April 12, 2005
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Barter Complex Planned In East Malaysia
Cater To Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Thailand, Germany,
Brunei, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
A first of its
kind barter terminal that will encompass a grain warehouse, bunkering
area, customs, immigration and quarantine complex, along with a
commercial centre is expected to be completed in three years with
ground-breaking ceremonies to commence in July.
will be developed on 46 acres in the Batu Sapi area of Sandakan,
Sabah (East Malaysia). The area was chosen because of its strategic
location near the Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, where
commodities and natural resources have been traded with the West
Among the goods
to be exchanged will be grains, timber, food products, livestock,
palm oil, electrical products, beverages, tobacco, and chemicals.
will cater to 90 vessels of 150 gross tonnage each, per day. Windsor
Trade, a local company, will manage the bartering services without
any financial assistance from the government.
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International Reports On Australian Corporate Barter
metropolitan television are a tough sell in Australia, according
to Darren Riley, international media director of Active International,
which opened corporate-barter offices in Australia nine years ago.
companies including Ten Network, Southern Cross Broadcasting, and
Seven & Nine regional affiliates have begun to barter their
ad inventory within the $20 million secondary advertising market.
Australian offices are run by former advertising executives Gary
Kearley, Graham Lawrence and Stephen Farr. In the past financial
year Active traded around $20 million of advertising in Australia,
compared with $25 million the previous year. About 75% of its trade
credits are redeemed through advertising.
to trade advertising worth more than $1 billion in the U.S. this
year, ranking the company among the top 10 media agencies. The global
corporate-barter company has offices in North America, Europe, Asia
and Australia, and plans expansion into South America. For more
information on Active International go to www.activeinternational.com.
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Continues Growth, Expansion
(TTi) reports that the eValues.net system had a 60% transaction
volume increase, year over year. First quarter trade volume was
$11.4 versus $7.1 in 2004.
TTi’s online systems, including www.thebanc.com
saw $18.2 million total volume for the first quarter of 2005 versus
$13.9 in 2004.
CEO of TeleTrade International, says the larger volume can be attributed
both to increases in affiliated exchanges and the easier listing
accessibility for members.
TTi also announced
its swipe card/credit card program is in full swing in the U.S.,
and that the system will shortly be available to exchanges in Canada.
The company has provided technology to the barter industry for 24
years and been online since 1999. For more information go to www.evalues.net.
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California Buyers Taking On Risky Debt
In the April
3 issue of the Los Angeles Times a story appeared that
suggests many Californians are living on borrowed time. Succinctly,
an incredible 47.8% of California home loans in 2004 were interest-only
loans...no principal payment for three years. And to keep the payment
as low as possible, the loans are adjustable-rate mortgages.
contends that lenders in California have been opening the lending
door wider and wider. In short, if you can fog a mirror you can
get a home loan.
loans offer the ability to defer for three, five or seven years
any payment for the house itself. Thus allowing potential buyers
to stretch their dollars, so as to afford a place that otherwise
would be out of reach. The result is that prices keep rising...which
in turn encourages even more buyers to apply for interest-only mortgages.
propelled the market increase in California, some experts worry,
could just as easily speed its descent. Mortgage analyst Ralph DeFranco
says, “If housing prices go down or even are flat, heaven
Author and economist
Robert J. Shiller in his book Irrational Exuberance, predicted
the collapse of the stock market in the spring of 2000. In his newly
revised second edition Shiller covers today’s housing market,
which he thinks bears striking similarities to the stock market
bubble of the late 1990s.
question some ask is: Why hasn’t Warren Buffett, who is sitting
on $43 billion of cash (which he admits is earning paltry returns),
jumped into real estate? He could do so in a variety of ways.
The simple answer
to Buffett’s reluctance is found in his sage annual reports...where
he alludes to the fact that he has an aversion to optimism. When
situations are considered “can’t miss” they usually
do. (Buffett’s goal is to make purchases at prices that offer
the prospect of a reasonable return on an investment.)
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- Tim Evans,
a 45-year old senior analyst at IFR Energy Services (a division
of Thomas Financial) in New York, believes oil prices could plummet
to $28 a barrel as early as this summer. Evans, who earned his
bachelor’s degree in mineral economics from Pennsylvania
State University, says today’s crude oil prices of above
$50 a barrel reflect nothing more than a market bubble fed by
speculation and unwarranted fear.
Veteran oil market
analyst Peter Beutel of Cameron Hanover says Evans’ outlook
is not as crazy as his willingness to publicly stick out his
neck—picking both a price and a time. When pressed to
do the same, Beutel envisioned $28 a barrel, too, in 2008.
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GE Capital Aviation
Services had 1,342 aircraft at the end of last year, representing
the world’s largest fleet of leased commercial planes.
One of the country’s
most influential foreign affairs writers, New York Times columnist
Thomas L. Friedman, argues in his new book The World Is Flat
that globalization is the most influential trend of the times.
With a focus on India and China, Friedman details the changes
that globalization has brought to their societies as well as