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September 4, 2007

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...09/04/07

Work + Genius = Formula For Today’s Wealth & Progress

Labor Day in the U.S. was yesterday...when we honor the sweat and toil of our productive work force. But given that we are now living in the “information age,” in which knowledge and education are very necessary and important keys to success, maybe it’s also time we acknowledge and honor the genius of man.

For it’s the power of man’s mind to reason, invent, and create that has enabled the incredible progress and burgeoning wealth that we enjoy today.

Caribbean Tourism Is Dropping As Competition Heats Up

Overnight stays in the Caribbean is declining, last year down 2.3%, to 18.4 million, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The tourism industry is critical to the Caribbean, making up 16% of its overall economic activity, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. (On smaller islands such as St. Lucia, tourism can account for as much as 50% of the economy.)

The fallout in travel to the Caribbean reflects growing competition from other areas around the world, including Asia and Central America, which are building beachfront resorts at a furious pace, posing a long-term competitive threat to the region.

The Bush administration has temporarily eased passport requirements for Americans traveling to the Caribbean. Travel accommodations to the Caribbean are available within the barter industry.

Mortgage Bankers Fault “Flippers” For Default Rise

Mortgages on properties that aren’t occupied by the owner – mostly investment homes – account for between 21% and 32% of the defaults on prime-quality home loans in Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada.

The four states were among the favorites of speculators during the housing boom. When the market was hot, many speculators bought homes hoping to flip them for a quick profit. Now that home prices have shown a turndown, that strategy is backfiring...with many investors simply walking away from their mortgages.

Economists at Goldman Sachs predict that home prices nationwide will fall an average of 7% both this year and next. (The forecast is based on the S&P/Case-Shiller national home-price index, considered the best such gauge by some housing economists.)

Private Currency Introduced In Hawaii

Bernard Von Nothaus, who launched the Liberty Dollar in the U.S. (1988) is behind a new currency being introduced in Hawaii. Called the Hawaii “Dala,” it will be backed by silver and each “Dala” is stamped with its face value and the amount of silver backing it.

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IMS Announces 106% Revenue Increases

International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:INLM), a worldwide leader in business-to-business barter services, has provided its sales volume and revenue figures for July.

Once again the company showed substantial increases in gross revenue, trade volume, and client enrollments. The July 2007 results are:

·         Trade volume for the month totaled more than $8.5 million. (This amount represents sales only.) The total represented an increase of 103% over the $4.2 million in trade volume processed in July of 2006

·         Gross revenue billed was $1.1 million, compared to $533,000 for July of last year, a 106% increase.

·         New-client enrollments once again were strong, with 266 new members joining the barter network in July of 2007, an increase of 127% over the 117 new members signed up in July of last year.

The totals listed above are taken from the company's internal records and have not been audited.

IMS recently filed its first quarter 10-QSB report, which showed positive cash flow and strong revenue growth. The report can be viewed at www.sec.gov.


“One Red Paperclip” Book Published

The 25-year-old Montreal resident, Kyle Macdonald, who went on to fame after he decided that selling shock absorbers wasn’t his future, has written his story in the new book, “One Red Paperclip.”

When his decision to leave Table Shox (selling shock absorbers for restaurant tables) he got serious and sent off resumes in a quest for another occupation. It was at this moment that he got the idea to take one of the red paper clips (binding his resumes together) and trade it on the Internet for something bigger and better...with the idea of eventually bartering up to a house.

His story covers the 14 steps taken before acquiring a small house in Kipling, Saskatchewan (Canada). What his journey shows is that a market exists where the participants have neither a strong desire for the items they bartered for, or a wish to convert the items into cash.

In this case the barter’s goal, it seems, was to become better known, part of a great story. With the exposure on the Internet, this book, and the upcoming movie deal with DreamWorks, I’d say they accomplished what they desired.


U.S. Can't Compete With Japanese Web Quality

Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it. Broadband service in the Land of the Rising Sun is anywhere from eight to 30 times faster than the U.S. (depending on where you live)—not to mention cheaper. Studies show that it has the world's fastest connections, too, which will likely make Japan the vanguard of Internet innovation for years to come.

Indeed, the U.S. lags behind Japan, South Korea, and much of Europe in terms of broadband speed. Lack of regulation by the U.S. government is partly to blame, as intense lobbying by telecommunications firms has protected present firms from being opened to wider competition.

Competition in the wire market, in particular, is what's driven Japan's rise to prominence. By offering big phone companies huge subsidies, the Japanese government compelled Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. to a nationwide build-out of fiber-optic wire to homes. The shorter, faster wires enable the transfer of information at speeds of up to 17 times faster than in the USA.

The result? The Japanese can watch broadcast-quality, full-screen HD television over the Web...an experience that puts our grainy, windowed, broadband video to shame. Their quality is so good it even allows doctors to make crucial surgical decisions through video conferencing.


Present Real Estate Problems Ignited By Taxpayer Relief Act

Economists in increasing numbers have cited an unappreciated force that may have infected a strong housing market with home-buying mania. They say it’s the bad tax policy—the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997—signed by President Clinton.

According to Mark Zandi, chief economist at economic-consulting firm Economy.com, the tax law change created fervor over the economic incentive to buy, flip, and buy again every two years. (A family can exempt the first $500,000 in profit on the sale of the home from capital-gains taxes, for a single filer it’s $250,000.)

The lure of tax-free profit has been a powerful incentive as it’s the kind of math everyone can figure out. But we definitely over-invested in housing as a nation, and sub-prime loans fueled the mania.

“Residential investment accounted for 35% of private investment in the year 2005, a level not seen since the early 1970s,” reflects Martin Barnes, the perceptive financial-market observer at Bank Credit Analyst.

What’s ahead for the most politically successful segment in society— homeowners, builders and realtors? William Ahearn of the Washington (DC)-based Tax Foundation, says the home-mortgage deduction is sacrosanct on Capital Hill, but the capital-gains law is different. “It’s only eight-years-old, and action ought to be taken before this bit of policy becomes as enmeshed as the tax break for mortgage interest.”

Editor’s note: The foregoing information was condensed from an article titled, “A Housing Boom Built On Folly,” from MortgagePro News.

Hotel General Managers

Here’s The Easiest $100,000 You’ll Ever
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Collect cash, as usual, from the guest accounts staying at your facility that require the use of professional AV services. And rather than shouldering your ongoing employee costs, or your current vendor’s cash agreement for AV services, here’s a much better alternative:

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Your hotel’s annual AV billings must be a minimum of $200,000, and this offer is available only in the continental United States.

For a confidential introduction contact Bob Meyer via e-mail: bmeyer@barternews.com. (Please type in AV Services On Trade in the subject line of your e-mail.)

Attention Trade Exchange Owners:

If your member hotel(s) have a minimum of 10,000 sq. feet of meeting space and annual billings of at least $200,000 for AV services this is a great opportunity to earn substantial cash service fees on the hundreds of thousands of trade dollars your hotel member will be paying the vendor. Contact Bob Meyer at the above e-mail.

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