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Brazils debt crisis hits the private sector

Brazils debt crisis has hit the private sector. Brazilian companies are now so seriously indebted with their revenue falling, because of a serious economic recession, that some might call a depression, that they have lost the ability to honor their commitments. Almost half (49%) of the larger companies in the country have cash generation that is not even enough to pay their interest debts which is a serious scenario, explaining the large increase in defaults,  renegotiations with creditors and an escalation…

Argentina’s latest nature reserve takes form in the Iberá wetlands

For decades, retail moguls Kris and the late Douglas Tompkins bought up huge swaths of South American wilderness in hopes of preserving ancient forests and the creatures that live in them and doing so have created Argentina’s latest nature reserve. Now, nearly a year after her husband’s death, Kris, who spent 17 years as chief executive at the outdoor apparel maker Patagonia, is donating enough land to help create what will become Argentina’s largest nature preserve. The donation is part of an ambitious…

Argentina’s future is under the spotlight by new investors looking for change

Argentina’s future is in the spotlight by investors. For more than a decade, Argentina was a financial pariah. It had more commercial disputes in the Hague than all the other countries put together.  A long-running dispute with a Vulture Funds which purchased some of its defaulted debt left it shut out of global credit markets and shattered its reputation as a safe place for business. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of this action the earlier Kirchner Government had negotiated this agreement and…

Air travel between Argentina and Brazil shows signs of strong recovery

Air Travel between Argentina and Brazil the two largest Mercosur members is showing signs of strong recovery. After years of cutting costs amid falling demand, one of Brazil’s biggest airlines, Gol — which is partnered with Argentina’s state-owned Aerolíneas — says the number of extra flights this summer is expected to double compared to the 2015-2016 season. And it is Argentines who are leading the way, with the country’s travellers to Brazil outnumbering the Brazilians visiting Argentina for the…

Is Argentina Latin America’s Startup Hub?

Last week in Buenos Aires a mini Davis was held with nearly 2,000 of the world’s top business leaders in town to hear what the Argentine government has to offer new investors and along with this, their program to attract technology companies to Argentina as a Startup Hub. Last Thursday the CEO’s with elegant ties and smart suits, were replaced by younger faces with longer hair and designers jeans. The point: to prove that Argentina is not only a country with numerous investment opportunities,…

Understanding Paraguay’s Chaco Soils

The Chaco region of Paraguay is becoming one of the most popular locations for investors looking to buy development properties but you need to understand the soils. Soils of the Chaco “Soils are formed principally from fluvial deposits based on transported material from the rivers … In addition to the predominantly flat topography, the scarcity of rain results in an arid zone that experiences frequent dust storms and extremely high temperatures. The soil evolved over deep sedimentary deposits that…