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Speculation vs. opportunism – a dangerous difference

The ability to be flexible and reactionary appeals to many would-be investors. They like the idea of identifying an opportunity and seizing it with gusto, certain it will pay handsomely. I agree there are advantages to being quick on your feet when locking down an opportunity, but this sort of transaction should trigger a moment of self-assessment. When making the choice on whether to purchase, ask yourself, “Am I a speculator or opportunist,” because the differences between the two are dramatic with expensive…

The world’s first Charcoal-Rot resistant peanut has already had an official endorsement in Argentina

The National Seed Institute (Inase) issued resolution 108/2019 in which it ordered “the registration in the National Registry of Cultivars and in the National Registry of The Property of Cultivars, of the phytogenetic creation of peanuts (Arachis hypogaea L.) EC – 191 RC (AO), requested by the company El Carmen SA”. Expressed in technical language, it may be seen as unimportant to the general public. However, this is fundamentally big news for the future of manisera production in Córdoba and…

Mercado Libre Starts Accepting Payment in Bitcoin in Brazil

Mercado Libre decision to accept Bitcoin is a major breakthrough, as it gives legal status to cryptocurrencies. There are more than 3,000 stores or brands within Libre’s ecosystem in the region. Brazilians can now pay in Bitcoin for the goods they purchase through Latin American e-commerce site Mercado Libre. The online retailer has partnered with Atlanta, Georgia-based payment services provider Bitpay to enable the service on its platform. Mercado’s decision to accept Bitcoin is a major…

Latam Investor – Argentines Macri Miracle Ends in Default

When Mauricio Macri was elected in 2015 it seemed to herald a new era for Argentina. Now it looks like being more of the same. In August Buenos Aires announced that it would reprofile its debt. In effect it’s another default, with investors having to take a write down for having lent to the Argentine government for the fourth time in the last 30 years and the ninth time since independence from Spain. It’s a sad culmination to a presidency that began with such hope. When Macri came to power his early moves,…

In Argentina, the effect of a surprising Mid Term Election result plus its resulting chaos, devaluation and money restrictions caused farmland prices to drop overnight.

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The results of the Mid Term elections, which made the likely winner to lead Argentina in 2020 Alberto Fernández caused a collapse in farmers and investors confidence. Due to farmers perception of him being a patsy to the hated Christina Kirchner ( she appointed Fernandez ) who ruled Argentina for an earlier decade, they see another lost decade in front of them and a race to the bottom to join Venezuela’s cruel dictatorship. This is the results of the data from the Rural Real Estate Sector, organized…

Argentina’s Adecoagro’s Dairy segment sales grow​ 100% inter-annual​​ly

In November 2018 Adecoagro bought from SanCor (the former largest dairy cooperative in Argentina) two plants, one in Chivilcoy (Buenos Aires province) and the other in Morteros (Córdoba), and two milk brands: Las Tres Niñas and Angelita, for USD 47 million. After that, they launched long-life milk brand, Apostoles, produced at the fluid milk processing Chivilcoy facility. In the Morteros facility, the company elaborates powder milk and cheese. This week, CEO of the company, Mariano Bosch, celebrated the presence…

Panic Sweeps Argentine Pampas as Farmers’ Old Nemesis Returns – Peronism

All across the Pampas, in one wind-swept little farming town after another, a sense of dread has suddenly set in. Mauricio Macri, the man who championed the cause of the Argentine farmer, is almost certain to lose his re-election bid in October and will hand back the presidency to the leftist party that tormented the region for years. A primary vote held a few weeks ago made that clear. The concern is so severe that many here aren’t waiting for the actual election to confirm Macri’s defeat. They can’t,…

Buenos Real estate sales weak but prices keep rising?

The average price per square meter is around USD 2,330, close to a record. The owners prefer to delay selling rather than accept a lower price. This is not a new characteristic of the local market but reflects that few home owners have mortgagees so do not feel pressured to sell at what they see as a temporary pause. Whether this attitude will change with a likely change of government that has in the past put capital controls on the currency and wrecked the economy will remain to be seen but the high flow of…

Argentine Crisis: the Real Estate Sector approaches 2001 levels

In July there was an improvement compared to June, but those numbers of real estate sales in the city of Buenos Aires does not reflect the 14 months of consecutive year-on-year decline, a historical cycle similar to what happened after the 2001 crisis, although still far from the exchange rate crisis, during the presidency of Cristina Kirchner, which caused 25 months of falling prices. Last July there were 3208 operations, according to the Colegio de Escribanos porteño, 18.7% more than in June, but a 27.6%…

Argentina’s Belgrano Railway dramatically lowers logistics costs

100 wagons on the Belgrano Line departed from Joaquin V. Gonzalez in Salta, towards the town of Timbou. It was transporting 3,980 tonnes of grain, on a trip that was completed in just three days 1,180 kilometres through the old cereal line, through the provinces of Salta, Chaco, Santiago del Estero and Santa Fe. “The revival of the railway brings equal opportunities for producers, so they can compete and export to the world,” he said Guillermo Dietrich, Minister of Transport of the Nation. Growth…

The billion-dollar agritech start-ups disrupting farming

Investors such as Google and Temasek pile into another sector looking for help from technology Growers in the US have traditionally relied on a distribution system where they had little access to comparable data and opaque pricing of everything from seeds to fertilisers to pesticides. But the combination of falling prices amid bumper crops, consolidation of agricultural groups and the US trade war with China has forced them to seek ways to shore up revenues. Backed by investors such as Google’s venture capital…

An Overview of the Biggest Marijuana Players in South America

There has been a lot of buzz lately about marijuana reform in South and Central America. Although Uruguay will always hold the title for being the first country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, the Green Wave is hitting the continent in one large swoop. Canadian companies have already seen this opportunity, as South American partners and subsidiaries strike deals for the production and global export of (for now) non-intoxicating CBD. But reform takes time. At the rate things are going, South…

Gateway’s Marketing Funnel helps Investors find new opportunities in South American

More and more of our South American vendors want to promote their properties using digital and social media tools along with local traditional media. To assist with this we are going to increase the number of marketing opportunities for their properties to appear in. This will be a substantial benefit for those with well presented and market priced properties but will mean some properties will have to be dropped if they fail to fit into this criteria or they will quickly become over exposed and unsalable. Real…

Mistakes to avoid when investing in real estate in Latin America

Investing in real estate may seem simple enough. Considered one of the most profitable businesses for investors this is a market that tends to offer low risk and high rewards. Latin America is rich with opportunity right now. Relatively cheap land not only for properties but for harvest and cattle breeding presents valuable opportunities. Investors should get involved in the market, so that they receive higher margins in the future.  However, it becomes very different and more complicated when you decide…

Latin America and Free Trade Score a Big Win

A trade pact between the European Union and Mercosur opens doors on both sides of the Atlantic. Argentina’s foreign minister fought back tears. President Maurico Macri called it “the most important agreement ever signed in our history.” Latin America’s biggest economy would soon be “reborn,” predicted a top aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who likewise heralded the “great day.” The June 28 deal between the European Union and Mercosur was a breakthrough. Who knew…
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