March 28, 2005
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Investors Into Real Estate
An article in
the Sydney Morning Herald (March 22) reported that members/property
investors within Business Barter Exchange (BBX) hold $80 million
worth of real estate. BBX is now into its 13th year of business.
BBX’s managing director, says there is an increased interest
in real estate in the barter market because one can use trade dollars
on the downpayment (20% to 30%).
Touma says BBX
can offer, depending upon the situation and buyer, interest free
trade loans of up to $80,000 repayable over 18 to 36 months.
home builders (vendors) see the trade exchanges as an alternative
market for sales. It provides a new clientele for their properties
and reduces reliance on cash funding, as they use the services of
other members to reduce construction outlays on either the current
building project or their next development.
a trade exchange is a 24/7 effort. At every national convention
trade exchange owners always talk and nod in agreement about the
importance of educating their clients—making them aware of
the many benefits of barter so they will be better traders.
Then they return
home, and once again are inundated with simply not enough time in
the day to get everything done...let along time to research and
then write and layout an eye-appealing, interesting, educational
and powerful marketing newsletter. One which points out and reinforces
the benefits of your valuable services—each and every month...on
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for your existing members—as well as the hundreds of prospects
in your marketplace—is really necessary in these competitive
times. Yet who has the available time and ability to generate such
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International Launches Portal For 16 Countries
With a worldwide,
organization Bartercard International faces the challenge of providing
regional culturization and language needs for 16 distinct and unique
undertook to create a singular web site platform that addressed
the consumer needs for each of its countries’ markets, with
regional content management all under a unified global brand.
can be viewed at www.bartercard.com
which offers 16 unique web sites. All are culturally and content
relevant for the local domain, yet displayed in a similar manner
and exhibiting consistent navigational norms.
New Money-Making Ideas And Valuable Contacts!
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useful, informative ideas and contacts in every available back-issue
First Responsible Business & Investing Show Debuts Nationally
LLC, a media company that reports on the growth of responsible business
in the global marketplace, announced the national premiere of Ethical
Marketplace, a new half-hour weekly television show reporting
on the multi-trillion dollar growth of socially and environmentally
It is the first
national TV show dedicated to reporting the news, trends, and stories
of the companies, governments, and people worldwide who are redefining
success with socially and environmentally responsible practices,
investments, and lifestyles.
A “financial lifestyle” show, Ethical Marketplace
takes viewers beyond the balance sheet with engaging, real-life
stories of businesses, executives, investors, and consumers that
demonstrate an increasingly popular standard of corporate citizenship
measured by the integrated “triple bottom line,” often
referred to as People, Profit and Planet.
Hosted by Simran
Sethi, award winning producer and reporter, it is the only program
to report on these unaccounted for assets through topics such as
fair trade, renewable energy, and socially responsible investing
(SRI)—a market that has grown to represent 11% of all U.S.
investments under professional management, roughly $2.2 trillion.
The show explores
the business assumptions that affect every investor from fund managers,
corporate executives, board members, small business owners and employees,
to consumers, students, and the millions of involuntary investors
with pensions, 401K plans, or other forms of indirect investments.
Viewers can use this information to improve their quality of life
in ways that reflect their personal interests, ethics, values, and
goals for success.
“Business leaders are increasingly realizing the value of
an economic model that measures business success by focusing on
the greater community and environment, as well as profit,”
says internationally recognized author, futurist and sustainable
business economics expert Dr. Hazel Henderson, creator and co-executive
producer of Ethical Marketplace.
Each episode includes in-studio and field-based segments such as
“Walking The Talk,” and examines the overall topic from
multiple viewpoints such as appreciating assets, and earth ethics.
They provide engaging discussions with executives from Fortune 500
companies to small start-ups, personal stories of people seeking
value and success, and supply historical perspective, indicators
of success and quality of life, new technologies, as well as realistic
projections for the future.
Every company featured is vetted by a screening process, to ensure
they support a socially and environmentally responsible business
model. The Ethical Marketplace series is being made possible
by underwriting from the Media Venture Collective.
For more information
contact CEO Gary Tomchukat (215) 844-2292.
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Envisions Next Growth Wave
professor of finance at the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania and author of The Future for Investors, says
today’s nay-sayers are taking a far too narrow view of the
world. And, he contends, the next great wave of growth will be in
the developing world.
Siegel, the expansion of China, India and other developing countries
will have a huge impact on world capital markets. Why? Because today’s
capital markets are global, and capital flows to the countries offering
the best returns (and away from countries where returns are low).
In the future
we can expect to see the fast-growing firms in India and China increasingly
tapping the U.S. capital markets...upping the demand for our funds
and driving interest rates higher.
author says raising rates demonstrates a realistic and upbeat assessment
of growth prospects not only in the U.S., but around the world.
“Our economy no longer needs artificially low interest rates
that have caused bubbles in both commodity markets and housing prices.”
the future looks bright because the developing countries, despite
comprising 87% of the world’s population, produce less than
one-quarter of the world’s output measured in dollars. It’s
likely that they will produce over half the world’s GDP by
the middle of this century...becoming the dominating factor in the
world’s capital markets.
should not succumb to the pessimistic forecast of government agencies
and others who bemoan the aging of the U.S. population. Fed Chairman
Alan Greenspan is finally showing the markets that our historically
low interest rates are unjustified.
those pessimists currently buying bonds to protect themselves against
the widely predicted economic downturn will soon be sorry that they
bet against growth.
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- John Strabley,
Sr. VP at Continental Trade Exchange, headquartered in Milwaukee,
has congratulated his fishing buddy, Ken Meharg, founder of New
England Trade of Boston, for his huge catch. Meharg recently defended
his fishing title for the second year in a row at the Lac La Marte
Lodge in Wisconsin— Lac La Marte is North America’s
fishing capital. Meharg proudly caught a whopping 29.5 pound trout!
- Clear Channel
is bartering with various concert performers (Rob Thomas, John
Legend, Gavin DeGraw and Jesse McCartney) in a preparation for
launching an ambitious program of concerts. The shows will be
recorded live and offered free on Clear Channel’s 1,000
station web sites beginning in May. The performers traded their
talents (for vast exposure) because the shows will provide promotional
value for the artists’ CD sales.
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- Extreme commuters—people
traveling a minimum of an hour-and-a-half to work and back—is
seeing incredible growth. Since 1990 the numbers have jumped an
astounding 95%, according to the Census Bureau, accounting for
3.4 million workers.
- In 1999,
37% of serving CEOs had held their positions for five or more
years. By 2001, that figure had dropped to 28%. It’s a continuation
of a trend towards shorter CEO tenure that has been occurring
over the past two decades.
happy when you make more money, aren’t you? So consider
that average incomes in the West have doubled in the past 50 years.
Are people twice as happy today as people were 50 years ago? Studies
show that people are precisely as happy (or as unhappy) now as
they were then. This is the “paradox at the heart of our
lives,” writes noted British economist Sir Richard Layard.