January 7, 2014
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
Billionaire Barters For Pipeline
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,
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
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
(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
Issuing a comprehensive
Franchise and License Agreements Advisory Memo, which provided
the legal parameters of proper franchise and licensing for the
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.
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
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
Best wishes for the New Year!
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