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South America: Canada’s forgotten continent

For years, merchants in Nova Scotia traded salt fish, lumber and potatoes for Jamaican rum and molasses. But they needed a place to barter their goods and so, in 1889, Bank of Nova Scotia opened an agency in Kingston. It was the first foray for a Canadian bank beyond Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Next came a branch in Cuba in 1906, Puerto Rico in 1910, the Dominican Republic in 1920 and, to serve the livestock and agricultural industries, a presence in Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1934. More recently, Canada’s third-largest…

Latin America’s infrastructure grows fast

Latin America’s has long been considered a laggard in terms of global infrastructure development, but that perception should be changing. Countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Puerto Rico have all begun major long-term infrastructure projects ranging from roads to dams to telecommunications towers to airports. Infrastructure development in the areas of energy, transportation and telecommunications have seen the greatest recent growth, with estimates ranging as high as $450 billion, to be spent…

Should you invest in Brazil?

By Dominic Frisby @ MoneyWeek I’ve just spent a very pleasant fortnight in Brazil. It’s a wonderful country. But should we be investing there? The first thing that struck me about Brazil its sheer abundance. It’s the fifth-biggest country in the world. It has 20% of the world’s fresh water supply and just 3% of its population. (China has over 20% of the world’s population and about 6% of its fresh water). #adp02 It has the highest number of species of primates, amphibians and plants…

HSBC has released a report predicting the rise and fall of the world’s economies in the next 40 years.

The global research department of HSBC has released a report predicting the rise and fall of the world’s economies in the next 40 years. The world’s top economy in 2050 will be China, followed by the United States. No surprises there – since China’s reforms in the 1980s, economists have said it’s not a question of if, but when, China’s collective economic might will top the U.S. #adp02 But among the smaller, developing nations, there are several surprises by HSBC prognosticators:But among the smaller,…

Russian companies invest big in Brazil

Russian companies are making strong inroads into Brazil, a fellow top-league developing economy that has long lain out of its range of interest. Both countries are members of BRIC — a group that also includes such longtime Russian partners as China and India — which held a maiden summit of its leaders in 2009. “That BRIC forum was a powerful factor to make relations more dynamic” with Brazil, said Sergei Vasilyev, chairman of the Russian-Brazil Business Council. Russia – Brazil Ties Three…

The brakes put on Brazilian Land Prices

The brakes put on Brazilian Land Prices An update on rural land prices in Brazil from Stuart Donald The current lack of definition over the foreign land investment laws in Brazilin land has put the brakes on strong rises in the prices of rural land in 2011. In some regions prices for larger areas have stagnated and even dropped. One land agent believes prices have dropped from the previous year in the region of Ribeirão Preto by 16%, Cascavel by 14%, Pouso Alegre (MG) by 12% and in Luis Eduardo Magalhães…

Millions of foreigners moving into Brazil

Millions of foreigners have moved into Brazil attracted by the economic expansion of recent years, while the number of Brazilians leaving the country has dropped dramatically, according to official data released last week. Justice Secretary Paulo Abrao says there are 600.000 undocumented aliens Justice Secretary Paulo Abrao says there are 600.000 undocumented aliens The Ministry of Justice estimated that two million foreigners were residing in Brazil last June, of which 1.4 million legally and the rest, mostly…

Argentina – Brand Storming

Argentina – Brand Storming Como parte del 4° Congreso Internacional de Shopping Centers organizado por la CASC, se desarrolló el tema ‘desarrollo y gestión de marcas’. Brainstorming, así fue titulado este segmento, en el que se planteó el desafío de repensar las marcas, y analizar las nuevas tendencias sobre el diseño de puntos de venta. La exposición estuvo coordinada por Fernando Noguera (Centro Comercial Nordelta).  Gabriela Scalise, New Business Director, Interbrand El valor de una…

Brazil soars in clean energy rankings

Brazil soars in clean energy rankings With almost half of its energy supply generated by renewable sources, Brazil increasingly looks like a positive example for the rest of the world. By Robin Yapp | The Daily Telegraph There is an old joke that says Brazil is the country of the future – and always will be. But with rapid economic growth, the government claiming that some 40 million people have been lifted out of poverty in the past decade and the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on the…

Brazil to be among top destinations of foreign investment

  Brazil will be one of the main destinations of foreign investment next year, a study released Wednesday by the country’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) said. According to the International Perception of Brazil Monitor study, the indicator that measures the likelihood of Brazil receiving foreign investment rose from 35 points in May to 43 points in August. Seventy percent of interviewees worldwide consider Brazil one of the top five destinations for foreign investment, up from 56…

Tax Changes for Small Businesses in Brazil

 Tax Changes for Small Businesses in Brazil By Helen Trouten Torres Brazil’s Federal program of tax incentives for micro and small businesses, Simples Nacional or Super Simples, is close to raising its threshold to increases the number of participants. The plans were launched last week by President Dilma Rousseff and are expected to be passed quickly through congress. The Super Simples system involves monthly tax and social security payments being collected through a single document thus reducing bureaucracy…

Why is George Soros Selling Gold and Buying Farmland

WHY IS GEORGE SOROS SELLING GOLD AND BUYING FARMLAND? By Mike Adams – August 14, 2011 Food prices are skyrocketing all across the globe, and there’s no end in sight. The United Nations says food inflation is currently at 30% a year, and the fast-eroding value of the dollar is causing food prices to appear even higher (in contrast to a weakening currency). As the dollar drops in value due to runaway money printing at the Federal Reserve, the cost to import foods from other nations looks to double in…

Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Setting Up Your Business In Brazil

By Brian Warren | articlesnatch.com Brazil brings to mind the images of soccer or the Amazon or the carnival. Although a small fraction, it is indeed a part of what makes Brazil. It is the largest country in South America in land mass and population, and shares borders with ten neighboring nations. Being rich and diverse in natural resources, it is a fascinating country with full of opportunities to be developed. Brazil is one of the great socioeconomic paradoxes, and although it resides comfortably at number…

Chile among ten countries with lowest default risk

In the Sovereign Risk Index 2011 published by the BlackRock Investment Institute, Chile ranked ahead of all other emerging and Latin American economies. Positioned among the ten countries with the lowest default risk, it also ranked close to Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, the world leaders in financial responsibility. “While most countries have a burden of net debt, [Chile] has good fiscal space, with assets that exceed its net debt and a surplus equivalent to 11% of GDP,” noted Garth Flannery, one of…

Brazil’s dairy sector seeks a comeback

Source: U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) In 2008, Brazil looked well on its way to becoming a significant player on the world dairy market. Export volumes had more than doubled over a two-year stretch to 1.1 million tons. The country posted a record dairy trade surplus (more than 630,000 tons) when only six years earlier it had run a 1-million-ton deficit. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy in its 2009 Global­ization Report called out Brazil as one of a handful of emerging nations that could eventually…