May 29, 2012
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Convention Details Announced
The National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) has
announced the dates and location for their 2012 convention.
This year’s venue will be at the beautiful Atlanta Marriott
Gwinnett Place, August 16-18. Special pricing is available
for early registration, plus big discounts offered to
brokers who attend.
For further details on this year’s convention, see
www.natebarter.com or e-mail
Costs Comprise 5% Of Companies’ Revenue
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners,
fraud costs companies 5% of annual revenues, regardless of
the firm’s size. Most fraud — 43% — was exposed because of
an informer’s tip. Internal audits caught 14.4% , management
reviews uncovered 14.6%, 7% are caught by accident, 1.5% by
the thief’s confession and 1.9% through surveillance.
Americans Don’t Trust Real Estate Market
Where do you put your money these days? Home-price tracker
Zillow Inc. reports that 31% of borrowers remain
“underwater” on their mortgages, thus are unable to sell. At
the same time, there is a backlog of foreclosure homes that
the banks have yet to put on the market. Additionally
household income will have to rise when mortgage rates
increase, from today’s artificially low levels, to keep
affordability constant. So it is premature to predict a
Meanwhile just 15% of Americans trust the stock market,
according to a quarterly survey by the Chicago Booth/Kellogg
School Financial Trust Index.
Meetings, Meetings, Meetings
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mandatory meeting and tell everyone their “admission ticket”
will be an index card with an original idea written on it.
Then, collect the tickets at the door and start the meeting
by reading every person’s idea.
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IRTA’s UC Announces New
Stimulus Program For Members
International Reciprocal Trade Association reports that the
Universal Currency (UC) program has been setting new trading records
virtually every month this year, and UC/IRTA wants to keep the
positive momentum going!
has a trade dollar surplus, because it operates as a zero-balanced
based inter-exchange system and maintains a healthy loan-loss
reserve fund. As a result, the UC Committee and the IRTA Global
Board of Directors has announced the rebate of 1,000-UC trade
dollars for every UC member in “good standing,” effective
immediately. (Good standing is defined as a regular UC account that
is neither past due with its UC cash fees, nor over its trade credit
According to IRTA executive director Ron Whitney, this stimulus will
further increase UC trading and allow more members the ability to
attend IRTA’s 33rd International Convention this year in Jamaica,
from September 13 through 15.
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Keep Crooks Away While
all know that officials suggest letting someone, like a trusted
neighbor or relative, know that the home will be empty and asking
them to check in every once in a while. But with the advent of
social media — Twitter, Facebook, YouTube — how we operate in
certain situations needs to be reconsidered.
following are modernized ideas for keeping your home safe:
update social media with vacation plans.
post pictures until you return.
family about postponing social media updates.
security settings of your social media.
trusted neighbor to clear away mail and newspapers.
indoor and outdoor lights on a timer that resembles your regular
radio on to give the appearance that someone is at home.
garage door opener out of your car.
garage door from inside, and unplug the door opener.
with front lawn maintenance.
see if your local law enforcement agency offers vacation checks.
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