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Latin America’s rising middle class is exceeding expectations

Latin America’s rising middle class is exceeding expectations The Brazilian newspaper O Estado de São Paulo recently ran an article on the travails faced by Andrea Garoni Sucupira a São Paulo lawyer and mother of two children. She is finding it impossible to hire the live-in maid that traditionally takes care of everything in an upper class Brazilian household. Rather than taking on an informal empregada as her mother did, Andrea has found she has to go through professional agencies…

An economic snapshot of Latin America for 2013

An economic snapshot of Latin America for 2013 LatinFocus Consensus Forecast panelists expect regional GDP to expand 3.7% this year, following an estimated 2.9% increase recorded in 2012. The stable figure reflects rosier prospects for Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, which were offset by downward revisions to Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay. Meanwhile, growth estimates for Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico were left unchanged over December. For next year, the panel sees regional growth accelerating to…

Famed economist Tim Harcourt talks Peru, Latin America

Luis Davelouis Lengua for El Comercio Around here, listening to visiting international academics telling us that Peru is going in the right direction, that it is an example and that there is still much to be done has become commonplace, and therefore, obvious and boring. The well-known Australian economist Time Harcourt (author of the best-selling Airport Economist) is a very nice guy, who seems, at first impression, unable to say anything negative about anyone, even Hitler. Appearances lie. In your presentation,…

There is not enough farmland to feed the world

ABC By Lucy Barbour If you thought finding enough food to feed the world was a big problem, think again. An American agribusiness adviser the real issue is finding enough farmland to produce it. Philippe de Laperouse is the managing director of HighQuest Partners in St. Louis in the United States. He says the rising demand for high protein food from developing countries is putting pressure on production. “We’ve made some estimates where we think that anywhere between 65-80 million hectares of additional…

Doing Business in South America – Country Winners and Losers

Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. Where do the region’s…

Ángel Cabrera y Craig Stadler: En la inauguración de los 2dos. 9 hoyos de Valle del Golf en Cordoba Argentina

Con un torneo que tuvo como protagonistas a Ángel “Pato” Cabrera y a Craig Stadler se inauguraron los segundos 9 hoyos de Valle del Golf, campo que promete potenciar la presencia golfística de la provincia de Córdoba. El 17 de mayo se inauguraron los  segundos nueve hoyos de la cancha Nicklaus Design 27 hoyos de Valle del Golf, con el “Desafío Campeones de Augusta”, donde se enfrentaron Ángel Cabrera y el estadounidense Craig Stadler (Ambos campeones…

World Renown Investor Jim Rogers gives his view on Farm Land Investments over the next 30 years

By Carolyn Cui from the Wall Street Jornal Agricultural prices have been rallying for several years now, but Jim Rogers thinks there’s still room to grow. The commodities investor said on Tuesday that he is still bullish on agriculture, calling it a great place for investors to be for the next two decades. Prices of agricultural commodities are still relatively cheap compared to those of metals and energy, and the world is scrambling for arable farmlands to feed a growing population, Mr. Rogers told a…

Asian investment boom seen in Latin America

Selling soybeans, iron and copper ore and other commodities to Asian countries has transformed Latin America over the past decade, stabilizing economies despite worldwide crises and lifting tens of millions of people into the middle class. Now, say officials from both Asia and Latin America, a second gold rush is under way. by The Associated Press Asian investors flush with hundreds of billions of dollars in cash now see Latin America as a top business opportunity, and they’re flooding into manufacturing,…

Investor Heaven or Hell in Latin America ?

Investor stress levels seem to have diminished considerably over the past 12 months, according to a new poll of investor sentiment conducted at our 15th Annual Investor Conference held January 11-13 in Cancun, Mexico. Each year, we survey investor sentiment to see how attitudes have changed over the course of the previous year. In this survey, fewer investors agreed that it will be tougher to make money in the year ahead compared with last year (35%, against 60% in January 2010), and their level of risk aversion…

China and the Inter-American Development Bank launch $1 bln Latam investment fund

China and the Inter-American Development Bank said on Monday they are starting a $1 billion fund to invest in Latin America, though the Asian giant’s latest push to expand its influence in the region prompted words of caution from Brazil. To feed its fast-growing economy’s voracious appetite for raw materials, China has invested tens of billions of dollars in the region, from Mexico to Argentina, over the last decade to acquire strategic assets or companies in sectors such as oil, minerals and food…

The Land Report – Campos – Ranches and Legacy Property Owners Around the World

        Hall and Hall – Eric O’Keefe of The Land Report report talk about Ranch Land in the USA. Much of what he says also applies to other worldwide Legacy properties like Estancia Punta del Agua in Argentina. Who are the Largest Private Land Owners in the United States of America Most of America’s biggest spreads are in the West. Here are the storied dynastic ranches owned by heirs of the Kings, Waggoners, and Burnetts. This is also where corporate chiefs like Ted…

Biggest South America Corporate Farm Groups

        With agricultural commodity prices at multi-year highs, buying farmland is seen as a more direct way to cash in on valuable crops and to take advantage of long-term appreciation of farm property. As a result, investors from around the world are pouring a lot of funds into agriculture this year to boost yields across the top producer nations as record high food prices jolt markets and send buyers scurrying for supplies. South America is today worldwide considered a top place to buy,…
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