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Wall Street investors again buying up farmland

For farmers gearing up to harvest millions of acres of land this fall in the face of low commodity prices, the rows of corn, soybeans and other crops have long been viewed as key to their survival. But increasingly those same acres are drawing the attention of Wall Street investors looking to tap into those fields for profit. Investors have turned…

Wall Street Journal very negative re Argentina’s economy

Argentina’s economy is headed for another collapse no matter what the outcome of October’s complex presidential race, according to a Wall Street Journal editorial. WSJ’s Mary Anastasia O’Grady writes: “Argentina is headed for another collapse. The test for the next president will be how to juggle the economic adjustment while restoring institutional credibility and…

The Leading Countries In Grains Trade – Or, Why Argentina Is Still ‘The World’s Barn’

The Leading Countries In Grains Trade: A recent report issued by the “Bolsa de Comercio de Rosario” ranks countries according to their position in the global trade of grains, oils and sub products. According to the ranking, Argentina has the largest relative participation. Estimates suggest the global production of grains surpassed 3 billion tonnes in the 2014-2015…

Enforcing Contracts in South America ?

Enforcing Contracts in South America? The Enforcing Contracts topic assesses the efficiency of the judicial system by following the evolution of a commercial sale dispute over the quality of goods and tracking the time, cost and number of procedures involved from the moment the plaintiff files the lawsuit until payment is received. The most recent round of…

Reasons for success or failure in the real estate industry

Reasons for success or failure in the real estate industry Unless you are fully committed to real estate as a profession and have a solid business plan, you will have trouble finding success anywhere. Here I have outlined five situations that can bring down your career — and how to avoid them. Over the past twenty-five years, I have had…

Argentine bonds buoyed by political hopes of Change

Argentine bonds buoyed by political hopes of Change It is sometimes said that the world has four types of economy: developed, developing, Japan’s and Argentina’s — because of a seeming South American economic exceptionalism becoming apparent again. China’s economy is slowing. Investors have dumped emerging market assets. In Latin America,…

Mendoza, Argentina – One of the most exciting wine regions in the Southern Hemisphere

On the eastern side of the Andes, in the region of stunning foothills and high plains, is Argentina’s ‘Napa Valley’. The Uco Valley, in Mendoza, Argentina has rapidly become one of the most talked about and exciting wine regions in the southern hemisphere. Originally created as a stopping point in the crossing of the Andes on the commercial route from Río de la Plata to…

Buenos Aires once again voted the top South American city to study in.

Buenos Aires has come out on top for the best South American city to study in. For those who are students, it is now the most recommended city, for the second year running. Paris comes out in top being the best place and in third place is London in front of Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Zurich according to the annual ranking set out by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd). In the top ten…

How did the New Zealand Milk Exporter Fonterra lose its way

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Created in 2001, Fonterra was heralded as a ‘breakthrough idea’ meant to help New Zealand ‘catch the knowledge wave’. 14 years on, there’s been no economic transformation, writes Tony Baldwin. Fonterra is confined to segments of business that deliver a return on assets of no more than 5-8%, making it a ‘bottom-feeder’. “Potentially…

Can Argentines save Argentina ?

Despite continued crisis, scandal, and nationwide pessimism, Iván Petrella still believes the answer is “Yes.” Can Argentines save Argentina ? Just a few years ago, forty-something Argentines academic Ivan Petrella was the envy of many of his countrymen. Living in Miami Florida with degrees from Georgetown and Harvard on his resume, he was a respected philosophy…

Hass Avocado exports up 12,000 % over 14 years

According to Sierra Exportadora, the value of Peruvian Hass Avocado exports has increased by 12,000% over the past 14 years, from $2,480,000 dollars in the year 2000 to $305,533,000 dollars in 2014. The Chief Executive of Sierra Exportadora, Alfonso Velasquez Tuesta, said Peru had to take advantage of the agro-ecological characteristics of the inter-Andean valleys in the country,…

Pensions Funds See Growth in Farm Investments

Farmland is attracting growing interest from Pensions Funds, hedge funds and even mom-and-pop investors as they seek to diversify assets and capitalise on an agriculture industry slump that has pushed down land prices in some regions. Financial services giant TIAA-CREF said Tuesday it has raised $3 billion for its second global farmland investment partnership,…

Paraguay assumes Mercosur presidency

In July 17th the Paraguayan president, Horacio Cartes, assumed the rotating role of presidency of the Mercado Común del Sur (Mercosur, the Southern Cone customs union) at the trade bloc’s 48th summit in the Brazilian capital, Brasília. Analysis Mr Cartes received the post from the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, who had occupied the role for…

Retail eCommerce sales near USD $ 50 Billion in Latin America

Retail eCommerce sales in Latin America are growing at a rapid pace, according to eMarketer estimates. Based on the latest figures for total and digital retail around the world, eCommerce sales in the region will reach nearly USD$50 billion this year, an increase of 23.9%. Nearly USD $20 billion in sales will come from Brazil alone, where…

Analysis: Foreign Direct Investment in Chile – On the OECD path

In response to the changes underway in Chile, and the subsequent need for improved tools and skills for attracting foreign capital, on 16 June President Michelle Bachelet enacted the new Framework Act for Foreign Direct Investment, thereby replacing the previous legal instrument, Decree Law 600, dating from 1974. Chile is an attractive…