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Who Will Win Argentina’s Presidential Election? And Who Will Benefit?

On Nov. 22, Argentines will go to the polls to elect a new president. It’s a watershed moment for the country, as the late Néstor Kirchner and then his wife, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, have held the president’s office for 12 years — long and arduous years for the Argentina people. During their back-to-back…

☭ Nueva Australia in Paraguay was Australia’s experimentation with Communism

Should you ever find yourself in eastern Paraguay, you might encounter a small township called Nueva Australia (New Australia). Therein lies a fascinating tale, known by informed Australians, but I’ve never met a New Zealander familiar with it. Its roots go back to an 1890 bitter Queensland shearers’ strike which…

Olam, Singapore owner of Argentine and Uruguay farms profit slumps

Photo: CEO Sunny Verghese Olam Olam International Ltd., a Singapore commodity trader controlled by the city’s state investment company and owner of considerable land holdings in South America, reported a 30 percent drop in third-quarter profit as sales of food staples declined and subsidiary like New Zealand Farm Systems continued…

China’s slowdown will hurt South America

China’s slowdown will need to be well managed in the major South American economies of Argentina, Brazil and Venuszula or it will mean increased poverty and social unrest. This is the message from the China Business Summit for those willing to listen. Whilst China was booming, populist policies with no accountability and combined high levels of corruption…

Uruguay’s Property Prices show mixed results

After two years of house price falls Uruguay’ property prices still show mixed results. In Montevideo Uruguay’s capital city property market is now showing slow signs of modest improvement. On the other hand luxury resorts like Punta del Este once a haven for undeclared money prices have declined with little demand for anything but prime…

✔ Argentines are the most fluent English-speakers in Latin America

Argentines are the most fluent English-speakers in Latin America according to the EF English Proficiency Index 2015 report — a study that analyzes the State of Worldwide English Proficiency. Globally the country came in 15th place out of the 70 countries that participated in the study, which uses test data from 910,000 adults. Although…