How to choose an effective selling broker in South America

South America’s real estate market can be characterised by two important facts. Properties take longer to sell and have higher transaction costs than in most Western countries Why? Although it is slowly changing there is considerable informal selling both by vendors directly and speculative pricing. The end result is a confused market with little price transparency and few skilled brokers available. (Selling skills can be obtained two ways; by experience through selling large numbers of properties or by specialised…

LAN CHILE to introduce a 787 Dreamliner service to the Sydney-Santiago route

LAN CHILE to introduce a 787 Dreamliner service to the Sydney-Santiago route LAN will upgrade its daily Sydney-Auckland-Santiago service from the Airbus A340-300 to the Boeing 787 from April 18 2015. The Chile-based airline said in a statement the Dreamliner used to Sydney would be configured with 30 business and 217 economy seats for a total of 247, suggesting LAN planned to use the original 787-8 to operate the route. LAN’s 787-9s, to be delivered from 2015, will have 313 seats, according to the airline’s…

The new farming frontier in South America

The new farming frontier in South America Commodity prices may be weaker but South American food producers still enjoy formidable comparative advantages. Foreign investors seeking to benefit from the enormous pick up in Chinese demand for agricultural commodities grown in Latin America have however had a fairly complicated time. A 2010 law limits direct foreign ownership of land in Brazil. Tax and foreign constraints also  limit the profitability of farming in Argentina and listed agribusiness stocks are few…

A Guide to Dairy Investment in Latin America

A Guide to Dairy Investment in Latin America With an average growth rate of 5% a year, South American dairy production appears to be a strong market for investment, despite a certain degree of price and political instability. According to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, rising incomes and firm regional and international demand have favored dairy production growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. South American milk production expanded by over 5% in 2011 and a similar rate of increase was…

Argentina Farmland Prices continue to Fall

Argentina Farmland Prices continue to Fall With the fall in soya and beef prices farm incomes have dropped. Naturally just as farm prices rose due to record crop and beef prices they are now dropping for the same reason. It is now a buyers market and prices are 25% to 30% lower than at their peak. The mixture of an oppressive taxes (30% additional export tax for farmers) and lower international prices have damaged profitability from a previous 6% to 8% to less than 3% for some. In Argentina prized Nucleus Region…

Soybeans planting keep increasing in South America

Soybeans planting keep increasing in South America There has been a significant surface expansion (mostly in Brazil and Argentina) in the last three decades, new players are involved (such as Paraguay and Bolivia), and there is a large amount of available land in Brazil. A study by Bain & Company, a Boston consultancy, forecasts that Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay together would produce 600 million tons of soybeans and 1.5 billion tons of corn by 2050. To achieve this, those countries…

Direct Farming in South American Los Grobo Style is changing

Direct Farming in South American Los Grobo Style is changing Farming without fields An Argentine farming group is heavy on science and light on assets BRIAN BRETT, a poet, called farming “a profession of hope”. Farmers must pray for just enough rain, amenable soil conditions and good market prices. In Argentina their prayers do not end there. Since the country’s financial crisis in 2002, its government has taxed farmers at between 20% and 35% on their grain exports, while galloping inflation has pushed…

Family Offices are becoming mainstream

Family Offices are becoming mainstream At last estimate, there are more than 3,000 family offices in the U.S. with another 1,000 in Europe and even more in Asia, Latin America and other areas of the world. Almost every week, we are approached by individuals and firms looking to establish a multi-family office or launch a single family office. This is especially true in areas of the world where wealthy families and individuals previously had little-to-no access to family office wealth management firms. In places…

Farm land is where the money is says the investment experts

Farm land is where the money is says the investment experts There’s money to be made in buying global agricultural land The global population is rising steadily — but food production is not, says Chloe Barrow. The result? More demand for arable land, as nations invest to safeguard their food supply and their wealth China, we learn, has 20 per cent of the world’s population and only 9 per cent of its farmland. By contrast Ukraine — at least before Russia took a chunk of its most fertile ground…

International Listed Funds with Large Farm Land Holdings in South America

International Listed Funds with Large Farm Land Holdings in South America Some of the global listed companies with large land holdings and featured in many of the agricultural funds include. In addition to these there is a number of private companies with up to 1,000,000 hectares involved in Agriculture. ie El Tejar   in Argentina and Brazil. Cresud (CRESY) is an Argentinean agricultural company that invests in land, cattle and technology. Cresud generates profits through the acquisition, transformation…

Where are Chinese retail Investors putting their money ?

WHERE CHINESE ARE HEADING This year, South Korea, Thailand and Japan are the top 3 countries for China’s rising middle-class travelling overseas. South Korea received a boost from its popular soap operas – which China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan is even a fan of. Japan’s weakened yen makes for affordable travel, and Thailand became more attractive to Chinese travellers due to its loosened visa requirements. For China’s affluent, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Dubai are considered…

Opinion: Latin America – the ‘Valley Girl’ of global markets

Opinion: Latin America – the ‘Valley Girl’ of global markets (This article was written by John Price, the managing director of Americas Market Intelligence) If the Latin American market could be symbolized by one single character, the California Valley Girl might fit the bill. It’s a simplistic, even insulting stereotype, but one that stands up to statistical scrutiny, specifically an analysis of Latin America’s share of the globe in different product usage, asset classes, and investment flows. After…

Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru: Better Together

The following is a communiqué issued on September 21 by the Presidents of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto & Peru, Ollanta Humala . The Pacific Alliance is achieving significant results. Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movement of people, goods, services and capital can help us achieve greater welfare and social inclusion…

Peru remains as one of the strongest economies in Latin America

Peru remains as one of the strongest economies in Latin America Peru becomes the third nation in Latin America to earn the coveted “A” grade sovereign rating after Chile and Mexico. Moody’s Investors Service pointed out the falling debt and reduced dependence on metal exports as one of the main reasons for its decision but also the improvement in the government’s balance sheet as well as expectations for faster growth and the impact of initiatives to bolster competitiveness. Ghezzi also pointed…

Why there will be water wars sooner than you think

Water has become a real issue as the people around the world are finding out more and more.  New techniques for desalinating ocean waters might be an answer and  this might solve the problem of rising ocean levels!  Here is a great article from Simon Black who reports on some astounding data from around the world. Shanghai, China A few days ago I had a conversation with the Chief Operating Officer for our agricultural fund in Chile. We were discussing water, and he told me that roughly 60% of California…
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