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Opportunities for Doing Business in Mexico

Opportunities for Doing Business in Mexico

Mexico has the second-largest economy in Latin America, behind Brazil. This is due to its increasingly growing GDP, low cost of labour and a geographical advantage being on the doorstep of the economic powerhouses, United States and Canada. Mexico has seen an increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) due to several beneficial commercial conditions and emerging industries. As a result, many investors and entrepreneurs are offered high prospects for success when doing business in Mexico. Plus, the newly revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (known as NAFTA or T-MEC) offers preferential access of 80% of Mexico’s exports to the US and Canada, valued annually at around US$291 billion and US$22.6 billion respectively.   Furthermore, the European Union (EU) free trade agreement eliminated 82% of tariffs on Mexico’s exports, reaching US$23 billion in value for products and services in 2015. With these strong trade agreements, Mexico is set for continued economic growth entering in 2020. Robust growth supports opportunities for doing business in Mexico in 2020 Mexico is on track to break into the top 10 largest economies in the world within a decade. As 2020 approaches, economists are forecasting a GDP growth of 1.2% and in 2021, another 1.8%. This growth can be attributed to increasing domestic demand, and returns on public spending and business investment backed by an increase in household consumption and an overall greater monetary capability. The flexible exchange rate enables Mexico to successfully absorb any financial shocks without major financial...

Real Estate an Increasingly Popular Choice for Investing in Mexico

Real Estate an Increasingly Popular Choice for Investing in Mexico

As business opportunities grow in Mexico, so does the demand for prime real estate. Investing in Mexico 's real estate market over the last few years has shown increasingly strong returns. Thanks to its combination of iconic cities, unusual tourist attractions, and the economic expansion of its professional middle class, the real estate industry is experiencing substantial growth in competitiveness. Becoming part of this vein of success within Mexico is easier than many might think.  Real Estate - Investing in Mexico The sector is considered as a pillar of the Mexican economy, accounting for no less than 15% of the country's economic activity and generating more than 15 million direct and indirect jobs. Mexican real estate experienced a growth of 2.1% from the end of 2018 to the beginning of 2019. According to the January newsletter of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI), the sector is expected to grow by 6% in 2019.  This growth is partly due to the exceptional appreciations enjoyed by hotels in Mexico. Consequently, the Mexican market is set to be part of one of the ten fastest-growing real estate markets of 2019/20. On the same AMPI report, it is noted that real estate investment accounted for 12.1% of foreign direct investment received in 2018. The real-estate porperties in highest demand are hotels concentrated in cities such as Monterrey, Guadalajara, Querétaro, and Tijuana.  A sector boosted by tourism The two industries, real estate and tourism, are large contributors to the Mexican economy. The tourism industry is one of the greatest...

5 Booming Sectors in Mexico for Business

5 Booming Sectors in Mexico for Business

Mexico is a country with a constantly growing economy. After a slight decrease in annual GDP between 2014 and 2016, it has grown at an annual rate of between 2 and 3% each year from since. This productive country has the second-largest economy in Latin America. The Mexican economy has certain strengths to claim: first, their proximity with the United States makes them privileged trade partners, especially in uncertain times of global trade conflicts. The country can rely on strong trade agreements, including the new USMCA agreement with the USA and Canada, but also OECD, the G20, and Pacific Alliance. We explore 5 growing sectors that currently pose significant commercial opportunities in the Mexico market. Consider your investment options for entering the market and start your business in these lucrative areas. 1.    Booming Sector in Mexico - Financial technology (fintech) Mexico is the second-largest market for fintech startups in Latin America, with an impressive yearly growth of 40%. Leader of Mexican startups market includes Linio, Sr.Pago and Corner Shop (Chile-Mexico). Between 2017 and 2022, Mexico’s fintech market is expected to double, reaching a value of US$68.2 billion. Latest figures found the Fintech sector in Mexico show the country houses 515 companies currently. There’s an estimated revenue volume of about MX$68.409 billion (approximately US$35.03 billion) connected to this development. The market is buoyant and contains strong potential. Today Mexico is the Latin American country considered to be the most dynamic and with the highest level of...

Invest in Australia’s Booming Sectors

Invest in Australia’s Booming Sectors

Australia is one of the world’s leading economies, as well as one of the most attractive destinations for foreign investment. With a consistent GDP growth for 29 straight years, and total GDP amount to over AU$1.5 trillion in 2017, it’s no wonder investors are attracted to Australia’s economy.  Overall, the country is making tremendous strides in a handful of different industries and sectors. Australia is expanding and developing on a worldwide scope. Foreign investors interested in the country, or looking to grow their current investments, should pay close attention to the up-and-coming sectors. We give an overview on Australia’s strongest and most promising industries. Invest in Australia - Medical services, technology, and research One Australian industry that will consistently remain important in the global market is the medical services, technology, and research sector. With ample government support, funding, and foreign investors already catching on and devoting their dollars, Australia is at the forefront of this ever-growing industry. Recently, in the country’s 2018-2019 budget, the Australian government allocated a staggering AU$1.3 billion to its Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan. The focus of these investments is centered around medical technology research and development. However, investment opportunities don’t stop here. Australia shows growth and potential in biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medicines, and within the digital health sector. Promising growth in the future is fueled by a constant, and growing, need for these developments and...

How Electric Vehicles Could Revolutionize Colombia’s Transport Sector

How Electric Vehicles Could Revolutionize Colombia’s Transport Sector

Popularity and reliance on electromobility and electric vehicles is increasing among developed nations looking to cut down on transportation emissions. As global pollution worsens, governments are recognizing the importance of electric transportation. Moreover, businesses, innovators, and investors foresee the demand and success of the industry and are fueling it with countless dollars and research and development. Ultimately, countries are collectively facing a paradigm shift in the world of transportation. As a recently emerging player in the game, Colombia has enormous opportunity and changes coming its way. Generally, in Latin America, electric vehicles and transportation is an untapped market. Few countries have invested resources into the industry, and even fewer have adopted comprehensive integration plans for 100% electric transportation in the future. A potential leader within the region’s electromobility sector, Colombia can collaborate with its partners to serve as a positive example of future opportunities in Latin America. Colombia’s transportation issues Historically, Colombia struggles with transportation fluidity and pollution. In 2019, the country’s capital ranked second in the world for worst congestion, and first in all of Latin America. Experts calculated that Bogota citizens spend 20% of their work day trying to get to and from work. Take 20% of every day, five days a week, and commuters are essentially spending an entire day in traffic. Ultimately, the stagnant congestion harbors an environment subject to extreme air-pollution buildup.  Air pollution...

Peruvian Superfoods Waiting to be Discovered by Food Companies

Peruvian Superfoods Waiting to be Discovered by Food Companies

The Peruvian economy is is just as diverse and colorful as its vast geographic spread and captivating culture. The country is one of the most stable economic powers in Latin America, with a GDP of US$225 billion in 2018. Much of Peru’s success can be attributed to increasing international trade alliances and export opportunities. Currently, commodity exports make up the most significant percentage of the country’s global economic activity. However, there’s another industry specific to Peru on the brink of mass exportation, foreign investments, and new businesses. Recently, nutritionists and researchers found a handful of foods native to the country of Peru that fall within the ‘superfood’ category. Superfoods are those are that have low calories, high fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. With recent trends in countries around the world becoming increasingly more health conscious, the demand for these superfoods is on the rise. Peru is one of the few countries in the world that has such extensive access to so many native ‘superfoods.’ With new discoveries being made in the more remote parts of the country, business and investment opportunities for native and foreign companies present themselves plentifully. Peruvian Super Foods - Peru’s Agricultural Market Currently, Peru has a relatively strong agriculture industry. Over the past 20 years, the industry experienced steady, promising growth, averaging an annual growth rate of 3.3%. As for economic impact, the industry makes up 11.3% of the nation’s GDP. This staggering growth is largely...

Outlook for MERCOSUR-Asia Relations

Outlook for MERCOSUR-Asia Relations

Recently, MERCOSUR has been increasing efforts to form trade agreements with different countries and alliances around the world. A trade bloc comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, MERCOSUR has a lot to offer in terms of trade benefits and economic opportunity. Collectively, the bloc’s GDP amounts to over US$2 trillion, a powerful negotiating point when drawing up trade deals. With Brazil having the largest and Argentina having the fourth largest economies in South America, international trade blocs and alliances could easily get their foot in the door of the Latin American market through an agreement with MERCOSUR.  With MERCOSUR’s latest trade deal with the EU complete, the focus is now on Asia. The economic and political relationships between these two regions has been slow-moving, but the two are now on the same page. Overall, the future looks promising and profitable for foreign investors and businesses looking to invest and do business. Business - Why Asia and MERCOSUR? At first glance, Asia and MERCOSUR member countries couldn’t be more different. Physical distance between the two regions is enough to deter talks of trade. Moreover, one would think that cultural, language, economic, and political barriers add an additional, overwhelming aspect to the mix. However, these initial judgments are far from the truth. Recently, the two regions realized the similarities in their approaches to economic, environmental, and developmental plans. This created a natural, comfortable environment for trade talks to startup and flourish.  Relations with China China,...

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