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The Argentine Oil Industry Review

  The story of Argentina’s handling of its oil sector is stunning in its ineptitude. Argentine’s oil history begins with small-scale exploration in the late 19th century. The first discovery occurred in 1907, near a village on the coast in arid Patagonia, far to the south in a country that’s nearly twice the size of Alaska. Explorers were looking for water. By the early 1900s, the country’s economic growth was taking off, and by the time World War I started, it had catapulted itself…

Wills and Inheritance Basics In South America are different to Western Countries

The basic order of wills and inheritance in Latin American Spanish Speaking Countries after someone dies is that of surviving spouse, children,  parents, grandparents, siblings, and then cousins. This also includes rights of spouses and children of the direct ascendant or descendant. You are allowed to give a certain percentage of your estate in a will to whom ever you like, but for the most part you can not avoid giving these family members rights to a portion of your estate by just drafting a will.   There…

China’s purchase of Nidera makes it a large player in grain exports from Argentina

China’s purchase of Nidera makes it a large player in grain exports from Argentina   China’s move to buy a controlling stake in Netherlands-based agricultural trading company Nidera has divided the waters among farmers in Argentina, one of the world’s leading soy exporters, with larger producers celebrating the purchase and smaller ones raising concerns about potential market concentration. State-run China Grains and Oils Group Corporation (COFCO) announced on February 28 that it had bought a 51…

Negotiations is a learned skill – Not just for Real Estate Brokers

Negotiations are a fact of life. We constantly negotiate both in personal and professional areas of life. Still, many people don´t like negotiating, and as such try avoiding it. As a result it could make resolving and/or progressing problematic. Others, often success-driven managers and business people, are so competitive that only “winning” would make them a great negotiator in their eyes. Causing, of course, the other person to “lose.” Helpful? Most likely not! Applying below-listed…

Mendoza City – Chiles Gateway to Argentina

              Mendoza is the Capital of Cuyo province. It is 1040 kilometres from Buenos Aires (and 340 kilometres from Santiago, Chile), and consists of around 1,100,000 people in the metropolitan area.  Lying at 747 metres above sea level at the foothills of the Andes close to the Chilean border, it is the largest city in far Western Argentina and serves as Argentina’s gateway to Chile. Founded in the 1560s, Mendoza was first located in the Intendancy of Chile…

Five Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned Growing Up On A Farm

“The ultimate goal of farm is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”—Masanobu Fukuoka On July 31, 1951, I was born on a farm in a far away place called New Zealand. Today I run a Real Estate business in the heart of South America. For many years, I used to run away from my farm-life upbringing because I thought it had no place in business, but lately I’ve come to embrace my farm-boy ways as a competitive advantage. Here are five lessons I learned on the farm:…

Argentina’s richest 15 families worth is over 27 Billion US dollars

Argentina’s richest 15 families worth is over 27 Billion US dollars ( 2014 ) The total fortune of the 15 wealthiest Argentines has been estimated at 26.85 billion dollars, falling just shy of the 27.679 billion dollars currently in the Central Bank’s foreign reserve account, according to a list of the country’s richest people published recently by the local edition of Forbes magazine. The difference being this money is real whereas no one believes the Argentine Central Bank actually has 27 Billion…

Can the World feed China ?

By Lester R. Brown Overnight, World feed China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million tons in the 2013–14 trade year, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture projections. As recently as 2006—just eight years ago—China had a grain surplus and was exporting 10 million tons. What caused this dramatic shift? It wasn’t until 20 years ago, after I wrote an article entitled “Who Will Feed China?”, that I began to fully appreciate what a sensitive political…

UAG Farming Fund in Uruguay has purchased El Tejar in a 67,000 ha land grab.

El Tejar has sold its Uruguayan farms to UAG ( an agro fund). That agreement will allow for the incorporation of the 67,000 hectares of cropping land giving UAG a total of 170,000 hectares, equivalent to three times the size of the province of Montevideo. In this area, some 32,000 hectares shall become owned by UAG and 35,000 ha will remain under the existing leases. Contact the Gateway to South America team to learn about the best investment opportunities in the region. The company is a benchmark for foreign…

Is Air New Zealand looking to spread its wings to Latin America ?

According to analysts at the Capa Centre for Aviation, headquartered in Sydney, Air New Zealand is reviewing options for covering Latin America, which is now a focus of New Zealand’s tourism push. Commenting on the report, an airline spokeswoman said “South America is an area we’ve been interested in exploring for some time, but the first priority has been to finesse our Southeast Asia and Europe networks.” Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has said South America was…

Why Are So Many Americans renouncing their Citizenship and Heading South

  The number of Americans that renounced their citizenship was 221 percent higher in 2013 than it was in 2012 and in 2014 it could double again.  That is a staggering figure, and it is symptomatic of a larger trend.  In recent years, a lot of really good people with very deep roots in that country have made the difficult decision to say goodbye to the United States permanently.  More than a few actually go to the trouble to renounce their citizenship, but that is mostly done for tax purposes.  But…

The World’s Hottest Vineyard Property is published here

The World’s Hottest Vineyard Property is published here Which wine regions have seen the biggest price rises over the past year, and what exactly can you get for your money? Mendoza seems to have been the place to buy a “lifestyle” vineyard in 2013, with demand pushing prices up by 25 percent, according to the latest Global Vineyard Index from property consultants Knight Frank. According to the report, the average price of the world’s vineyards increased by 6.8 percent in the year to June…

20 years of Progress in Latin America Countries meant some are catching up with the rest of the world

20 years of Progress in Latin America Countries                   The 20-years view: Two decades of progress over the last two decades, Latin America has made significant progress in bridging the economic and social gap with more advanced economies. there has been significant improvement in living standards. 20 years ago, latin american countries were approximately somewhere in the middle on the United nations’ human Development index, whereas today the region…

What is happening in Argentina’s economy ? Is it a buy or a sell ?

Last week, the official Argentina’s economy exchange rate – went from 6.81 to 8.03 to the USD in a few days. The “blue” or black market rate (a fact of life in any controlled exchange market) was all over the place, probably going from around ARP 9.50 to 13 in the same period. In short a severe devaluation. Many existing and potential investors are looking to see where this is all heading. For foreign tourists we have an obvious response, Argentina has suddenly got cheaper – and that’s…

Why Progressive New Zealand Dairy farmers are moving to South America

  New Zealand Dairy farmers are moving to South America New Zealands farm landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years. Once considered one large sheep farm  and a breadbasket for the United Kingdom with over 77 million sheep ( a controversial figure as many sheep were counted twice during this period to get the generous subsidies then been given )  it is now seen as one large dairy farm supplying the world.   Why the change ? Simple economics. Dairying is grossing approximately 10 times…