Cuban Cigar producer Habanos says its cigar sales grew rapidly in 2023 to USD 721million dollars

Jorge Pérez, the Commercial Vice President of Habanos SA, Cuba’s principal tobacco exporter, has said that sales of the joint venture’s cigars rose by 31% to US$721mn in 2023.  He spoke in Havana during the twenty-fourth annual Habano Festival, attended by more than 2,900 participants from 108 countries this year. According to other Habanos executives, the growth largely reflected market recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing demand globally for “limited and exclusive” high-end editions. …

The South American country with the second largest lithium reserve in the world, desired by Bill Gates

In an era of essential renewable energy production, the billionaire’s interest is focused on one of the world’s most important lithium deposits, with the exclusive purpose of innovating in its sustainable extraction. Lithium, also known as ‘white gold’ , is the protagonist of a new era in electric mobility and renewable energy storage. In this sense, South America emerges as the region with the largest reserves, led in the world ranking by two nations, which take first and second place.…

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…

Brazil’s economic study highlights Paraguayan expansion

According to the new projections of the Brazilian Center of Economic Studies Fundación Getulio Vargas, Paraguay will grow the most this year, with an expansion of 3.9%. Uruguay and Mexico follow. Another positive fact for Paraguayans is that the country remains in an area considered favourable for business. According to the indicator released yesterday, the business climate in Latin America reached its best level in the first quarter of 2024 in the last 11 years. The so-called Economic Climate Index (ICE)…

Investing in Chilean Agritech: Why it is very attractive?

Smart agriculture, water resources management, food traceability, agroinformatics, and agricultural biotechnology are some of the highest-demand subsectors. The Chilean market currently offers a range of opportunities for agritech companies which are dedicated to combining digital and traditional tools to increase efficiency, productivity, and sustainability in agriculture. Chile offers a dynamic business ecosystem, access to diverse natural resources, a favourable innovation climate, and a solid agricultural…

Selling or buying properties in remote locations

Sellers face many of the same challenges as buyers do. Still, given current market conditions in many South American markets where we operate, we are finding the market is slow for remote properties. They are often owned as second or third investments outside their home location and are only visited once or twice a year. Each Seller’s motivation clearly varies. However, there is a broad spectrum of Sellers, from those content with fair market value and others who really don’t care what fair market value…

The British World and its role in the relationship between New Zealand and the South Cone of South America 1820 – 1914

This research article traces the little-known relationship between New Zealand and the Southern Cone countries of South America that existed between 1820 and the First World War. While New Zealanders were found throughout Latin America in many occupations, undoubtedly because of the established British presence, the links with the Southern Cone were particularly extensive. The basis of the relationship, which promised then to be ongoing, was the movement of ships, goods, people, animals, plants, know-how, technology…

Climate Changes starts to bite in the nut industries

The influence of climate and weather on human societies is already apparent to the world’s rural populations: inclement weather can result in failed harvests, higher food prices, unrest, and unrest leading to revolutions. Syria is a good example. The increasing effect of climate change should be a warning to all agricultural investors. This is doubly true for climate-sensitive tree crops, most notably almonds, considered the cannery in the coal mine. Almond trees: fragile flowers Almonds are the fragile flower…

Changing Farmland Investing Options

We think farmland as an investment is something that, in 5-10 years, will be a must in any professionally managed diversified portfolio. We are excited to be at the forefront of reporting the rapid changes in this exciting new market, which is now opening more opportunities for smaller investors via syndicates and specialised agro funds. Those smaller investors ( USD 70,000 to USD 250,000 ) seeking exposure to tangible assets with strong cash yields and low volatility have found it nearly impossible to get…

Inheritance and Wills in Chile

The primary order of inheritance in Chile after someone dies is that of surviving spouse, children, parents, grandparents, siblings, and cousins. This also includes the rights of spouses and children for their direct ascendant or decedent to inherit. You can give a certain percentage of your estate in a will to whomever you like. Still, for the most part, you can not avoid giving these family members with mandatory inheritor rights a portion of your estate by just drafting a will. There are certain exceptions…

Puerto Varas or Little Germany

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It could be a Little Germany Puerto Varas and its surrounding rolling farmland treat you to breathtaking views of valleys, vineyards, productive farms and, of course, the volcanoes. Most of you know that the most active volcano, the 6,500-foot Calbuco, erupted again after 50 years of inactivity. Fortunately for Chileans and unfortunately for Argentines, the Westerly winds blow most of the Ash over Argentina, leaving this beautiful town unaffected. Those villages closer to the epicentre are not so lucky. Strolling…

Understanding the Mapuche issues when considering buying forest land in Southern Chile

Water extractivism has contributed to water scarcity and has dispossessed people of adequate levels of water consumption in the Mapuche territory of southern Chile. The communities suffering severe water shortages are in the poorest socio-economic strata and are generally located in rural areas; Mapuchecommunities and Chilean peasants are disproportionately affected. Although the Chilean government and its municipalities are making a huge effort to cope with the water crisis by deploying water trucks, according…

A Snapshot of Chile’s Largest Dairy Farm

Manuka is the largest milk producer in Chile, located among the natural beauties of Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano, in the heart of southern Chile, with operations in Los Lagos and Los Ríos regions. They implement the New Zealand grazing model, which takes place on top-quality pastures where their milk is produced sustainably, generating a positive impact by providing security, social development, and economic growth with high respect for the environment, as it deserves. They are committed to generating…

The Necessary Legal Steps to Buy Real Estate in Chile

The three major phases of any property purchase in Chile are negotiation and title search, contract signing or closing, and title registration and payment. Each particular property purchase may have many other considerations, and the timing of these stages may vary greatly; but, broadly, all properties in Chile will go through these three steps or the property purchase sooner or later, or it is not a legally valid or complete purchase. There is one additional phase that is generally optional but common. We…

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

Property Syndicates have become popular worldwide, but they are not all equal. Each has a defined proposal and time frame (or should have). Here is an Australian analysis 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 Funds ( REIT). Index Funds…
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