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Argentina’s beleaguered government imposes capital controls

Fear of a return of the authoritarian and highly corrupt previous Kirchner government provokes a market crash, forcing the president’s hand When Maurico Marci was elected president of Argentina in 2015, one of his first acts was to abolish capital controls that restricted buying and selling of the peso. The move symbolised Argentina’s pivot back to open markets and liberal economic reforms under his rule. On September 1st, after weeks of market turmoil, Mr Macri was forced to issue a decree reimposing…

Why Paraguay is LATAM’s new rising Star for Investment

Foreign investments in Latin America are increasing rapidly. With interest and funds coming from Asia, Europe, and North America, the region and its respective economies are growing in power and size. In 2017 alone, investments in Latin America and the Caribbean reached US$161 billion. For a while, Chile was the main recipient of so much money and attention. However, there’s one country in particular that has been flying under the radar, but offers many opportunities for investors.  Paraguay is now…

At last,​ the Brazilian economy rebounds spurred by construction and industrial production

Brazil’s economy rebounded strongly in the second quarter after having shrunk in the first, official figures showed on Thursday, indicating Latin America’s largest economy comfortably avoided falling back into recession. The 0.4% growth in the April-June period will be a relief to President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, which was in large part elected to revive an economy that was struggling to fully emerge from the devastating 2015-16 recession.  But economists were not convinced that…

The Trees of Buenos Aires City

The most common trees – Census 2017-2018 The vast majority of the trees are on the streets are on the public roads (85%), and the rest are distributed between parks, squares and gardens (15%). There is a huge variety of species: there are 423 among them shrubs, conifers, palm trees and other botanical varieties. Comparison with the previous census In the seven years between the two censuses, 6,887 new specimens have been planted and another 27,137 were replaced that were at risk of falling or were dead.…

Argentine oilseed industry close to starting​ selling processed soybean meal to China

A Chinese mission is currently inspecting soybean meal factories in Argentina, to approve them for exporting the byproduct direct to China. Argentina is the largest world soybean meal exporter, with more than 65 million metric tons of crushing capacity. Along the Parana river, global and local oilseed companies mounted their processing plants and ports. During 2016 the crushing industry reached a processing record of about 44 million metric tons of soybean. This year, after recovering from the drought which…

Chile: The Gateway To Latin America For Australian Business

Chile is well known as a regional favourite for Australian businesses looking to make their first moves into the Latin American market. Though the region overall is showing signs of impressive growth and a number of regional powers are emerging, Chile remains a firm favourite for Australia’s ambitious companies. Strong bilateral connections, close geographic proximity and similar economic strengths make Chile an ideal destination for Australian entrepreneurs. Chile: A Top LATAM Investment…

Santander to Connect Latin America to Ripple-Powered Remittance Service

Spanish megabank Santander Group is expanding its use of Ripple’s technology. The bank is building a “payment corridor” that would let customers in Latin America send money to the U.S. instantly for free via One Pay FX, a mobile app that uses Ripple’s xCurrent software, officials told CoinDesk. Currently, only customers in the U.K. and Spain can send money to the U.S. over One Pay FX. While the bank would not reveal how many Latin American countries it plans to connect to the corridor,…

Buenos Real estate sales weak but prices keep rising?

The average price per square meter is around USD 2,330, close to a record. The owners prefer to delay selling rather than accept a lower price. This is not a new characteristic of the local market but reflects that few home owners have mortgagees so do not feel pressured to sell at what they see as a temporary pause. Whether this attitude will change with a likely change of government that has in the past put capital controls on the currency and wrecked the economy will remain to be seen but the high flow of…

Chile declares agricultural emergency as extreme drought hits Santiago and outskirts

The Chilean government has declared an agricultural emergency in many areas to try to fast-track a series of relief measures for farmers, including provision of drinking water and medicine for animals. Central Chile is in the midst of what scientists have called a Mega Drought — an uninterrupted period of dry years since 2010. The capital Santiago, home to about half of the country’s population of 18 million and the regions of Coquimbo, Valparaiso and O’Higgins bear the brunt of this year’s…

A sophisticated web of real estate brokers used Airbnb illegally to trick 75,000 unknowing guests

A $21 million lawsuit filed in New York alleges that a sophisticated web of real estate brokers used Airbnb illegally to trick 75,000 unknowing guests. Is this just New York or is it worldwide? A $21 million lawsuit is accusing a web of real estate brokers of using Airbnb to illegally rent over 250 listings to nearly 76,000 unknowing guests.  The lawsuit, filed in New York City on Jan. 14, accuses Metropolitan Property Group, a real estate brokerage firm, of using a litany of fake identities…

Buenos Aires: recycling, environmental education, LED lights, parks and bikes all make it more a sustainable city

The development of a sustainable and modern metropolises that promote growth without neglecting the environment is one of today’s most important challenges. With small and large-scale recycling, environmental education programs, energy savings, the sustained increase in woodland and parked hectares, and the boost to bicycle use, the Government of Buenos Aires is working to make Buenos Aires a city every day cleaner and greener. Learn to recycle more and efficiently Thanks to the recycling programs already…

Argentine Crisis: the Real Estate Sector approaches 2001 levels

In July there was an improvement compared to June, but those numbers of real estate sales in the city of Buenos Aires does not reflect the 14 months of consecutive year-on-year decline, a historical cycle similar to what happened after the 2001 crisis, although still far from the exchange rate crisis, during the presidency of Cristina Kirchner, which caused 25 months of falling prices. Last July there were 3208 operations, according to the Colegio de Escribanos porteño, 18.7% more than in June, but a…

EU Fearful of Including U.S. on Tax-Haven List

Although the United States fits the definition of a tax haven, EU officials in Brussels are wary of publicly shaming it on a “blacklist” of countries that allow companies to avoid taxes. Given Trump’s harsh rhetoric, the Europeans are worried about a further deterioration of ties. It sounded like a historical moment was in the offing. For the first time, Europe’s finance ministers were seriously planning on publicly denouncing tax havens by presenting a black list of countries…

Argentina seen through different eyes

Historians will normally agree that history is best written by those who are not nationals of the country they are writing about. So it is not surprising that when The New York Times sent a journalist to cover the Southern Cone, once said that Argentina was like a five-star hotel in which all the guests were complaining about the room service. His metaphor had a message: that those fractious hotel guests had no reason to complain about the room service. They merely had to stop bickering and recognise what they…

Argentina’s Belgrano Railway dramatically lowers logistics costs

100 wagons on the Belgrano Line departed from Joaquin V. Gonzalez in Salta, towards the town of Timbou. It was transporting 3,980 tonnes of grain, on a trip that was completed in just three days 1,180 kilometres through the old cereal line, through the provinces of Salta, Chaco, Santiago del Estero and Santa Fe. “The revival of the railway brings equal opportunities for producers, so they can compete and export to the world,” he said Guillermo Dietrich, Minister of Transport of the Nation. Growth…
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