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Foreign Investors should watch out for America’s new Draconial Regulations

Among a long list of things I never, ever thought I’d see as long as I lived, the US once the Super Power of the World has the developed the all the characteristics of its once Super Adversary the Soviet Union. They now practice domestic no-warrant spying, unreported prisons, and institutionalized torture. Local governments grab attractive private property to build office parks, and Congress passes a bill calling for spending billions on a fence across the southern border to keep other America at home.…

The Argentine Parable – A example of what not to do

A CENTURY ago, when Harrods decided to set up its first overseas emporium, it chose Buenos Aires. In 1914 Argentina stood out as the country of the future. Its economy had grown faster than America’s over the previous four decades. Its GDP per head was higher than Germany’s, France’s or Italy’s. It boasted wonderfully fertile agricultural land, a sunny climate, a new democracy (universal male suffrage was introduced in 1912), an educated population and the world’s most erotic dance. Immigrants tangoed…

The exploding middle class in Latin America is the engine for growth

In the last decade the growth in the middle class in the region has been a key engine of economic growth. Yet, there has been significant variance in the performance of the different countries. Brazil has had a remarkable performance with the middle income class growing from 39% of total population to 50% of total over the last decade. Meanwhile, countries such as Mexico continue to have surprisingly low social mobility and depressed consumer credit penetration. We believe both of these conditions…

New Air Alliance looks to make New Zealand a hub between Asia and South America

Air New Zealand alliance in Asia could help open the door for flying to South America, a region it is a blank on its route map. Analysts at the Capa Centre for Aviation say Air New Zealand is reviewing options for covering South America, now a focus of this country’s tourism push. Commenting on the report, an airline spokeswoman said “South America is an area we’ve been interested in exploring for some time, but the first priority has been to finesse our Southeast Asia and Europe networks.”…

Demographics of Latin America mean the population is not replacing itself

Demographics of Latin America mean the population is not replacing itself Latin America economies generally have favorable demographics relative to global standards. The fertility rate has been on a declining trend over the last few decades, and has now fallen below the world average, but still stands well above the rate of developed economies and the replacement rate of 2.1. There are large variations within the region. Brazil, the most populous country, and wealthy countries such as Chile, Uruguay and…

Brazil is the world largest Soya Bean Producer

Brazil is the world largest Soya Bean Producer Brazil restated its claim to top rank in world soya bean production, downplaying the impact of hot and dry weather, and maintained an upbeat stance on corn output too, despite foreseeing a drop in safrinha sowings. Although Conab, Brazil’s official crop bureau, trimmed its forecast for the domestic soybean crop by 320,000 tonnes to 90.0m tonnes, that was still  enough to promote the country to top producer of the oilseed. “This season, Brazil should…