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Doing Business in Latin America: Common Cultural Stumbling Blocks

Latin America expert Marcelo Baudino outlines the four most common cultural stumbling blocks doing business in LatAm. TCO International Director David Trickey sat down with Latin America expert Marcelo Baudino (Director of Iceberg Cultural Intelligence) to talk about Latin America: it’s scope, it’s surprising diversity,…

Latin America Real Estate Searches Gone Viral

Real Estate searches via Internet is the new norm with 76% of those who bought properties in Latin America real estate last year first investigated via the web according to a report by Google. This is not surprising given the fact that Latin America has a higher penetration of Internet users than Europe and the United States. Argentina has the highest…

URUGUAY and CHILE least corrupt countries in Latam region

Uruguay retains the lowest level of public sector corruption in Latin America, shortly followed by Chile. The Transparency International (TI) published a report last week. In its annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which is based on expert evaluation of public section corruption, the NGO ranked Uruguay 19th out of the 177 countries…

Brazil on the right track

Brazil on the right track With all the investment going on for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, coupled with the investment being made in infrastructure pertaining to airports and roads, Brazil is a sure bet for the future.  According to the Economist, Singapore’s Changi Airport Group and Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction firm, landed the job to upgrade and run…

How Foodie Are You?

How Foodie Are You Over 17,000 people have taken this short quiz of 100 questions to see how they measure up on foods they have tried in their lifetime.   As many of our clients and investors are international, this is a fun little game you can do to see just how well you score as a “Foodie”.  Here is the link:  www.HowFoodieAreYou.com/12703739 (Visited 22 times, 1 visits…

Buenos Aires ranks best Latin American city for students

  Buenos Aires ranks best Latin American city for students Buenos Aires has come out on top for the best South American city to study in. For those who are students it is now the most recommended city, for the second year running. Paris comes out in top being the best place and next is London in front of Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and…

Paraguay will lead the way with 10% growth this year in Latin America

Latin America Economy to Grow 3.5% This Year,  the UN Panel Says The forecasts are based on better economic performance by Brazil and Argentina, countries that in 2012 grew 0.9 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively Latin America and the Caribbean will grow at a rate of 3.5 percent in 2013, the UN Economic Commission for Latin…

Proposed Latin America’s billionaires income transparency

An article written by economist Nora Lustig, wonders how can we judge the impact of any proposed tax reform without information on the income share of Latin America’s super-rich. The article, included in the latest issue of “Americas Quarterly”, published by the American Council of the Americas holds the previously exposed.…

Asian investment boom seen in Latin America

Selling soybeans, iron and copper ore and other commodities to Asian countries has transformed Latin America over the past decade, stabilizing economies despite worldwide crises and lifting tens of millions of people into the middle class. Now, say officials from both Asia and Latin America, a second gold rush is under way. by The Associated Press Asian…

Brazil to lead world in biotech crops

Brazil is on course to dislodge the United States as the world’s top producer of biotech crops in the coming years, a leading promoter of farm biotechnology said Tuesday. The US currently holds the lead with 69 million hectares (170 million acres) under biocrop cultivation in 2011, ahead of Brazil with 30.3 million, Argentina with 23.7 million and India with…

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,…

Mubadala Development to invest $2bn in Brazilian group

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development will invest $2 billion in the Brazilian business group EBX founded by Eike Batista as part of a strategic partnership. Under the terms of the agreement Mubadala will make the investment in exchange for a 5.63 per cent preferred equity interest in Centennial Asset Brazilian Equity Fund and other offshore holding…

Paraguay’s soy boom: a blessing or a curse?

Paraguay’s  is not often highlighted for its economic achievements. Yet after 20 years of stagnation at the end of the 20th century, the landlocked country has enjoyed almost a decade of economic growth, and in 2010, GDP expanded by 15%, the fastest rate in Latin America. by Guillermo D’Angelo @argentinaindependent.com Driving this impressive expansion…

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay with highest human development index in Latam

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have the highest standards of living in Latin America according the latest report from the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI). Worldwide out of 187 countries Chile ranks 44, Argentina, 45 and Uruguay 48. The HDI is calculated from a set of indicators including literacy rates, years of…