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Latin America’s Wild Economic History, Explained | The Wealth of Nations

The economic history of Latin America is filled with promise and tragedy. From Argentina in 1895 becoming the wealthiest country in the world per capita, to Venezuela in 2019 becoming the human rights crisis in the western world. Latin America is a land of incredible wealth and incredible corruption. Using the data from The Maddison Project and the power of Flourish. Studio’s visualization software, I tell the story of Latin America, from an economic perspective. From 1800 to modern times. This video…

Simón Bolívar’s legacy in Latin America

Simon Bolivar
To do business in Latin America often means having to contend with protectionist trade policies, and why this is so has been unexpectedly answered in an unlikely quarter. Netflix’s lavish new 60-episode historical drama, Bolívar, traverses the peripatetic life, loves and nation- building of one of Latin America’s Bolívar was the richest man in Venezuela after inheriting thousands of slaves, gold and silver mines and sugar and cacao plantations at the age of 13. foremost heroes,…

The crouching tiger targets Latin America

The Great Wall of China is purportedly the largest cemetery on earth, as it entombs the many millions of forced labourers and prisoners who were pitilessly worked to death during the Wall’s construction. The long line of emperors who kept extending the Wall between the 7th Century BC and1644 AD didn’t give a fig for its incredible cost in human lives as they rigorously suppressed individualism and prioritised geopolitics, national security and dynastic succession above all else, as the Communists…

GOOGLE PLANS TO TRIPLE ITS CLOUD COMPUTING WORKFORCE IN LATIN AMERICA BY 2020

The tech giant Google expects to increase its customer workforce by three times to support cloud computing services in Latin America by the end of the year 2020.  At the Google Cloud Summit in Sao Paulo, Google Cloud’s director in Brazil, João Bolonha said, “This growth has already started and we’ve been expanding teams in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.” According to Alphabet Inc.’s Google, its total capital expenditure globally hit US$47 billion (nearly…

Uruguay: a small country with great potential in South America

Latin America is a region globally known for its multiculturality and its complex history, amongst other things. The 20 countries that constitute Latin America have many similar traits, but one country in specific stands out from the rest due to its unique characteristics: Uruguay.  Uruguay is a nation with few inhabitants, a small territory and a scarcity of mineral resources. However, the country has managed to progress steadily into one of the most stable countries in the area, ranking third in the Human…

Uruguay Farm Sales Update

Currently, we find there is strong interest from international buyers, but due to historically low farm prices, there is reluctant interest by vendors to sell.    2019 is a year where we have seen many international investors looking for opportunities in farmland in Uruguay with some lucky enough to actually buy in this depressed market. As an update from my side, prices of farmland in Uruguay are 45% down as compared to 2014. We were recently negotiating a farm sale of 8,500 hectares in Cerro…

Chile has the best Pension System in the America’s

The Netherlands and Denmark have the best pensions systems in the world, according to a global study that shines a light on how nations are preparing ageing populations for retirement. The countries took the top two slots in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index published on Monday, both earning an A grade for the level of financial security provided in retirement. Australia came in third, with a B+ grade, and the top 10 was rounded out with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore,…

LATAM Agribusiness Environment Overview 2019

Latin America is a key provider of agricultural, mineral, and other natural products to the rest of the world. Its diverse geographic landscapes and rich ecosystems, experienced local workforces and government agendas for sustainable development support one of the world’s most competitive regions for agribusiness. As the region’s political and economic stability increases, major consumer markets reach out to these countries to score preferential trade agreements and closer international cooperation…

Argentine and Brazil agribusiness have an “ecological surplus”

Economist Nicolás Torre, from the IERAL Institute of the Mediterranean Foundation, published an extensive thread on the social network Twitter, highlighting that both Argentina and Brazil have a positive “ecological footprint”. That is, they have more natural resources available than those they consume annually to survive. Torre’s report came in response to accusations against South America in recent weeks. First by The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, when he said that Brazil…

Speculation vs. opportunism – a dangerous difference

The ability to be flexible and reactionary appeals to many would-be investors. They like the idea of identifying an opportunity and seizing it with gusto, certain it will pay handsomely. I agree there are advantages to being quick on your feet when locking down an opportunity, but this sort of transaction should trigger a moment of self-assessment. When making the choice on whether to purchase, ask yourself, “Am I a speculator or opportunist,” because the differences between the two are dramatic…

Uruguayan elections – a defining moment for their democracy

On Sunday 27 October the Uruguayan electorate will be voting for a new president (there is no immediate reelection) and a renewed Legislative, 30 Senators and 99 Lower House members. Uruguay is one of the more stable countries in the region, both it’s solid institutions as well as its citizens who are deeply committed to democracy, social rights and a strong presence of government in the economy. And after fifteen years of rule by the Broad Front, a catch all coalition whose arch extends from radical…

Why Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States of America, is a hero in Paraguay

While President Hayes is a hometown hero in Delaware in the USA, in the South American nation of Paraguay, he’s a household name. The 19th president of the United States has an entire Province in Paraguay named “Presidente Hayes,” whose capital is called “Villa Hayes,” or Hayesville. That’s not all November 12th is a provincial holiday in Presidente Hayes. There’s also a Villa Hayes Elementary School with its own bust of Hayes, a soccer team named after him, and a Paraguayan…

Selling Exclusive or Unique Real Estate is a challenge in any market but none more so than in South America

  Selling Exclusive or Unique Real Estate is a challenge in any market but none more so than in South America Advice for the new broker looking to get into the Luxury  Property Market Ok, you’ve just taken your first million-dollar-plus listing. After celebrating your victory over the area’s top luxury agent, reality will no doubt begin to set in. If you don’t know the first thing about marketing high-end properties, you may wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. You should…

Santander to Connect Latin America to Ripple-Powered Remittance Service

Spanish megabank Santander Group is expanding its use of Ripple’s technology. The bank is building a “payment corridor” that would let customers in Latin America send money to the U.S. instantly for free via One Pay FX, a mobile app that uses Ripple’s xCurrent software, officials told CoinDesk. Currently, only customers in the U.K. and Spain can send money to the U.S. over One Pay FX. While the bank would not reveal how many Latin American countries it plans to connect to the corridor,…

A sophisticated web of real estate brokers used Airbnb illegally to trick 75,000 unknowing guests

A $21 million lawsuit filed in New York alleges that a sophisticated web of real estate brokers used Airbnb illegally to trick 75,000 unknowing guests. Is this just New York or is it worldwide? A $21 million lawsuit is accusing a web of real estate brokers of using Airbnb to illegally rent over 250 listings to nearly 76,000 unknowing guests.  The lawsuit, filed in New York City on Jan. 14, accuses Metropolitan Property Group, a real estate brokerage firm, of using a litany of fake identities…
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