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Colombian Investment I - The Caribbean

  1. Colombian Investment I - The Caribbean investment-i-the-caribbean/
  2. • If you are thinking of Latin American Investment, and investing in Colombia in particular, remember the words of Baron Rothschild.
  3. • This 18th century investor and banker said, “The time to buy [stocks] is when there is blood in the streets.
  4. • .” He was talking about 18th century wars and rebellions but his words are pertinent today in the New World.
  5. • Colombia is coming out of a half century long low grade and occasionally very hot civil war and many investors have not caught on.
  6. • This article is number one of a four part set about Colombian investment.
  7. • First a bit about the history of the Civil War in Colombia, and then investment opportunities on and in the Colombian Caribbean.
  8. • This is the third of a four part series about Investing in Colombia.
  9. • We will deal briefly with the history of the Colombian Civil War and then look at investment opportunities in the Colombian Caribbean.
  10. 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.
  11. • The primary rebel group is FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia).
  12. • The rebels primarily have occupied remote areas of the jungle, especially in the Amazon Basin with occasional forrays into the cities.
  13. • 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.
  14. • Despite the claim that FARC simply wants to improve the lot of poor Colombians they have been tied to drug trafficking.
  15. • Many Colombian families can name a member of two who were assassinated by FARC for opposing extortion efforts by the rebels.
  16. • On the other hand government allied paramilitary forces fighting FARC are also accused of drug trafficking and terrorism.
  17. • The good news is that the conflict is settling down and Colombian Peace Talks have begun. The time has come for investing in Colombia.
  18. The Caribbean Coast of Colombia • Colombia is a nation of roughly 46million people. Its major exports are coffee, flowers, emeralds, coal, and oil.
  19. • As the risk, and especially the perceived risk, of visiting Colombia diminishes expect to see tourism, retirement to Colombia, and purchases of vacation homes increase in Colombia.
  20. • The most like beneficiary of the will be the Caribbean Coast.
  21. • The Colombian ministry of tourism has developed a new slogan, “The only danger in Colombia is that you will not want to leave.
  22. • Foreigners are visiting Colombia again and the “blood in the streets” is going away.
  23. • Consider Cartagena, Santa Marta, and the Island of San Andres for investment opportunities.
  24. Cartagena de Indias • Cartagena is a Spanish Colonial city with an old fortress and beautifully restored old city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
  25. • Beaches are great and the people are friendly. The urban area boasts 900,000 people.
  26. • Cartagena has a decided Caribbean influence and is already a tourist magnet.
  27. • Cartagena is a great place for a first visit to Colombia and offers real investment opportunities in real estate and business when investing in Colombia.
  28. Santa Marta • Santa Marta is a city of 400,000 farther to the East of Cartagena, also on the Caribbean. It is also a colonial city, founded in 1525.
  29. • . It is a tourist Mecca for Colombians and other Latinos with its spectacular beaches, nearby Santa Marta mountains, nature preserves, and colonial architecture.
  30. • It offers the same mix of opportunity for investing in Colombia for tourism and real estate related businesses as Cartagena.
  31. • However, Santa Marta has been more strongly affected by the armed conflict.
  32. • On one hand this may lead to a concern about personal danger.
  33. • On the other hand investment opportunities will likely multiply more strongly here than in Cartagena.
  34. San Andres Island • Although the island of San Andres is Colombia it is a coral island in the Caribbean Sea, closer to Nicaragua than to Colombia.
  35. • Here the concern of armed conflict fades to nothing in the Caribbean sun.
  36. • Although investing in Colombia in San Andres is certainly possible, don’t expect a jump in prices and economic activity when peace breaks out.
  37. • The island is already peaceful!
  38. The Rising Colombian Peso • The Colombian peso has outperformed all other currencies versus the US dollar in 2012.
  39. • For those interested in offshore investment and offshore banking, Colombia may well be the place to be as its economy takes off.
  40. • Invest in Colombia and take advantage of the rise of Colombian business prospects.
  41. • Bank your profits in Colombia and take advantage of the rising Colombian peso.
  42. • For more about investing in Colombia, read Colombian Investment II - Bogota, Colombian Investment III – The Cafetero, and Colombian Investment IV – The Amazon.
  43. • For more questions about investing in Colombia, Panama, or throughout Latin America, visit