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Brazil makes it easier for foreigners to buy farmland again

The chairmanship of the Agriculture Caucus in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies  aims to turn back the clock on the rules concerning foreign ownership of his country’s farmland. Five years ago, Brazil’s Attorney General Office issued a new interpretation of an old, business-friendly rule that made it harder for foreign companies to buy the country’s…

Are agricultural investment funds a bottomless basket?

Financially, we all remember the date: September 2008. The Sub-prime crisis and everything that’s happened in these 10 years. Global rates fell, the profitability of many businesses went down and various businesses ‘too big to fail‘ finally did also fall. But there was a common denominator in a particular sector. Where there were…

The important role that Brazil has in global agriculture

A report entitled The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018, recently published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), places Brazil as the world’s third biggest exporter of agricultural goods. In the document, FAO warns about the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security on the planet up…

Will real estate agents be replaced by robots?

It’s no longer a question of whether but rather when the real estate industry will be disrupted. Our way of selling and buying houses remains a pain point. California-based investment advisor Ross Gerber summed up what lots of us think when he said, “The real estate industry desperately needs … a transparent, predictable and liquid…

Why are People Choosing to Live and Invest in Latin America?

It is no doubt that the economic balance of the world has moved over the last few years after the U.S.-led credit crunch, which resulted in a worldwide recession. As a consequence, Latin America, led by Brazil and Mexico, is now amongst the strongest economy in the world and their presence on the worldwide stage is growing. There are very…

Warren Buffett prefers Farm Land to buying Gold. You should too.

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  Today the world’s gold stock is about 171,000 metric tons. If all of this gold were melded together, it would form a cube of about 68 feet per side. (Picture it fitting comfortably within a baseball infield.) At $1,198 USD per ounce — gold’s price as I write this — its value would be about $9.6 trillion.…

Don’t Sell, Seduce when advertising!

Emotional ads are processed quite differently by the brain than those that appeal to logic, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics shows that. That might seem like old news to Neuromarketing readers, but the experimental approach was somewhat different than past efforts in this area. Researchers at UCLA had subjects view different…

What Tom is drinking now!! Yerba Mate

Tom a good friend of GTSA from Panama recently visited South America, and started drinking Mate whilst in Argentina which now it has become a regular afternoon delight! Here is his story. There are some Argentine customs we wish we could incorporate into our daily routine—midnight steak dinners followed by five hours of dancing? If only. But yerba mate, the…

Top 10 Factors Affecting a Estancia’s (large farm) Value

The valuation of an Estancia and finding the price per hectare is substantially different than other types of real estate. While residential and commercial real estate prices typically rely on data based upon numerous transactions within a defined market area that can be defined as “comparable sales,” most Estancia sales are not published…

☀ South America Land Prices Review

Free pasture cattle, Uruguay
South America Land Prices Reviewed In the Central American and Andean countries, fertile farmland has never been very abundant, and some of those countries also have restrictions in place regarding larger land holdings by foreigners. Ie Argentina *, Brazil * and Uruguay. * Current policies under review for removal or change. Foreigners have bought large…

11 mistakes a new real estate sales person should avoid making

Anyone starting a new job is bound to make some mistakes along the way. Having said that there are some basic ones not to make. 1. Not choosing the best agency in the speciality you are interested in. Anxious to get their careers off the ground, many newbie agents often make the mistake of not choosing the best agency to work with. From…

Australian Entrepreneurship in Latin America – Growing Commercial Opportunities

Latin America has not traditionally been Australians commercial jurisdiction of choice, with regions such as Asia and Europe taking precedence. However, times are changing, and it seems that there has been a shift in commercial interest towards the large, diverse and often unexploited markets of Latin America.  The growth…

JBS: The Story Behind The World’s Biggest Meat Producer

The story goes that when Wesley Mendonça Batista arrived in Greeley, Colo. in 2007 from Brazil he sported the basic cowboy gear of jeans, boots and hat. He spoke no English and made a point of getting blood on his hands– showing butchers at his newly acquired Swift how to carve out the most dollars’ worth of cuts from a cow’s…

Do wind turbines or solar panels add or subtract from a property value?

Energías Renovables en Argentina
With Solar and Wind Farms now becoming common around the world including South America it might be time to look at other countries experience regarding whether these projects add value to the land when it is sold. For South America, Australia has some compatible data. Solar panel arrays, wind turbines and telecommunications…

“Bitcoineta”, a cryptocurrency awareness program conceived by non-profit organizations, Bitcoin Argentina, and Bitcoin Americana has commenced. The campaign will comprise a minivan boldly donning the bitcoin logo embarking on a road trip across Argentina and Latin America with the goal of spreading knowledge and fostering bitcoin adoption.

“Bitcoineta”, a cryptocurrency awareness program conceived by non-profit organizations, Bitcoin Argentina, and Bitcoin Americana has commenced. The campaign will comprise a minivan boldly donning the bitcoin logo embarking…

China’s Belt and Road has rich potential in Latin america

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) and it is acting as an important driving force for China’s relations with Latin America. What has the initiative achieved in Latin America? How should China deal with the hurdles when implementing BRI in the region? Global Times collected the opinion of four…