What the future for Mercosur looks like?

Mercosur is a group of countries that includes about 300 million people and covers almost 15 million square kilometres. They’ve got some awesome things going for them, like tons of biodiversity, rich farmlands, and lots of energy resources. The group started in 1991 when Brazil and Argentina decided to put their differences aside and work together. They made a treaty called the Treaty of Asunción, which said that they wanted to be able to move goods, services, and production factors between countries.…

Powering the Future: What changes can we expect in real estate marketing now that AI has gone mainstream

A deeper dive at the potential applications of artificial intelligence in real estate and how brokers and agents can leverage AI to enhance their business. As a result of the proptech revolution, artificial intelligence in real estate is proving to be a significant disruptor. With advancements in machine learning and the rapid evolution of AI, the real estate sector is learning how to handle the massive amounts of data that buildings produce and monitor specific KPIs to simplify operations and extract meaningful…

The Business Case for Forestry Investment in Uruguay

In Uruguay, investors are presented with a variety of options when it comes to forestry investments. They can opt for either eucalyptus for the pulp industry, eucalyptus for the building industry, or pine trees such as radiata pine. Moreover, they can choose between land that has already been planted or pastoral land suitable for plantation. Additionally, they may consider already forested land that has not yet been harvested or land that has already undergone one harvest, as eucalyptus can regrow and undergo…

Vegans Nightmare: A third of global farmland at ‘high’ pesticide pollution risk

image of South American crops
According to new research, a third of the planet’s agricultural land is at “high risk” of pesticide pollution from the lingering residue of chemical ingredients that can leach into water supplies and threaten biodiversity. According to research published Monday, a third of the planet’s agricultural land is at “high risk” of pesticide pollution from the lingering residue of chemical ingredients that can leach into water supplies and threaten biodiversity. The use of pesticides…

Airline News: Latam expects 20% plus growth in 2023

South America’s Latam Group operated at 83.2% of 2019 capacity levels in the fourth quarter of 2022 on its 144 destinations in 22 countries. It said this was “in line” with its roster of destinations in 2019 and expected annual growth in passenger traffic of more than 20% year-on-year in 2023. This would come from 38 routes that it did not operate in 2019. This included the new joint venture with Delta Airlines that would enable passengers of both airlines to access more than 300 destinations in North…

Investing in agriculture for 2023

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…

A GERMAN PUBLICATION DESCRIBED URUGUAY AS “A SAFE HAVEN IN TIMES OF CRISIS”

The prestigious German media Spiegel Ausland reported on the benefits offered by Uruguay in the context of the war in Ukraine and the advantages it has over its neighbours. “The country most likely to benefit from the crises in Europe in the long term is precisely one of the smallest on the continent: Uruguay,” explains the German news publication Spiegel Ausland in a story entitled “Effects of the Ukrainian war in South America. Safe haven in times of crisis”. From the information published…

Processed Uruguayan wool coveted by European manufacturers

With one hand, breeder Sebastian Saura holds the head of a sheep, and with the other, in a matter of minutes, he shears the animal down to its tender pink skin. It is the first phase of a trip that will take wool from Uruguay — one of the world’s top exporters of textile fibre — to Germany for use in the seats of luxury cars. At this farm in central Uruguay, 17 workers spend three days shearing 2,600 sheep. They do it in the southern hemisphere’s springtime, before the summer heat sets…

Are Performance Fees Fair for Syndicate Investors?

The Argument Against Performance Fees If fund managers and syndicate managers do not outperform their benchmark, they continue to get their standard fee, even if they have to forego their performance fee. We like performance, but we do not like performance fees. There are fund managers, who charge a fee for management, but then on top of that, they charge another fee if they get returns above a certain level. We object to these “performance fees”. Some fund managers will say they should have a performance…

25 Best Places To Visit In South America

The unique history, culture, and geography makes South America a remarkable place to travel. Learn more about the 25 best places to visit in South America below. Would you like to visit South America sometime soon? Or are you daydreaming about fun places to visit? Whichever it may be, this list of the best places to visit in South America is sure to inspire and strike up some wanderlust.  Some of the best countries to visit in South America are just a flight or two away.…

Why the market value of investment real estate often comes back to the cost of replacement

Most legacy real estate salespeople use comparable sales as a measure of value for real estate, but it can be a trap if you are a value investor. Here’s my opinion on how buyers should be valuing investment property instead. Most people would argue they know how to value a property. There’s a basic format: You look at the property you like, look at prices for comparable properties, and estimate the value from there. In some cases, you might also include expected rental returns as part of your measure.…

Warren Buffett’s partner Charlie Munger’s thoughts on successful investment practise

Warren Buffett, the world’s most significant investor, added two short sentences to Charlie Munger’s list that have been his decision-clinchers for decades, “Warren, think more about it. You’re smart, and I’m right.” Warren Buffett talked about his long-time friend and business partner, Charlie Munger, in his annual letter to the investors that was published along with Berkshire Hathaway’s annual report. Warren Buffett listed a few of Munger’s thoughts. He advised investors, “Find…

Uruguay is a Sustainability Success Story – Here’s Why?

Uruguay: logra el 96% en Energía Renovable
Uruguay is the smallest Spanish-speaking country in South America. It is known for its impressive coastline, high standard of living, low poverty rates and a football team that tends to punch above its weight. It’s also one of the most sustainable countries in the world, running on 98 per cent renewable electricity, according to the US International Trade Administration. It has been a rapid and profitable transition. In 2007, the country was still using fossil fuels for a third of its energy generation,…

China dominates fishing in South American Waters

Giant squid, squid or Dosidicus gigas, measures up to 3 meters in length and can reach 50 kilos in weight. It is one of the main species of the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and at the same time, it is one of the species with the most significant commercial pressure in the world. Thousands of tons are extracted annually, a large part from the international waters located off Ecuador, Peru and Chile. The main player behind that voracious appetite is China: it has a declared fleet of 671 ships. The squid catch…

Americans are quitting plant-based meat in droves due to high prices, worse taste, and questionable health benefits

Meat producers have nothing to fear from Fake Meat. Plant-based meat looked poised to change the world — but then Americans stopped buying it.  In 2020, retail sales of plant-based meat grew 45%, surpassing the $1 billion mark for the first time. Increasing awareness of companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, in addition to climate change and animal welfare concerns, nudged many Americans to give fake meat a shot.  The nature of the pandemic helped sales as well. Many consumers faced meat shortages,…
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