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Argentina: Savings Accounts or Direct investment: here is the innovative way to invest saved dollars in times of crisis

The recurring crises in Argentina generated that it has large amounts of money saved without many investment options. With a minimum investment of USD 500, Agropecuaria Surmax allows savers to obtain an attractive annual income in dollars with semiannual interest payments. Argentines have had a general distrust of the financial system for years, added to the economic policy of exchange restrictions, causing many Argentines to doubt a lot when making a financial decision. It is known that Argentina has experienced…

South America makes good business sense for New Zealand and Australian companies

“Agriculture is a huge part of the business of South America,” said NZ Trade and Enterprise international market manager, Brendan Mahar. “For some NZ companies, it’s made a lot of sense to extend their pasture-based capabilities to different parts of the world. “Although, doing business in South America is not without its language, legal and local economic challenges.” Having Fonterra so well recognised has given other NZ companies the confidence to build their own South American links– Brendan…

Argentina’s worst drought in 50 years has crushed the country’s cash flow

The economic activity in April fell 0.9% annualised and 2.7% in March, but with a production drop of 30% in agriculture and livestock. It is thought the degree of the drop could reflect the beginning of a short-term recession. The worst drought in 50 years struck negatively with economic activity in April, which fell 0.9% year on year and 2.7% from March, seasonally adjusted, reported yesterday by the INDEC . The results of analysed data are conclusive. The agricultural sector showed a decline of 30.8% year…

Argentina’s Olive Oil Production Expected to Double By 2020

Industry analysts have announced that olive oil is now the country’s fastest-growing agricultural commodity and expect production to double in size by 2020, according to the Agri-Food and Agribusiness Strategic Plan of Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Rapid growth and improved technology in recent years has positioned Argentina among the world’s top producers of olive oil and table olives. Exports generated over US$30 million in the first trimestre of 2011 alone. The industry…

Argentina to receive more Chinese investments this year

By China Daily | July 2011 More Chinese investments are expected to flow to Argentina this year as the two governments signed several economic cooperation agreements this week, Luis Kreckler, Argentine secretary of trade and international economic relations, said on Wednesday. The agreements cover sectors including agriculture, energy, transportation and mining, Kreckler told China Daily, without disclosing details. The trade secretary headed a delegation of 50 high-level Argentine government officials in a…

China to invest billions in South American farmland improvements

The Chinese government plans to invest more than 100 billion yuan (15 billion U.S. dollars) over the next five years to improve farmland for the nation’s food security, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources (MOLAR). The investment aims to improve about 4 million hectares of land and replenish an additional 670,000 hectares of arable land in its major grain producers — Hebei, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Shandong, Hubei provinces and Inner Mongolia and Guangxi autonomous…

China’s largest farming company and Argentina’s Cresud SA linked a joint venture to buy South American farmland

China’s largest farming company, Heilongjiang Beidahuang Nongken Group, inked a joint venture with Argentina’s Cresud SA to buy land and farm soybeans. Cresud is one of Argentina’s top agriculture firms with control over more than 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of farmland that produce grain, cattle and milk. Heilongjiang Beidahuang’s chairman, Sui Fengfu, told Dow Jones Newswires in March that the company plans to buy 200,000 hectares of overseas farmland this year, and that…

Top 10 hedge funds business horizons

  The top 10 hedge funds made $28bn for clients in the second half of last year, $2bn more than the net profits of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Barclays and HSBC combined, according to new data.   Even the biggest of the hedge funds have only a few hundred employees, while the six banks employ 1m between them. According to the data, the top 10 funds have earned a total of $182bn for investors since they were founded, with George Soros making $35bn for clients – after all fees…

Argentine group El Tejar became the biggest soy farmer in Mato Grosso´s region

Argentina-based Ag company El Tejar harvested approximately 680,000 metric tons (25 million bushels) of soybeans in Mato Grosso -Brazil’s main producing state- during the 2010-11 season, ending the decade-long reign of Erai Maggi, whose Bom Futuro group produced 576,000 tons (21 million bushels), according to data compiled by the Mato Grosso Soybean and Corn Producers Association (APROSOJA). El Tejar has operated in Brazil since 2003, largely adopting the Argentine model of renting land. The company has…
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