Investors are starting to notice that Latin America has the commodities to become this century’s super producer

White crystals cover the ground near the Atacama salt flats in Chile. Below the surface are vast lithium salts deposits, the ore used to produce the light, soft metal needed for high-capacity battery production. Pumps operated by sqm, the world’s largest lithium salt producer, vibrate as they draw up mineral-rich brine. The liquid in evaporation pools is a patchwork of blue and emerald on the bright crust. This operation begins a chain that ends with the lithium batteries used to power electric vehicles.…

Uruguay’s success story continues unabated

Uruguay is posting close to Chinese levels of GDP growth as its economy diversifies, thanks to prudent macroeconomic policies and balanced fiscal accounts that have resulted in low inflation coupled with strong gross domestic product and foreign direct investment growth. At the close of this year, Uruguay will have experienced 24 consecutive quarters of economic growth, reaching an average annual rate over five years of 8.1%. This year, the Uruguayan economy is forecast to grow at 7.5% within a framework of…

High-Value Property Marketing “The case for pre sale offers”

There are many different methods available for the marketing and sale of specialised high-value properties in addition to the traditional real estate listing arrangements of auction and tender type formats. There are advantages, disadvantages and tradeoffs associated with every marketing approach, and the best strategy for marketing and selling a specific property will vary based upon the ownership objectives and the particular property. One approach, which can be optimal in certain instances, is private, pre-marketing…

State of the art dairy farm in Uruguay with 13,000 milking cows and self-generating power

A state-of-the-art dairy farm with 13,000 milking cows exporting powder milk created more than 300 qualified jobs and generated its own energy from the animals’ dung in Durazno, Uruguay. It costs over 160 million US dollars and belongs to Argentine tycoon Alejandro Bulgheroni, who has been investing heavily in Uruguay. He also owns olive plantations, vineyards and a winery with his brand name. Oscar Ianni and Alessandro Martelli from Estancias del Lago, as the dairy farm is named, said the preliminary operation…

Is the the USD doomed as a world reserve currency?

The United States has benefited enormously from being the World’s Reserve Currency because much of the world still uses the dollar for international trade.  This is because foreign governments must hold USD in their foreign exchange reserves to settle international claims and intervene in foreign exchange markets. In addition, many emerging market countries like Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru use USD dollars for capital goods. ie housing, commercial property, imported cars, commodities…

The Economist: Uruguay is one of the very few “full democracies” in the world

Uruguay leads as one of four full democracies in the Americas, according to the Democracy Index 2020, published by The Economist. Uruguay scored 8,61 points out of a possible 10 and ranked fifteenth at the world level, while the other “full” democracies in the region are Costa Rica, 8,16; Chile, 8,28 and Canada, with 9,24 points. The overall global average is 5,37, and the end of the democracy list is North Korea, with 1,08 points. According to the Index, countries are catalogued as “full democracies,”…

The Montevideo Water Crisis is a wake-up call to the rest of the world

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The drought in Uruguay results from a combination of factors, including low levels of precipitation, rising temperatures, and the La Niña phenomenon. The new abnormal is that Uruguay will have to deal with more droughts in the future as climate heating continues. The situation is particularly challenging in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, where the city relies on a dam, the only drinking water source for the area. With more and more of this saltwater coming in, tap water has reached a point where it has…

South American Book of the Week: The Blue Line

  A South American Novel – The Blue Line Ingrid Betancourt Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s Dirty War and infused with magical realism, The Blue Line is a breathtaking story of love and betrayal by one of the world’s most renowned writers and activists. Ingrid Betancourt, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Even Silence Has an End, draws on history and personal experience in this deeply felt portrait of a woman coming of age as her country falls deeper and deeper into chaos.…

The Best Real Estate Marketing Tips For Selling a Property in 2023

If you are like most people, selling your property is probably one of the most significant financial transactions you will make in your life, so here are some tips for selling a property in 2023 quickly, particularly if it is located in the South American region. There will be other properties in competition with you, so you must pull out all the stops to get your property in front of the most qualified buyers locally and internationally. The following marketing ideas may be helpful to you, helping you reach…

Argentines continue to flock to Uruguay to Invest

Data released by the Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU) reveals that, as of December 31, 2022, the investment advisors and portfolio managers sector in Uruguay had grown in terms of clients and employees. Specifically, there were 67 portfolio managers and 106 investment advisors in the country, an increase of 10 from the previous year. These advisors and managers managed the assets of 36,170 clients, 21.5% more than at the end of 2021, and employed 951 people. Of the total number of clients, 63.7% were Argentines,…

So you want to buy farm land in South America – What are the options ?

So you want to be a landowner in South America Investing in farmland can make for an intriguing alternative to the stock market. Farmland is safe historically, an excellent hedge against inflation and is an asset class that does not correlate with the normal stock market. As the world’s population continues to grow (9.15 billion estimates by 2050) and the global middle class continues to emerge (with changing dietary habits toward more calories and meat), farmland is poised to become an even more intriguing…

Investment in Farmland in 2023

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Investment in farmland suitable for livestock or crops is the safest investment, especially long-term, i.e. 5 to 10 years. It is an area little studied by modern investors, who have remained in the dot com investors world and have forgotten the traditional investment: farms. Today, the following observation is most certain. Where there is arable land in a stable political environment with clear rules and access to ports, you can make a minimum investment of 9% and a capitalization rate of 4%. These figures…

An excellent rice harvest just ended in Uruguay

Average yields per hectare could be a record. In general terms, it could be said that the rice harvest throughout the country has finished. In a year so complicated by the severe drought we were going through, the rice sector was saved with flying colours, mainly because it is a crop that needs to be flooded for production. Therefore forecasts are made in advance so that the water sources are sufficient. However, because atmospheric demand has increased exponentially in recent years, this calculation is very…

Global tax guide to doing business in Uruguay

Uruguay imposes taxes, primarily at a national level, over companies and individuals (residents and non-residents), based on the source income rule; that is, taxes will be levied on services performed, assets located and rights economically used within Uruguayan territory (with some exceptions). Uruguay has an important double-taxation treaty network, which follows the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development Model (The United Nations Model in some cases), which may reduce or even eliminate Uruguayan…

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about GTSA

Who are we, and why do we have such a strong web presence with those looking to invest in South American Real Estate? The general characteristics that set Gateway to South America apart from other real estate agencies in the region could be summarised by the following:               Contact the Gateway to South America team to learn about the best investment opportunities in the region. The company is a benchmark for foreign investors wishing to invest in Argentina, Brazil,…
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