June 12, 2012
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
Makes Unique Convention Offer
IRTA�s upcoming 33rd annual international convention,
scheduled for September 13-15, will be held at the
all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa in Ocho
Rios, Jamaica. A never before discount of 500 UC
trade-dollars is being offered by IRTA for members
solidifying their convention plans by August 1.
For more details on the unique offer
Your Local TV Listings For �Barter Kings�
Airing June 12, on the A&E channel (9pm PDT), is a new show
on bartering that focuses on the fascinating technique of
cashless trading. One example reports on the vintage Elvis
memorabilia that was parlayed into a speedboat.
Financial Vulnerability Abounds In America
According to a 2011 poll by the Retirement Confidence
Survey, published by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit
Research Institute, more than 50-percent of all workers or
their spouses have less than $25,000 in household
savings and investments.
Findings Are Staggering
About 6.2 million U.S. households � one in eight � owe at
least 40% more than their homes are worth. While nearly 2.4
million households owe more than double what their homes are
Older, Fastest Growing Segment Of U.S. Population
Thanks to medical gains a 65-year-old man has a 60% chance
of living to age 80, and a 40% chance of reaching 85. For
women, the odds are 71% and 53% respectively.
Of Attorneys Causes Law Schools To Apply Brakes
Nearly 45,000 (44,495 this year) law graduates enter the
work force each year. However, the employment of these
graduates is at an 18 year low. Consequently, of the 200 law
schools accredited in the U.S., ten are planning a reduction
in student enrollment. The suggestion of a new reality is
beginning to sink in: The legal profession may never return
to its pre-recession prosperity.
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Program Schedule For
IRTA�s Jamaican Convention Announced
program schedule for IRTA�s 33rd International Convention offers two
full days of topical seminars and lectures covering virtually every
relevant aspect of the barter and trade industry. The convention
will be held at the beautiful all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande
Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios, from September 13 through 15, 2012.
World-renowned monetary reformist and University College of London
Senior Fellow, Chris Cook, will open the International Reciprocal
Trade Association�s convention as the keynote speaker and talk on
�Barter 3.0 � 21st Century Credit Clearing and Beyond.�
Seminars will focus on proper trade exchange management, critical
issues facing the barter industry, IRS reporting requirements, key
issues for start-up exchanges, navigating the social media sphere
for the barter industry and much more!
Certified Trade Broker (CTB) and Registered Trade Broker (RTB)
training and testing will be offered for brokers as well.
500 UC trade dollar (per company) discount, from the standard 3-day
package rate, is being offered by IRTA for all companies that submit
their convention registration form by August 1, 2012.
more information contact IRTA�s Executive Director, Ron Whitney, at
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New Generation Has
Commercial Personality & Entrepreneurial Idealism
According to William Deresiewicz of the New York Times, the
hippies had love, the punks had rage, and the slackers had angst.
And the abiding characteristic of today�s youth is the polite and
earnest, �affect of the salesman.� Call them Generation Sell.
Their ideal social form is the small business in that they aspire to
launch food carts, techie startups, and socially responsible
companies. Growing up as they did in the �heroic age of dot-com
entrepreneurship,� it makes sense that they�ve come to regard the
business plan as the characteristic art form of our age with Steve
Jobs as the resident deity.
Their entrepreneurial idealism also extends to their personalities.
They are low-key, self-deprecating, post-ironic, eco-friendly and
motivated by a constant desire to make themselves more pleasing to
They have, in other words, a commercial personality, but they�re not
alone. Deresiewicz says we�ve all come to treat ourselves like
little businesses, something to be promoted and managed � in short,
we�re all selling something ourselves.
Editor�s Note: I see this movement as very encouraging and
liberating, given the ineptitudes of our elected representatives
(both parties) in Washington. This embracement toward
entrepreneurship is really a healthy form of self-preservation.
What�s the alternative? Is it relying on an unknown, by trying to
project 10-20 years into the future to ascertain what will be
forthcoming from an outside force, i.e. corporate America or the
Federal Reserve Says
Nearly 20 Years Of Accumulated Prosperity Has Been Erased
recent financial crisis has left the median American family in 2010
with no more wealth than they had in the early 1990s.
median family, richer than half of the nation�s families and poorer
than the other half, had a net worth of $77,300 in 2010, down from
$126,400 in 2007. (The crash of housing prices accounted for
three-quarters of the loss.)
This vast loss of wealth was compounded by a loss of income, as the
earnings of the median family fell by 7.7% over the same period.
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