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Brazil makes it easier for foreigners to buy farmland again

The chairmanship of the Agriculture Caucus in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies  aims to turn back the clock on the rules concerning foreign ownership of his country’s farmland. Five years ago, Brazil’s Attorney General Office issued a new interpretation of an old, business-friendly rule that made it harder for foreign companies to buy the country’s…

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…

China hungers for Brazil’s Grain Harvest

Africa is not the only continent China is investing in Author: Denise Chrispim Marin Conventional wisdom says China plans ahead. Right now, as it works to secure food supplies for the next 50 years, China is getting more active in Brazil, the world’s third-largest grain producer—and one with the significant untapped capacity to expand the cultivated land.…

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…

5 things: Brazil’s economic downturn and what to expect going forward

Brazil’s economy has had a tough time of it so far this year. The truckers’ strike, the depreciating real and the uncertainty regarding presidential elections have all contributed to Brazil’s economic woes in 2018. In this post, Senior Economist Angela Bouzanis answers some key questions regarding Brazil’s…

Brazil’s Commercial Real Estate Prices Dip Again in August

According to the latest FipeZap Commercial Index, Brazil commercial real estate prices declined in August with sale prices falling -0.51 percent and rental prices decreasing -0.46 percent. In that period, the accumulated inflation rate fell -0.09 percent, as calculated by the IPCA/IBGE (National Consumer Price Index/Brazilian Institute of…

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…

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Real Estate Options for South America Gateway to South America offers South American real estate investment opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Click on the Red Links above for our latest options. We know buying South American Real Estate has specific rules for foreign citizens, rules we are familiar with and have…

New Property Listings and Sales Soar Across Brazil

In the second quarter of 2018, listings of new properties jumped 120 percent from the first quarter and twenty percent from 2017’s second quarter. Despite the country’s lingering economic recession and unstable political climate, Brazil’s real estate market received some positive news this week showing that in the second quarter of 2018…

Are agricultural investment funds a bottomless basket?

Financially, we all remember the date: September 2008. The Sub-prime crisis and everything that’s happened in these 10 years. Global rates fell, the profitability of many businesses went down and various businesses ‘too big to fail‘ finally did also fall. But there was a common denominator in a particular sector. Where there were…

The important role that Brazil has in global agriculture

A report entitled The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018, recently published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), places Brazil as the world’s third biggest exporter of agricultural goods. In the document, FAO warns about the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security on the planet up…

Will real estate agents be replaced by robots?

It’s no longer a question of whether but rather when the real estate industry will be disrupted. Our way of selling and buying houses remains a pain point. California-based investment advisor Ross Gerber summed up what lots of us think when he said, “The real estate industry desperately needs … a transparent, predictable and liquid…

Why are People Choosing to Live and Invest in Latin America?

It is no doubt that the economic balance of the world has moved over the last few years after the U.S.-led credit crunch, which resulted in a worldwide recession. As a consequence, Latin America, led by Brazil and Mexico, is now amongst the strongest economy in the world and their presence on the worldwide stage is growing. There are very…

Warren Buffett prefers Farm Land to buying Gold. You should too.

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  Today the world’s gold stock is about 171,000 metric tons. If all of this gold were melded together, it would form a cube of about 68 feet per side. (Picture it fitting comfortably within a baseball infield.) At $1,198 USD per ounce — gold’s price as I write this — its value would be about $9.6 trillion.…