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• When one considers investing in Latin America  and investing in Colombia in particular the  famous words of Baron Rothsc...
• This 18th century investor and banker is credited  with saying that “The time to buy [stocks] is  when there is blood in...
• .” He was talking about 18th century wars and  rebellions but his words are pertinent in the  New World today.   http://...
• Specifically, Colombia is coming out of a half  century long rebellion and many investors have  not yet caught on.   htt...
• This is the third of a four part series about  Investing in Colombia.   http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-...
• We will deal briefly with the history of the  Colombian Civil War and then look at  investment opportunities in the coff...
The Colombian Civil War• The current Colombian civil war has lasted from  the mid 1960’s to the present. Rebels say they  ...
• The primary rebel group is FARC (Fuerzas  Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia).   http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/inv...
• The rebels primarily have occupied remote areas  of the jungle, especially in the Amazon Basin  with occasional forrays ...
• An increasingly aggressive campaign by the  Colombian government has driven FARC from the  cities and forced them to cro...
• Despite the claim that FARC simply wants to  improve the lot of poor Colombians they have  been tied to drug trafficking...
• Many Colombian families can name a member  of two who were assassinated by FARC for  opposing extortion efforts by the r...
• On the other hand government allied  paramilitary forces fighting FARC are also  accused of drug trafficking and terrori...
• The good news is that the conflict is settling  down and Colombian Peace Talks have begun.  The time has come for invest...
The Best Coffee in the World• The Cafetero is the coffee growing region in  Colombia. It lies to the West of the Andes and...
• The region comprises only a little over one  percent of Colombia and just over two million  people.   http://robertgirga...
• Colombia is the third leading exporter of coffee  in the world. It is the second leading exporter of  Arabica coffee, ge...
• Most coffee lovers also consider that Colombian  coffee, sip per sip, is better than Arabica coffee  from Brazil, the wo...
• Because of coffee production this region has  reasonable economic strength but it is certainly  not an industrial region...
• On the other hand cities like Pereira at 3000 feet  are in the Latin American “land of eternal spring.   http://robertgi...
• .” That is to say, the temperature never drops  below about 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night and  rarely above 85 degrees ...
• This is an increasingly attractive area for tourists  to places like the hot springs at Santa Rosa, the  still active vo...
• For those considering retirement in Colombia  this is a nice region.   http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-c...
• As the Colombian Civil War winds down expect  to see property values go up and tourism  increase.   http://robertgirga.c...
• In the meantime, drop into the Juan Valdez  coffee shop by Cable Plaza in Manizales and  enjoy a cup of some of the best...
The Rising Colombian Peso• The Colombian peso has outperformed all other  currencies versus the US dollar in 2012.   http:...
• For those interested in offshore investment and  offshore banking, Colombia may well be the  place to be as its economy ...
• For more about investing in Colombia, read  Investing in Colombia I – The Caribbean,  Investing in Colombia II - Bogota,...
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Investing In Colombia III The Cafetero


When one considers investing in Latin America and investing in Colombia in particular the famous words of Baron Rothschild come to mind. This 18th century investor and banker is credited with saying that “The time to buy [stocks] is when there is blood in the streets.” He was talking about 18th century wars and rebellions but his words are pertinent in the New World today. Specifically, Colombia is coming out of a half century long rebellion and many investors have not yet caught on. This is the third of a four part series about Investing in Colombia. We will deal briefly with the history of the Colombian Civil War and then look at investment opportunities in the coffee heartland of Colombia.
The Colombian Civil War
The current Colombian civil war has lasted from the mid 1960’s to the present. Rebels say they are fighting for the rights of the Colombian poor. The primary rebel group is FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). The rebels primarily have occupied remote areas of the jungle, especially in the Amazon Basin with occasional forrays into the cities. An increasingly aggressive campaign by the Colombian government has driven FARC from the cities and forced them to cross borders into Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama in search of sanctuary. Despite the claim that FARC simply wants to improve the lot of poor Colombians they have been tied to drug trafficking. Many Colombian families can name a member of two who were assassinated by FARC for opposing extortion efforts by the rebels. On the other hand government allied paramilitary forces fighting FARC are also accused of drug trafficking and terrorism. The good news is that the conflict is settling down and Colombian Peace Talks have begun. The time has come for investing in Colombia.
The Best Coffee in the World
The Cafetero is the coffee growing region in Colombia. It lies to the West of the Andes and includes the cities of Pereira, Armenia, Manizales, and Medellín. The region comprises only a little over one percent of Colombia and just over two million people. Colombia is the third leading exporter of coffee in the world. It is the second leading exporter of Arabica coffee, generally considered to the best coffee. Most coffee lovers also consider that Colombian coffee, sip per sip, is better than Arabica coffee from Brazil, the world’s leading exporter by bulk. Because of coffee production this region has reasonable economic strength but it is certainly not an industrial region. On the other hand cities like Pereira at 3000 feet are in the Latin American “land of eternal spring.” That is to say, the temperature never drops below about 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night and rarely above 85 degrees during the day.

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  1. 1. Investing in Colombia III - The Cafeterohttp://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in- colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  2. 2. • When one considers investing in Latin America and investing in Colombia in particular the famous words of Baron Rothschild come to mind. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  3. 3. • This 18th century investor and banker is credited with saying that “The time to buy [stocks] is when there is blood in the streets. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  4. 4. • .” He was talking about 18th century wars and rebellions but his words are pertinent in the New World today. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  5. 5. • Specifically, Colombia is coming out of a half century long rebellion and many investors have not yet caught on. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  6. 6. • This is the third of a four part series about Investing in Colombia. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  7. 7. • We will deal briefly with the history of the Colombian Civil War and then look at investment opportunities in the coffee heartland of Colombia. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  8. 8. The Colombian Civil War• The current Colombian civil war has lasted from the mid 1960’s to the present. Rebels say they are fighting for the rights of the Colombian poor. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  9. 9. • The primary rebel group is FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  10. 10. • The rebels primarily have occupied remote areas of the jungle, especially in the Amazon Basin with occasional forrays into the cities. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  11. 11. • An increasingly aggressive campaign by the Colombian government has driven FARC from the cities and forced them to cross borders into Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama in search of sanctuary. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  12. 12. • Despite the claim that FARC simply wants to improve the lot of poor Colombians they have been tied to drug trafficking. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  13. 13. • Many Colombian families can name a member of two who were assassinated by FARC for opposing extortion efforts by the rebels. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  14. 14. • On the other hand government allied paramilitary forces fighting FARC are also accused of drug trafficking and terrorism. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  15. 15. • The good news is that the conflict is settling down and Colombian Peace Talks have begun. The time has come for investing in Colombia. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  16. 16. The Best Coffee in the World• The Cafetero is the coffee growing region in Colombia. It lies to the West of the Andes and includes the cities of Pereira, Armenia, Manizales, and Medellín. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  17. 17. • The region comprises only a little over one percent of Colombia and just over two million people. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  18. 18. • Colombia is the third leading exporter of coffee in the world. It is the second leading exporter of Arabica coffee, generally considered to the best coffee. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  19. 19. • Most coffee lovers also consider that Colombian coffee, sip per sip, is better than Arabica coffee from Brazil, the world’s leading exporter by bulk. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  20. 20. • Because of coffee production this region has reasonable economic strength but it is certainly not an industrial region. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  21. 21. • On the other hand cities like Pereira at 3000 feet are in the Latin American “land of eternal spring. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  22. 22. • .” That is to say, the temperature never drops below about 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night and rarely above 85 degrees during the day. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  23. 23. • This is an increasingly attractive area for tourists to places like the hot springs at Santa Rosa, the still active volcano, Nevada Ruiz, outside of Manizales, or the park region of Ibague. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  24. 24. • For those considering retirement in Colombia this is a nice region. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  25. 25. • As the Colombian Civil War winds down expect to see property values go up and tourism increase. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  26. 26. • In the meantime, drop into the Juan Valdez coffee shop by Cable Plaza in Manizales and enjoy a cup of some of the best Arabica coffee in the world. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  27. 27. The Rising Colombian Peso• The Colombian peso has outperformed all other currencies versus the US dollar in 2012. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  28. 28. • For those interested in offshore investment and offshore banking, Colombia may well be the place to be as its economy takes off. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
  29. 29. • For more about investing in Colombia, read Investing in Colombia I – The Caribbean, Investing in Colombia II - Bogota, and Investing in Colombia IV - The Amazon. http://robertgirga.com/RobertGirga/investing-in-colombia-iii-the-cafetero/
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