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Parallels between New Zealands Turbulent Past and Argentina’s Recent History

Parallels between New Zealand’s Turbulent Past and Argentina’s more recent History This interesting article was written by one of New Zealand most well known Investment Advisor’s four years ago. It explains very well how far New Zealand has come from these dark days of socialist nonsense and open corruption to the competitive economy we have in New Zealand today. It was not an easy ride as you can see.  Argentina went through the same restructuring process with the same issues. TAKING…

Argentine soy oil contracts under pressure from “wash out” by Chinese importers

Chinese importers have started to practice “wash out” with Argentine soy oil contracts, which is having an impact on the local industry. “Wash out”, means previously signed contracts are being canceled, and buyers are choosing to exchange them for sunflower oil produced in the Black Sea region, which is cheaper. This practice has been adopted in the past by the Chinese with regard to soybean imports from Brazil. The adoption of this strategy by the Chinese has led soybean oil prices in Argentina to…

A slight dip in Brazilian fruit and vegetable exports in 2020’s first half

In the first half of 2020, Brazil exported less fruit and vegetables than in the same period of 2019. The Netherlands, the UK, and Spain are that country’s most important buyers. Taking 2019 as a whole, they had shares of 37, 17, and 13%, respectively. Together, they’re good for two-thirds of the export total. In 2020’s first half, Brazilian exports dropped considerably to both the Netherlands (-18%) and the United Kingdom (-19%). Six percent more was, however, exported to Spain. Significant…

Coronavirus reshapes China’s Belt and Road in Latin America

China-backed infrastructure projects slow in the region while new opportunities emerge in health and digital technology The disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on China’s flagship foreign infrastructure and investment programme, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Its nature, pace and scope are all likely subject to change in Latin America in the near and long-term. Many Chinese-backed projects framed as part of BRI have hit the brakes across the region, as the Covid-19 crisis has affected…

Is Anyone Crazy Enough to Lend to the Argentina government?

In June 2017 Argentina sold US$2.75 billion of 100-year bonds and I wrote then that “Argentina is unlikely to get through a decade without defaulting let alone 100 years”. It wasn’t a particularly radical call for a country that had defaulted four times in the previous 35 years. In August 2019 Argentina announced it planned to default and was seeking talks with its lenders to restructure its debts, sending the price of its bonds plummeting. This week Argentina struck a deal to restructure its debts on…

US Real Estate Buyers are Social Distancing As Far Away As Uruguay

As the pandemic’s long-feared second wave comes crashing down on us like a mammoth breaker pounding a cracker box coastal village, some real estate shoppers are looking for values far from the densely-packed districts that are their customary areas of interest. How far? How about Uruguay? As in the South American nation of 3.5 million inhabitants nestled between Argentina on the south and southwest, and Brazil on the north and east? Uruguay is not exactly a hop, skip and jump from places like Miami or…

One Country, Nine Defaults: Argentina Is Caught in a Vicious Cycle

At midnight Saturday, after months of histrionics, the clock ran out on Argentina. It had failed to put up the $500 million it owed foreign bondholders and, in so doing, had fallen into default for the ninth time in its history. It’s a staggering number, putting the South American country in an elite league of serial defaulters that includes the likes of Ecuador, Uruguay and Turkey. The first episode came in 1827, just 11 years after independence. The last three came rapid-fire, one after another, in…

Two Spectacular Photos which personify Buenos Aires City

  Two Spectacular Photos which personify Buenos Aires City EL PUENTE DE LA MUJER ( above ) The Place: It is the first work by the Valencian architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava that was built in Latin America. It was carried out entirely in Spain and was transferred to Buenos Aires divided into parts during several trips. Inaugurated in December 2001, it is part of the list of “must-sees” that the City recommends visiting tourists. Curiosities: Its structure, refined and sensual, simulates…

Smart Apartments Are No Longer A Luxury

This article series spotlights key business trends identified by the expert members of Forbes Councils. The Covid-19 crisis has significantly disrupted the real estate industry, especially when it comes to multi-unit apartment buildings. With approximately 100’s of millions of jobs lost, many renters are struggling to make ends meet, and affordable housing – which was already in short supply – is now even more vital. Furthermore, preventing viral spread through social distancing has…

Adecoagro has secured USD 100 million international credit for projects and investments in Argentina

It expects to double its milk production to 200 million litres per year in Argentina. The Wall Street listed firm also has assets in Brazil and Uruguay. Adecoagro, Argentina’s largest milk producer, received a USD 100 million loans from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) weeks ago, which will be earmarked for investments in the local agri-food sector, more specifically aims to double its milk production to reach 200 million litres per year. This is the second time the company has obtained funding…

Scottish pioneers in Argentina

Great numbers of Scots emigrated oversea’s in the hundred years before the first world war. Most of them settled in the United States of America or in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of Britain’s vast empire. A significant minority, however, emigrated to South American states, Argentina being a popular choice. The first Scots settled there in the years prior to Argentina becoming an independent confederation in 1816; they were the forerunners in a wider immigration which would eventually…

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s ‘Captain Corona’, like Trump, bets on virus denial

The rightwing leader may emerge politically stronger from the pandemic Disease has often stricken Brazilian leaders. In 1919, the Spanish flu killed president-elect Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves. Fernando Collor de Mello was impeached in 1992 after the country was struck by cholera. Dilma Rousseff met the same fate in 2016 in the midst of the Zika epidemic. Now Covid-19 has infected President Jair Bolsonaro. But unlike his predecessors — assuming the controversial rightwing leader recovers from the virus…

The vines of Argentina

The vines of Argentina The Mendoza province of Argentina—set against the panoramic backdrop of the Andes and occupying a total area of around 57,000 square miles in the country’s far west—is best known as Argentina’s charming and illustrious wine country. In fact, Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. The viticulture here is astoundingly ubiquitous—radiating far beyond the bottle. From the geography of the region to wine’s imperative role as a celebrated local and international…

Wind power in Brazil represents 9% of the energy matrix

Energías Renovables en Argentina
Wind power in Brazil reaches 15.1 GW Wind energy has burst in Brazil in recent years and has climbed to eighth place in the world ranking, with installed wind farm capacity that has multiplied fifteen times in the last decade. Brazil from having 1 GW of installed capacity with wind turbines, in 2010, to 15.1 GW this year, distributed in 600 wind farms in 12 states of Brazil, according to the latest data from the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica). Wind energy has gained ground and currently represents…

Argentina Gradually Lifting COVID-19 Lockdown Restrictions

Argentine President Alberto Fernández announced Friday that COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will be gradually lift starting Saturday. Fernández spoke at an official event, accompanied by Axel Kicillof, governor of Buenos Aires province and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, mayor of Buenos Aires. “Between July 18 and August 2 we will be trying to return to normal life in this new world, in this different world that requires different care and we will do it gradually,” he said. Fernández warned, however,…
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