso de Agua Negra in 2019

In 2019 it is planned to begin the construction of one of the most important logistics and engineering works in the continent: International Tunnel Paso de Agua Negra, which will connect San Juan with the Coquimbo region in Chile, 365 days a year. The tunnel will be the key core of the Central Bioceanic Corridor (it represents…

Is Brazilian Farmland a Buy ?

In recent years, Brazil has solidified its role as a global agricultural powerhouse. It has become the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, coffee, and sugar, as well as the second largest overall food producer on the planet. Over the past 15 years, Brazil has increased agricultural production by 156 percent with overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from agriculture reaching…

Agribusiness Report Argentina Merger & Acquisitions Activity

Agribusiness Report Argentina Q4-2017 shows a continuous high level of investments and M&A activity in the local market. The country risk rate has fallen almost 23% during 2017 and has ended the year with 350 basic points, showing improved confidence in macroeconomic and political reforms. The last quarter showed most investments directed to the generation…