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May 15, 2012

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 05/15/2012

Bragging Is Fun & Pleasurable

Harvard University neuroscientists say that self-disclosure is extra rewarding. In fact, talking about ourselves � whether in a personal conversation or through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter � triggers the same sensation of pleasure in the brain as food or money.

(About 40% of everyday speech is devoted to telling others about what we think or feel.)

Noted Financial Expert Defines Inflation

Noted monetary expert James Grant recently defined what deflation is and isn�t �

Deflation is a derangement of debt, a symptom of which is falling prices. In a credit crisis when inventories become unfinanceable, merchandise is thrown on the market and prices fall. That�s deflation.

Deflation is NOT a drop in prices caused by technology-enhanced decline in the cost of production. That�s called progress.

IRTA Pushes Social Media Program

The International Reciprocal Trade Association�s (IRTA) Board of Director�s has approved the launch of IRTA�s social media program. The expansive effort will include Facebook, Twitter and a web site blog, along with the Executive Director�s Linkedin profile.

Members are encouraged to go to IRTA�s web site ( and get involved, thereby increasing awareness of the barter industry to the general public.

Borrowing�s Up For Americans � Except For Mortgages

In last week�s issue we reported on the big increase of �renters� in America. Now new reports on consumer borrowing confirms the movement away from mortgages. Consumer�s borrowing shows that debt on credit cards, car loans and student loans, all rose at a seasonal adjusted annual rate of 10.2% with the exception of mortgages.

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ITEX�s 30th Annual Convention Plus Shareholder Meeting Held This Week Seattle

ITEX Corporation (OTCBB:ITEX), announced its annual national convention is being held at the Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue this week, May 14 through 17, in downtown Seattle (WA). To launch this special occasion, ITEX hosted its annual shareholder meeting at the Monday onset.

�ITEX, a leading marketplace for cashless business transactions in North America, each year hosts a first-class international convention for its franchisees, brokers and staff, the largest in its industry,� declared CEO and Chairman Steven White. �We dedicate a solid three days to strategizing, sharing ideas and learning from each other. With the milestone of thirty years, we wanted to create additional excitement by having franchisees participate in our annual meeting, also allowing shareholders to interact with other stakeholders.�


Monday � Annual Shareholders Meeting � The afternoon meeting boasted an enthusiastic crowd, exceeding 70 in attendance. Following the meeting, franchisees enjoyed a sunny, warm evening with an opening night mixer at the Terrace Lounge, featuring Seattle�s largest outside deck.

Tuesday � Owners Day � Miss Washington state, Britney Henry, welcomed franchisees and introduced CEO Steven White for opening comments, which was followed by a Q & A session. Additional sessions for franchise owners focused on how to grow and manage their businesses. 

Wednesday � New Member Registrations & Customer Service � The Customer Service presentation will focus on how to hire effective sales people, prospecting tools, sales presentation tips/strategies and closing techniques; concurrent with a full slate of customer service best practices and technique sessions.

Thursday � Corporate Overviews � Presentation by both ITEX�s CEO and Vice President Brian Argetsinger, including Seattle Storm (W-NBA team) CEO Karen Bryant discussing sports and business, as well as Senator Michael Baumgartner on economic development. The day will be ending with an evening Awards Ceremony and dinner celebrating the achievements of the franchisees this past year.

For information on ITEX�s Membership Trading Community and important investor relations 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.

IMS Named Platinum Sponsor For IRTA�s Jamaican Convention

The International Reciprocal Trade Association reported that IMS (International Monetary Systems),, will be the platinum sponsor for this year�s 33rd IRTA Annual International Convention at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios, September 13 through 15. This is the fifth year in a row that IMS has been the platinum sponsor for IRTA�s annual international convention.

�IMS has been an amazing champion of IRTA for many years. Without their gracious support it would be difficult to hold conventions of the magnitude we do every year. We are extremely thankful to the entire IMS team for their unwavering commitment to IRTA,� said IRTA�s Executive Director Ron Whitney.

IMS CEO John Strabley reflected, �Our continued sponsorship of IRTA conventions is a testament to the meaningful advocacy work IRTA does day-in and day-out, to preserve and protect the barter industry. We are delighted to help IRTA with its upcoming 33rd annual convention, and look forward to an informative and fun-filled convention at the beautiful Jamaican resort.�

For convention registration go to, then click on the registration form on the home page.


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Leadership Facilitates Growth

The essence of leadership lies in the continuum of growth. An effective leader, like a teacher, must inspire, educate, and nurture � and never leave his or her pupils in the same space where they started.

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To Gain Trust ... Be Yourself

People don�t leave companies, they leave managers ... so the saying goes. To start on the right foot with new employees, spend time with them individually.

Spell out what�s important to you, why you do the things you do, and what you believe in. In other words, tell them what they can measure you by in the future.

In turn, they will begin to reveal themselves to you. In the process, you�ve established a basis for trust.

(From Living the 7 Habits, by Stephen R. Covey.)


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Counties With Highest Weekly Pay

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top-ten counties in America with the highest weekly pay-averages are as follows:

1)    Santa Clara (CA)            $1,857

2)    New York (NY)                 $1,647

3)    Arlington (VA)                  $1,550

4)    Washington (DC)            $1,527

5)    San Francisco (CA)       $1.457

6)    Fairfax (VA)                     $1,440

7)    Fairfield (CT)                   $1,432

8)    San Mateo (CA)              $1,426

9)    Suffolk (MA)                     $1,419

10)  Somerset (NJ)               $1,338           

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

There are many forms of secondary capital�which can be defined as any financial instrument that measures and communicates value in a common language. Would you like to see and learn more about the many forms of secondary capital?

 We have 70 free, informative and inspiring, articles for you in our �Secondary Capital Section.�

Check it out...

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