The Need for Title Insurance in Chile

Title insurance is traditionally a construct of the legal faults and risks associated with buying real estate in the United States (Wiki article on Title Insurance). The real estate laws in Chile do not suffer from most of those basic legal defects of land registries as found in the American legal system that would make title insurance useful in Chile. In fact, the legal safeguards built into buying, selling, and owning property in Chile are such that there is almost no circumstances under which a title insurance…

Drones in South America Agriculture

Drones in South America Agriculture: Now that Agricultural Drones are becoming more widespread I thought we would do a promo on one of the most advanced UK models available in the market today. About QuestUAV QuestUAV Ltd is a UK based manufacturer of small, fixed wing unmanned aircraft ( sUAV ) that are designed to carry sensors such as high resolution cameras, infra red cameras, thermal cameras, multispectral cameras and video surveillance cameras. Our drones / aircraft / UAV are also referred to as RPA (Remotely…

The Mercosur becomes less important to Argentine Trade

Argentina “beggar thy neighbour” trade policies continue to damage the Mercosur Increase reflects administration’s efforts to boost ties with Asian giant as Mercosur trade drops. Exports to China soared in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year, rising by almost 50 percent to US$384 million. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government has been making a concerted effort to increase ties with the Asian giant and that appears to have paid off in the first…

Brazil, Peru and China building a Bi-Oceanic Rail corridor

Brazil, Peru and China building a Bi-Oceanic Rail corridor The project of a trans-continental railway, Atlantic to Pacific, using Chinese finance is not a new one. Argentina, Brazil and Chile had also tried to make such a plan work some years ago. However now it seems a new player Peru is at the forefront of a new plan. Along with Brazil using Chinese finance they are moving forward on a transcontinental railway that will cut across the continent, climb the Andes and connect port cities in the Pacific and Atlantic…

Move to Chile if you are an entrepreneur or an Investor

Here is an interesting conversation between a group of Chilean business people and an American investor living part time in Chile. They were curious to understand his take on Chile as a foreigner. He told them that Chile is far from perfect. But there’s one very special reason why he spends so much time there. He said it is not some cliché that Chile is the most beautiful place in the world. There are countless beautiful places in the world and Chile is certainly one of them. In the north of Chile lies…

GTSA – Activity Update for April 2015

GTSA UPDATE Here is a short update on what is happening in GTSA in the past month. Argentina: Residential – Buenos Aires The Buenos Aires residential market is starting to move again with sales up 23.6% in March. Prices are down on past years. Farm Market: The farm market is showing a little more optimism with the belief that with the current administration gone in the upcoming elections reason might prevail and with that profits will return. Despite the obstacles in front of investors to buy they are…

Is Puerto Varas in Chile the New Bariloche ?

Is Puerto Varas in Chile the New Bariloche ? Located in the Chilean Lakes District, Puerto Varas bills itself as the new Bariloche which is similar city on the Argentine side of the Andes. With similar lakeside views and stunning surrounding mountains, the town is certainly justified in making that comparison. However, while every other shop in Bariloche sells souvenirs and ill-placed apartment buildings that block lake views for most people, Puerto Varas remains a much more tranquil and less developed town.…

Chilterra: A Dairy Farm in Chile

Chilterra dairy was a great New Zealand idea but has showed some  structural flaws. It is an equity partnership with some New Zealand minority owners along with a local Chilean owner called Ricardo Rios who has spent the first 25 years of his working life a computer programmer. Ricardo Rios is the majority shareholder and thus has effective control. The company has grown over time to have now over one hundred staff. It owns and operates six dairy farms on approx 1400 hectares and a further 2800 hectares of…

Chile’s farmland is still some of the most undervalued in the world

Chile’s farmland is still some of the most undervalued in the world In the world of investing, there’s a lot to be said for buying undervalued farm assets. Occasionally the market provides some incredible opportunities to pick up high quality assets so cheap that, to paraphrase acclaimed investor Jim Rogers, all you have to do is walk over and pick up the money lying in the corner. One of the benefits of traveling the world so extensively is that I’m constantly exposed to these sorts of opportunities.…

Who are the big Agriculture Producers in South America ?

  Who are the big Agriculture Producers in South America ? If there is one region in the world that competes with the U.S. as the world’s supplier of corn and soybeans, it is South America. There has been a significant surface expansion (mostly in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) in the last three decades,and there is a large amount of available land left in Brazil once the rainforests have been cleared. A study by Bain & Company, a Boston consultancy, forecasts that Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil,…

Disruptive technologies in agriculture could usher in artificial milk and beef

              Disruptive technologies in agriculture are coming your way very soon. Get ready or join the dinosaurs. Would you buy artificial milk or beef if the price was right? United States-based entrepreneur and Stanford University lecturer Tony Seba was in New Zealand on Tuesday for a workshop on disruption technologies, which are new ways of doing things that disrupt or overturn traditional business methods and practices. He focuses on entrepreneurship, disruption and…

South America limits access to its resources for foreigners

          South America limits access to its resources for foreigners? The country of Uruguay, sandwiched between South America’s largest economies Argentina and Brazil, is taking steps to protect its farmland from unregulated foreign investment which to date has been Argentina and Brazil. It’s a familiar story. Powerful countries with money to spend and mouths to feed look outside their own borders for agricultural land. But this time, it’s not only Europe or North America…

Chile the economic powerhouse of Latin America

          A Rising Star By Mike Konrad Chile is now seen as the economic powerhouse of Latin America. When I first started to seriously study South America ‐‐ from a mix of curiosity and an attempt to relearn the high school Spanish that I had forgotten lo those many decades ago ‐‐ I fixed on Argentina as the one South American country with the greatest historical potential. On paper, Argentina should be world power. In reality, it is turning out to be Chile. Chile is remembered…

Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park

Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park, is the best place in the world for outdoor activities according to Wikieplora Following three months of investigations in over thirty outdoor and trekking magazines, Wikiexplora portal made a list of the best world places. Wikiexplora is an on-line guide for these kinds of activities in Latin America. Out of sixty touring circuits, Torres del Paine was in first position with eight mentions out of nine. The ranking combines pristine scenery, infrastructure of…

Chile’s hazelnut boom

Chile’s hazelnut boom Chile’s 2011 hazelnut exports may only be less than 1% of world leader Turkey’s total annual production, but the South American country is looking to find opportunities with the crop in global markets. At www.freshfruitportal.com we speak with Grupo Hijuelas general manager Gaspar Goycoolea about the ‘explosive growth’ the industry is going through, and the challenges that come with it. Last calendar year Chilean hazelnut export values grew 146% year-on-year to US$16.6 million,…
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