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Buenos Aires Lures Foreign Buyers With Tumbling Prices

image of Vida cosmopolita en Buenos Aires
            Roderick Chapman, a 50-year-old marketing specialist from Vancouver, British Columbia, was in Buenos Aires last month, looking at one-bedrooms in the city’s posh Recoleta district. “I’m absolutely amazed by the number of choices,” said Mr. Chapman whose budget for a vacation property is 130,000 U.S. dollars—the currency in which most Buenos Aires real estate typically is traded. “It is overwhelming, really.” With prices for luxury…

Who is to blame for the high inflation in Argentina

Most of the opinion polls tell us that after  government corruption  high inflation is the public’s Number One worry shortly followed by insecurity. We shouldn’t need the pollsters to tell us that. We can listen to the complaints in the lines at the supermarkets, read the headlines in newspapers, or hear the pronouncements of business leaders and political candidates. Inflation is a terrible cancer that must be brought under control, we are constantly warned, or we face a bleak future and perhaps…

South American Siesta’s – An intelligent way of living

  South American Siesta’s – An intelligent way of living  Siesta Facts  – More energy – Improve productivity by over 30% – Improve alertness by up to 100% – Reduce stress and the risk of heart disease by 34% – Better negotiation and communication – Reduce risk of accidents at work and on the road – Happiness and wellbeing The Siesta has existed for thousands of years and was previously regarded as a physical necessity rather than a luxury. While the…

Direct Farming investments in South America prove very popular

Gateway to South America offers the opportunity to invest directly into grain Direct farming through an innovative agriculture investment fund that offers very attractive returns and allows investing without being a specialist. This is a unique possibility for investors to enter into profitable large scale business, largely dollarized and with annual liquidity The fund is focused in producing soft commodities (soybeans, corn, wheat, sunflower, barley)  on leased farmland in South America, particularly Uruguay,…

The Facts on the importance of using social media when marketing Real Estate

Two years ago GTSA could see the unstoppable trend towards Digital Media Marketing replacing the print media so we rebuilt all our marketing platforms to help our clients take advantage of this. This is more cost efficient for the vendors with targeted marketing reaching people and groups more efficiently. Facebook 1      Facebook has 1.11 billion active users worldwide. (Source: Facebook) 2      The best time to post on Facebook to earn shares is 1pm. (Source: Dan Zarrella) 3      The best…

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 Maximize the 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 saw an opportunity…

A new world currency is in the making The Chinese Renminbi backed by gold

China has been importing gold officially and unofficially at an increasing rate in the past few years. Last year alone it imported 630 tonnes. The goal is to have at least 10,000 tonnes  by 2015 up from the current 4,500 tonnes they currently have as a support for their increasingly popular currency the Renminbi. Now most trading nations are accepting  Chinese Renminbi as a hard currency and in many cases are using it in place of the US dollar which is seen as subject to increasingly high risks of…

The Changing face of Immigrants to Argentina in recent years

Welcome, Bolivians. For Argentines is nothing new arrival of foreign immigrants to our country. For something said Octavio Paz: “Mexicans descended from the Aztecs, Peruvians from the Incas, and the Argentines from boats”. He was right, since from 1870 to the beginning of the First World War the country received a huge influx of immigrants. Immigration to the United States in those years was larger, but in proportion to the native population was more important the contribution of immigration in…

Can Latin American higher education go global without using English?

(Editor’s Note: This article was written by Leandro Tessler and was published in The Guardian newspaper on 5 March. Leandro Tessler is an associate professor of physics at Unicamp, Campinas in Brazil) Some Latin American countries are dedicating important resources to internationalisation of their higher education systems. This has triggered a rapid response from institutions, associations and even governments from the developed world. Suddenly Latin American universities became regarded as important potential…

Paraguay will lead the way with 10% growth this year in Latin America

Latin America Economy to Grow 3.5% This Year,  the UN Panel Says The forecasts are based on better economic performance by Brazil and Argentina, countries that in 2012 grew 0.9 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively Latin America and the Caribbean will grow at a rate of 3.5 percent in 2013, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America said on Tuesday, revising downward its earlier forecast of 3.8 percent growth this year. In an updated economic assessment, ECLAC predicted that the economies of the region will…

Capitá Miní- One man’s story of his love of the Argentine Ibera

Mario Battiston born in Rosario’s city on May 3, 1944 After two years of military service in Marina he joined the Argentine Merchant Navy as Assistant of Mechanic, from 1967 on. Also in a foreign Merchant Navy as 3rd Technical Officer from 1969 until 1971, sailing principally on the southern seas choosing the crossing of the Strait of Magellan that is the pass between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.  He therefore covered the route chosen by Charles Darwin to look for the Nomads of the sea…

El Tigre of Argentina – A fisherman’s paradise

By Larry Larson – Professional Fishing Guide “Don’t cry for me Argentina. The truth is I never left you,” that’s how the song goes and I felt like I’d never left after looking through my passport, which contained 25 border crossing stamps for Argentina in the last eight years.    It was early December and I had time to reminisce as I waited for dinner aboard my flight from the Washington-Dulles airport to Buenos Aires. My thoughts of the hunting expeditions, good friends and the fantastic food…

” Open veins of Latin America” A must read or anyone thinking on doing business or living in Latin America

This translated book begins with a forewords by left wing writer Isabel Allende, and here is  just one quote from her  introduction of the book: “His work is a mixture of meticulous detail, political conviction, poetic flair, and good storytelling.” The translation by Cedric Belfrage merits special note. This book sings in English, and the translator has done justice to the original. A major recurring theme throughout the book is that of capital squandered by the few while the many actually…

Doug Casey: All Banks Are Bankrupt – Head to South America

L: Doug, there is considerable disagreement over the significance of the Cyprus crisis. A lot of people are saying that it’s just a flash in the pan; Cyprus is a small country, far off, and doesn’t really matter. Other people are saying it’s very significant. The European Central Bank took unprecedented steps. What do you think? Doug: I think this could be the spark that ignites the keg of dynamite under the current financial system. All banks, all around the world, are bankrupt, and have…

South America improves its record of human development with some surprising results

South America improves its record of human development with some surprising results IF YOU look at countries’ social and economic progress since 1990, you will find that, in most cases, it is in line with their historic performance—with some important exceptions. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), over 40 countries have done much better than their recent history alone would have suggested. This large group, says the UNDP, really represents “the rise of the South”, not the…