Lithium is the new Oil and is in an undisputed bull market

South America Lithium is the new Oil Demand for more efficient energy storage is an ongoing structural thematic will continue through the next decade. Lithium-ion batteries for consumer electronics, Electrical Vehicles (EV) and Electrical Energy Storage systems, will see Lithium demand grow at >10% cagr through to the end of the decade to 300ktpa+. The major demand swing factor is from EV for whom the outlook continues to brighten. This is evidenced by the major car manufacturer’s commitment to rolling…

☻ GTSA – Corporate INTL Award

GTSA Corporate INTL Award   Corporate INTL’s annual awards marks excellence for the world’s leading advisers and financiers in an array of countries and continents. Gateway to South America – Argentina  has been awarded this award for the third time as The Agricultural Real Estate Specialist of the Year in Argentina for 2016. The awards commemorate those who have been successful over the past 12 months and who have shown excellence not only in expertise but in service. For all their awards…

Conservationist Douglas Tompkins dies during kayak accident in Chilean Patagonia

Laguna Blanca Entre Ríos Province, a Tompkins Project
Douglas Tompkins Dies in boating Accident Douglas Tompkins, 72, the renowned conservationist and co-founder of The North Face, died on Tuesday in a kayaking accident in Lake General Carrera, on the Chilean side of Patagonia. He reportedly capsized in the water and suffered severe hypothermia. Tompkins is perhaps most famous for founding The North Face, then a mail order operation, in 1964. A climbing and backpacking enthusiast from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tompkins was friends with another outdoor enthusiast-turned-retailer,…

New Zealand Dairy farmers head to Chile

image of Argentina: Los lácteos
New Zealand dairy farmers head to Chile: Why ?  To leverage their skills as being amongst the best low-cost dairy farmers in the world. Facing rising property prices and limited opportunity on the Asian side of the Pacific, several New Zealand farmers have invested in Chile or moved here entirely, bringing with them many years’ experience in one of the world’s most productive dairy-farming countries. “Many are recognizing the opportunities that there are in South America and particularly…

The Trans-Pacific Partnership passed affecting 40% of the worlds economy

It is the world’s largest and most important Trade Agreement ever negotiated has connected all the major Pacific Nations. It affects more than 800 million people in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam It is a trade agreement that will open markets, set high-standard trade rules, and address 21st-century issues in the global economy. However for years we have been told that Trans-Pacific Partnership  was a global conspiracy by…

Selective Rural property boom expected to be imminent in wake of strong beef prices

Rural Property Boom:  Rawdon Briggs, from Colliers International ( Australian Agro Division ), said recent significant sales at high prices in Australia’s outback indicated the market was picking up for beef properties. “I would suggest we are not in a boom situation (yet), we are probably a good six months away from when prices will really start taking off,” Mr Briggs said. “One recent example is the Chinese purchase of the MP Evans property in southern Queensland, that was off market.…

Wall Street investors again buying up farmland

For farmers gearing up to harvest millions of acres of land this fall in the face of low commodity prices, the rows of corn, soybeans and other crops have long been viewed as key to their survival. But increasingly those same acres are drawing the attention of Wall Street investors looking to tap into those fields for profit. Investors have turned to farmland as part of a sweeping push into physical assets — everything from lumber, hotels and apartments to parking meters, bridges and highways. Farmland is…

Enforcing Contracts in South America ?

Enforcing Contracts in South America? The Enforcing Contracts topic assesses the efficiency of the judicial system by following the evolution of a commercial sale dispute over the quality of goods and tracking the time, cost and number of procedures involved from the moment the plaintiff files the lawsuit until payment is received. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2014 showing the following rating given to South America Countries. This was done by a The World Bank Group   …

Hass Avocado exports up 12,000 % over 14 years

According to Sierra Exportadora, the value of Peruvian Hass Avocado exports has increased by 12,000% over the past 14 years, from $2,480,000 dollars in the year 2000 to $305,533,000 dollars in 2014. The Chief Executive of Sierra Exportadora, Alfonso Velasquez Tuesta, said Peru had to take advantage of the agro-ecological characteristics of the inter-Andean valleys in the country, which would allow them to harvest avocados between the months of November and March, thus giving them the ability to cover the lower…

Pensions Funds See Growth in Farm Investments

Farmland is attracting growing interest from Pensions Funds, hedge funds and even mom-and-pop investors as they seek to diversify assets and capitalise on an agriculture industry slump that has pushed down land prices in some regions. Financial services giant TIAA-CREF said Tuesday it has raised $3 billion for its second global farmland investment partnership, exceeding its initial target of $2.5 billion. The fund, which will invest in North and South America and Australia, has lined up commitments from institutional…

Retail eCommerce sales near USD $ 50 Billion in Latin America

Retail eCommerce sales in Latin America are growing at a rapid pace, according to eMarketer estimates. Based on the latest figures for total and digital retail around the world, eCommerce sales in the region will reach nearly USD$50 billion this year, an increase of 23.9%. Nearly USD $20 billion in sales will come from Brazil alone, where eCommerce also makes up a greater share of the total retail market than elsewhere in the region (a still tiny 2.8%). Mexico is in a distant second, with USD $5.70 billion…

Analysis: Foreign Direct Investment in Chile – On the OECD path

In response to the changes underway in Chile, and the subsequent need for improved tools and skills for attracting foreign capital, on 16 June President Michelle Bachelet enacted the new Framework Act for Foreign Direct Investment, thereby replacing the previous legal instrument, Decree Law 600, dating from 1974. Chile is an attractive country for investors, as shown by the growth in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) over the last ten years. During this period, FDI has risen from US$7.2 billion in 2004 to more…

Investor Douglas Tompkins is Creating a Future Patagonian National Park

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling. Everyone in Patagonia is talking about: Conservación Patagonica, the latest addition to the world’s largest private conservation project. Fifteen years ago, in the June 1999 issue of The Atlantic, William Langewiesche wrote about Tompkins’s first major venture into conservation in Chile, describing both…

The search for vegetable proteins

All the world’s inhabitants are eating increasing amounts of animal proteins, including meat. Animals need vegetable proteins in their feed in order to produce that meat. Can the supply of proteins for animal feed keep up with demand in the next ten years? Clara van der Elst, analyst at Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research, has been studying this essential question for the food supply. If there are no vegetable proteins for animals, there will be no meat, no eggs, no fish and no milk for people. Just…

Chile – Tax reform implications for foreign investors

The enacted tax reform legislation introduces significant changes to Chile’s tax regime with measures that, among other items, are intended to increase tax revenue. Foreign shareholders will want to consider the effect of making certain elections (described below) and of making adjustments to their current structures, to address the potential Tax reform implications of the tax reform to their operations in Chile. Prior tax law Under the prior tax regime, Chile had an integrated tax system whereby the…
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