South American Real Estate News
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Behind an expat’s wine startup success in Argentina

Vines of Mendoza managed to overcome the pangs of the global financial crisis and Argentina’s inflation woes by keeping a close eye on costs and cutting deals whenever possible. By Ian Mount @Fortune Language and cultural differences make it hard to be an expat entrepreneur under any circumstances. It’s doubly hard if the main market for your product plunges into a wrenching economic crisis. And it’s even more difficult if your costs are in a country that suffers incredibly high inflation.…

Chile, Brazil and Uruguay among the world’s leading exporters of wood chips

Wood chip exports from Latin America are on track to reach a record high of almost eight million tons in 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. This would be an increase of 7% from last year and of almost 60% higher than in 2006. Chile is by far the biggest exporter, accounting for two-thirds of the total shipments from the continent, while Brazil and Uruguay both account for about 16% each. In 2011, Chile was the world’s second largest supplier of hardwood chips after Vietnam. Latin America’s hardwood…

Chile the most globalized economy in Latin America, says report

Chile has emerged as the most globalized economy in Latin America and moved up to 25th place in the world, according to global consulting firm Ernst & Young. Chile is among the countries to improve their position despite global economic uncertainty, the firm’s annual Globalization Index found. By Payton Guion @The Santiago Times “Unlike other countries, the policies of Chilean governments have promoted openness in times of turbulence, taking the sufficient precautions so the economic turmoil does not…

South American timber and wood products poised for growth

Global trade of wood products has gone up substantially the past two years. Hardwood chip export from Chile, Uruguay and Brail was up 43 percent in 2011 compared to 2009, as reported by the Wood Resource Quarterly. A clear majority of the increase was Eucalyptus chips destined for pulp mills in Japan and Europe. Wood chip exports from South America are on track to reach a record high of almost eight million tons in 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. This would be an increase of seven percent from last…

Should you invest in Brazil?

By Dominic Frisby @ MoneyWeek I’ve just spent a very pleasant fortnight in Brazil. It’s a wonderful country. But should we be investing there? The first thing that struck me about Brazil its sheer abundance. It’s the fifth-biggest country in the world. It has 20% of the world’s fresh water supply and just 3% of its population. (China has over 20% of the world’s population and about 6% of its fresh water). #adp02 It has the highest number of species of primates, amphibians and plants…

South America Spawns Its Own ‘Malibu’

The skyscraper horizon of Punta del Este in the distance feels miles away in the Uruguayan beach town of Manantiales, where a booming luxury market of million-dollar condos and forthcoming luxury hotel has elevated a beach town to global glitterati status — making it suddenly the Malibu of South America. By Michael Martin @MainStreet Moneyed Punta del Este has increasingly moved more and more north in recent years, looking to evade the skyscrapers of downtown for more exclusive enclaves such as La Barra…

Chilean per capita meat consumption has doubled in the last two decades

In the last two decades Chileans consumption of different meats has doubled according to data from the Agriculture Policy and Studies Office, ODEPA, released this week. From the 39.6 kilos of 1991, meats consumption soared in 2011 to 84.2 kilos on average, and not taking into account fish and sea food. If the 28 years since meats’ consumption stats were first recorded is taken into account, beef has soared 50% since 1986, from 14.7 to 21.7 kilos in 2011, while pork has jumped four fold from 6.1 kilos to 25.7…

HSBC has released a report predicting the rise and fall of the world’s economies in the next 40 years.

The global research department of HSBC has released a report predicting the rise and fall of the world’s economies in the next 40 years. The world’s top economy in 2050 will be China, followed by the United States. No surprises there – since China’s reforms in the 1980s, economists have said it’s not a question of if, but when, China’s collective economic might will top the U.S. #adp02 But among the smaller, developing nations, there are several surprises by HSBC prognosticators:But among the smaller,…

The untold story of the Mavinas ( aka Falklands ) war in 1987

Malvinas War – The Untold Story (1987) Five years after the war in the Malvinas between Britain and Argentina, many facts were still wrapped in red tape. Many of the key figures had remained silent. No-one had been to Argentina to tell the other side of the story. For the majority of the British people, the war was another glorious chapter in their history. With flags waving and bands playing, British troops had sailed away to repel the invaders. Patriotic emotions were stirred as they returned victorious.…

Why I’m backing Argentina: top EMD manager reveals all

by Chris Sloley @CitywireGlobal #adp02 Pioneer’s leading bond manager Yerlan Syzdykov is backing Argentina to rise as an emerging market bond powerhouse despite it being viewed as a country ‘people love to hate’. #adp02 Syzdykov, who manages the Pioneer Funds Emerging Markets Bond portfolio, revealed why the South American country is his favoured investment pick despite it still being seeen as tainted by its 2002 default. Over the past three years, Syzdykov has returned 103.9% in the emerging bond space,…

Paraguay enhances measures against FMD

Paraguay veterinary services concluded Monday midday the termination of 168 livestock mostly belonging to a farm where an outbreak of foot and mouth disease was confirmed 2 January in the county of San Pedro to the centre north of the country. According to the Animal health and food quality Service, Senacsa, 154 cattle from the “Nazareth” farm were sacrificed together with another nine and two hogs from neighbouring paddocks Livestock were terminated with the so called ‘sanitary rifle’, manned by the…

Argentina expands railroad network as economy grows

Argentina is expanding its railroad network to cope with increasing demands for its growing export sector plus expectations of a boost in transit trade from landlocked Paraguay and regional commerce. Swedish contractor Skanska is the latest international player in the expansion plans. Skanska said it will build a railway extension from the province of Neuquen to the Port of Bahia Blanca near Buenos Aires in a deal estimated at $134 million. Neuquen city is an important agricultural center irrigated by the Limay…

Brazil’s answer to destructive farming in Amazon

Never seen without his cowboy hat, Mauro Lucio listens to country music as he drives his pickup truck around Paragominas municipality in Brazil’s Amazonian cattle-raising state of Pará while recounting tales of a misspent youth on the rodeo circuit. But his droll nature belies his central role in a movement that could transform ranching in Brazil, the world’s largest beef exporter, and with it the global meat industry. He is proving that the Amazon can be one of the most productive areas in the world for…