Chancay: The new 3.5 B mega shipping port being built in Peru to service South America’s most rich regions

And who is building it? The Chinese, of course. When the US abandoned the region decades ago, they filled the vacuum. The $3.5-billion deepwater port, set to start operations late this year, will provide China with a direct gateway to the resource-rich region. Over the last 10 years, Beijing has unseated the United States as the largest trade partner for South America, devouring its soybeans, corn and copper. The port, majority-owned by Chinese state-owned firm Cosco Shipping, will be the first controlled by…

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We offer South American real estate investment opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. We know that buying South American real estate has specific rules for foreign citizens, rules we are familiar with and have worked with extensively. This is why we have created a programme to guide international buyers through purchasing real estate in South America, from finding properties for sale to helping clients comply with the required paperwork and legal procedures. South American News…

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…

A more positive outlook for our region is a welcome development

Argentine President Milei’s radical change in direction after 70 years of Peronism is being watched inside the country (the poor and middle classes suffer most of the pain of change) and by the rest of the investment world as the changes occur. So far, the response has been positive, even by those most affected by the changes. Success will likely cause neighbouring countries to follow suit, attracting a flood of investment capital looking for a home in a troubled world. Europe, the US and the Middle East…

Shareholders Agreements are essential to avoid later problems when investing in Syndicates or Partnerships

The great news is that you can create a rule book (aka shareholder’s agreement) so that when things pop up, you all know how to deal with them. Staying aligned makes all the difference to your business’s success. This article explains why a shareholders’ agreement (your business prenup) is essential for every business with multiple owners. WHAT IS A SHAREHOLDERS’ AGREEMENT? Shareholders’ agreements are like rules that record how shareholders will work together and make decisions. What are the initial…

FATCA – America’s Tax Rort is Exposed

The FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, is a one-sided law that forces other countries to enforce US tax laws. If they fail to do so, they’re effectively locked out of US markets and the US dollar—the world’s reserve currency (at least for now). FATCA imposes a 30% withholding tax on interest, dividends, rents, and similar payments leaving the US. The only way to avoid the tax is for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to act as unpaid IRS informants. Withholding occurred some years ago,…

Global Food Security Depends on Modern Agricultural Techniques

Studies released at a symposium in Washington, D.C., underscored the wide range of benefits modern agriculture has provided to society and emphasized the importance of continued innovation and new technologies to meet growing global food, feed, fibre and industrial needs. Research presented by a diverse group of experts in agriculture, economics, conservation, and food security detailed how technological advancements employed on farms and across the food chain have provided an abundant, safe, affordable food…

Agriculture is tipped to boom in South America

South American agriculture is set to boom. Enterprising investors, who’ve long been told South America is to become the ‘food bowl of Asia,’ should not be surprised. Asia’s demand for consumables will grow for decades to come, fuelled by unprecedented growth in its middle-class population, rising prosperity, and globalisation. The latest research has identified five megatrends in South American agriculture over the next 15 to 20 years. The critical megatrends identified by the research include: In a…

Argentine Fintech Giant Mercado Pago Requests a Banking License in Mexico: Why Did It Spark Criticism in Other Countries?

Marcos Galperin’s fintech will acquire a banking license in Mexico, a process that could take between 12 and 24 months. Although it is not licensed in other countries where it operates, it offers its clients a wide range of financial products. Mercado Pago announced that it will acquire a banking license in Mexico, a process that could take between 12 and 24 months. Thus, the fintech arm of Mercado Libre will seek to comply with regulations in Mexico and become the most prominent digital bank in that…

Carbon credits in the UK: A threat or opportunity for farmers?

Recent figures show that over half of farm sales last year were to non-farmers. There are reports of farmers being outbid for land that will be put into woodland or other offsetting projects. We explore the threats and opportunities of these schemes. Whilst there are opportunities for farmers to gain extra income streams from carbon credits and other environmental schemes, there has long been concern about food security and the impact on farming and food in the UK.  The aim of such schemes is to use low-quality…

LATAM Booming Real Estate Market. Thousands of New Companies Opened

The real estate sector is experiencing significant growth in some Latin American regions, like Mexico and Brazil, with a notorious surge in real estate companies and investors. Real estate companies are experiencing a remarkable surge in various regions of Latin America. In Mexico, for instance, the number of real estate service providers has surged by nearly 20% over the past five years, according to the latest Mexican Economy Secretariat‘s data. Similarly, more than 26,000 real estate companies…

Paraguay is rated the best place in the region for business, according to says Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) 

The Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) released this weekend by Brazil’s Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) highlighted Paraguay as the Mecca for regional business ventures, given the country’s outstanding performance. The FGV report highlights that, despite the increase in their indexes, other countries remained in the unfavourable zone (below 100 points): Peru (85.3), Colombia (72.8), Chile (72.7), and Ecuador (42.2). Meanwhile, Argentina climbed from 26.1 to 41.7, with the first economic…

Reasons why we are on the cusp of a commodity super-cycle affecting South America

The following two decades are likely to be a series of supply squeezes for a variety of reasons As 2024 unfolds, the surge in commodity prices has been nothing short of spectacular, with sectors such as metals, energy, and agriculture all registering significant gains. This trend is not merely coincidental but indicative of a burgeoning commodity super-cycle driven by three key factors: What drives commodity super-cycles? Historically, commodity super-cycles have been triggered by periods of intense industrialisation…

The British Vestey Meat Empire in South America

The Vestey Brothers were once the largest meat retailers in the world The company once controlled one-third of the refrigerated storage capacity in Britain and two-thirds of multiple butcher shops. It accounted for 20 per cent of all meat imported into Britain. Origins and early growth William Vestey (1859 – 1940) and Edmund Hoyle Vestey (1866 – 1954) were born to Samuel Vestey, a Liverpool provisions merchant. William Vestey William Vestey was sent to Chicago to scout for opportunities in 1876. He was…

Issues that should be addressed before considering the sale of a rural property to avoid an extended sale period

Consider carefully the following issues before putting a farm or piece of land on the market if you don’t want to experience delays, which can cause the property to become stale and develop a negative reputation. Legal and Administration Issues Most importantly, for properties with multiple ownership, all shareholders must be on the same page regarding selling and the expected price level achievable based on an independent valuation ( don’t ask brokers competing with each other for the listing for that…
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