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Argentine Real Estate Crisis: Profitability has slumped to an all-time low

The average return reached 2.8% this year meaning it takes 36 years to recoup the investment. Selling prices dropped in 87% of the city neighbourhoods The profitability of the properties continues its downward path and, with an average of 2.8% a year, reaching a new all-time low, according to a report prepared by ZonaProp. The survey highlights that the devaluation of the peso in August caused the price of rents measured in dollars to fall sharply. Although the sale value of the properties declined, this was…

So you want to buy farm land in South America – What are the options ?

So you want to be a farmer in South America. Investing in farmland can make for an intriguing alternative to the stock market. Farmland is safe historically and a great hedge against inflation and is an asset class that does not correlate with the normal stock market. As the world’s population continues to grow (9.15 billion estimates by 2050) and the global middle-class continues to emerge (with changing dietary habits toward more calories and meat), farmland is poised to become an even more intriguing alternative…

Dumb and dumber. Trump doesn’t understand currency wars, when he attacks Argentina and Brazil

What a difference a decade makes. Back in September 2010, Guido Mantega, Brazil’s then-finance minister, was complaining bitterly about “currency wars”, and claiming the Federal Reserve’s ultra-loose monetary policy of the time was unfairly hurting his economy. “We’re in the midst of an international currency war, a general weakening of the currency,” he said then. “This threatens us because it takes away our competitiveness.” Fast forward to December 2019,…

The future Argentine economy minister is US-trained and an academic expert in sovereign debt

Argentina’s Martin Guzman, a whiz-kid economist with close ties to influential U.S. economist Joseph Stiglitz, will bring a sharp academic intellect but little policy-making experience to the daunting task of reviving Latin America’s third-largest economy and averting a damaging default. Guzman, a debt specialist at Columbia who has a doctorate from Brown University, was confirmed as economy minister on Friday evening in the new cabinet of President-elect Alberto Fernandez, who takes office on Dec. 10.…

Latin America’s Big Three Dodge Chaos Sweeping Region

If Latin America’s sudden and violent protest movements have unsettled investors and surprised pundits, it’s worth noting that in the region’s three largest countries — Brazil, Mexico and Argentina — the streets have remained relatively calm as have Paraguay and Uruguay. With 380 million people and economies that represent $3.6 trillion USD annually, the big three usually set the tone. And it’s not like the grievances evident in the affected countries — Chile, Colombia, Bolivia and…

Admiral Graf von Spee’s WW1 sunken flagship found off Argentina’s coast

Marine Archeologist Mensun Bound, was the leader of the mission which discovered the flagship of Admiral Graf von Spee’s squadron, was born in the Malvinas (Falkland Islands) and since a child has been obsessed with the sea, its mysteries, myths and the great Battle of the Malvinas (Falkland Islands), a decisive naval action at the start of the Great War of 1914. In his words, he will tell us how the mighty Scharnhorst was finally discovered, “lawnmowing” the bottom of the sea as well…

Flight of the Phoenix – Christina Kirchner returns to power

It is often said that politics is theatre. This has been especially true during the past four years in Argentina, which has been a high-stakes melodrama along Kafkaesquelines, redolent with existential anxiety, alienation, and absurdity. The convoluted plot sees the ruling President Mauricio Macri and his coterie of media magnates and partisan judges trying to bury the immediate past president, Cristina Kirchner, in vexatious criminal prosecutions and relentless calumny. But when their neoliberal economic policies…

Political Risk Analysis: What’s Next For Argentina?

On October 28, 2019 voters in Argentina elected Alberto Fernandez, a political ally of controversial former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, to replace Mauricio Macri, a business-friendly centrist, in the country’s executive office. The election marks a return to power for Argentina’s left and an uncertain path forward as the country still faces a number of long-term challenges. On December 10 Fernandez will take over as Argentina’s president. Foreign investors are still waiting to see the…

Who are the Major Players in Latin America’s Cannabis Sector?

The legalization and use of cannabis is becoming more and more popular not only in North America and Europe but in Latin American countries as well. Investment is flowing into the region as it positions itself to be a leading supplier of the world’s cannabis market. But who is spearheading this movement for cannabis legalization in Latin America?   Uruguay’s legalization of cannabis sparked a wave for more liberal policies and laws across Latin America. Between the years 2015 and 2017, other countries…

A continuing crisis, the real estate sector in Buenos Aires had its 17th month of consecutive falls

Average transaction values fell 18.8% in US dollars, which could be an indication of the lower prices The real estate sector continued its 17th year-on-year fall in October after it was obvious the market-friendly government of Mauricio Marci was going to be replaced by the earlier corruption-ridden one of Christine Kirchner. According to the Colegio de Escribanos porteño, last month 3,152 settlements. This represents a drop of 14.1% from October 2018. However, against September purchases were up 9.8% from…

Why did GTSA develop the vendeRAPIDO® selling process for selling real estate in South America?

There are two reasons. To speed up the selling time and maximise the properties value  Current Market Realities South American real estate markets are in the main lightly regulated and highly informal. What this means for vendors is they are at a strong disadvantage when they come to selling a property within a reasonable time frame.  Traditional times of sale are measured in months and years.   Consequently, transaction costs are among the highest in the world.  With the globalization of real estate GTSA…

Personal Property Taxes in Argentina: A rush of accountant inquiries due to the fear of increased taxes

Accounting studios are increasingly receiving “emotional” inquiries from their most wealthy clients due to a change of government which has a reputation for hurting the upper middle classes. One option for savers or property owners is to obtain residency in Uruguay and renounce Argentina residency or form an irrevocable long-term trust and lose direct control over the money altogether. “The vast majority of consultations are for achieving an Uruguayan residency and losing their Argentine one.…

Ben Caballero Becomes the World’s First $2-Billion Real Estate Agent

2018 Sales Totaled Nearly 5,800 Homes for a Volume of $2.27 Billion Ben Caballero, the first Guinness World Record holder for home sales, broke his world record for an individual real estate agent, selling 5,793 homes totaling $2,270,911,643 in a single year. That’s according to data from local MLSs of the Houston Association of REALTORS®, North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, San Antonio Board of REALTORS® and the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Ranked…

Argentina sends its first shipment of chilled pork to China

Argentine has sent its first shipment of chilled pork to China, the government of the South American farming powerhouse said on Wednesday, as China’s pork imports rise due to a devastating outbreak of African swine fever at home. The shipment included 26 tons of pork cuts, according to a statement from the Agriculture Ministry in Buenos Aires. “This step further consolidates our livestock sector on the world market,” the statement said. Argentina announced it had clinched a deal in April to…

A group of like minded movers and shakers, seek to position Buenos Aires as one of the top 20 cities in the world

The Government of the Buenos Aires has created the BA Global Council, which will integrate important city companies and references of culture and education to attract visitors, talent and businesses. The Government of Buenos One launched a strategy of international projection of the city, with the aim of positioning it among the top 20 in the world. The project aims to install it as a leading city to live, visit, study and do business, with the aim of making it one of the global capitals in quality of life,…
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