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Should Latin America set aside outdated ideological prejudices, and insert itself in the global knowledge economy ?

Economists have been predicting for several months that Latin America will have a so-so year in 2015, but new projections from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund suggest that it may be worse than originally expected. That’s bad news, because economic forecasts from…

Argentina’s Once Vibrant Wine Industry Is On The Verge Of Collapse

Argentina’s Once Vibrant Wine Industry Is On The Verge Of Collapse In the city of Mendoza, the continent’s wine capital, a group consisting of over 5,000 growers, winemakers, and vineyard employees packed the city streets with tractors, poured wine on the steps of city hall, and chanted and waved signs with the aim of stopping…

Did you miss seeing the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas ?

In January, the big story in tech is always the Consumers Electronics Show  (CES), which is held in Las Vegas and just wrapped up on January 9. CES is where manufacturers roll out the gadgets and gizmos they’ll be releasing in the near (or sometimes far) future. It’s the biggest commercial gathering in the world, spread across a dozen different halls, with 3,600 exhibiting companies commandeering 2.2 million square feet of floor space in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center and other venues.…

Why buy farm land in Chile ?

We have written before at length before why investments in agriculture seem like the no-brainer given the fundamentals of supply and demand. Owning farmland can be comparable to owning physical gold. Thus you should buy as much of it as you can if the price is right. Farm soils in Chile are incredibly fertile.  Highly productive farmland runs anywhere between $8,000 and $12,000 USD per hectare. By comparison farmland in New Zealand  can cost $40,000 to $60,000 per hectare for similar quality. What’s more,…

Residential Rents in Buenos Aires are soaring as landlords seek to stay ahead of inflation

Residential Rents in Buenos Aires Renting a house or an apartment this year will be between 25%  and 30% more expensive. Locate experts and real estate brokers estate agree that the determining factor is inflation. “Rents increased between November 2013 and March 2014, 28.5 percent; so today, if new residential rents are line with this trend continues, the increases for 2015 will could well exceed 30 percent with semiannual adjustments of 15 percent plus. Besides inflation, Germán Gómez Picasso, co-founder…

Has a financially desperate Argentina sold its soul to China ?

Experts warn preliminary agreement violates local legislation by including a clause transfer Chinese manpower for infrastructure works An investment and infrastructure works deal with China that passed the Argentine Senate in the embers of last year overrides local laws, is shrouded in secrecy, fosters lack of transparency, and will have…