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Argentina is the top tourist destination in South America

Argentina will  welcome some nearly six million visitors in 2014.  Unlike previous periods most of these tourists ( 75% ) are Latin American with Europeans and North Americans mostly staying away.  Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay being the top sources of visitors. In 2003, just as the country was crawling out of its last economic crisis, almost three million international travellers visited Argentina. Ten years later, the country is on track to welcome a record number of visitors, with the Tourism Ministry…

Foreigners can retire Income Tax Free in Chile

Retire Income Tax Free in Chile! Chile does not impose income tax on foreign pensions or social security of foreigners with residency in Chile. This is in addition to other tax benefits for all new residents of Chile, such as the three year foreign income tax exemption or any dual tax treaties that may exist between Chile and other countries. No income tax on Foreign Pensions and Social Security in Chile! One of the greatest benefits of retiring in Chile even if you are not really near retirement age is the…

Why does Argentina have a dual currency ? The Blue Rate

Is the Blue Market Really a Black Market? In a standard economy, money is money. Whether you carry a briefcase of crisp hundreds into a bank in New York, or a sack filled with small bills into a branch in Nebraska, the deposit to your account will look exactly the same. The commodity (money) has a single value – the amount printed on the bill. Not so in Argentina’s blue dollar market. New hundreds will always command a better exchange rate than old, wilted twenties and tens, which are more of a problem…

Paraguay opens the welcome mat for business

Paraguay has a simple and serious message Backed by rising growth rates and successful capital market deals, Paraguay is telling the world it is very much open for business. After spending some time in Paraguay, business travellers (whose numbers have been increasing in recent months) may be struck by two thoughts. First, the country’s opportunity is considerable: it is blessed with rich farmland and a climate that aids agricultural productivity with an average of 310 days of sunshine per year; it has abundant…

Southern Chile economy is booming

The Southern region of Chile has the most dynamic and fastest-growing economy in the country. Magallanes region in the extreme south of Chile, was the most dynamic of the country’s economy during the third quarter of the year according to the latest release from the local stats office, INE. This contrasts with the rest of the fourteen regions of the country of which six, reported negative growth. The Regional Economic Activity Indicator, Inacer, showed that in the third quarter, the regions of Magallanes,…

Agriculture in Paraguay is building on its core strengths

The production of food commodities is where Paraguay excels. Government plans focus on reducing the impact of volatility on the agricultural industry through the use of technology, improved transport links and increased processing capacity. The Government’s development of country-wide infrastructure projects will not just aid economic diversification – it will also benefit Paraguay’s core economic strength: agricultural production. And while there is consensus within the country about the need to diversify…