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One trillion dollars of real estate is on the move and here is why

Autonomous vehicles,  self-driving cars and trucks, are coming very soon. The world is going to change because of them and how it affects how we live and work. These two articles “second order effects” and “$1 trillion of real estate is on the move … here’s why”   explain why and are a must read for anyone involved in private and public transport and all of us involved in real estate. A lot has been written about the “first order” effects of autonomous vehicles (AVs): How…

Which countries head the list for money laundering ?

Dirty secrets: financial crime Those looking to hide—or expose—ill-gotten gains will pore over the latest Financial Secrecy Index, published today by the Tax Justice Network, a campaign group. It ranks jurisdictions based on a combination of their level of legally enshrined secrecy and the size of their financial centres. The higher a country is on the list, the more vulnerable it is to money-laundering, corruption and tax-dodging. For all the recent focus on bringing tiny, palm-fringed islands to heel,…

Real estate uses will dramatically change in the next decade if not sooner.

The future of real estate will be influenced by disruption technology as people change the way they shop, travel and even grow their food, a world-renowned professor of real estate says. San Diego University professor Norm Miller, recently said at an international property conference, said the technological innovations coming, from self-driving vehicles to AI and robots, alongside demographic trends, will cause dramatic changes in real estate and it’s not a matter of if but when. “Ten trends will change…

A Decade in the Farmland Asset Class Evolution

By Jeff Conrad, Managing Principal and President, AgIS Capital “Courtesy of Global AgInvesting. Reprinted from GAI News, Jan. 18, 2018.” Institutional investment in farmland grew significantly over the last decade. This growth started in the more developed U.S. market and spread to emerging markets around the world. During this time, the NCREIF Farmland Index, a recognized property index for U.S. farmland, expanded dramatically, increasing from $1.1 billion in 2008 to $8.1 billion in 2017.1 This…

The disruption Facebook is having on traditional real estate advertising

The real estate industry has always had a love hate relationship with the portals such as zonaprop, argenprop , gatewaytosouthamerica.com etc. While it’s the portals that own the best audience for property buyers – and are therefore an important part of any vendor’s marketing spend – the charging models and sense of dependence has always irked independent agents. No-one likes being obliged to pay for a service you feel you have little control over. But the portals and the technology that drives them…

Investing in agriculture for 2018

Hardy investors are seeking new ways to grow their money IN THE next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food than they did in the previous 10,000 put together. But with sprawling cities gobbling up arable land, agricultural productivity gains decreasing, and demand for biofuels increasing, supply is not keeping up with demand. Clever farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs are bursting with ideas. But they need money to make this jump. Financiers more often found buying and selling companies have cottoned…

Economic Snapshot for Latin America

Recovery accelerates in Q3  Economic growth in Latin America sped up in the third quarter, as the long-awaited recovery takes hold. Preliminary data reveals that regional GDP expanded 1.7% annually in Q3, above Q2’s 1.1% rise and the strongest rate of growth since Q1 2014. Recovering confidence, accommodative financial conditions, rising commodities prices and a healthy global backdrop drove the region’s economic performance in Q3, as the economy puts last year’s recession firmly behind it. Taking a…

What are the Different Types of Company Structures in Peru?

Peru is one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America and therefore an attractive emerging market for foreign investors. Out of 190 countries, Peru is ranked 54th on the ease of doing business index, according to the World Bank Group. Also included in the World Bank report was that Peru had an annual average growth rate from 2002 to 2016 of 5.6% with a stable exchange rate and low inflation of 2.9%. Because of their free market economy, the conditions for foreigner and local investors are similar.…

Synthetic meats are on their way, but farmers could be left behind

This controversial article was recently published in New Zealand newspapers but could equally, apply to South American dairy and beef producers. ‘Fake’ animal proteins are set to disrupt world markets – and much faster than our agriculture industry is anticipating, argues food strategist Dr Rosie Bosworth. New Zealand’s agricultural sector has been having a rough time of late. If waking up to a center-left government wasn’t enough of a nightmare for most Kiwi farmers, then the negative media attention…

Missed Opportunities – The Economic History of Latin America

Latin America, home to about 600 million people, is blessed with natural resources, fertile land, and vibrant cultures, yet the region remains much poorer than its neighbors to the north. Why has no country in Latin America reached living standards like those enjoyed by other countries? In a new book, The Economics of Contemporary Latin America, Beatriz Armendáriz and Felipe Larraín analyze the historical roots of Latin America’s economic and social development dating back to the colonial times. What follows…

South American Political Map and What It Means for the Agro Industry

The South American political map provides some insight into the economic and political structure of the region and its effects on the agro industry. Learn more. The South American Political Map and What It Means for the Agro-Industry In 2016, Brazil hit its highest level of stocks in over four years. Brazilian stocks have risen over 48 percent and should keep going up as South America focuses on political and economic reform. This is good news for those looking to invest in the agro industry, or move to a…

LATAM wants to dominate South America with its new planes

In operation since 2015, LATAM is one of newest international airline brands in the world. Yet it’s one backed by nine decades worth of history and experience. LATAM is the largest airline in Latin America with 46,000 employees operating subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. LATAM’s modern fleet is made up of more than 300 state-of-the-art Boeing and Airbus jets. The airline has one of the newest fleets in the world with an average age of just seven years. LATAM…

The dirty secrets property syndicate managers don’t want you to know!

Property Syndicates have become popular all around the world but they are not all equal. Each one has a defined propose and time frame (or should have). Here is an Australian analysis done on them showing what to watch out for. I hope to enlighten potential investors about the tricks used by property syndicate managers to ‘window dress’ their performance. Some of these tricks can be backed out and where possible I have provided the math below. Before we begin, let’s define and recap the role of Index…

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR HAS ARRIVED

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Smart farming is becoming the norm in developed countries This is a report funded by Microsoft on the disruption taking place in the food sector in New Zealand and around the world. I have been saying for some time that small farmers who carry on the traditional forms of farming will increasingly struggle to survive. Certainly, there is evidence that this transformation has taken hold in the US with 80% of farmers using some kind of smart farming technique (Smart AKIS, 2017) and that it is an emerging phenomenon…

What are farm syndicates and how do they operate?

Farm syndicates are a business model that offers investors the possibility of buying shares or part ownership to take part in a rural productive initiative, whether this is an agricultural project or a horticultural one. It consists of several investors, with similar interests, who are seeking to obtain benefits through rural activities, without the need of settling in a rural area or being experts in these types of activities.    This interesting and successful model is widely extended in New Zealand. Myfarm.com…