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Dakar Rally 2017 in South America: 9,000kms in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina

The Dakar Rally 2017 in South America rally will be raced January 2017 from the 2nd -14th  in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina over nearly 9,000 kms of roads, tracks and dunes, with a stop in high-altitude Boliva. The official presentation and the route details for the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally were unveiled this week at a ceremony in Paris. With the addition of Paraguay, the Dakar will visit the 29th country in its history and the 5th on the South American continent, but as Paraguay makes its entry into…

Global Trust in Sustainable Agriculture is the Next big opportunity – Rabobank

The biggest value creation opportunity for those in the  agricultural sector is to be seen as a globally trusted source of sustainably produced products, says a new Rabobank report on the sector ie Sustainable Agriculture. The Sustainable Returns: Finding the value in Environmental Sustainability the  report says improved environmental practices can deliver an immediate monetary benefit, through price premiums, and long-term strategic advantages. Report author Blake Holgate said many consumers now consider…

Buenos Aires Hot Spots for visitors and locals alike

Buenos Aires has become a ‘bucket list’ destination for the young at heart from all over the world in recent years but the hot spots for visitors and locals alike had not changed much over the past 20 years. However, with the country under a new government, the pulse of the city has increased even more with many new popular spots on offer.  Here are a selection given to me by locals. If  you have enjoyed a great experience in Buenos Aires which is not on the list, please add it in the comments…

A Contemporary Beach House in Uruguay with Unique Characteristics

Located in the middle of a natural reserve with great forest extensions, countryside views and virgin beaches, you’ll find Casa  Calmo, a stunning contemporary beach house. The location is called San Antonio de la Pedrera, 10 min north of La Pedrera (Rocha, Uruguay), a charming little town on the ocean’s edge. It is a young resort with solitary summer houses spread over 4km of an immense forest where pine trees, native trees and spices, vast dunes and virgin and inspiring beaches reign. The force…

Algodon Wines & Luxury Development Group: Riding The Young Argentinian Credit Bull

Argentina: A Young Credit Bull is Born… There are few better times to invest – period but especially in “higher risk” opportunities – than during a “leverage-on” part of the credit cycle. Put simply, very early credit cycle investments have something of a derisking inherent in them by way of credit expansion providing investment multiple expansion (for both real and financial assets) as well as leverage-driven demand of underlying assets (generally driven by inflows of…

Argentina: Successful Tenders in the Renewable Energy round

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The renewable energy tenders scenario in Argentina has taken a significant turn this year. The official website of the government says: “The clean energy industry is today one of the most dynamic in the world, with an average annual growth rate of 36% during the last six years and investments for US$ 257 billion … “ Argentina’s energy matrix comes mostly from fossil fuels like gas and oil – 87%. Until 2010, Argentina had surpluses that allowed it to export gas. Two factors have…

The 10 most important rules for investing in agriculture

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Rule 1. Only invest in countries that are investor-friendly: Agricultural investments require a medium to long-term view. A typical investment in mainstream agriculture will require 70-80% of your investment to go into land. There is no need to add to these risks by going into countries where you put your capital at risk. This rules out most of Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia. Rule 2. Countries with low, preferably no, subsidies for agricultural. Subsidies can be alluring because they can be seen…

Portfolio Investments by non-residents in Argentina

1. Introduction This paper summarises the alternatives and requirements for foreign individuals and companies for making portfolio investments in Argentina. In order to do general business and operate on a regular basis, foreign companies should establish a branch or incorporate a subsidiary, which exceeds the purpose of the document. Foreign investment. The legal regime for foreign investment is governed by the Foreign Investment Act (“Ley de Inversiones Extranjeras”) enacted in 1993. For the purposes…

Peru is still shining amid Latin America woes

The sun is shining on Peru even as dark clouds gather over much of Latin America Peru kicks off a major conference in the capital city of Lima on Thursday and compared to its neighbours Peru is still shining . President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China, among many other world leaders, are attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The event comes just a year after Lima hosted the IMF’s annual meeting. Peru is currently Latin America’s fastest growing country even betting Paraguay’s…

Keys to begin a new business in Argentina

Argentina has become one of the best countries in Latin America to invest in and develop new business startups. Even though it used to have an unstable economy in the past, a new government has focused on changing the financial issues in order to attract more investments. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) describes in a report that Argentina’s activity is dynamic and has a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem formed by high potential entrepreneurs. The independent business sector has considerably grown…

What does Donald Trump’s election victory means for agriculture ?

Some might say a president who gained power with the motto “drain the swamp” might appear a boon for agriculture. But whether he turns out that way will require a more measured tone by Donald Trump when in office than that he voiced to win power. Sure, farmers may well enjoy something of a honeymoon for now from his victory, which is likely to take the dollar on a weaker course, for now, than it would have done had Mr Trump’s Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, won the vote. The greenback fell…

South America – ‘Biggest ever’ freehold land block up for sale

An area of Argentina bigger than the US state of Rhode Island, or the UK county of Kent, has been put up for sale in what is billed as the potentially the largest freehold block of land ever to hit the open market. An unnamed “Group”, which has owned the Estancia Punta del Agua in north-west Argentina since the 1980s, has put the 989,000-acre (375,640 ha more or less) site up for sale in what is billed as offering potential for “added value way beyond the cost of the scheme”. Whilst…

The rise of Corporate Farming

Land is a misunderstood investment. Whether it’s a pension fund or sovereign wealth fund, a private equity fund or a sugar company, investors struggle to understand the best way to invest in agriculture. Bain & Company analysis has identified four approaches that public companies are taking. As we explain in this report, none of the approaches is perfect—each has its own benefits and challenges. Land is fundamentally different from other real asset classes: It is finite. People have been mining…

Sustained development of Paraguay

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The sustained development of Paraguay has been recognised by the International Monetary Fund, which has updated its growth forecast to 3.5% for 2016. In previous months, this figure had already been adjusted upward by other observers, such as BBVA Research. For its part, in anticipation of 2017, the IMF has set a projection of 3.6%. This projection assumes that inflation will be controlled at around 4.1% and that the unemployment rate will continue to decline, from 5.9% this year to 5.5% in 2017. It is important…