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Howard Stern’s Huge Stock Gain Reinforces Incredible Leverage
Possibilities Of Barter
The ubiquitousness of radio’s “shock jock” Howard
Stern the past week has been remarkable, even in this day of hype
and media oversaturation.
In October 2004 Stern made the decision to leave
terrestrial radio’s Infinity Broadcasting for Sirius Satellite
Radio, when he signed a 5-year contract with them i.
Understandably, the story focused on the
mind-boggling $500 million agreement, with little notice regarding
the possibilities from being partly paid “in-kind” through the
issuance of 34.4 million shares of stock. The 2.5% stake in the
company made him one of the largest individual shareholders.
Although the stock had a market value of $110 million
at the time of the agreement, critics questioned taking any payment
other than cash from a struggling company that was losing money and
in a street-fight with competitor XM Radio for subscribers.
However, Stern realized the incredible leveraging
potential of bartering. His choice to do so not only validates a
belief in himself but his wisdom to have an ownership position a
company he will help build. Such actions also reinforce the value of
barter as a unique business technique.
16 months from the agreement date the value of Stern’s stock
holdings increased from $110 million to $219.8 million. The doubling
is due in no small part to the story’s immense exposure, Howard
Stern’s fame, and the personal selling efforts of Stern himself. But
let’s not overlook the huge additional payoff that occurred because
he chose to barter for partial payment by accepting stock, rather
than going for an all-cash deal.
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TeleTrade International’s Online Processing Totals Reach New Highs
CEO Gary Lasater
reported that TeleTrade’s online platforms serving independent trade
exchanges, the BANC and international affiliates, processed
$96,816,388. The majority of activity, $60.7 million, came from the
eValues network for independent exchanges, which has grown 1,000%
from its $6 million volume in 2001.
Lasater, their primary trading arena is North America. “By selecting
exchange operators with high principles we have experienced an
exceptional growth rate.”
International (TTi) and its wholly owned subsidiary eValues are
privately owned Colorado corporations. The base technology, created
in 1981, makes TTi the world’s oldest barter-technology development
out that since TTi technologies went online in 1999 they’ve
accounted for $248,270,738 in trade activity worldwide, with the
independent exchanges within eValues having nearly half the
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White Aims To Make ITEX The Cashless Marketplace “Google”
Steven White, CEO and Chairman of ITEX (OTCBB:ITEX),
has an ambitious goal—to lead his company forward to the point that
whenever a company considers doing a non-cash transaction they’ll
White elaborated, “When you need a search engine you
think of Google, when you think of coffee it’s Starbucks, and for
online shopping you go to
desire is to make the business world think of ITEX every time a
cashless transaction is considered.”
Six Offices Generate $1 Million
ITEX reported that six offices, within the network of
95 franchisees and licensees, generated more than $1 million in
transaction volume (sales & purchases) in a single month’s period.
Leading the way with $2.3 million was the New York office.
In November and
December the company’s transaction volume was $47,663,000, a 63%
increase compared to $29,215,000 for the same period in 2004. Cash
deposits were $2,541,000, a 58% increase compared to $1,606,000.
Completed transactions were up 85%, hitting 67,973 compared to
36,822. Member businesses within the ITEX network were up 64%, with
22,000 members compared to 13,400.
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Global Merger & Acquisition Volume Climbed 38% To $2.9 Trillion
There was incredible growth globally in the M&A arena
last year, with record-setting volume of $474.3 billion coming from
the Asian-Pacific region, up 46% from $324.5 billion in 2004.
In the U.S., M&A volume rose 30% from $886.2 billion
in 2004. In Europe the figure was 49% higher than the $729.5 billion
in 2004. While activity in Eastern Europe nearly doubled to a record
In merger and
acquisition activity, exchanging company stock is a frequent
“Home builders are now in the
business of selling shares, not houses.”
—Peter Schiff, President of Euro
Pacific Capital, Darien (CT)
The Commerce Department reported that new-home
construction rose 5.3% in November from the previous month, the
largest monthly increase in housing starts since April and far above
the level economists and analysts were expecting.
Meanwhile, the number of unsold new homes under
construction is at an all-time high. Which led Peter Schiff to make
the headline statement above. According to Schiff, home builders
must keep building houses to maintain a market for their shares.
It’s the only logical way to explain building new houses amid a
growing glut of unsold inventory.
Economy.com, a unit of Moody’s Corp. which
reports on housing affordability, reports that affordability dropped
by more than 20% in nearly two-dozen markets. Mark Zandi, chief
economist of Economy.com,
noted, “You have to go back 25 years to find a decline that is as
significant on a percentage basis.”
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According to an article in the November 28 issue
of the Boston Globe, the U.S. will continue to lead the
world in the truly innovative, game-changing industries. For
example, nanotechnology which is already a multi-billion
industry is projected to be a $2.6 trillion industry by
2014...and the USA leads the world by a country mile.
has unveiled its plan to partner with college newspapers and
offer its free classified ad portal, that will allow local
advertisers the ability to buy local, non-intrusive ad space on
StudentTrader.com. The web site provides a forum for
college students to buy, sell, and barter books and other items
with students on their campus, and allows advertisers to reach
one of the most sought-after demographics.
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Hundreds of rural families Durban, Africa, are
growing indigenous trees from the seeds found in local forests
and using the saplings as “currency.” The Indigenous Trees for
Life project is spearheaded by the Wildlands Conservation Trust,
a non-governmental organization. The Trees for Life project,
which aims to help people out of poverty, provides food,
clothing, and building materials in exchange for the saplings.
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