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Tiny Uruguay outshines it’s neighbour Argentina with increased Investment

BY VINOD SREEHARSHA McClatchy Newspapers SAO PAULO, BRAZIL — For decades, Argentina treated its neighbor to the east, tiny Uruguay, as little more than a colonial outpost. In the eyes of much of the world, it endured a fate perhaps even worse: near-total obscurity. But the long-overlooked South American nation, which lacks Argentina’s flair for political melodrama and Brazil’s clout and ambition, finally is emerging from their shadows, becoming a darling among investors and even a model for…

Brazil retains its investor appeal due to stable Government Policies

A stable economy, a burgeoning domestic market and huge untapped reserves of natural resources have led foreign investors to become increasingly interested in Brazil as an investment destination although there are challenges to sustaining this attractiveness according to Ernst & Young’s first annual Brazilian Attractiveness Survey. The survey combines an analysis of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Brazil since 2007 with a survey of 250 global executives on their views on Brazil as a potential…

There is not enough farmland to feed the world

ABC By Lucy Barbour If you thought finding enough food to feed the world was a big problem, think again. An American agribusiness adviser the real issue is finding enough farmland to produce it. Philippe de Laperouse is the managing director of HighQuest Partners in St. Louis in the United States. He says the rising demand for high protein food from developing countries is putting pressure on production. “We’ve made some estimates where we think that anywhere between 65-80 million hectares of additional…

The Greening of of Uruguay – First of 500 Electric Buses Arrriving

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Jul 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jose Mujica, President of Uruguay, BYD, CTS and Buquebus officials signed a contract yesterday to begin bringing electric buses into Uruguay. “I am very pleased that Uruguay will have this environmental-friendly bus and new technology. I am looking forward to seeing electric vehicle technology in this country as we are very devoted to the protection of the environment,” said President Mujica. Mr. Juan Carlos Lopez Mena, President of Buquebus,…

Snow is coming to Uco Valley in Mendoza – Heart of Argentina’s wine region

The Vines’ Chief Agronomist Francisco Evangelista sees the white powder on our vines he is ecstatic. Evangelista explained the importance of Snow . “It’s best for vines to go through very defined seasonal changes. A very cold winter and very hot summer. The cold winter forces a hormonal change in the vine to move all of its nutrients to the trunk. Those nutrients become stored energy that will help new shoots and buds flourish in the spring. This cold weather will eventually result in a lot of growth.”…

Chile and Brazil lead the Global Innovation index in the region

An international study released this week ranked Chile first among Latin American countries on the Global Innovation Index (GII), though Chile received mediocre scores in the area of education. The study, released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an international business school, and INSEAD, a research institution, ranked Chile 39th overall, one spot below its ranking last year. “Chile shows strengths across the board, with the notable exception of human capital and research,’”…

$10m Argentine farming deal being mulled over in a Argentina by Chinese Investors

Chongqing Grain Group Co Ltd, one of China’s largest State-owned grain companies, is in talks with Molino Canuelas SA, a major agribusiness group in Argentina, about joint investments totalling $10 million in a soybean farm and dairy farms in the South American country. This marks the beginning of a series of plans the Chinese group is about to carry out in Argentina. It also follows its investment in a soybean production base in Brazil last year, as it steps up its effort to meet the country’s…

The Benefits of using Social Media Marketing in Real Estate

One of the most powerful tools to use but also the most expensive to operate is a company blog which is why so few small real estate companies can afford to use them. They take considerable time researching material for posts and the cost of quality journalists is not cheap.  However they do produce better results than Facebook and Linkedin, Twitter etc. To be effective you have to have a co-ordinated plan using all of the tools available. Facebook should not be your  focus unless you are selling to…

Now is the time to be scouring the Market for good investments to protect your future

Now is the time to be scouring the Market for good investments to protect your future As we get older, it seems the hands of time are ticking faster. Every day that passes translates to one less day we have to fulfil our dreams. This is a realistic statement that begs the question: “What do we want to do with the rest of the time we have left on the planet?” For me, it’s easier to state what I don’t want to do and there is a list of behaviours and people I want to avoid: People who can’t make […]

Two Spectacular Photos which personify Buenos Aires City

Two Spectacular Photos which personify Buenos Aires City EL PUENTE DE LA MUJER El lugar. Se trata de la primera obra del arquitecto e ingeniero valenciano Santiago Calatrava que se construyó en América latina. Se realizó íntegramente en España y fue trasladada a Buenos Aires dividida en partes durante varios viajes. Inaugurada en diciembre de 2001, forma parte del conjunto del listado de “imperdibles” que la Ciudad recomienda visitar a los turistas. Curiosidades. Su estructura, refinada y sensual,…

European companies find that the US funds have bought debts at a discount

Several European countries are arguing their testing time since the second world war with the combination of government austerity, economic growth and organized banking stresses. The largest companies of the continent seem flexible to the disorder and confusion. The lenders who are enthusiastic want to finance the valuable blue-chip customers. The bond investors who want to run away from the risks lurking in the debt markets have heaped into high-grade bonds. These bond investors can opt for debt settlement…

Doing Business in South America – Country Winners and Losers

Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. Where do the region’s…

The Estrugamou in Buenos Aires – The Pinnacle of French Classical Architecture

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On the corner of Juncal and Esmeralda streets, in the Retiro neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, sits a stately and imposing relic of an era of French architecture in Buenos Aires, a city often dubbed the “Paris of South America.” The residential Estrugamou Building, or Edificio Estrugamou, resembles an aristocratic French mansion, with its chimneys, mansard roof, cornices and three-story classical columns. The first wave of French architects came to Argentina in the 1820s, shortly after independence from Spain…

Latin America holds 42% of the world’s agriculture expansion potential

Source MercoPress Latin America is one of the few regions of the world where agriculture production can expand since it holds 42% of that potential globally, said Victor M. Villalobos Director General of the Inter American Institute for the Cooperation on Agriculture, IICA. In an interview because of the 70th anniversary of IICA, Villalobos underlined that Latin America is a net exporter of food and plays an important role when addressing the challenge of increasing world food production so as to guarantee…

Doug Casey, the noted economist, best-selling financial author, international investor, entrepreneur and the founder of Casey Research, gives his views on investing in Argentine Real Estate

Doug Casey, the noted economist, best-selling financial author, international investor, entrepreneur and the founder of Casey Research, had the following to say about investing in Argentine real estate: “I think what’s going to happen, given the demographics we spoke of in Europe, is that thousands and thousands of Europeans are going to come to Argentina. Not poor ones, the kind who immigrated a hundred years ago, but wealthy ones. #adp02 They’ll see that the lifestyle is better in Argentina. It’s…