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July 14,  2009

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...07/14/2009

Sharpe Appears On United Kingdom’s Sky News

Wayne Sharpe, founder and CEO of Bartercard, the world’s largest trade exchange, was interviewed June 25 on Sky News. Sharpe discussed how Bartercard (trade exchanges) helps the U.K. economy by providing assistance and support, outside of the banking industry, to the small business sector of the economy.

The SME market (small and medium business enterprises) constitutes over 60% of the British economy.

For more information on Bartercard see http://www.Bartercard.com.

Time-Share Industry Under Pressure

Major time-share developers, led by Wyndham Worldwide, Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, are scaling back their time-share business for a variety of reasons: (1) investors in time-share loans demand higher interest rates, (2) buyers have become more scarce, and (3) resales of time-shares have caused downward pressure on prices and demand for new units.

Investment Manager Suggests New Perspective For Next Generation

According to Bill Gross, manager of the world’s biggest bond fund at Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co., investors should favor bonds and dividend-paying equities as the U.S. heads into a “new normal” of higher savings and lower-consumption. Gross also predicts an annual economic growth of about 2%, as opposed to 3.5%, for a generation or more. Thus indicating that investors should stress secure income.

Feeling Poorer?

Americans lost one-fifth of the value of their 401(K) retirement accounts — some $603 billion — in 2008, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute in Washington, DC.

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IRTA Global Board Participates In Norwegian Festival

 

Following the IRTA Global Board meeting of June 5 in Kragero, Norway, Global Board members Mr. Sirri Simsek, Dr. Oi Kum Lee, Mr. Dariusz Brzozowiec, David Wallach, Mary Ellen Rosinski and executive director Ron Whitney, played a significant role in the Norway Philosophy of Money Festival held in the same scenic village June 5, 6 and 7. The festival featured Socratic dialogues, friendly confrontations and facilitated discussions on philosophy and money, interest and complementary currencies, profit and ethics.

 

The event attracted participants and observers from around the world, including leading economists, educators, monetary visionaries and complimentary currency advocates and network operators. Speakers and presenters included Thomas Hylland Eriksen, vice president Norwegian Central Bank; Margrit Kennedy, author and educator; monetary philosophers Christel Fricke and Carola Von Villiez; monetary reformists Jose Luis Ramos, Lars Hektoen; educator and university professor Declan Kennedy.

 

IRTA Global Board members participated as presenters:

 

·         Sirri Simsek delivered an excellent and detailed explanation of Islamic no-interest banking.

 

·         Dr. Oi Kum Lee explained how her network in Singapore is providing directly to government owned facilities with outstanding success.

 

·         Dariusz Brzozowiec gave a moving account of how Polish business is coping with aggressive capitalism in a down economy.

 

·         Mary Ellen Rosinski presented an interesting and easily understandable session on how modern trade and barter companies function to the benefit of small businesses.

 

·         David Wallach described how the Modern Trade and Barter industry is funding and providing capital for small business that is leading to significant increases in worldwide employment.

 

·         Executive Director Ron Whitney facilitated a festival segment that highlighted various points of view regarding how to make the best of our current global financial crisis.

 

The Philosophy of Money Festival was hosted and directed by noted monetary reformist Edger Kampers and well-known musician Rob Van Hilton, who co-own and direct Qoin Norge a community currency network.


Attention Trade Exchange Owners. . .It’s GROW OR GO!

The magic bullet for growth is sales, always has been and always will be...yet the industry’s overall growth is anemic. Why? Maybe it’s because we’re not providing on-going education about our unique way of doing business. Knowledge is always a pre-requisite to taking sustained action.

And for those newcomers, the lifeblood of an exchange, awareness of and understanding about the value of trading is even more important.

If you expect prospects to come aboard and your members to be more active traders, but you are perplexed when the results are less than you desire...there’s a good reason. You must continually educate and motivate every month--month after month after month!

Such action is necessary because, let’s face it, more cash business, not trade, is of paramount importance to your members. You must break through this “cash only” focus and redirect their thinking toward barter. Although most exchanges don’t see the importance of doing so, many industry leaders are taking action and so can you.

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A Parallel Capital System

Written and presented by David Wallach © at the Norwegian Philosophy of Money Festival

I am very pleased to be part of such a diverse group of interesting individuals; monetary reformists, community service advocates, alternative currency proponents, economists, monetary visionaries and philosophers.

Each participant gathered here is helping to solve complex monetary issues from different directions and perspectives. This is necessary and as it should be. Our strength is in our diversity; collectively we can and will help to make the changes that will result in a more equitable worldwide monetary system.

Today I want to report on a Parallel Capital System that monetizes Excess Business Capacity which has evolved and been developed over a period of some 40 years by the Modern Trade and Barter segment, of the alternative currency movement.

Modern Trade and Barter clearing network providers have created a system that monetizes excess business capacity, an unrecognized asset, which has been historically wasted and makes it an important tool for the capitalization of cash deprived businesses.

Worldwide more than 400,000 businesses are currently members of Modern Trade and Barter clearing networks. Last year those member companies recovered over 10 billion Euros in annual revenues from underutilized and heretofore lost and wasted inventories and excess business capacities. These new revenues are being used to capitalize businesses and create employment.

Technology has made it possible for Modern Trade and Barter clearing networks to track and account for sales and purchase transactions between member companies. These clearing networks are providing essential capitalization for member businesses, with mostly interest free loans that fund general business expenses and projects.

The majority of the businesses participating in the clearing networks are small to medium-size companies. They use their new found currency to buy and sell goods and services within their own local communities.

What goes unsold is excess business capacity; whether it is in the form of empty seats in restaurants, unsold hotel rooms, media, and airline tickets. Unused hours in medical, dental, attorneys, accountant’s offices or any and all other unsold goods and services that exist within the economy. There is not a single business sector that does not have significant excess business capacities.

Globally, on an annual basis it is estimated that there are trillions of Euros in excess business capacity that are in general being wasted and ignored.

At the same time worldwide there is a huge and tragic Surplus of Human Resources that is measured in the form of underemployment and unemployment. This is especially true in underdeveloped countries where unemployment reaches upwards of 50 to 70 percent. Even in more developed countries unemployment is between 10 and 30 percent.

We can view excess business capacity as an asset and unemployment and underemployment as a liability.

Worldwide there are trillions of Euros in excess business capacity available. Millions of jobs will be created when those trillions of wasted Euros are put to work capitalizing and more fully funding business. The role of business is to create employment, but businesses need capital to grow and hire and that capital is available right now in real time.

By continuing to expand the monetization of excess business capacity, substantial gains will be made in consumption, production and employment. Thereby raising the standard of living and providing for better worldwide nutrition, education and health care.

(This paper was presented on June 7, 2009, to the Norwegian Philosophy of Money Festival by IRTA President David Wallach, david.wallach@irta.com.)


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Above Money™ The Federal Reserve Bank Secrets Of Money

By Benjamin Gisin

Mention the Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) and you will likely get one of two responses. The most common is no response due to not understanding it. The other is one of outrage, conspiracy and dark deeds. Neither are much help. The Fed performs functions whose processes (and consequences) are difficult for the public, elected officials and even accomplished economists to understand.

The Fed has three primary functions: 1) Help banks create virtual money (bank deposits) and to clear those deposits between banks. 2) Encourage an interest rate environment that gives money a return above inflation when invested. 3) Issue the nation’s debt-backed currency. The Fed, with its banking partners, do two things the public wants a lot of: 1) The public wants money. The Fed and banking system manufacture that money (bank deposits and currency). 2) The public wants interest on their savings and financial investments.

In keeping with the principle of the “time value of money,” banks charge interest on what they manufacture out of nothing. The Fed is always on the watch for inflation and a reason to raise interest rates to meet investor demand for a return on investment above inflation. The Fed, the banking system and secondary lenders perform the activities necessary to give the investing public what it wants — money and a return on financial investments.

Unfortunately, the physical economy of goods, services and jobs is of lesser priority and therein accrues the problem of escalating unemployment. What little service the banking system’s money products perform as a means of exchange is inferior to the service the banking system’s money products do to garner a return on investment. The financial system and the investing and saving public, have been working diligently to saturate the economy with the maximum amount of debt to provide the maximum return.

When the economy gets saturated with debt, as it is today, and investors are unable to find qualified borrowers to saddle with their investment-return expectations, money stops flowing, the economy begins to seize up and debts go unpaid. Everyone loses, the economy, the investors and the debtors. It has the ear markings of a lose/lose/lose system.

The banking and larger financial system provide the tools used to exploit people and the environment first and as a means of exchange second. The future lies in extracting our children and the economy from this system. The banking and financial system, with public demand for its money and investment-return principles, are in the process of not just limiting economic growth, but curtailing what’s there.

Since 1996, for every $1 trillion in the GDP growth, debt grew by $4.7 trillion — an amazing feat by financial investors and a public fighting for money by getting in debt. Chasing after a return on investment (and the colossal debt empires that this activity requires) is slowing the economy.

America farms only one-fourth the acres (on a per capita basis) than it did in 1900. America’s infrastructure (roads, bridges, levees, etc.) is in such sad shape, the American Society of Civil Engineers now estimates a need of $2.2 trillion to bring basic infrastructure up to par. Food banking is one of the fastest growing grocery chains. Job loss continues to grow. The economy is shrinking to fit within a fickle system of money and investment. The nation (public and private) must incur ever increasing levels of debt for a declining level of economic activity.

We can point fingers at bankers and ourselves which solves very little. We need a change in perspective and a commitment to start looking at a new process of exchange based upon principles of love, service and cooperation. Our process of exchange must evolve beyond one of competitive weaponry. Only then will we discover what it takes to create the next Golden Age. It is then that the unseen reality — that which is greater than us — can come into service for human progression.

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Benjamin Gisin is a veteran banker and former senior agricultural approval officer for one of the nation’s largest agricultural banks. Since 1998, he consults businesses and agricultural producers facing credit challenges. He writes and lectures extensively on the evolution of money, economics and food security.


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Venture Capital Industry In Distress

According to Peter Cohan, President of Peter S. Cohan & Associates, a third to one-half of the 882 active venture capital (VC) firms could disappear, if only because of poor returns.

Five year VC returns through 2008 were 6-percent compared to 48-percent in 2000. Under-performing firms are likely to close their doors. Meanwhile, investment in VC funds shrank 39-percent to $4.3 billion in the first quarter from $7.1 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

The venture capital business got started back in 1957 when American Research and Development (ARD) invested $70,000 in exchange for 70-percent of the now-defunct Digital Equipment Corp.

DEC was founded by MIT grad Ken Olson. It took the lead in mini computers and was a dominant information technology company through much of the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1972 ARD sold its stake for a 70,000-percent (yes, 70,000%) return!


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