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April 4, 2006

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IRTA Conference Held In Amsterdam

Both IRTA’s Global Board and Europe Chapter Board met in the Netherlands near Amsterdam on March 24 and 25. The board meetings addressed comprehensive agendas and were followed by a mini-conference complete with keynote speaker, marketing seminars, and trading session.

There were 45 attendees from eleven countries (United States, Spain, Poland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, China, Singapore, Canada) at the conference. Therecia Venema of E Banc Trade Netherlands arranged the event with the Hotel Harrlem Zuid, and graciously sponsored an after-dinner canal cruise with transportation and drinks included.

The IRTA Global board discussed the IRS Stakeholders Reception attendance in February, unsubstantiated reports of barter statistics from fictitious organizations, and their upcoming September international conference in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

The IRTA Europe Chapter examined the importance of continued unity, especially in light of a recent BBC report about the EU cracking down on alternative methods of funding potential terrorists. The members also voted for chapter leadership:

President—Reiner Husemann (EBB, Germany)
Vice President—Richard Logie (TBEX, Scotland)
Secretary—Therecia Venema (E Banc Trade, Netherlands)
Treasurer—Dariusz Brzozowiec (BCI, Poland) 

“Once again, I am proud the IRTA was the unifying force that brought together so many different countries, so many different exchange models, and many different perspectives on the industry,” Krista Vardabash, IRTA Executive Director, asserted.

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Bartercard Happenings

  • In its first month of operation, Bartercard Real Estate (Bartercard’s wholly-owned UK subsidiary) has achieved sales of 35 properties, substantially ahead of early internal target forecasts. Bartercard members have deposited, on average, 30% of the total purchase price in trade pounds.
  • Franchise sales by Bartercard over the past six months include Australia’s five sales totaling A$1.6 million and UK deals valued at 524,000 pounds. In Australia, Bartercard now has 60 offices, 55 of which are independent franchisees. The UK operation has 15 offices with 10 owned as franchisees, and  the potential for 150 franchisees according to management.
  • Bartercard has acquired total equity interest in D-ISC Holdings, which developed a proprietary software-platform administering to the HR intranets of large corporations. The objective is to enhance loyalty between a company and its employees and customers.

D-ISC has a contract to provide customer and staff loyalty programs for Cendent, one of the world’s foremost providers of travel and real estate services in the world. Additionally, companies within the Bartercard network will be able to sell their products and services through the D-ISC channel, enabling Bartercard to expand its business-to-business activities through its list of international corporate partnerships. For further details on this strategic acquisition see www.bartercard.com.

Bartercard has reached an agreement with Texaco UK, enabling its members to purchase fuel at a discount from all 1,485 Texaco outlets, with a fixed buying price for the week ahead. Bartercard Executive Chairman Wayne Sharpe was delighted that the buying power for their UK membership is proceeding as planned.

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BBX Forms Real Estate Fund For Property Acquisitions

Sydney-based BBX Holdings is forming a subsidiary, the BBX Property Investment Fund, for residential real estate ventures. Both cash and barter currency is being sought from investors and BBX members for the new subsidiary, which is intended to be traded on the Newcastle Stock Exchange. According to BBX’s CFO, Tim Creasy, “The BBX Property Fund is unique in that it will be the only fund that utilises barter currency.”

The barter exchange looks to use 33% barter currency, 33% cash, and 33% debt funding for acquiring property both in Australia and New Zealand. For more information: www.ebbx.com.

IMS Activities Taking Place On Many Fronts

International Monetary Systems (IMS) has acquired Southern Barter Exchange’s clients, adding to its Continental Trade Exchange network. A definitive agreement was reached with President Kenn Flemmons, of the Memphis (TN) firm, who, according to IMS’ Don Mardak, runs one of the finest trade exchanges in America. (This transaction does not include Flemmons’ SBE operation in Little Rock, Arkansas.)

Master Trade Barter Systems of Los Gatos (CA) has been procured as well. CEO Don Mardak, says this is a strategic acquisition for IMS as it strengthens their presence in the dynamic Silicon Valley market. The company now has over 2,000 members in Northern California.

IMS (OTCBB:INLM) has received a commitment for additional funding from private investors for up to $1.2 million; the company intends to use the proceeds to conclude acquisitions of strategically located trade exchanges. The company also reported revenues for February of $526,000, an increase of 42% over February 2005. For more information go to www.internationalmonetary.com.

The Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today’s New Age Of Possibility

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IRTA’s Former Executive Director Wearing Several Hats Today

Karen Hoffman, IRTA’s Executive Director in 2000, prior to Krista Vardabash, says she never thought she would really leave the barter industry. But she did…and she says she misses the people.

What’s Karen up to these days? She has founded an organization called the City of Experts and is involved with The IDEA Coaching organization. Additionally, she has landed the job as small-business blogger for the St. Louis Dispatch. You can reach her at: Karen@cityofexperts.com.

Munson Gets Ink With $150,000 Barter Deal

Jim Munson, former BXI area director and now owner of BBX Business Exchange, received a fine write-up in the Burbank Weekly after a large print job was consummated on a cash blend basis (50% cash, 50% trade) through his California-based trade exchange. Further information an be accessed at www.50-50trade.com.

Thousands Of ITEX Gift Items Available On Trade

ITEX organization members Denise and Nick Bocci are offering over 4,500 products on trade to choose from at their web site, www.atreasureforall.com. Candle holders from another member, owner/craftsman Michael Powers, are available at www.clearwatercabin.com.


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Paul Pilzer Foresees Dynamic Future For Travel Industry

Paul Zane Pilzer is a noted economist and multimillionaire software entrepreneur, an adjunct professor, and the author of seven best-selling books as well as dozens of scholarly publications. He told a Dallas (TX) audience at the March 4, World Ventures Convention that the travel industry provides a mode for creating great fortunes over the next decade.

According to Pilzer the demographics of the U.S. will create unprecedented opportunities in the travel industry, including the creation of wealth, as aging baby boomers begin traveling with a zest never before seen in this country.

The travel industry is transforming economies throughout the world. And perhaps more importantly, it’s bringing distant and different people face to face as more than 650 million people are traveling each year from one country to another. This number will grow as prosperity increases in developing countries, where more than two-thirds of the world population resides.

More than one out of every 15 people worldwide spend their work day catering to travelers, which accounts for the global stock of lodging, food, and transportation production reaching $3.5 trillion in annual revenue… a figure that exceeds the size of every national economy except the U.S. and Japan.

Every barter company in the world is listed on our web site, click through to our Global List of Barter Companies.

Tax Laws Affecting Second-Home Market

According to Keunwon Chung, a statistical economist at the National Assn. of Realtors who recently studied a vast pool of federal data on hundreds of thousands of second-home mortgage closings, the boom in second home purchases in the U.S. is being driven by a largely unexpected ricochet effect of tax law changes in the late 1990s.

When Congress amended the federal tax code in 1997 to permit up to $500,000 (for married couples) and $250,000 (for singles) of gain on the sale of a primary home to be spared from taxation, homeowners did not have to buy expensive replacement homes anymore.

Under prior law, the only way to avoid capital gains taxes was to “roll over” sales gains to progressively larger and costlier homes. The amended tax code, by contrast, allows primary home sellers to buy a smaller, less expensive primary (replacement) residence, while using a portion of the tax-sheltered gain to buy or make a down payment on a second home for use either as a recreational property or as an investment vehicle.

The growth in the second-home market is being driven in part by demographics, but mainly by equity-laden baby boomers who are looking to diversify financial assets. (Second homes saw an average 55% gain in price appreciation between 2000 and 2004 according to Chung, whereas the stock market sagged dramatically from its 2000 dot-com highs… Standard and Poor’s 500 index declined 15%.)

Chung sees the second-home boom continuing for another decade, as long as the boomers are still in their peak earning years and can afford some homes for vacation purposes or investment.

Here & There. . . 

  • An excellent site for finding information on bed and breakfast inns, as well as securing gift certificates in any denomination that never expire and are honored in more than 1,000 B&B’s, is www.bnbfinder.com.
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