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America?s Popular TV Series ?American Idol? To Be Bartered & Aired
As ?American Idol Rewind?
American?s most popular television series, which airs
on the FOX network, will be coming back in September 2006. The
one-hour weekend series will be titled ?American Idol Rewind,? and
offer never-before-seen footage in a streamlined, enhanced program.
The series is being sold entirely on barter, and
Tribune Entertainment is representing station and advertiser sales.
Tribune Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division
of The Tribune Company, holds a diverse portfolio of programming for
syndication (barter) network and cable.
Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates
Unprecedented Wealth In Today?s New Age Of Possibility
There are many forms of secondary capital?which can
be defined as any financial instrument that measures and
communicates value in a common language. Would you like to see and
learn more about the many forms of secondary capital?
We have 70 free,
informative and inspiring, articles for you in our ?Secondary
Capital Section.? Check it out...
Estate Investor Guru Predicts Huge California Price Declines
In 1997, Bruce Norris, author and self-taught
prognosticator, came to an astounding conclusion: real estate
prices, after plummeting for seven years, were about to take off.
He predicted that home prices would double in eight
years?missing the mark only in that he was too conservative. Prices
Now he prognosticates that prices are going to slide
downward for the next four years, erasing all of the gains of the
last two years or more.
In a forthcoming book, California Crash,
Norris says a price drop will change the mood and it?s coming
because of housing?s weak affordability. Norris points out that the
two times affordability fell to 17%?in 1980 and 1989?the market was
Low affordability leads to reduced demand (depressing
home-building and elimination of jobs), increased foreclosures, and
falling prices. (California?s affordability rate is now 14%,
according to the California Association of Realtors.)
43% Of First-Time Home Buyers
Norris asserts the
most dangerous modern trend is the belief that real estate prices go
only in one direction. A recent announcement by the National
Association of Realtors confirms that notion. They report that,
nationally, 43% of first time buyers financed 100% of their purchase
and an additional 50% financed from 71% to 99%.
New Money-Making Ideas And Valuable Contacts!
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Bank Extends ITEX Line-Of-Credit To $1 Million
ITEX has announced that its credit capacity/facility
with US Bank has been expanded from $500,000 to $1,000,000. CEO
Steven White elaborated, ?Our financial stability over the last two
years, and the reduction of $1.3 million in debt during the last six
months coupled with our long term relationship with US Bank, has
resulted in our ability to access a larger amount of capital.?
White says the
company is well-positioned to take advantage of strategic
opportunities as they arise, and pursue the further development of
their cashless payment transaction platform. For further information
on ITEX go to www.itex.com.
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Zampatti Promoting Entire Concert On Barter
Ric Zampatti, founder of The Barter Company in
is one of the more enterprising exchange owners in the country. Over
the last several years he has ambitiously built a very successful
billboard business in his area, known as Southern Media.
Now he?s moving in another direction that could prove
to be most interesting as well...under his direction, Southern Media
is promoting Big Head Todd and the Monsters concert March 11, 2006,
at The Fabulous Fox Theatre.
Bartered tickets to a concert are one thing, but
using barter to organize and stage an entire concert is quite a
different story. According to Zampatti, the facility, lighting and
other expenses involved with staging the concert, will be handled on
a bartered basis, as well as the considerable advertising effort.
The band, based in Boulder (CO), and Zampatti have
wanted to stage such a concert for years, but they could not get the
dates to coincide with the band?s touring schedule. For more
information on the band and concert go to
Illinois Trade Association Offering New Online Barter Shopping
Service To Membership
ITA?s Jack Schacht
and Joan Varner will soon be introducing a new service for their
6,000 members...a very ambitious online shopping store where members
will be able to choose from over 2,000 items. All products will be
available for purchase over the Internet on a 100% trade basis. For
more information on Illinois Trade Association go to
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Google Pushes To Become One-Stop Media Ad-Buying Platform
How do you leverage the 400,000 advertisers who
bought Google-brokered online ads or ads on Google?s own sites as of
last year? Try tapping into a much larger marketplace?the huge U.S.
advertising arena (electronic, outdoor and print).
Google?s recent $1.1 billion purchase of radio
airtime broker Dmarc Broadcasting shows that they have a huge
aspiration, eyeing a much larger portion of the nearly $300 billion
that?s spent annually on advertising.
Dmarc has contracts with more than 4,600 radio
stations to provide services such as filling ad spots for targeted
audiences. Commercials can be purchased to play alongside specific
songs or chosen for certain markets. The company also sells systems
that automate accounting reports.
Those traits, accountability, efficiency, scale and
immediate results, are very similar to what Google does in selling
online advertising (AdWords) that is tightly targeted to users
searching for specific terms on the Internet.
experimented with print media (reselling magazine and newspaper
ads), and recently launched an online video store that many analysts
believe will include TV-like commercials.
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Would Jackie Do? She?d Make Secret Barter Deals!
A new book by Wall Street Journal editor
Shelly Branch and co-author Sue Callaway, titled ?What Would Jackie
Do? An Inspired Guide To Distinctive Living,? gives tips on how
Jacqueline Kennedy (often referred to as Jackie O) lived her life,
how she handled difficult people, and who she enjoyed being around.
The book pointed out that Jackie loved to barter. She
believed that lack of funds shouldn?t prevent one from acquiring the
things desired. According to Jackie?s way of thinking, bartering
gives one the power of handing off something that may be a trifle to
you, but a hot ticket to the other party.
It was a technique she used with portrait painter
Aaron Shikler. While dating Aristotle Onassis, she had the artist
draw more than 30 studies of her children?without any explicit
agreement that she would buy the works. She adored the sketches, but
balked at paying for them.
Jackie had already tried, and failed, to get Onassis
to buy some of the works. An opportunity presented itself when
Jackie asked Shikler to paint her official White House portrait?a
commission that brought him considerable notice, and the offer of a
lucrative writing assignment from McCall?s magazine.
Knowing that she
would frown on any publicity over the topic, he approached Jackie
with a barter deal: ?Let?s make a trade-off,? he suggested. ?You
give me permission for the article...you keep the studies.? Jackie
got her desired art and Shikler got his subsequent payment.
A jewelry store owner in Michigan is interested
in bartering jewelry in exchange for a Breckenridge, Colorado,
condo or home during February 18 - 26. Interested parties should
With the Super Bowl around the corner, here?s
something to contemplate when viewing the players and thinking
how lucky they are. A mind-boggling 78% of all NFL players are
divorced, bankrupt, or unemployed two years after leaving the
game, according to Ken Ruettgers.
He is a former player?12-year veteran with the
Green Bay Packers and current executive director for
www.gamesover.org?helping NFL players transitioning from
professional sports back into the everyday world.
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Leading money-transfer networks and banks have
launched The International Association of Money Transfer
Networks (IAMTN) to increase the understanding of the role of
this major and rapidly expanding financial services sector. With
trillions of dollars transferred globally every year, IAMTN aims
to heighten awareness of that market and aid its development
within an increasingly regulated environment.
A quid pro quo barter offer is being made to
idled union workers at Ford Motor company: Leave the company and
receive an all-expenses-paid college education. Plus idled
workers will receive half their usual hourly salary, plus full
medical benefits and any pension they accumulated, with the
exception of retiree health care.
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