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January 7, 2014

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 01/07/2014

Billionaire Barters For Pipeline Business

Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett will trade some 19 million shares of Phillips 66 stock his company owns, for full ownership of the energy firm's pipeline-services business.  It's Buffett's latest move in expanding his bet on the oil transportation business.

Foreign Real Estate Investors Love U.S.A.

Although London now ranks as the tope city for a foreign real estate investment opportunity (according to the Foreign Investors in Real Estate Association) the next four top cities are all located in the United States. New York was second (down from last year's #1 rating), San Francisco ranked third favorite city, with Houston and Los Angeles coming in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

The U.S, remains the most "stable and secure" country for investment by a wide margin of more than 50 percentage-points over second-place country Germany.  This is the widest margin since 2006.

Canada's Revenue Agency Deems BitCoin Transactions Akin to Barter

The CRE (Canada Revenue Agency) considers a BitCoin transaction the same as a barter transaction, as opposed to a monetary transaction. Therefore, BitCoins either as barter (virtual payments) or as an investment commodity are subject to tax, according to the Canadian tax authorities.

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President's Message — IRTA Finishes Another Great Year!

(A letter from Annette Riggs, President of IRTA and UC)

The International Reciprocal Trade Association and Universal Currency (UC) surpassed their goals, making 2013 another record setting year for both organizations.

The IRTA Global Board of Directs is proud to report the following notable accomplishments in 2013:

  • UC trading set an all-time annual trading record of over 8.5 million, and set an all-time monthly record of 1.1 million in December of 2013.

  • IRTA and UC surpassed their cash revenue goals by 9%, for the year.

  • The organization held an incredibly successful 34th Annual International Convention at the five-star Las Vegas Venetian Resort, attended by 130 barter professionals representing 45 barter exchanges and complementary currency organizations from all over the globe.

  • Providing CTB training and certification to a record number 2 people at the IRTA Las Vegas convention.

  • Issuing a comprehensive Franchise and License Agreements Advisory Memo, which provided the legal parameters of proper franchise and licensing for the industry.

  • Along with the U.N. and the STRO Foundation, IRTA provided critical support to a Kenyan based non-profit community currency group (Koru-Kenya, Bangla-Pesa's), helping get criminal charges against the group dropped by the Kenyan government. The project is operational again with government support.

  • Attending and contributing to two European meetings in an effort to build IRTA's international base and affiliations with other complementary currency systems.

  • Hosting a three day meeting in Washington (D.C.) with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, in an effort to develop a multi-layered barter system for 57 Islamic countries.

  • Engaging in discussions with Chinese representatives to establish a barter training protocol and barter system for China.

  • Launching IRTA's new website design in February 2013.

  • Elevating IRTA's social media program and creating YouTube and LinkedIn sites for the association.

  • Significantly increasing membership for both IRTA and UC.

  • Providing warnings to the industry regarding unscrupulous organizations that threaten the prestige and positive reputation of the barter industry.

IRTA and UC will continue to pro-actively advocate for barter and complementary currency systems in 2014. We encourage you to get more involved in IRTA and UC in 2014 and welcome your participation.

Thank you all of the devoted volunteers that serve on important committees and to my fellow Global Board Members who generously commit their time and resource.

We look forward to another great year in 2014 filled with creative new initiative that will benefit your business and our industry in general.

Best wishes for the New Year!


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Is Your Cash Flow Uneven? Try Factoring

Many businesses that have to pay bills, before customers pay their accounts, use factoring as a way to even-out the company's cash flow.

Factoring is when a company sells its accounts receivables to a third party (called a factor) at discount, for an instant cash payment.

This option is useful to some fast-growing companies which outstrip their liens of credit, or new business that can't qualify for traditional financing, or those that want to pay their bills quickly to take advantage of discounts.

However factoring can be expensive . To begin with, you only get 75% to 90% of the value of your receivables. Then there is typically a 2% to 6% discount fee, plus if your receivables takes longer to pay that fee usually increases. Some factors will also tack on other charges, such as audit fees.

While factoring is certainly a possibility for some companies, it's not the answer for everyone. Factors prefer working with firms that do at least $20,000 in monthly billings. Because a steady cash-flow stream is always desirable, it's wise to spend some quality time with your trade broker to maximize the opportunities for paying as many of your bills on trade as possible.


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