Opinion: Latin America – the ‘Valley Girl’ of global markets

Opinion: Latin America – the ‘Valley Girl’ of global markets (This article was written by John Price, the managing director of Americas Market Intelligence) If the Latin American market could be symbolized by one single character, the California Valley Girl might fit the bill. It’s a simplistic, even insulting stereotype, but one that stands up to statistical scrutiny, specifically an analysis of Latin America’s share of the globe in different product usage, asset classes, and investment flows. After…

Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru: Better Together

The following is a communiqué issued on September 21 by the Presidents of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto & Peru, Ollanta Humala . The Pacific Alliance is achieving significant results. Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movement of people, goods, services and capital can help us achieve greater welfare and social inclusion…

Paraguay Export Economy is Agriculturally Based

Paraguay Export Economy is Agriculturally Based Bordered by Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil, Paraguay. It lies firmly in the heart of South America. With a land area of just under half a million square kilometres, a country that is considerably smaller than its neighbours and has one of the  lowest population densities in the region. With few mineral resources, Paraguay’s economy revolves around agriculture. The country name Paraguay originates from the Guarani word for a great river, the Parana River.…

In Paraguay the Freedom of the Press is Impressive

Freedom of the press is vitally important in any democratic. The key to that is a strong privately held media.  Unlike many of its neighbours the press is mostly private.    The constitution provides for a free press and media outlets operate with few official curbs. The press ABC Color– private daily La Nacion– private daily Ultima Hora– private daily Television RED Guarani (Canal 2)– private Telefuturo (Canal 4)– private Sistema Nacional de Television (Canal 9)– private…

Peru remains as one of the strongest economies in Latin America

Peru remains as one of the strongest economies in Latin America Peru becomes the third nation in Latin America to earn the coveted “A” grade sovereign rating after Chile and Mexico. Moody’s Investors Service pointed out the falling debt and reduced dependence on metal exports as one of the main reasons for its decision but also the improvement in the government’s balance sheet as well as expectations for faster growth and the impact of initiatives to bolster competitiveness. Ghezzi also pointed…

Uruguay’s Economy continues to grow

Uruguay’s economy has expanded 3.7% during the second quarter of 2014 making for 10 years of continuos expansion. With the exception of construction, which had a negative performance, all other sectors of the Uruguayan economy expanded during the second quarter compared to 2013. Exports during the period, increased 8.1% in volume on an annual basis while imports increased at a 2.4% rate. Last year the Uruguayan economy expanded 4.4% above the government target and other estimates such as the IMF and World…

Is Argentine property a buy ?

Is Argentine property a buy ? Argentina is now one of the cheapest markets in the world. With good reason, Argentina has been out of favor for ten years, due to its current and past incompetent fiscal management and erratic investment policies. For some time there has been a concern that it was following in the footsteps of the failed state of Venezuela previously led by the deceased dictator Hugo Chavez. However, there a large differences between Argentina and the Central American Countries have followed the…

Argentina: Doug Casey’s favorite place in the world

Taken from a recent interview done by Lous James Let’s start with the big question. Why, of all the places in the world you could have selected to build your vision of paradise on earth, did you choose Argentina? Doug: For some time now, I have stressed the importance of diversifying internationally. I wanted to diversify outside of the United States, because although every country in the world is headed in the wrong direction, at this point in time the US is heading there more quickly and with far more…

Why there will be water wars sooner than you think

Water has become a real issue as the people around the world are finding out more and more.  New techniques for desalinating ocean waters might be an answer and  this might solve the problem of rising ocean levels!  Here is a great article from Simon Black who reports on some astounding data from around the world. Shanghai, China A few days ago I had a conversation with the Chief Operating Officer for our agricultural fund in Chile. We were discussing water, and he told me that roughly 60% of California…

Brazil still needs to be on investors radar

The country is set to be the number one agricultural powerhouse globally within a few years. The UN forecast Brazil will become the world’s largest foods exporter by 2020, while the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) put the potential farmland available in the country at 400 million hectares, of which only 50 million (12.5%) is being utilized. Brazil has as much spare farmland as the next two largest countries on the list combined – the US and Russia. Linked to this is Brazil’s ownership of 15% of…

Union Agriculture Group (UGA)

The Uruguayan Union Agriculture Group (UGA) may have got its timing wrong in buying El Tejars farm assets in Uruguay it seems in hindsight. The seller was El Tejar who was one of the largest rural players in South America and took the opportunity to sell all its Uruguay farms ( 67,000 ha ) as it thought the market had peaked to its larger competitor UGA. UGA can now boost around 172,000 ha in total. However the idea of then UGA creating an initial public offering (IPO ) with the combined acreage has become…

A Brazilian town desperate for men full of beautiful young women. What is the catch ?

Believe it or no but there is a small Brazilian town suffering from a serious man drought has made an appeal for eligible bachelors. The population of Noiva do Cordeiro in southeast Brazil consists of more than 600 beautiful single women aged between 20 and 35. The remote settlement was founded in the 1890s when a young woman and her family were excommunicated from the Catholic church after she was accused of adultery. Shocking behavior. In some cultures, she would have been stoned to death. They were joined…

Startups businesses surge in South America

(This article was written by Mark Lennon and Christine Magee and was published on July 1, 2014 on CrunchBase, for which they work as analysts.) Winter is coming in South America, but for investors and entrepreneurs things are starting to heat up across the continent. New tech communities are sprouting up in South America to serve the 200M+ population that is increasingly reliant on internet and mobile technology.  In June the accelerator program Start-Up Chile announced Generation Ten, its latest batch of…

What happens to the Soya that South America exports ?

Soya is one of the most rapidly spreading crops in the world, particularly in South America export. The  demand continues to rise due to the increased consumption of meat and dairy products and the  biofuels boom. It is the crop that provides the largest amount of protein per hectare, and it is  used to make fodder for animals, prepared foods, vegetable oil, industrial inputs and recently,  biofuel. The principal producing countries are Brazil, the United States and Argentina . These countries lead in exports,…

The soya value chain in Paraguayan agriculture

The soya value chain  can be divided into five phases (see above ).  Of these, only two (in green in the graphic) are carried out in Paraguay agriculture. According to a national analyst, ‘soya production in Paraguay is practically like an assembly plant: the inputs come from abroad, the and and water are provided here and often the same company that supplies the inputs is the exporter. They supply the inputs through credit to the producer, and commit to purchase the production. The producer is just…
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