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Understanding International Family Offices as an alternative source of investment capital

The role of the family office has often been misunderstood, even though the concept has been around (in a variety of forms) for hundreds of years. Still today, as this industry controls billions of dollars in assets under management, there are many intelligent, experienced finance professionals who cannot offer a complete definition of what a family office is exactly. Today, the family office industry is expanding at an impressive pace, with new family offices opening every month and assets continuing to…

The six biggest trends in global agriculture

The agricultural sector undoubtedly has its challenges; the impact of over taxation, increasing input costs, drought, waste, plastics, energy sourcing, labor, over-processing and methane emissions just to name a few. Equally, however, there are also many opportunities. So, what are some of the exciting trends we are seeing in agriculture today? Below I highlight six trends that we have identified, providing interesting insights into the rapid change underway in the sector and the potential investment opportunities…

” Open veins of Latin America” A must read for anyone thinking of doing business or living in Latin America

This translated book begins with a foreword by left-wing writer Isabel Allende, and here is  just one quote from her  introduction of the book: “His work is a mixture of meticulous detail, political conviction, poetic flair, and good storytelling.” The translation by Cedric Belfrage merits special note. This book sings in English, and the translator has done justice to the original. A major recurring theme throughout the book is that of capital squandered by the few while the many actually producing…

Tax Reasons to invest in Paraguay Agriculture

In Paraguay, the return on investment is 22%, according to the report of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in 2014, the second-highest in Latin America. In the first place, Peru has 25%, which in that period had registered high returns in An entrepreneur who invests his capital in Paraguay can achieve greater profitability compared to Argentina with a return of 10%, Uruguay with 8% and Brazil with 6%. Paraguay offers capital financiers the lowest taxes in the…

The Agricultural dilemma as disruptive Technologies take hold

A September 2019 report by RethinkX, an independent think tank based in London and San Francisco, predicts major disruption in food and agriculture over the next decade. Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030, the Second Domestication of Plants and Animals, the Disruption of the Cow, and the Collapse of Industrial Livestock Farming forecasts the wholesale collapse of dairy and cattle industries by 2030 as animal protein production is replaced by “precision fermentation” (also known as synthetic biology…

Top farmland investors name South America a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural lands for profit

  Farmers’ fields in South America are among the most prized assets in a new global market for agricultural land that has sprung up alongside soaring commodity prices. Private equity and fund managers at a farm investing conference in Geneva named South America a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural lands for profit. “The South American marketplace is really booming along right now,” said Mark Zenuk, managing director of the $3 billion NGP Global Adaptation Partners fund. Black…

10 property tips when buying

My thoughts from 30 yrs in the real estate industry. Tip 1: Contact your broker, don’t wait for them to contact you – Good properties always sell even in a tough market. Your ability to buy the best properties that tick all of your boxes comes down to the relationships you have with the local brokers, so take the lead and make sure they always think of you first when they become aware of that perfect property. Tip 2: Buy when you can afford to buy – You will never get: (1) High growth,…

Doug Casey’s Top 7 Predictions For The 2020s

#1 Demographics First, it’s good to remember that demographics have a life of their own. That’s not good from the point of view of those of us of European descent. We’re only 10% of the world population and falling rapidly. Worse, it seems we’re responsible for all the world’s problems and therefore aren’t very popular. In Europe, I expect the ’20s will have a lot of mass migration, the largest in scale since the barbarian invasions of the fifth century. This time there will be millions, then…

Paraguays prosperity continues to advance

The ranking of prosperity produced by the Legatum Institute, based in London (United Kingdom), ranks Paraguay 79th in its 2019 edition, with a four-place advance since 2018 and ten steps since 2009. Indicators show that Paraguay is showing a similar advance to those experienced by China and Russia, in the list that assesses the economic and social conditions of 167 countries around the world. According to the work, in South America, Paraguay ranks 7th and is surpassed only by Ecuador in improving its global…

Why and How to Start a Business in Paraguay?

The landlocked country of Paraguay may not be the first place you consider when expanding your business internationally. However, this South American powerhouse is becoming a popular choice for savvy entrepreneurs looking to increase their brand presence in LATAM markets. Below, we take a closer look at just some of the reasons why you should consider making an investment in the territory. We also offer guidance on how to start a business and maximize returns on investment to become a key player in Paraguay.…

So you want to buy farm land in South America – What are the options ?

So you want to be a farmer in South America. Investing in farmland can make for an intriguing alternative to the stock market. Farmland is safe historically and a great hedge against inflation and is an asset class that does not correlate with the normal stock market. As the world’s population continues to grow (9.15 billion estimates by 2050) and the global middle-class continues to emerge (with changing dietary habits toward more calories and meat), farmland is poised to become an even more intriguing alternative…

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, Bolivia and…

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 2017, other countries…

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 of real estate GTSA…

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. In a wide-ranging…
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