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Macri cruelly bashed in the Primary elections​ as Argentines back a return to the past

The preliminary results from voting at the weekend suggest the conservative Macri will face an uphill battle going into general elections in October, marking a sharp turnaround from just under four years ago when the country’s left-leaning era appeared to be coming to a definitive end. With 88 per cent of polling stations tallied on Monday, official results gave the presidential slate headed by Alberto Fernandez and his vice-presidential running mate, Cristina Fernandez, about 47 per cent of the votes.…

High-altitude Argentine winemaker profits from peso’s fall

A Swiss multimillionaire has slowly profited from the country’s economic crisis with a Salta vineyard that exports 65 percent of its product to the US. Two decades after acquiring vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, Swiss multimillionaire Donald Hess is finally turning a profit in Argentina, helped in no small part by the peso’s dramatic collapse. Seeking expansion beyond his Napa Valley assets, Hess bought Bodega Colome in the picturesque Calchaqui valley in June 2001 to produce…

Argentina’s Election Guide

E-book: View here “The Essentials” free, exclusive e-book on the 2019 presidential elections to understand one of the most consequential elections in Argentina in decades. See below for more information. Who is running and where does each candidate stand on the issues? How is Mauricio Macri different from Alberto Fernández? What are the key battlegrounds? Please note the views expressed here are not necessarily in accord with ours. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today) About Gateway to…

Continued disruption affecting Agriculture

The progressive consolidation of the smaller farms, the growing vertical integration of private companies in certain chains and the relative weight of farm cooperatives, is the beginning of a disruptive trend that challenges the input and processing industry. With this incipient equalization of forces, industrial companies that do not anticipate and adjust their business strategies could lose volume and/or fall into a pricing war that impacts their profitability. In the United States, the 2017 agricultural…

Things are looking up for President Macri chances of reelection in Argentina

The Kirchnerite ‘project,’ insofar as one exists, is almost entirely negative. Macri’s may be unappealing, but at least it is positive. It is still far too early for them to start uncorking the champagne bottles and inflating hundreds of yellow balloons, but Mauricio Macri and his teammates clearly think their chances of winning the fast approaching general elections are growing by the minute. Thanks largely to US president Donald Trump and the outgoing managing director of the International…

Why testing the market is a waste of time and money

In soft market conditions, I struggle to understand the motivation of some vendors who list their properties for sale but were unlikely to ever accept the reality of what buyers are prepared to offer.  The thing is I don’t really get why they would bother because it takes a lot of effort and a lot of their money to essentially just test the market. Why would anyone go through a campaign that lasts a number of weeks, costs a few thousand dollars, and requires keeping your property fastidiously clean…

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…

Argentine farming has a revival and aims for new production records in 2020

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The agricultural super harvest this year, the boost in meat exports and the opening of new markets for the regional economies has put the sector at the forefront of the exit from the current grueling recession. The agro-industrial sector will receive President Mauricio Macri tomorrow at the formal opening of the Palermo Livestock Exhibition with more than the good financial numbers on the table to discuss. It is the farming sector that once again has proved this year that it is the main engine of the Argentine…

Will Argentina revert to a non-country for local and foreign investors if Cristina Fernandez wins

Argentina’s populist former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner — who is nominally running for vice-president, but is the indisputable No. 1 on her ticket — is leading in most polls for the Aug. 11 primaries, and for the October presidential elections. If her ticket wins and ousts the current president, Mauricio Macri, Argentina will sink into an even deeper economic crisis. That’s my conclusion after getting internal statistics from international financial institutions. They confirm…

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…

The incredible rally of the Argentine corn exports

The weekly RIA Consultores’ report shows this week that during the first half of the year, Argentina exported 17.1 million metric tons of corn, 44% up 2018 in volume and 32% up in value. This amazing growth is based on a 57 MMT record harvest and on bullish prices. According to the Agro-Industry Secretariat, during the 2018/19 campaign corn production peaked at 57 MMT, which 34 MMT will be exported and 9 MMT will remain as carryover for the next season. This week the International Grains Council stressed…

Argentina’s economy lifting out of recession: activity rises in May for the first time in a year

Argentina’s economic activity rose for the first time in over a year in May, a rare boost for President Mauricio Macri as he looks to dig the South American country out of a crippling recession ahead of presidential elections later this year. The 2.6% rise versus the same month a year ago topped even the most optimistic estimates from analysts and broke a run of 12 consecutive months of falling economic activity. The monthly growth will come as welcome news for Macri, whose popularity has taken a pounding…

Changing Farmland Investing Options

We think farmland as an investment is something that in 5-10 years will be a must in any professionally managed diversified portfolio. We are excited to be at the forefront of reporting the rapid changes in this exciting new market which is now opening more opportunities for smaller investors via syndicates and specialised agro funds. Those smaller investors ( USD 50,000 to USD 200,000 ) seeking exposure to real assets with strong cash yields and low volatility have found it nearly impossible to get direct…

Soy: What you need to know about this challenging crop

Can a “hidden” commodity have a sustainable future? It’s the protein at the heart of the global food system. But most people are hardly aware of how much soy they eat – and where it comes from. Why is soy such an essential crop? And what’s being done to make sure it’s grown responsibly? We’re all familiar with soy. There are varieties aplenty: from vibrant green edamame beans (eaten straight from the pod) to tofu and tempeh. There are soy burgers, “meatballs,”…

For the sixth consecutive month, the level of activity in the Argentine rural real estate market increased

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Farmland sales and rentals increased by 18% in June, compared to May 2018 driven by the positive exchange rate stability and the rebound of the Governments popularity in recent surveys. The rural farm price index that measures the level of activity in the rural real estate market (Incair) grew again once again in June and accumulates six consecutive months of increases, reported the Argentine Chamber of Rural Real Estate (Cair). The indicator, which is based on the real estate operations carried out and surveys…
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