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April 6, 2004

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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International Monetary Systems Annual Report

International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:INLM) recently filed its 10-KSB financial report for the year ending December 31, 2003. During the year, the company's revenue increased 42% to $3,972,386, compared to $2,792,784 for the same period of 2002.

In 2003, the Continental Trade Exchange (CTE) division had net income of $524,738, compared to $414,215 in 2002. These figures were diluted by investor relations and other expenses of $352,036 related to the parent holding company, leaving a pretax net income for on-going operations of $172,702. After deducting income tax expense, the company's net income from continuing operations was $103,902.

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Russians Hope To Follw Lucrative USA-Style Syndication Industry

Russian executives and international industry leaders believe Russian television is now ripe for the development of syndication TV programming, and some anticipate a major U.S. studio or European producer coming into the market within the next year or two.

Russia has eleven time zones and 200 major cities with TV stations, much like the independent station set-up the U.S. once had. Soon the networks will have 60% to 70% coverage, making advertising and barter sales of TV programming a serious proposition. Russia is one of three major underdeveloped media markets in the world, along with China and India.

The founder of Moscow-based entertainment network STS, Peter Gerwe, who has 20 wholly owned regional stations and 380 affiliates, believes syndication is at least two years away. He doesn't think the fledgling Russian syndication business will reach a level suitable for foreign entrants before then.

Ivan Tavrin, founder and CEO of Construct Region, a Moscow-based advertising agency that sells regional airtime to national and international agencies, is poised to take advantage of syndication.

According to Tavrin, syndication in Russia is going to be about how to make money out of stations that are offering as little as $30 and rarely more than $300 for a program hour. According to Tavrin, the winners in the game will be those who know how to stitch together 30 or 40 individual stations into one syndication deal.

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Maine Hospital Works With Patients On Barter

Franklin Memorial Hospital in rural Farmington (ME), is benefiting from allowing patients to pay their debts to the hospital via barter.

The barter program works with 30 to 40 patients a year and enables those below the poverty line to pay their bills by working in the hospital. Tasks range from landscaping to reading to sick children, and doesn't displace hospital employees.

Rick Batt, CEO of Franklin Community Health Network which operates the hospital, says the community goodwill is phenomenal. Although he initially encountered some resistance from the hospital staff when he first introduced the idea, Batt says other hospitals should try it because it converts a problematical bad debt into a positive for the community.

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"The action in the future is going to be in Asia. But California is really a bridge between Asia and the rest of the United States."

— Sung Won Sohn,
chief economist Wells Fargo Bank

Sung Won Sohn is a Korean-born, Harvard-trained economist. He says California is a bridge between Asia and the rest of the United States, in that a lot comes through due to its geographic proximity.

California has the people who speak the languages and understand the Asian cultures. So when Asian companies think about coming to the United States, they don't think New York or Miami, they think California. (Sohn says that's one of the reasons why the price of real estate is going up so rapidly in California—much Hong Kong and Chinese money is coming into the state.)

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Here & There...

  • Bentley Commerce (OTCBB:BLYC) together with the Minority Business Network ( has launched an online barter exchange for minority and women business entrepreneurs.
  • The Institute for International Economics, a Washington think tank, says the global economy will have the strongest two year rise in world output
    since the recovery from the global recession of the early 1980s.
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  • The U.S. manufacturing sector has hit a 16-year high in hiring activity as capital spending, exports, and inventory restocking have all begun to improve.
  • Given the outsourcing debate and today's popular demon foreign competition, it's interesting to look at history and see what we were thinking years ago. In March 1964, three dozen luminaries wrote Lyndon Johnson claiming that "the combination of the computer and the automated self-regulating machine" was creating "almost unlimited productivity capacity which requires progressively less human labor."

    Without massive government spending, they warned, the U.S. would suffer widespread joblessness and poverty. However, since then the U.S. economy has added 75 million increase of 125%.

  • Consumers in China hold 500 million bank-issued cards for debit or ATM transactions, but only 25 million Chinese citizens hold a credit card. That will change when China fully opens its financial system to foreign monetary-service firms in 2006.

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