March 20, 2012
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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A Quick Look At America�s Debt
U.S. household debt is $13.32 trillion in the fourth
quarter, reports the Federal Reserve. Well off the peak
reached in 2007, but historically it still looks awfully
steep. (In the 1990s, the debt-to-income ratio averaged 85%,
today it�s 113%, but better than the 2007 peak of 130%.)
The value of household assets, adjusted for inflation, is at
2005 levels. The value of real estate holdings � where most
middle class wealth is tied up � is at 2001 levels, which
leaves many families ten years closer to retirement, with
little or nothing to show for it.
Trans Media Barter Opens Office In South
Des Langkilde will be heading up the Trans Media Barter
office in South Africa from Durban. Langkilde has a
background in the publishing business.
For more information Trans Media Barter
Tradebank Sponsors Car In NASCAR Series
Tradebank International celebrates its 25th year of business
with a NASCAR sponsorship of a car and driver (Tommy Baldwin
Racing) in the Sprint Cup Series. Tradebank is a
privately-held trade exchange headquartered in Laurenceville,
For more information on Tradebank
Many Small Companies Are �Going It Alone�
The U.S. Census Bureau and IRS says there are more than 21
million businesses in the United States with no employees.
Nationwide there are approximately 8 million companies with
How To Quickly Ascertain �Fair Value� For A
To quickly measure if homes in your area are overpriced
versus a fair value, simply multiply the nearby gross annual
rents about 15 times. Real estate economists say when home
prices are 15 times annual rents or lower, it makes more
sense to buy than rent.
That�s now the case in about three-quarters of American
cities. Here are some of the price-to-rent ratios in large
Las Vegas 6
San Antonio 10
San Francisco 24
Celebrity Endorsements Aren�t Done Quickly
A celebrity product endorsement is like a marriage, in that
the relationship runs deep. A 360-degree package might
include blog posts, tweets and attendance at sales calls. In
return the celebrity can demand stock options or a
percentage of sales, with a multi-year deal sometimes paying
tens-of-millions of dollars. Of course, the not so fun part
of the transaction is the approximately four months of
negotiations with agents, publishers, as well as the record
label and musicians, if the celebrity is a singer.
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Systems Files Annual Report
International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:ITNM.OB) has filed its 2011
annual report on Form 10-K. According to management, the year was
one of the best in the company's history, relative to operating
income, cash flow and profitability.
Some of the IMS highlights during 2011 are as follows:
During the year, 1,789,437 shares of the company's outstanding
common stock were repurchased into treasury. This represents
approximately 17% of the outstanding shares of the company as of
January 1, 2011. The company's stock generally traded in a higher
range in 2011 than in 2010, hitting a new 52-week high of $3.34 per
the company produced income from operations of $515,675, compared to
an operating loss of $333,620.
EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
amortization) of $2,171,976 or approximately $.23 per share,
compared to EBITDA of $1,297,547 in 2010.
from operations totaled approximately $1,519,000 or $.16 per share.
regional offices were relocated, resulting in savings in occupancy
expenses of approximately $250,000.
exchanges in two additional markets, St. Louis (MO) and Peterborough
(ONT), Canada, were acquired in 2011. This added approximately 800
new members to the IMS network.
the year, the company continued to significantly improve its new TNT
barter software, which allows for enhanced sales, operating and
more information on the company
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ITEX Tenders Offer To
Purchase 1-Million Shares Of Common Stock
ITEX Corporation (OTCBB:ITEX) has announced commencement of a
partial tender-offer to purchase up to 1,000,000 shares of its
common stock, at a price of $4.20 per share.
maximum number of shares proposed to be purchased in the tender
offer represents approximately 24.7% of ITEX�s currently outstanding
common shares (including shares of unvested restricted stock). On
March 15, 2012, the last trading day prior to the commencement of
the tender offer, the last sale price of its shares reported on the
OTC Bulletin Board was $3.40 per share.
tender offer will expire on April 13, 2012, at midnight EST, unless
extended. Tenders of shares of ITEX�s common stock must be made on
or prior to the expiration of the tender offer, and may be withdrawn
at any time on or prior to the expiration of the tender offer. Only
shares properly tendered and not properly withdrawn pursuant to the
tender offer will be purchased. The tender offer will be financed
entirely with cash on hand.
Questions concerning the tender offer or requests for copies of the
Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and related documents
should be directed to Investor Relations at ITEX Corporation at
800-277-9722, extension 4017. OTR, Inc. is the depository for the
tender offer. The Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and
related documents are being mailed to registered stockholders and
will also be made available for distribution to beneficial owners of
ITEX�s common stock.
None of ITEX, its Board of Directors, or the depository (OTR) is
making any recommendation to stockholders as to whether to tender or
refrain from tendering any shares. Stockholders and investors should
read carefully the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and
related materials, should consult with their own financial and tax
advisors, and should make their own decisions about whether to
tender shares, and, if so, how many shares to tender.
This press release is for informational purposes only and does not
constitute an offer to purchase or the solicitation of an offer to
sell shares of ITEX�s common stock. The tender offer is being made
pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and related
materials that ITEX will be distributing to its stockholders and
filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
more information contact Alan Zimmelman
click here. (www.itex.com)
Focus On Your Customers
� Not On Your Competitors
According to a survey by Ovation Marketing, 70% of business owners
feel that acquiring new customers is more important than keeping the
ones they already have. What�s the significance of such thinking?
Consider that if 70% of companies are wining, dining, romancing and
otherwise courting new customers, you had better be listening
closely to your own customers� needs and solving their problems � or
you�re going to lose them.
Paradoxically, one of the things you should pay little or no
attention to is your competition. Because they can�t take your
customer away if you are meeting every marketing challenge. In other
words, if you keep your focus on your customer and solve their
problems, then the competition is powerless in the contest for your
maintain customer loyalty use the �Two Great Principles of Customer
Contact.� Approach each connection with your customer as an
opportunity to bond with them, and an opportunity to sell them
something. Use this principle with every customer contact such as
sending out product, packaging, outbound and inbound telemarketing,
statements, back-order notifications, making product or service
offers, promotions, and advertising campaigns.
Applying these principles whenever you�re in touch with your
customers takes a change in thinking on the part of your
organization, but it is more than worth the extra effort!
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