Why Potential Investors in Chile should not use the Investor Visa

The “Investor Visa” in Chile although easy to obtain in the first year is much more difficult to keep in the second year. With the investor visa you are essentially making the Chilean department of immigration your business partner in Chile. First, to apply for an investor visa in Chile you must submit a business plan along with documentation related to things such as financing, incorporation plans, possibly any partnerships, and so on. This normally increases dramatically upfront cost required and time…

Lapostolle Residence, Colchagua Valley, Chile

When Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle came to Chile’s Colchagua Valley two decades ago, the area was a viticultural backwater. But the Grand Marnier heiress, who cofounded the valley’s Lapostolle winery in 1994, was convinced she could coax first growth–quality vintages from the granitic soil. Her premier blend, Clos Apalta, attests her prescience, most convincingly with its selection as Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year in 2008. That same year, Lapostolle launched another Colchagua Valley first: a luxury…

A new study shows Argentina is a relatively safe country in which to live

WHO figures show Argentina is relatively safe country in world’s most violent region Homicide rates in Latin America are the highest in the world — clocking in at 28.5 per 100,000 inhabitants — but estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) place Argentina in line with the best in the region with about six homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the WHO, in 2012 165,617 people were murdered in Latin America and the Caribbean, making up about 35 percent of the the 475,000 homicides committed…

Chilean agriculture is expected to become part of the 10 largest food exporters in the world by 2020

Agriculture in Chile is a strategically important sector. The objective is to make Chile part of the 10 largest food exporters in the world by 2020. At the moment Chile is round about No: 20. From the beginning of this century food export increased by an average of 12% annually. Further processing and surplus values are central in the policy. Primary production is only a small part of the gross national product. Because of the closed-in position of the country sanitary provisions are second to none and these…

Global Food Security Depends on Modern Agricultural Techniques

Studies released at a symposium in Washington, D.C. underscored the wide range of benefits modern agriculture has provided to society and emphasized the importance of continued innovation and new technologies to meeting growing global food, feed, fiber and industrial needs. Research presented by a diverse group of experts in agriculture, economics, conservation and food security detailed how technological advancements employed on farms and across the food chain have provided an abundant, safe, affordable food…

Is the International money transfer system about to change due to US Interference in the existing one ?

You probably know the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) system as that little jumble of letters and numbers you need every time you send money to a foreign bank account. It’s the global banking system’s address book and postal system. SWIFT has more than 10,000 members in more than 200 countries, and handles more than 15 million messages daily. But even though SWIFT is based in Belgium, and subject to EU law, the U.S. government claims legal authority over all SWIFT transactions…

How to choose an effective selling broker in South America

South America’s real estate market can be characterised by two important facts. Properties take longer to sell and have higher transaction costs than in most Western countries Why? Although it is slowly changing there is considerable informal selling both by vendors directly and speculative pricing. The end result is a confused market with little price transparency and few skilled brokers available. (Selling skills can be obtained two ways; by experience through selling large numbers of properties or by specialised…

Foreigners can retire Income Tax Free in Chile

Retire Income Tax Free in Chile! Chile does not impose income tax on foreign pensions or social security of foreigners with residency in Chile. This is in addition to other tax benefits for all new residents of Chile, such as the three year foreign income tax exemption or any dual tax treaties that may exist between Chile and other countries. No income tax on Foreign Pensions and Social Security in Chile! One of the greatest benefits of retiring in Chile even if you are not really near retirement age is the…

The new farming frontier in South America

The new farming frontier in South America Commodity prices may be weaker but South American food producers still enjoy formidable comparative advantages. Foreign investors seeking to benefit from the enormous pick up in Chinese demand for agricultural commodities grown in Latin America have however had a fairly complicated time. A 2010 law limits direct foreign ownership of land in Brazil. Tax and foreign constraints also  limit the profitability of farming in Argentina and listed agribusiness stocks are few…

A Guide to Dairy Investment in Latin America

A Guide to Dairy Investment in Latin America With an average growth rate of 5% a year, South American dairy production appears to be a strong market for investment, despite a certain degree of price and political instability. According to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, rising incomes and firm regional and international demand have favored dairy production growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. South American milk production expanded by over 5% in 2011 and a similar rate of increase was…

Argentina Farmland Prices continue to Fall

Argentina Farmland Prices continue to Fall With the fall in soya and beef prices farm incomes have dropped. Naturally just as farm prices rose due to record crop and beef prices they are now dropping for the same reason. It is now a buyers market and prices are 25% to 30% lower than at their peak. The mixture of an oppressive taxes (30% additional export tax for farmers) and lower international prices have damaged profitability from a previous 6% to 8% to less than 3% for some. In Argentina prized Nucleus Region…

Soybeans planting keep increasing in South America

Soybeans planting keep increasing in South America There has been a significant surface expansion (mostly in Brazil and Argentina) in the last three decades, new players are involved (such as Paraguay and Bolivia), and there is a large amount of available land in Brazil. A study by Bain & Company, a Boston consultancy, forecasts that Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay together would produce 600 million tons of soybeans and 1.5 billion tons of corn by 2050. To achieve this, those countries…

Direct Farming in South American Los Grobo Style is changing

Direct Farming in South American Los Grobo Style is changing Farming without fields An Argentine farming group is heavy on science and light on assets BRIAN BRETT, a poet, called farming “a profession of hope”. Farmers must pray for just enough rain, amenable soil conditions and good market prices. In Argentina their prayers do not end there. Since the country’s financial crisis in 2002, its government has taxed farmers at between 20% and 35% on their grain exports, while galloping inflation has pushed…

Family Offices are becoming mainstream

Family Offices are becoming mainstream At last estimate, there are more than 3,000 family offices in the U.S. with another 1,000 in Europe and even more in Asia, Latin America and other areas of the world. Almost every week, we are approached by individuals and firms looking to establish a multi-family office or launch a single family office. This is especially true in areas of the world where wealthy families and individuals previously had little-to-no access to family office wealth management firms. In places…

Farm land is where the money is says the investment experts

Farm land is where the money is says the investment experts There’s money to be made in buying global agricultural land The global population is rising steadily — but food production is not, says Chloe Barrow. The result? More demand for arable land, as nations invest to safeguard their food supply and their wealth China, we learn, has 20 per cent of the world’s population and only 9 per cent of its farmland. By contrast Ukraine — at least before Russia took a chunk of its most fertile ground…
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