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May 1, 2012

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 05/01/2012

Ideas � The Currency Of Success

Ideas also separate you from your competition. So in today�s capricious marketplace you should continually ask yourself:  �What am I doing to incorporate barter � the world�s most innovative business tool � into my company�s plans?�

Postage Rates In Other Countries

The cost for a postage stamp to mail a first-class letter in the U.S. is 45-cents. Here�s a look at rates in some other countries:

  • Denmark $1.46

  • Norway $1.25

  • Liechtenstein $1.06;

  • Cyprus 46-cents

  • Israel 42-cents

  • Hong Kong 18-cents

  • Brunei 15-cents

  • Qatar 13-cents

Coca Cola, Quite An Investment

One share of Coca Cola stock purchased for $40 in 1919 would be worth about $9.8 million today, with all dividends reinvested annually, the company recently reported. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire, says Berkshire owns 200 million shares of Coke ($74 a share) and has never sold a single share.

Student Loans Approaching $1 Trillion

Outstanding student loans keep growing and the Federal Reserve of New York projects that there are 37 million Americans � 15% of the population � actively paying off this student debt. Approximately two-thirds of student loans are held by people under 30.

Women More Goal Oriented Than Men

According to Pew Research, young women who have already passed young men in education are now more career-driven as well. About two-thirds of women between ages 18 and 34 cited a high-paying career among their top priorities, compared with 59% of young men.

(About 44% of women age 18 to 24 were enrolled in college or a graduate program in October 2010, compared with 38% of men the same age.)

Rogers High On Food Commodities

Renowned commodities investor Jim Rogers says agriculture will be one of the most prosperous commodity of the world economy during the next several decades. He contends that countries will be scrambling to feed their growing populations, and all food commodities are set to rise in price.

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IMS Adds New Mobile App Service For Members

International Monetary Systems (ITNM.OB) has announced that it has released a new iPhone application in the iTunes App Store.

Paul Woltman, International Monetary Systems IT manager, commented, �The IMS Barter Mobile app currently allows access to many of the IMS Barter web functions on your iPhone or iPod touch. More mobile platforms are scheduled to follow in the future. Our technology gives users the power to locate nearby dining establishments that accept IMS trade dollars, view their accounts, process transactions, and much more.�

Some of the other IMS phone app features entitle clients to:

  • Locate nearby restaurants that accept multiple dining scrip or the IMS Barter Card for payment

  • See detailed information about those trade members

  • Request authorizations

  • Retrieve account information

  • View transactions

  • Search accounts for specific activity

  • Find IMS office and broker information

The new mobile app is free to those IMS members that desire to have the power of the IMS web site in their hand, along with instant member information that is constantly being updated.

Founded in 1985, International Monetary Systems serves 23,000 cardholders in 52 North American markets. Based in New Berlin (WI), it is one of the largest publicly traded barter companies in the world. The company�s proprietary transaction clearing software enables businesses and individuals to trade goods and services online using an electronic currency known as trade dollars.

The IMS network allows companies to create cost savings and connect to new customers by incorporating barter opportunities in their business models.

For more information click here.

Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company�s listing on isn�t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site receives heavy traffic � with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly �Tuesday Report,� and the �Contacts Section� of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company�s listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company�s listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here�s how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.

Empty Space Traded By Hoteliers For Valuable P.R.

Given today�s economic condition, we can look for more smart business managers to take a page from Thomas McCarthy. After spending three years in hotel marketing with Hilton, Marriott, and his own hotel marketing/consulting company, McCarthy (writing in an issue of Hotel & Resort Industry magazine) offered the following advice:

�Take a cue from the experienced general manager of the major hotels in your market, as most of them are particularly aware of the organizations within the community (civic, service, religious, political, fraternal, business and professional) that influence public opinion in a meaningful way.� They know that being a contributing member of a community organization certainly helps to build the image of the hotel as a good neighbor, and also results in many leads for substantial business.

McCarthy says that smart hoteliers trade their empty space for valuable public relations by providing otherwise vacant meeting rooms as freebies for committee meetings, donating suites and meals as door prizes for special events, and giving help and accommodations that cost the hotel little or nothing.

For example, one hotel offered their lobby as the exclusive drop-off point for a Toys for Tots charity. In return, they were mentioned in connection with the worthwhile charity from ten to thirty times each day � on three radio stations for a 2-week period! Obviously, this exchange benefited the hotel.


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Is Boredom Cramping Your Style?

People who are chronically bored are missing out on a lot of opportunities. Can you improve your job or job performance? Is it time to consider a different job? Or do you need to concentrate more on how your job effects others and less on the paycheck?

When you can�t change your job to eliminate the boredom, you have to change your state of mind. Give your brain some new challenges, even if they aren�t work-related.

Changing the way you spend some of the time can cause a domino effect on the rest of your time. Try these pointers:

      Do something that will make you smile. Go to a movie, a sports event, out with friends or to the mall. Buy yourself a little gift or a surprise for someone else.

         Read something unique. Pick a book by an author you�ve never read, or an article that will stimulate your imagination.

         Get some exercise. Physical activity will get your blood pumping and stimulate endorphin production, making you feel energetic and happier.

         Take a break or even a little snooze. This may be difficult for some, but closing your eyes and drifting off for just five to ten minutes will leave you feeling refreshed.

         Explore your surroundings. Don�t ignore the sights on your way to work, or even at work. Pay attention to all you see. Not only looking for something different and original, but admiring the beauty you haven�t noticed before.

         Rearrange your space. Sometimes shifting things around at home or at work can force you to look at your surroundings, and your life, in a new light.

         Volunteer. Helping others is a terrific antidote to the boredom blahs. Doing good things makes you feel good.

         Change your routine. Take a different route to work. Start the day with something new, instead of the usual �to do� list. Shake up your day, and interesting things may come your way.

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

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