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GOOGLE PLANS TO TRIPLE ITS CLOUD COMPUTING WORKFORCE IN LATIN AMERICA BY 2020

The tech giant Google expects to increase its customer workforce by three times to support cloud computing services in Latin America by the end of the year 2020.  At the Google Cloud Summit in Sao Paulo, Google Cloud’s director in Brazil, João Bolonha said, “This growth has already started and we’ve been expanding teams in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.” According to Alphabet Inc.’s Google, its total capital expenditure globally hit US$47 billion (nearly…

Brazil approves pensions’ reform: markets soar and stocks hit an all-time​ high

Brazil’s Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to a landmark reform of the country’s social security system, in a step seen as key to stabilizing public finances and the economy. The text was approved by a vote of 60-19. Earlier in the day the Senate Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee approved the text of a pension reform bill, while Brazilian markets rallied and stocks hit an all-time high as the government’s key policy this year to revive flagging economic growth was achieved. Pension…

Chile has the best Pension System in the America’s

The Netherlands and Denmark have the best pensions systems in the world, according to a global study that shines a light on how nations are preparing ageing populations for retirement. The countries took the top two slots in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index published on Monday, both earning an A grade for the level of financial security provided in retirement. Australia came in third, with a B+ grade, and the top 10 was rounded out with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore,…

LATAM Agribusiness Environment Overview 2019

Latin America is a key provider of agricultural, mineral, and other natural products to the rest of the world. Its diverse geographic landscapes and rich ecosystems, experienced local workforces and government agendas for sustainable development support one of the world’s most competitive regions for agribusiness. As the region’s political and economic stability increases, major consumer markets reach out to these countries to score preferential trade agreements and closer international cooperation…

Argentine and Brazil agribusiness have an “ecological surplus”

Economist Nicolás Torre, from the IERAL Institute of the Mediterranean Foundation, published an extensive thread on the social network Twitter, highlighting that both Argentina and Brazil have a positive “ecological footprint”. That is, they have more natural resources available than those they consume annually to survive. Torre’s report came in response to accusations against South America in recent weeks. First by The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, when he said that Brazil…

Brazil – Property Foreclosure Opportunities

It is alway the savviest strategy to buy low and sell high. One’s definitive guide to profit is the good purchase: if you buy something for a low value, chances are you are headed for good gains. This basic knowledge is there for years. The thing is to find the good buy, to be in the right place and time for that is the tricky part of the business.  Now is that time and Brazil is the place for profitable Real Estate investments. We explain.  The reason is pretty logical so we will keep it plain…

Now is a Great Time to Invest in Latin American Mining

For centuries Latin American mining has captivated international investors. Tales of Birú, a magical gold-laden land that we now know as Peru, were enough to convince Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro to lead a risky expedition against the Incas. In the short-term the mission was an outstanding success with Pizarro ransoming captured Inca emperor Atahualpa for 13,000 pounds (lbs) of gold and twice as much silver. In today’s prices that is almost $3billion worth of gold though the silver…

Speculation vs. opportunism – a dangerous difference

The ability to be flexible and reactionary appeals to many would-be investors. They like the idea of identifying an opportunity and seizing it with gusto, certain it will pay handsomely. I agree there are advantages to being quick on your feet when locking down an opportunity, but this sort of transaction should trigger a moment of self-assessment. When making the choice on whether to purchase, ask yourself, “Am I a speculator or opportunist,” because the differences between the two are dramatic…

Why are Brazilian Businesses and Investors Flocking to Paraguay?

Paraguay is now competing with regional powers for an increasing cut of the region’s foreign direct investment. Thanks to prudent fiscal policymaking, landlocked Paraguay pulled through troubled times when its major trade partners, Brazil and Argentina, were hit by the 2008 global financial crisis. The country has experienced positive economic growth since the arrival of now ex-President Horacio Cartes in office. Though still operating in the shadows of bigger players in the region, such as Brazil,…

Mercado Libre Starts Accepting Payment in Bitcoin in Brazil

Mercado Libre decision to accept Bitcoin is a major breakthrough, as it gives legal status to cryptocurrencies. There are more than 3,000 stores or brands within Libre’s ecosystem in the region. Brazilians can now pay in Bitcoin for the goods they purchase through Latin American e-commerce site Mercado Libre. The online retailer has partnered with Atlanta, Georgia-based payment services provider Bitpay to enable the service on its platform. Mercado’s decision to accept Bitcoin…

Kiwi’s farming in Brazil

The Story of the Leitíssimo Dairy Farm The current chairman of this Brazilian dairy company is Craig Bell. Craig is a New Zealand graduate of Waikato University in Chemistry (B.Sc.), Canterbury University in Chemical and Process Engineering (B.E (Hons) (Chem. & Proc.) and holds a post-graduate diploma from Massey University in Dairy Science and Technology (Dip. Dair. Sci. & Tech.). He also completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. From 1987 to 2003, Craig worked…

Latin America’s New Generation of Oil Producing Countries

Mexico and Venezuela have long been the oil powerhouses of Latin America. But with political uncertainty and market volatility mounting, a new generation of oil-producing counties are set to transform the region. Bloomberg’s Alix Steel dives deep into South America’s oil prospects to uncover the opportunities for homegrown companies, international oil giants and investor appetite. She examines the potential for Colombia, Guyana, Brazil and Argentina to transform Latin America into an oil production…

Investor Visa in Brazil: A Practical Guide

Investor Visa in Brazil: A Practical Guide The investor visa procedure in Brazil is governed by the National Immigration Council’s (CNIg)with a new Normative Resolution from 2015. This new resolution brings new rules pertaining to the investor visa procedure in Brazil, such as a new amount of foreign investment required and special rules for startup companies who work on the innovation and technological sector, for example. In the ever changing set of rules and Brazilian bureaucracy obstacles many…

Potential new Argentine President Alberto Fernández is like a matryoshka doll, “you open it and out pops, Cristina, Lula, Chavez…”

Argentine primary winner, Alberto Fernandez is like the Russian mamushka doll, “you open it and out pops Cristina Fernandez, again you open it and out pops Lula, and again, Hugo Chavez”, said Brazilian foreign minister Ernesto Araújo. Money leaving Ezeiza after the shock election result Araújo joined president Jair Bolsonaro, and Finance minister Paulo Guedes is openly expressing their aversion to the current political situation in Argentina, and the possibility of a return to office…

Argentina: Outlook darkens as Peronist chances grow

Argentine crisis
Argentina’s economic outlook has deteriorated notably since August’s LatinFocus edition. The primary elections on 11 August revealed that President Mauricio Macri is trailing in a very distant second place in the run-up to the October elections, shocking market analysts and sparking a huge and destabilizing capital flight in turn. The drastic change in political landscape and unfolding market turmoil has significantly affected the country’s outlook, particularly for next year. Now, GDP is…
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