Argentine Fintech Giant Mercado Pago Requests a Banking License in Mexico: Why Did It Spark Criticism in Other Countries?

Marcos Galperin’s fintech will acquire a banking license in Mexico, a process that could take between 12 and 24 months. Although it is not licensed in other countries where it operates, it offers its clients a wide range of financial products. Mercado Pago announced that it will acquire a banking license in Mexico, a process that could take between 12 and 24 months. Thus, the fintech arm of Mercado Libre will seek to comply with regulations in Mexico and become the most prominent digital bank in that…

Carbon credits in the UK: A threat or opportunity for farmers?

Recent figures show that over half of farm sales last year were to non-farmers. There are reports of farmers being outbid for land that will be put into woodland or other offsetting projects. We explore the threats and opportunities of these schemes. Whilst there are opportunities for farmers to gain extra income streams from carbon credits and other environmental schemes, there has long been concern about food security and the impact on farming and food in the UK.  The aim of such schemes is to use low-quality…

LATAM Booming Real Estate Market. Thousands of New Companies Opened

The real estate sector is experiencing significant growth in some Latin American regions, like Mexico and Brazil, with a notorious surge in real estate companies and investors. Real estate companies are experiencing a remarkable surge in various regions of Latin America. In Mexico, for instance, the number of real estate service providers has surged by nearly 20% over the past five years, according to the latest Mexican Economy Secretariat‘s data. Similarly, more than 26,000 real estate companies…

Reasons why we are on the cusp of a commodity super-cycle affecting South America

The following two decades are likely to be a series of supply squeezes for a variety of reasons As 2024 unfolds, the surge in commodity prices has been nothing short of spectacular, with sectors such as metals, energy, and agriculture all registering significant gains. This trend is not merely coincidental but indicative of a burgeoning commodity super-cycle driven by three key factors: What drives commodity super-cycles? Historically, commodity super-cycles have been triggered by periods of intense industrialisation…

The British Vestey Meat Empire in South America

The Vestey Brothers were once the largest meat retailers in the world The company once controlled one-third of the refrigerated storage capacity in Britain and two-thirds of multiple butcher shops. It accounted for 20 per cent of all meat imported into Britain. Origins and early growth William Vestey (1859 – 1940) and Edmund Hoyle Vestey (1866 – 1954) were born to Samuel Vestey, a Liverpool provisions merchant. William Vestey William Vestey was sent to Chicago to scout for opportunities in 1876. He was…

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We offer South American real estate investment opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. We know buying South American Real Estate has specific rules for foreign citizens, rules we are familiar with and have worked with extensively. This is why we have created a programme to guide international buyers through purchasing real estate in South America, from finding properties for sale to helping clients comply with the required paperwork and legal procedures. South American News And…

Issues that should be addressed before considering the sale of a rural property to avoid an extended sale period

Consider carefully the following issues before putting a farm or piece of land on the market if you don’t want to experience delays, which can cause the property to become stale and develop a negative reputation. Legal and Administration Issues Most importantly, for properties with multiple ownership, all shareholders must be on the same page regarding selling and the expected price level achievable based on an independent valuation ( don’t ask brokers competing with each other for the listing for that…

The 10 most important rules for investing in agriculture favour South America

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Rule 1. Only invest in investor-friendly countries: Agricultural investments require a medium to long-term view. A typical investment in mainstream agriculture will require 70-80% of your investment to go into the land. There is no need to add to these risks by going into countries where you put your capital at risk. This rules out most of Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia. Rule 2. Countries with low, preferably no, subsidies for agriculture. Subsidies can be alluring because they can be seen as underwriting…

MercadoLibre now sells properties that can be paid with crypto

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The Mercado Libre e-commerce will allow real estate agencies to publish properties such as apartments, houses, land, lots and premises in Bitcoin. How the buying and selling of real estate in cryptocurrencies works. Today, Mercado Libre announced that it will accept property ads in cryptocurrencies . From now on, it will be possible to access properties with Bitcoin through the platform, and there will be an exclusive section of properties listed in cryptocurrencies. “We are always attentive to the changes…

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 does not…

The worlds most exquisite​ chocolate?

The Pure Nacional tree once at the heart of South America’s chocolate industry was believed to have been lost forever – until it was recently rediscovered by accident in Peru. Travelling to the Marañón Canyon in northern Peru is like stepping back in time. Mud-brick houses dot the hilly landscape. Electricity, which arrived in this area just three years ago, is only available in a few homes, and supply can be inconsistent. It only works about five days a week and you never know which five days these will…

How to Register a New Company in Peru:

Do you want to form a company in Peru but don’t know where to start?  It can be frustrating being unaware of the company incorporation process in another country. In this article, we remove a headache and provide you with all the information you need to successfully register a company in the growing economy of Peru. Let’s get right into it. What Type of Company Should I Form in Peru? There are different types of company structures you can choose from to start your business in Peru. The right one depends…

11 property tips when buying

My thoughts from 30 yrs in the real estate industry. Tip 1: Contact your broker, don’t wait for them to contact you – Good properties always sell, even in a challenging market. Your ability to buy the best properties that tick all your boxes comes down to your relationships with the local brokers, so take the lead and make sure they always think of you first when they become aware of that perfect property. Ask to be on their mailing list if you are not already. Tip 2: Buy when you can afford to…

Selling or buying properties in remote locations

Sellers face many of the same challenges as buyers do. Still, given current market conditions in many South American markets where we operate, we are finding the market is slow for remote properties. They are often owned as second or third investments outside their home location and are only visited once or twice a year. Each Seller’s motivation clearly varies. However, there is a broad spectrum of Sellers, from those content with fair market value and others who really don’t care what fair market value…

Climate Changes starts to bite in the nut industries

The influence of climate and weather on human societies is already apparent to the world’s rural populations: inclement weather can result in failed harvests, higher food prices, unrest, and unrest leading to revolutions. Syria is a good example. The increasing effect of climate change should be a warning to all agricultural investors. This is doubly true for climate-sensitive tree crops, most notably almonds, considered the cannery in the coal mine. Almond trees: fragile flowers Almonds are the fragile flower…
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