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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 close similarities between the ongoing developments within Latin America and the development of Europe in years gone by as one of the leading powerhouses. To set the records…

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. Call this cube pile A. Let’s now create a pile B costing an equal amount. For that, we could buy all U.S. cropland (400 million acres with output of about $200 billion annually),…

Don’t Sell, Seduce when advertising!

Emotional ads are processed quite differently by the brain than those that appeal to logic, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics shows that. That might seem like old news to Neuromarketing readers, but the experimental approach was somewhat different than past efforts in this area. Researchers at UCLA had subjects view different ads, some that used logical persuasion to sell, and others that used what they called “non-rational influence” ads. The…

What Tom is drinking now!! Yerba Mate

Tom a good friend of GTSA from Panama recently visited South America, and started drinking Mate whilst in Argentina which now it has become a regular afternoon delight! Here is his story. There are some Argentine customs we wish we could incorporate into our daily routine—midnight steak dinners followed by five hours of dancing? If only. But yerba mate, the national drink of Argentina, is something we can definitely get on board with. Not quite coffee and not quite tea, yerba mate is trending in a major…

Top 10 Factors Affecting a Estancia’s (large farm) Value

The valuation of an Estancia and finding the price per hectare is substantially different than other types of real estate. While residential and commercial real estate prices typically rely on data based upon numerous transactions within a defined market area that can be defined as “comparable sales,” most Estancia sales are not published on any database, there are relatively few transactions that close within a two year time frame, and there is no defined market area. Due to the uniqueness of ranches,…

☀ South America Land Prices Review

Free pasture cattle, Uruguay
South America Land Prices Reviewed In the Central American and Andean countries, fertile farmland has never been very abundant, and some of those countries also have restrictions in place regarding larger land holdings by foreigners. Ie Argentina *, Brazil * and Uruguay. * Current policies under review for removal or change. Foreigners have bought large tracts of land over the last few decades in these regions, due to the previous low valuations and absence of restrictions in the following regions: –…

11 mistakes a new real estate sales person should avoid making

Anyone starting a new job is bound to make some mistakes along the way. Having said that there are some basic ones not to make. 1. Not choosing the best agency in the speciality you are interested in. Anxious to get their careers off the ground, many newbie agents often make the mistake of not choosing the best agency to work with. From a recruitment perspective, the biggest mistake would be choosing a less than ‘best in market’ agency to commence your career with. “You learn so much in your…

Australian Entrepreneurship in Latin America – Growing Commercial Opportunities

Latin America has not traditionally been Australians commercial jurisdiction of choice, with regions such as Asia and Europe taking precedence. However, times are changing, and it seems that there has been a shift in commercial interest towards the large, diverse and often unexploited markets of Latin America.  The growth in commercial ties between the region is evident with the growth of groups/associations such as The Australian Latin American Business Council, The Australia Trade Commision in Latin America…

JBS: The Story Behind The World’s Biggest Meat Producer

The story goes that when Wesley Mendonça Batista arrived in Greeley, Colo. in 2007 from Brazil he sported the basic cowboy gear of jeans, boots and hat. He spoke no English and made a point of getting blood on his hands– showing butchers at his newly acquired Swift how to carve out the most dollars’ worth of cuts from a cow’s carcass. Cut to four years later and Batista, 41, was sitting in the lobby of the InterContinental Hotel in New York City looking through a presentation, in English,…

Do wind turbines or solar panels add or subtract from a property value?

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With Solar and Wind Farms now becoming common around the world including South America it might be time to look at other countries experience regarding whether these projects add value to the land when it is sold. For South America, Australia has some compatible data. Solar panel arrays, wind turbines and telecommunications towers are popping up on farms and grazing properties from northern Queensland through to Tasmania, providing producers with a steady, passive income stream, particularly valuable now as…

“Bitcoineta”, a cryptocurrency awareness program conceived by non-profit organizations, Bitcoin Argentina, and Bitcoin Americana has commenced. The campaign will comprise a minivan boldly donning the bitcoin logo embarking on a road trip across Argentina and Latin America with the goal of spreading knowledge and fostering bitcoin adoption.

“Bitcoineta”, a cryptocurrency awareness program conceived by non-profit organizations, Bitcoin Argentina, and Bitcoin Americana has commenced. The campaign will comprise a minivan boldly donning the bitcoin logo embarking on a road trip across Argentina and Latin America with the goal of spreading knowledge and fostering bitcoin adoption. Latin American NGOs Team Up to Launch Bitcoin Awareness Campaign Non-government organizations Bitcoin Argentina and Bitcoin Americana have begun ‘Bitcoineta‘ –…

China’s Belt and Road has rich potential in Latin america

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) and it is acting as an important driving force for China’s relations with Latin America. What has the initiative achieved in Latin America? How should China deal with the hurdles when implementing BRI in the region? Global Times collected the opinion of four experts at a forum on the subject organized by The Charhar Institute. Lü Fengding, chair of the International Advisory Board of The Charhar Institute Latin America is rich…

Latam Investor Q3 2018 Report

With 80% of the region’s population going to the polls in 2018, this year was always going to be seminal for Latin America. With elections in Chile, Mexico and Colombia already completed we can now see some outlines appearing on the political map of Latin America for the next few years. Meanwhile, with commodity prices from copper to oil moving upwards, the economic dynamic is also becoming clearer. In Chile and Colombia, right-wing candidates have come back to power. Both are lucky to win an election when…

Adecoagro – One of the largest agricultural companies in South America

Adecoagro started operating in 2002 with the purchase of 74,000 hectares of land in Argentina and from then on they became one of the largest agricultural companies in South America. Adecoagro production is mainly focused on sugar and ethanol, but it is also producing soy, rice, corn, and dairy. The company’s main competitive advantages are its low production costs, clean ownership structure, varied land ownership, and strong valuation (stock price below book value). Your stock screener or data provider…

Bono and the widow of Steve Jobs invest in education in Argentina and the region

The leader of U2 along with other philanthropists like the founders of EBay and Linkedin decided to bet on a project to develop digital skills. Bono, the singer, and leader of the legendary band U2 is one of the investors of TICMAS, a new educational project that will drive the development of digital skills and competencies for the 21st century in the country and in the region. Bono along with other celebrities who are philanthropists are part of the Rise Fund, which is the new investor of TICMAS, the company…