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Latin America’s Big Three Dodge Chaos Sweeping Region

If Latin America’s sudden and violent protest movements have unsettled investors and surprised pundits, it’s worth noting that in the region’s three largest countries — Brazil, Mexico and Argentina — the streets have remained relatively calm as have Paraguay and Uruguay. With 380 million people and economies that represent $3.6 trillion USD annually, the big three usually set the tone. And it’s not like the grievances evident in the affected countries — Chile, Colombia,…

Who are the Major Players in Latin America’s Cannabis Sector?

The legalization and use of cannabis is becoming more and more popular not only in North America and Europe but in Latin American countries as well. Investment is flowing into the region as it positions itself to be a leading supplier of the world’s cannabis market. But who is spearheading this movement for cannabis legalization in Latin America?   Uruguay’s legalization of cannabis sparked a wave for more liberal policies and laws across Latin America. Between the years 2015 and…

Why did GTSA develop the vendeRAPIDO® selling process for selling real estate in South America?

There are two reasons. To speed up the selling time and maximise the properties value  Current Market Realities South American real estate markets are in the main lightly regulated and highly informal. What this means for vendors is they are at a strong disadvantage when they come to selling a property within a reasonable time frame.  Traditional times of sale are measured in months and years.   Consequently, transaction costs are among the highest in the world.  With the globalization…

Interview with Alejandro Werner (IMF) on the Latest Economic Developments in Latin America

Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is slowing down. The region is expected to grow by 0.2 percent this year, amid continued trade tensions, lower global growth, subdued commodity prices—and in some large regional economies—high policy uncertainty, according to the IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere.  To boost the economic recovery and create more jobs, the region will need to rely on domestic drivers of growth, like consumption and investment.…

Buying farmland in Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil: an investment with upside growth potential

Land prices have declined in the past few years in these countries, so with the current strength of the US dollar, it makes a strong case for investing now in farmlands Latin American’s Mercosur region. The countries in the Mercosur include Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay, and Brazil. The durability and negative correlation of farmland returns to economic cycles is driven by the consistent requirement of a growing population to eat from a limited land resource base These counties share an asset…

Latin America faces another lost decade and resultant brain drain

“This looks like a scene from the second world war, right here in the heart of Santiago.” Felipe Alessandri, the mayor of one of Latin America’s most prosperous cities, was surveying the burnt-out wreckage of the 170-year-old church of Veracruz in the center of Chile’s capital, destroyed in a blaze started during a general strike last Tuesday. The flames which consumed Veracruz are a vivid reminder that the violent protests which have gripped what was Latin America’s big economic…

Paraguay’s agribusiness pushes for China market access

A diplomatic tug-of-war frustrates beef producers in Paraguay as Taiwan ups aid to only remaining South American ally The Paraguayan cow has become an unlikely pawn in US-China corrivalry in South America. Exports of beef from Paraguay to China, the world’s largest consumer market, have long been blocked by the former’s longstanding recognition of Taiwan. Yet with local agribusiness pressuring the government to reassess its trade relations with China and the US anxious to prevent more Latin American…

The Republic Of Paraguay And Efforts To Shape Future Of Global Trade (2015-2019) – Analysis

In 1991 the Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay established MERCOSUR with the signing of the Treaty of Asuncion, making it South America’s largest multilateral agreement assigned to tackle the commercial, economic and political matters in the continent.  With the Treaty of Asuncion, the four nations agreed to ensure a “free movement of goods, services, and factors of production between countries.”  According to a recent publication of the Council on…

Latin America’s Wild Economic History, Explained | The Wealth of Nations

The economic history of Latin America is filled with promise and tragedy. From Argentina in 1895 becoming the wealthiest country in the world per capita, to Venezuela in 2019 becoming the human rights crisis in the western world. Latin America is a land of incredible wealth and incredible corruption. Using the data from The Maddison Project and the power of Flourish. Studio’s visualization software, I tell the story of Latin America, from an economic perspective. From 1800 to modern times. This video…

Farmland Development in Paraguay Offers Exceptional Profitability

Investing in farmland can be one of the smartest ways to achieve superior returns over the long term, while at the same time benefiting from diversification and allocating your capital to real assets supported by healthy fundamental trends. In particular, farmland development in Paraguay looks like an exceptional opportunity for investors right now. The Case for Investing in Farmland The following chart from Business Insider shows how U.S. farmland has been an extraordinary investment in terms of return versus…

Simón Bolívar’s legacy in Latin America

Simon Bolivar
To do business in Latin America often means having to contend with protectionist trade policies, and why this is so has been unexpectedly answered in an unlikely quarter. Netflix’s lavish new 60-episode historical drama, Bolívar, traverses the peripatetic life, loves and nation- building of one of Latin America’s Bolívar was the richest man in Venezuela after inheriting thousands of slaves, gold and silver mines and sugar and cacao plantations at the age of 13. foremost heroes,…

The crouching tiger targets Latin America

The Great Wall of China is purportedly the largest cemetery on earth, as it entombs the many millions of forced labourers and prisoners who were pitilessly worked to death during the Wall’s construction. The long line of emperors who kept extending the Wall between the 7th Century BC and1644 AD didn’t give a fig for its incredible cost in human lives as they rigorously suppressed individualism and prioritised geopolitics, national security and dynastic succession above all else, as the Communists…

GOOGLE PLANS TO TRIPLE ITS CLOUD COMPUTING WORKFORCE IN LATIN AMERICA BY 2020

The tech giant Google expects to increase its customer workforce by three times to support cloud computing services in Latin America by the end of the year 2020.  At the Google Cloud Summit in Sao Paulo, Google Cloud’s director in Brazil, João Bolonha said, “This growth has already started and we’ve been expanding teams in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.” According to Alphabet Inc.’s Google, its total capital expenditure globally hit US$47 billion (nearly…

Chile has the best Pension System in the America’s

The Netherlands and Denmark have the best pensions systems in the world, according to a global study that shines a light on how nations are preparing ageing populations for retirement. The countries took the top two slots in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index published on Monday, both earning an A grade for the level of financial security provided in retirement. Australia came in third, with a B+ grade, and the top 10 was rounded out with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore,…

LATAM Agribusiness Environment Overview 2019

Latin America is a key provider of agricultural, mineral, and other natural products to the rest of the world. Its diverse geographic landscapes and rich ecosystems, experienced local workforces and government agendas for sustainable development support one of the world’s most competitive regions for agribusiness. As the region’s political and economic stability increases, major consumer markets reach out to these countries to score preferential trade agreements and closer international cooperation…
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