South America limits access to its resources for foreigners

          South America limits access to its resources for foreigners? The country of Uruguay, sandwiched between South America’s largest economies Argentina and Brazil, is taking steps to protect its farmland from unregulated foreign investment which to date has been Argentina and Brazil. It’s a familiar story. Powerful countries with money to spend and mouths to feed look outside their own borders for agricultural land. But this time, it’s not only Europe or North America…

Chile the economic powerhouse of Latin America

          A Rising Star By Mike Konrad Chile is now seen as the economic powerhouse of Latin America. When I first started to seriously study South America ‐‐ from a mix of curiosity and an attempt to relearn the high school Spanish that I had forgotten lo those many decades ago ‐‐ I fixed on Argentina as the one South American country with the greatest historical potential. On paper, Argentina should be world power. In reality, it is turning out to be Chile. Chile is remembered…

FACTA Regulations- Why Americans are giving up there Citizenship

FACTA – Why  Americans living in South America are giving up there Citizenship in Droves By Martha Myron With the announcement last week from one of our major local banks, HSBC Private Bank Bermuda that they would no longer support accounts owned by US citizens, Bermuda residents with dual citizenship with the United States, and green card holders living in Bermuda, the concerns elucidated in many of my earlier columns regarding US tax compliance have come to pass. Fortunately, Butterfield Bank Private…

Agriculture industry’s economic prospects have been turned upside down.

The grain industry, which was a beneficiary of the great commodity super cycle, may be slipping into an extended period of moderation in prices, due in part to slowing global economies like China and Europe. The economies of emerging nations, such as Argentina Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Uruguay – along with South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, and Turkey – are slowing. While the weighted average gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of these nations in the first decade of the century was in the high…

Is it the governments job to grow the economy ?

With Elections due in Argentina, it might be a good time to look at the benefits of Big Government Parties. It may seem counterintuitive, but the researchers don’t actually think it’s the government’s job to grow the economy. Yet when many people think about economic growth, they conjure up an image of economists pulling policy levers to force it on people. Au contraire. Most economists, and pro-market liberals in particular, do not think along these lines at all. The government’s job is not to teach…

FATCA – America’s tax rort is exposed

The FATCA or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. This is one-sided law which 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 came into effect…

The Power of Key Words in Advertising

The Power of Key Words in Advertising Words in Advertising: If you ever have any doubts why the keywords are so important in advertising and marketing you should view this video. Anyone wanting to convey a message needs to think carefully about the words whether it is collecting money on the street or selling the most expensive property. It is the same mental thought process.   The Gateway Team – When you are Serious about Property www.gatewaytosouthamerica.com About Gateway to South AmericaGateway…

Are disruptive technologies like Airbnb and Uber creating another new black economy?

Are disruptive technologies like Airbnb and Uber creating another new black economy? It is called the “shared economy”. It has been embraced by millions of consumers globally, and has made multi-millionaires out of the savvy entrepreneurs behind its most high-profile services, like Uber and Airbnb. But for governments around the world, it has proved to be a difficult beat to police. The likes of Uber, the taxi industry disrupter, and Airbnb, the room-sharing service, have at times refused to play…

Has China has become Latin America’s lender of last resort ?

Has China has become Latin America’s lender of last resort ? As soon as Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner landed in Beijing this week she began lauding new deals with what she called the world’s “No. 1 economy,” ranging from two proposed nuclear power plants to joint space exploration. With her country’s economy contracting and its supply of dollars dwindling, Fernandez arrived Monday looking for help from China, which has already lent Argentina $14 billion since…

Latin America’s billionaires beat all world records

Here it  is, in cold numbers. The 87-page report, titled “Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014,” says the billionaire population in Latin America and the Caribbean grew by a whopping 38 percent this year, compared with only 18 percent in Asia, 10 percent in the United States and 1 percent in Europe. The report says there are currently 153 billionaires in Latin America and the Caribbean, up from 111 last year. Interestingly, economically bankrupt Venezuela was the country with the biggest billionaire…

Should Latin America set aside outdated ideological prejudices, and insert itself in the global knowledge economy ?

Economists have been predicting for several months that Latin America will have a so-so year in 2015, but new projections from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund suggest that it may be worse than originally expected. That’s bad news, because economic forecasts from the World Bank and the IMF — and even to a greater extent those from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) — tend to be much more optimistic than those of leading private economists.…

Argentines have best level of English in Latin America

Anyone over 50 years can attest to the fact that learning a new language is hard work. All the more if you are an Anglo male. However, the good news is that Argentines women in particular are by far the most articulate English speakers. English is extremely popular in Argentina. It is so popular, in fact, that the country stands heads and shoulders above the region. Argentines are the most proficient in English in Latin America, and it isn’t even close, achieving high proficiency in the language in a region…

5 Reasons You Will Not Succeed Selling Real Estate in any country

Unless you are fully committed to real estate as a profession and have a solid business plan, you will have trouble finding success anywhere. Here I have outlined five situations that can bring down your career — and how to avoid them. Over the past twenty five years, I have had the opportunity to train and work with some of the world’s greatest real estate professionals. This experience has allowed me to witness first-hand not only the success stories but also sight more unfulfilled potential than…

KMPG’S Indirect Tax Guide to South America

KMPG’S Indirect Tax Guide to South America has been updated Here is a very informative indirect tax guide to doing Real Estate  business in Latin America done by KMPG. Always seek to quantify and qualify if there have been any recent changes.  (  believe me, there will have been ) About Gateway to South AmericaGateway to South America is an independent Brokerage and Advisory company committed to helping foreign investors to invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. ShareShareTweetWhatsAppEmail

Argentina outspends the rest of Latin America in education

Argentina outspends the rest of Latin America in education Argentina is one of the biggest investors in education throughout Latin America, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study, which noted that Argentina allocated 6.3 percent of its GDP to education in 2012, compared to the five-percent average for the region and 5.6 percent for the OECD as a whole. The OECD is made up by an estimated 80 countries. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner praised the study yesterday,…
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