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South America is voted by International Living Magazine as one of the best places to retire

Each year International Living produces a list that in their opinion reflects the best countries in the world to retire to. Interestingly in 2009 seven of the top ten countries were in South America. I would suspect that unless they change the criteria over the next few years as Europe and the USA struggle to comes to grips with their debt issues, this trend will remain and may even strengthen. We are already seeing a lot of American and Europeans looking to live in Argentina and Uruguay. Unless people are…

Jim Rogers: Agriculture in my view is one of the best places to be in the Next 30 Years

Agriculture in my view is one of the best places to be in the Next 30 Years , I mean all these people getting MBAs are making (imperative?) mistake , they should get farming degrees …agriculture has been a disaster for the last thirty years , I think that the agricultural products are going to be one of the best investments over the next several years I think farming , agriculture is going to be one of the best industries in the world as i said all the people that have gotten MBBs have made a mistake…

Australian Farming Experts recomend South America

FARMERS may turn to buying property across the globe should climate change effects bite hard, a Geelong agriculture forum heard yesterday. The agricultural college’s carbon discussion heard the views of some of the country’s peak climate change and agriculture experts. The forum heard dire outlooks for Australia’s pastoral land, described as “the worst paddock” on the global farm. Modest estimations suggested sea levels rising to almost a metre by century’s end. Worst case…

New Zealanders invest in South America

By ROD ORAM – Sunday Star Times | Milking greener pastures #adp02 Faced with high land values and falling milk prices at home, a growing number of New Zealand dairy farmers are invest in South America, the United States, eastern Europe and Russia. They are attracted by rapidly expanding dairy sectors and potentially more profitable business models. By comparison, it gets tougher each season at home to increase production and profitability. These global trends were highlighted at the International Dairy…

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…

Uruguay – Best Montevideo Suburbs to invest in right now

– Ciudad Vieja: The original historic center of Montevideo, where antique home restorations is the name of the game. – Centro: Montevideo’s commercial center, adjacent to Ciudad Vieja, with property prices among the lowest in the city. – Pocitos: An upscale community that’s among the favorites of Uruguayans. – Buceo, Malvin, and Punta Gorda: Pleasant seaside neighborhoods that offer quiet sycamore-lined streets, good shopping areas, and access to Montevideo’s beaches. GTSA has…

Uruguay – La Pedrera for surfers

Uruguay – La Pedrera for surfers Uruguay has around 340km of beautiful beaches. But 240km east from its capital Montevideo, there is small beautiful jewel called La Pedrera. With about some 100´s year round habitants and more than 10.000 in summer, (Dec to Feb) you could experience a total relaxed holiday if you hate crowds, or a highly partying place if your call is nightlife. The town is divided in two by a rock hill from where you can experience one of the most beautiful ocean views of the country,…

Uruguay – Colonia del Sacramento

Jacqualine from Winnemucca, Nevada Colonia del Sacramento, the oldest settlement in the country.  The town was originally set up in 1680 as a strategic Portuguese posting, along the Rio de la Plata, to resist the Spanish Crown’s sovereignty of the southern cone.  However, after a hundred years of conflict and dispute, the Portuguese relinquished their control of the colony.Today, Colonia del Sacramento’s well-preserved colonial district, blends its Iberian heritage with new architectural trends. The city…

Uruguay´s citrus industry on the rise

          Citrus production in Uruguay represents approximately 1.1% of the gross agricultural product and generates an income of US$ 60 million. It is one of the main non-traditional export commodities after rice and dairy products. #adp02 The activity has consolidated an export-oriented production chain in the country, increasing its productive processes of vertical integration (production-processing-trading). Half of the annual production is exported (counter-season sales) and the…

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…

Uruguay to be next investment grade country from Moody’s rating

Uruguay is likely to be the next Latin American country to win an investment grade rating from Moody’s Investors Service, with a review likely late this year, a senior officer from the ratings agency said on Sunday. Moody’s rates Uruguay’s long-term sovereign foreign currency credit at Ba1, one notch below investment grade, with a positive outlook. If upgraded, the country would join bigger peers such as Brazil, Colombia and Peru, which have won coveted investment grade ratings in recent years.…

Is the commodity supercycle finished or just getting started ?

Is the commodity supercycle finished or just getting started ? The new Global world can be a confusing place at the best of  times when trying to forecast where we are heading economically. I have enclosed expert opinions to make my point. A new report by Credit Suisse has suggested the commodity supercycle is over.The report suggests a long-term strategy by China to reduce investment spending while withdrawing monetary stimulation will result in lower demand for resources. This is based on the theory that…

South America: Canada’s forgotten continent

For years, merchants in Nova Scotia traded salt fish, lumber and potatoes for Jamaican rum and molasses. But they needed a place to barter their goods and so, in 1889, Bank of Nova Scotia opened an agency in Kingston. It was the first foray for a Canadian bank beyond Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Next came a branch in Cuba in 1906, Puerto Rico in 1910, the Dominican Republic in 1920 and, to serve the livestock and agricultural industries, a presence in Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1934. More recently, Canada’s third-largest…

Latin America’s infrastructure grows fast

Latin America’s has long been considered a laggard in terms of global infrastructure development, but that perception should be changing. Countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Puerto Rico have all begun major long-term infrastructure projects ranging from roads to dams to telecommunications towers to airports. Infrastructure development in the areas of energy, transportation and telecommunications have seen the greatest recent growth, with estimates ranging as high as $450 billion, to be spent…

HSBC has released a report predicting the rise and fall of the world’s economies in the next 40 years.

The global research department of HSBC has released a report predicting the rise and fall of the world’s economies in the next 40 years. The world’s top economy in 2050 will be China, followed by the United States. No surprises there – since China’s reforms in the 1980s, economists have said it’s not a question of if, but when, China’s collective economic might will top the U.S. #adp02 But among the smaller, developing nations, there are several surprises by HSBC prognosticators:But among the smaller,…