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The Best Place To Buy Agricultural Land Is In South American

Long-time subscribers know that I’m unabashedly bullish on South American agriculture. The supply and demand fundamentals for food speak for themselves, but let’s briefly review: On the demand side: 1) World population isn’t getting any smaller for now. Even some of the most Malthusian models show a continued rise in global population for the next few decades until peak resources and economic conditions begin to thin the herd. In the meantime, demand for basic sustenance will continue to rise. 2)…

KMPG’S Indirect Tax Guide to South America

KMPG’S Indirect Tax Guide to South America has been updated Here is a very informative indirect tax guide to doing Real Estate  business in Latin America done by KMPG. Always seek to quantify and qualify if there have been any recent changes.  (  believe me, there will have been ) (Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) About Gateway to South AmericaGateway to South America is an independent Brokerage and Advisory company committed to helping foreign investors to invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay,…

How To Obtain Residency and Citizenship in Uruguay

Figures released by the Uruguayan Immigration Office show that in 2012 over 5000 applications were filed for residence, but at the same time only 2400 applications were granted. This goes a long way to explaining why the time taken to obtain residence in Uruguay has shot up from 6 months only 2-3 years ago to around 24 months now. Since 2008 the number of applications filed has increased from just over 2000 to over 5000 i.e. 150 %. At the same time the number of employees assigned to residency applications…

In Chile, Indigenous Groups Push Back developments slowing growth

Negotiations with Indigenous Groups as well as mounting environmental awareness by the general public have slowed or blocked more than $20 billion US in power stations, gold and copper mines, and transmission lines, according to company statements and a study by Matias Abogabir, head of indigenous affairs during former President Sebastián Piñera’s administration.(Abogabir now advises companies on indigenous relations.) After a decade-long copper boom that made Chile the richest country in Latin America,…

Economic Snapshot of Latin America

(This article was written by Focus Economics and was published on December 9, 2014) Economic Snapshot of Latin America More complete data showed that growth in most Latin American economies bottomed out in the second quarter and that it is picking up slowly in the second half of the year. In the third quarter, the regional GDP estimate (excluding Venezuela which hasn’t yet published GDP figures for 2014) showed that the economy grew 0.7% year-on-year, which came in slightly above the 0.6% expansion observed…

Income gap shrinks in Chile, for better or worse

(This article was written by Eduardo Porter and was published in The New York Times on December 2, 2014) Chile is a stellar performer by almost any standard. Income per person has grown fourfold over the last quarter-century. Today,many Chileans, rightly, see their nation as within shouting range of the advanced industrial world. Yet for all its economic success, the shanties sprawling outside of town are a sharp reminder that Chile has still not shaken the curse that has plagued Latin America for centuries:…