Argentine Fintech Giant Mercado Pago Requests a Banking License in Mexico: Why Did It Spark Criticism in Other Countries?

Marcos Galperin’s fintech will acquire a banking license in Mexico, a process that could take between 12 and 24 months. Although it is not licensed in other countries where it operates, it offers its clients a wide range of financial products. Mercado Pago announced that it will acquire a banking license in Mexico, a process that could take between 12 and 24 months. Thus, the fintech arm of Mercado Libre will seek to comply with regulations in Mexico and become the most prominent digital bank in that…

Carbon credits in the UK: A threat or opportunity for farmers?

Recent figures show that over half of farm sales last year were to non-farmers. There are reports of farmers being outbid for land that will be put into woodland or other offsetting projects. We explore the threats and opportunities of these schemes. Whilst there are opportunities for farmers to gain extra income streams from carbon credits and other environmental schemes, there has long been concern about food security and the impact on farming and food in the UK.  The aim of such schemes is to use low-quality…

LATAM Booming Real Estate Market. Thousands of New Companies Opened

The real estate sector is experiencing significant growth in some Latin American regions, like Mexico and Brazil, with a notorious surge in real estate companies and investors. Real estate companies are experiencing a remarkable surge in various regions of Latin America. In Mexico, for instance, the number of real estate service providers has surged by nearly 20% over the past five years, according to the latest Mexican Economy Secretariat‘s data. Similarly, more than 26,000 real estate companies…

Explaining Chiles Land Title System

Explaining Chiles Land Title System A Real Estate Title search in Chile goes way beyond just tracking the ownership history of a property. Many more issues need to be checked in the numerous public records available in the Chilean legal system. Many other title issues come from common sense experience of the problems in particular regions. Beyond just knowing what documents to request and their significance for a title search in Chile, knowing the local problems and history is essential. For example, what are…

Paraguay is rated the best place in the region for business, according to says Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) 

The Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) released this weekend by Brazil’s Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) highlighted Paraguay as the Mecca for regional business ventures, given the country’s outstanding performance. The FGV report highlights that, despite the increase in their indexes, other countries remained in the unfavourable zone (below 100 points): Peru (85.3), Colombia (72.8), Chile (72.7), and Ecuador (42.2). Meanwhile, Argentina climbed from 26.1 to 41.7, with the first economic…

Reasons why we are on the cusp of a commodity super-cycle affecting South America

The following two decades are likely to be a series of supply squeezes for a variety of reasons As 2024 unfolds, the surge in commodity prices has been nothing short of spectacular, with sectors such as metals, energy, and agriculture all registering significant gains. This trend is not merely coincidental but indicative of a burgeoning commodity super-cycle driven by three key factors: What drives commodity super-cycles? Historically, commodity super-cycles have been triggered by periods of intense industrialisation…

Why is the Osorno region in CHILE home to so much dairy farming?

Why?  Well, thanks to the high level of sanitary control, dairy cooperatives produce milk of high quality. The Chilean dairy industry benefits from a suitable climate (around 1200m plus with moderate temperatures), particularly in the Southern half of the country (the regions of Los Lagos and Los Rios) with around 75% of the cattle and 600.000 hectares devoted to dairy production (80% of the country).* Key facts about the Chilean dairy industry Chile is involved in up to 5% of milk production in Latin America,…

The British Vestey Meat Empire in South America

The Vestey Brothers were once the largest meat retailers in the world The company once controlled one-third of the refrigerated storage capacity in Britain and two-thirds of multiple butcher shops. It accounted for 20 per cent of all meat imported into Britain. Origins and early growth William Vestey (1859 – 1940) and Edmund Hoyle Vestey (1866 – 1954) were born to Samuel Vestey, a Liverpool provisions merchant. William Vestey William Vestey was sent to Chicago to scout for opportunities in 1876. He was…

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We offer South American real estate investment opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. We know buying South American Real Estate has specific rules for foreign citizens, rules we are familiar with and have worked with extensively. This is why we have created a programme to guide international buyers through purchasing real estate in South America, from finding properties for sale to helping clients comply with the required paperwork and legal procedures. South American News And…

Issues that should be addressed before considering the sale of a rural property to avoid an extended sale period

Consider carefully the following issues before putting a farm or piece of land on the market if you don’t want to experience delays, which can cause the property to become stale and develop a negative reputation. Legal and Administration Issues Most importantly, for properties with multiple ownership, all shareholders must be on the same page regarding selling and the expected price level achievable based on an independent valuation ( don’t ask brokers competing with each other for the listing for that…

The 10 most important rules for investing in agriculture favour South America

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Rule 1. Only invest in investor-friendly countries: Agricultural investments require a medium to long-term view. A typical investment in mainstream agriculture will require 70-80% of your investment to go into the land. There is no need to add to these risks by going into countries where you put your capital at risk. This rules out most of Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia. Rule 2. Countries with low, preferably no, subsidies for agriculture. Subsidies can be alluring because they can be seen as underwriting…

MercadoLibre now sells properties that can be paid with crypto

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The Mercado Libre e-commerce will allow real estate agencies to publish properties such as apartments, houses, land, lots and premises in Bitcoin. How the buying and selling of real estate in cryptocurrencies works. Today, Mercado Libre announced that it will accept property ads in cryptocurrencies . From now on, it will be possible to access properties with Bitcoin through the platform, and there will be an exclusive section of properties listed in cryptocurrencies. “We are always attentive to the changes…

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 does not…

LATAM Airlines Re-Starts Direct Flights from Sydney to Santiago

LATAM Airlines is delighted to announce the reintroduction of direct flights from Sydney to Santiago four times weekly, commencing on 28 October 2024. This milestone significantly enhances connectivity, offering travellers daily direct routes between Australia and Latin America. LATAM’s commitment to reconnecting continents is evident in its expansion of services. In September 2023, LATAM Airlines restarted Melbourne – Santiago direct flights thrice weekly. With the addition of the four weekly direct…

11 property tips when buying

My thoughts from 30 yrs in the real estate industry. Tip 1: Contact your broker, don’t wait for them to contact you – Good properties always sell, even in a challenging market. Your ability to buy the best properties that tick all your boxes comes down to your relationships with the local brokers, so take the lead and make sure they always think of you first when they become aware of that perfect property. Ask to be on their mailing list if you are not already. Tip 2: Buy when you can afford to…
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