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Latin American economies in the race to the bottom

Prospects for Latin America are dire this year amid the paralysis in domestic activity; collapse in prices for export commodities; massive job losses; pullback in remittances; rising debt vulnerabilities; and limited scope by governments to adequately respond to the crisis. Consequently, our Consensus Forecast currently sees Latin America’s economy contracting 5.1% this year, which would mark one of the worst contractions in the continent’s history. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 7% Of the region’s largest…

Business opportunities in Latin American Real Estate in 2019

2019 presents a wealth of business opportunities for investors keen on the Latin American real estate market. After a bout of recessive market behaviour and political elections, many countries have seen their currency value drop. While growth predictions for Latin America are on the up 2019 through 2021, now is a good time to exchange your dollars for a prime piece of real estate in Latin America.  As the region’s middle class expands and markets become stronger, there are long term benefits to investing…

China and Europe continue to invest in South America

Many of the countries sprinkled across South America are enjoying periods of growth, as natural resources and higher standards of education than before present the region as a fantastic place to invest Source: worldfinance.com Chinese investment in South America has increased dramatically over the last decade. An article in Latin Finance points out that bilateral investment between the two countries has grown by 1,400 percent, which equals about $140bn. The Chinese investment contribution is seen as highly…

China and the Inter-American Development Bank launch $1 bln Latam investment fund

China and the Inter-American Development Bank said on Monday they are starting a $1 billion fund to invest in Latin America, though the Asian giant’s latest push to expand its influence in the region prompted words of caution from Brazil. To feed its fast-growing economy’s voracious appetite for raw materials, China has invested tens of billions of dollars in the region, from Mexico to Argentina, over the last decade to acquire strategic assets or companies in sectors such as oil, minerals and food…

Record food prices are boosting farmland investments

Farmers will sow more acres and pour more funds into agriculture this year to boost yields across the top producer nations as record high food prices jolt markets and send buyers scurrying for supplies. While crops in top grain exporter the United States will battle for acres in the upcoming spring planting season, the developing world is expected to deploy resources to expand agriculture and improve stagnating productivity. Analysts told the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit they expected more land in Latin…
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