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World wine production “to hit 50-year low”

Global wine production is expected to fall to its lowest in more than 50 years, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). The group blamed the decline on extreme weather in Italy, France, and Spain – the world’s top three producers.Total world output is projected to fall 8% from last year to about 247 million hectolitres. This could raise prices and dissipate a global surplus caused by a demand slump in the wake of the financial crisis. According to OIV estimates, Italian…

South American Political Map and What It Means for the Agro Industry

The South American political map provides some insight into the economic and political structure of the region and its effects on the agro industry. Learn more. The South American Political Map and What It Means for the Agro-Industry In 2016, Brazil hit its highest level of stocks in over four years. Brazilian stocks have risen over 48 percent and should keep going up as South America focuses on political and economic reform. This is good news for those looking to invest in the agro industry, or move to a…

Chilterra Dairy Farm in Chile. Another New Zealand Latin American Success Story ?

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A Chilean farmer has given those on the New Zealand Prime Minister’s tour of Latin America an entertaining insight into farming in the country, saying when he first got involved with a New Zealand company, his father warned him “they will take your land and your wife.” ( some truth in that ) Ricardo Rios is a farmer in Chile and the CEO of Chilterra, a dairy company in Chile which has the backing from New Zealand investors. Mr Rios was speaking to the Prime Minister’s delegation at…

Argentine Congress of CREA 2017: Technology brings a wave of new disruptive options

At the CREA Tech conference,  held in Cordoba, Argentina there were a large number of new tech startups, applications of robotics and advances in genetics on show. A wave of new technological developments, outside the traditional technology of inputs, is making its way into the agriculture and pastoral sectors. It brings not only agronomy skills but above all else, electronics and mechanical engineering. Those companies and individuals who have mounted that wave are mostly led by young people between 30…

What are the Tax and Accounting Requirements in Chile?

When a company decides to move their business into a new market and to open up a new office in a new country, one of the first things to be considered is the country’s tax system. Around the world every country has different tax and accounting systems, some are easier to manage than others. Therefore, when moving into a new market, companies have to determine and understand the country’s corporation tax, sales tax, dividend tax, and other applicable tax rates. Additionally, a company must be aware of…

Chile Opens Latin America’s Largest Medical Marijuana Farm

Chile welcomed Latin America’s largest medicinal marijuana farm Tuesday, marking another step in the region’s growing acceptance of therapeutic uses for the formerly illegal plant. The plantation in the small town of Colbun, about 170 miles south of Santiago, will help treat some 4,000 patients from across Chile, according to organizers. This comes as Chile’s Congress debates the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and cultivation. Opinions about the use of marijuana…

The dirty secrets property syndicate managers don’t want you to know!

Property Syndicates have become popular all around the world but they are not all equal. Each one has a defined propose and time frame (or should have). Here is an Australian analysis done on them showing what to watch out for. I hope to enlighten potential investors about the tricks used by property syndicate managers to ‘window dress’ their performance. Some of these tricks can be backed out and where possible I have provided the math below. Before we begin, let’s define and recap the role of Index…

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR HAS ARRIVED

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Smart farming is becoming the norm in developed countries This is a report funded by Microsoft on the disruption taking place in the food sector in New Zealand and around the world. I have been saying for some time that small farmers who carry on the traditional forms of farming will increasingly struggle to survive. Certainly, there is evidence that this transformation has taken hold in the US with 80% of farmers using some kind of smart farming technique (Smart AKIS, 2017) and that it is an emerging phenomenon…

What are farm syndicates and how do they operate?

Farm syndicates are a business model that offers investors the possibility of buying shares or part ownership to take part in a rural productive initiative, whether this is an agricultural project or a horticultural one. It consists of several investors, with similar interests, who are seeking to obtain benefits through rural activities, without the need of settling in a rural area or being experts in these types of activities.    This interesting and successful model is widely extended in New Zealand. Myfarm.com…

Chile Political Overview: Elections and its economy

It can be difficult for foreigners to find information (in English) regarding the upcoming elections in Chile. BNamericas has recently released a new report that outlines political risk in different Latin American countries. The aim of the report is to track and put into perspective all political news that impacts the real economy. Below we have summarized some of the main points from the report:. Chile is Latin America’s most stable country but is going through a challenging period marked by low growth…

Are Performance Fees Fair for Syndicate Investors?

The Argument Against Performance Fees If fund managers and syndicate managers do not outperform their benchmark, they continue to get their standard fee, even if they have to forego their performance fee. We like performance but we do not like performance fees. There are fund managers, who charge a fee for management, but then on top of that, they charge another fee if they get returns above a certain level. We object to these “performance fees”. Some fund managers will say they should have a performance…

Looking at Agriculture as an asset class

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Agriculture is one of the oldest asset classes in the world, time tested and proven to weather economic uncertainty. Within agriculture, farmland has historically proven itself as a tangible, stable storage of wealth, appreciating approximately 3.5 percent annually over the last 30 years. A Global Farmland Index recently developed by Savills World Research, an index based on data from 15 key farmland markets across the globe, recorded an annualized growth since 2002 of 14.8 percent. The strong, steady growth…

Investment funds worldwide after large farms in response to roaring investors´ demand to buy farmland assets

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With many agricultural commodity prices at multi-year highs, buying farmland is seen as a more direct way to cash in on valuable crops and to take advantage of long-term appreciation of farm property. This is done by farm syndicates or direct ownership. As a result, investment funds worldwide have put an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion in agriculture globally, and interest is also growing from ultra-rich investors and pension funds, which see farmland as tangible, strategic assets. Private funds are not…

Forbes 2016 World’s Billionaires: Meet The Richest People in Chile

Chile is home to 11 billionaires in South America, out of whom 10 have made it to the list of Forbes’ 2016 billionaire rankings. The Forbes Billionaires list is a snapshot of wealth taken on Feb. 12; we used stock prices and exchange rates from that day. Some fortunes could have changed considerably since then. 1. Iris Fontbona #101 on Forbes’ List Real Time Net Worth (as of 2/17/17): $13.8 Billion Age: 74 Source of Wealth: Mining Residence: Santiago, Chile Chile’s richest person, Iris Fontbona, inherited…

Chile constructs the world’s largest telescope in the Atacama Desert

Chile has started construction on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world’s largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today. “What is being raised here is more than a telescope. Here we see one of the greatest examples of the possibilities of science,” said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in a speech to mark the beginning of construction at the site. The size of the ELT has the potential to transform our understanding…
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