South American Real Estate News
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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…

Latin America has bright prospects but needs more foreign Investment

Latin America has bright prospects but needs more foreign Investment Latin America will continue to benefit from favorable demographics compared to much of the world. The growth rate of the adult population is slowing, but it will be higher than the global rate expected for 2020 and life expectancy is now nearly 75, against 76 in Europe, 79 in the US and 70 globally. The region’s education standards are improving. Mean years of schooling for adults in the region is now 7.8 years, against 7.4 years globally.…

Buenos Aires ….High on “LGBT” Bucket List

Buenos Aires….High on “LGBT” Bucket List Buenos Aires, often called the “gay mecca of Latin America”, has so much to offer the LGBT community.  To begin with, Argentina is, for the fourth consecutive year, one of the world’s preferred destinations for high-flying gay travelers. Argentina can also boast being the most advanced country regarding same sex marriage being the first country in Latin America (10th in the world) to legalize civil unions of same sex couples and to guarantee the spouses…

The World’s Hottest Vineyard Property is published here

The World’s Hottest Vineyard Property is published here Which wine regions have seen the biggest price rises over the past year, and what exactly can you get for your money? Mendoza seems to have been the place to buy a “lifestyle” vineyard in 2013, with demand pushing prices up by 25 percent, according to the latest Global Vineyard Index from property consultants Knight Frank. According to the report, the average price of the world’s vineyards increased by 6.8 percent in the year to June…

South America as a whole has had unprecedented economic progress in recent decades

Taking a specific period to analyze markets, economic progress ,economies or countries is always risky. Yet, when trying to understand the recent evolution of Latin America, we feel that the last 20 years have been a crucial period as they represent the most radical change in the political, macro and social structures of Latin America in the last two centuries. Throughout its history Latin America has been subject to economic fluctuations primarily linked to commodity prices (Figure 1). Only in the early…

20 years of Progress in Latin America Countries meant some are catching up with the rest of the world

20 years of Progress in Latin America Countries                   The 20-years view: Two decades of progress over the last two decades, Latin America has made significant progress in bridging the economic and social gap with more advanced economies. there has been significant improvement in living standards. 20 years ago, latin american countries were approximately somewhere in the middle on the United nations’ human Development index, whereas today the region…

A positive change to the law effecting Lobby Groups has taken place in Chile

A positive change to the law effecting Lobby Groups has taken place in Chile Finally after ten years of lobbying, the lobbyists themselves in Chile are going to be regulated. Lobby of people in power goes on in all the world with excesses in large and small countries. The USA ( farm, military and oil interests ) New Zealand ( farm and indigenous interests ) with the end results are all well-known. However Chile is joining an elite club of a few countries that will regulate this at times corrupt and distasteful…

Buenos Aires’ Historical Promenade: Avenida de Mayo

Walking down Avenida De Mayo you will be in awe of the many architectural treasures reflecting the glory days of Buenos Aires in the early 1900’s.  Being the main thoroughfare between the two governmental buildings of the Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo and the Argentine Congress in the Plaza de Congreso, the infamous Avenida de Mayo is often compared with La Gran Via in Madrid. London City Cafe depicts the architectural style of the early 1900’s.   It has also been likened to Paris or Barcelona…

Rising Milk demand from China and increasing food safety concerns from New Zealand its major supplier open up opportunities for South America

Rising Milk The worlds largest dairy exporters New Zealand company  Fonterra is calling for improved lab-testing, saying the Government owned Environmental Science & Research laboratories in New Zealand  lacked the capacity to identify an E.coli bacterium in cream. This comes as a French company sues the dairy giant for $500 million, China looks to buy its milk from Germany and South America. Are these food safety issues an opportunity for South America to increase their exports to China ? Worried…