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Is the the USD doomed as a world reserve currency?

The United States has benefited enormously from being the Worlds Reserve Currency because much of the world still uses the dollar for international trade.  This is because foreign governments must hold in their foreign exchange reserves USD’s to settle international claims and intervene in foreign exchange markets. In addition to that many…

Argentina The here and now: towards a more competitive country

Today more than ever it is important to emphasize that achieving a competitive economy remains one of Argentina’s outstanding objectives. Given the fact that the most competitive countries in the world are the ones that are the most developed and, in most cases, have less inequity, only a significant leap in our competitiveness…

Big Data + AI applied to Real Estate valuations

Reporte Inmobiliario has responded in the past two months to over 68,000 queries related to the residential market through its geolocation tool, market analytics, and housing valuation engine,  for up to date Market Valuations. The tools are available online on the Reporte Inmobiliario website free to individuals and provide useful information needed…

What makes Trumps America the world’s most competitive economy?

Any international economic index that finds America at the pinnacle of global success is sure to invite questions around whether such success can be attributed to the actions of any one leader or administration. To apply this question to the Global Competitiveness Report 2018, let’s first take a look at the facts. The first thing to…

“Argentinean soybean breeders are world class”

Julio Ferrarotti is a pioneer in the breeding of soy in Argentina. His father registered the first national cultivar of soybeans in ’60. In 1994 he founded a new seed company, named Relmó, together with four partners, including his father and brother. After the sale of the company to an investment fund around 2008, he continued his work as a breeder…

Living in Vaca Muerta Shale Fields: the young faces of a new Argentine dream

AÑELO, Neuquén.-“this is Vaca Muerta”. Juan Carlos Pais points his gaze towards a labyrinth of steel pipes installed in the middle of the desert. Giant and colourful, similar to the Pompidou Museum in Paris, the gas compressor plant moans loudly nearby. The engineer, who oversaw Pharaonic works in different…

For real estate companies in Buenos Aires, the new rental act will make less available stock pushing up rents

Real Estate professionals are against extending the contracts from 2 to 3 years and add that the banks charge very expensive guarantees. After studying the key points to the reform to the law of residential rentals proposed by the government, some real estate operators took a more critical…

Argentina is having a cotton export boom

After reaching a floor of 235,000 hectares planted in the 2016/17 season, cotton acreage expanded to 324,000 hectares in the last season, and, according to the Production minister of Chaco Province,  Marcelo Repetto, a 20% increment is expected for this year. The new macroeconomic scheme is improving the perspective for the cotton chain in Argentina. The…

HOW VULNERABLE IS THE $100+BN PROPERTY PORTAL INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE?

This is an article written for a New Zealand audience but the challenges and disruption that is causing some in their real estate industry to pause is also very applicable to the South American market which is very fragmented with a low level of transparency.  It was written by Alister Helm a licenced real estate salesperson and journalist. …

Combining Innovation With Sustainability In Latin America

Global Warming. Arguably the buzzword of the century. Preached by some, denied by others, it is the issue that is possibly going to define the legacy of our generation. A brief glance at some statistics tells enough of the story to hammer home what experts have been warning us about for decades. Since 2001, 17 of the 18 warmest years on…

Australia puts Roundup – Glyphosate under the spotlight – Maybe South America should too

Australia’s top-tier cancer body has called for an independent review of the world’s most well-known herbicide which has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An active ingredient in the popular weed-killing product Roundup called glyphosate — a chemical that has not been reviewed in more than…

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian Agro satellite takes off successfully

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site. The primary purpose of the mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its recovery…

Unique Buenos Aires Bar takes out a top award

FLORERIA ATLANTICO Arroyo 872, Buenos Aires Once a year the worlds top bars are ranked. It is a list that celebrates the best of the international drinks industry. Now in its 10th year, The World’s 50 Best Bars provides an annual ranking of bars as voted for by more than 500 drinks experts from across the globe. The list represents the ultimate international…

Private Banking in Uruguay is undergoing drastic changes

International trading and investment banks that have offices in Uruguay and offer financial services are changing. After the sudden departure of the Royal Bank of Canada,  you can add the Crédit Suisse, Raymond James sales and many others.. Traditional banking, which provides loans and takes deposits in Uruguay has made several changes…

New Book: “Corruption in Argentina surpasses fiction”, and neighboring Uruguay is the “perfect Swiss laundry” for funds

The book topping Argentina’s bestseller list is not a thriller or a murder mystery. It’s a crime story of another sort: a blockbuster about political corruption that suggests that bribery has been an integral part of the country’s body politic. And neighbouring Uruguay was…