October 5, 2010
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
Universal Currency Sets Trading Record
The International Reciprocal Trade Association�s �Universal
Currency� was used by trade exchange owners (for
inter-trading purposes) in a record amount for the month of
August, 2010. A total of $582,486 in goods and services were
exchanged using the UC platform.
According to Ron Whitney, IRTA�s Executive Director, much of
the credit for the heightened trading activity was due to
UC�s international broker Patty Weston. Trade exchange
owners, worldwide, who desire to know more about the UC
program should call Patty.
For more information phone 321-397-2050 or e-mail
The Barter Network Supports Shriners
Hospitals For Children
Winter Park (FL)-based Barter Network will again be
providing advertising to support and publicize the annual
86th East-West Shrine Football Game, scheduled for national
TV on January 12, 2011. The game showcases the top college
seniors, and funds derived from the game benefit the
Shriners Hospitals For Children.
Charity Giving In USA & China
magazine reports that China had 64 billionaires in US-dollar
terms in 2009, second only to the United States which is
home to 403 billionaires. These interesting figures also
illustrated the difference in charity giving between the
citizens of the two countries.
Chinese giving totaled $5 billion in 2009, according to
China�s Ministry of Civil Affairs. And Americans donated
$303 billion to charity in 2009, according to Giving USA, an
organization that charts such information.
Foreigners Eyeing American Real Estate
One of Japan�s largest home builders and developers (Sekisui
House Ltd.) has just acquired 500 acres in Texas, outside
the city of Houston. The message they�re sending is: �We
believe in the USA and in the growth of the real estate
Reportedly multiple investors from Australia and Canada have
visited the national Association of Home Builders�
Washington headquarters in recent months, inquiring which
markets (and where) are poised to recover first.
The New Normal On Investment Yields
Bill Gross, 66-year-old cofounder of PIMCO Investments in
1971, (and now the world�s largest bond fund with over $1
trillion assets under management) says conditions have
changed and investors had better have more realistic
expectations going forward. Gross asserts that the days of
leverage and deregulation are behind us and much lower
investment returns will be the norm.
other words, look for returns of 2%-3% annually as the new
normal, not the historical standard of 8%-10%. So if you�re
putting away dollars for retirement, start contributing more
or plan on retiring at a later age.
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For Budget-Minded Travelers
Like to travel but don�t have a lot of money? Here�s a new idea for
you to consider. A Chinese company,
www.tourboarding.com, is offering
budget-minded travelers a unique opportunity to acquire
accommodations on a barter basis, when traveling.
works like this: one will stay with a host family in exchange for
providing conversation in English. That is, you will speak in your
native language to your hosts for two-hours a day. The objective is
to help the hosts achieve proficiency in their desired language.
While English is the most in demand, German, Japanese and French,
are also highly sought by the Chinese.
Tourboarding facilitates the searching, communication and arranging
process. The final details, however, are left to the hosts and
travelers for making the actual exchange.
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Valuable New Business?
your barter company�s listing on BarterNews.com isn�t current, you
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According to the Forbes Insight Survey in cooperation with financial
services provider CIT, business owners feel they will benefit over
the long run because of the pressures of the recent recession. An
overwhelming 80% believe they are smarter managers and 70% say
they�re better leaders because of the experience of the last three
They�re also working harder and longer. Furthermore, 64% say it�s
harder to manage their company�s cash flow than it was a year ago.
Their biggest cash flow challenges are lower revenues (51%) and
slower-paying customers (41%). And they say they pulled out all the
stops to improve cash flow in the past year.
Reducing overhead and expenses led the list of actions taken to
improve their cash flow. And almost one-in-three (33%) indicated
that the recession made them doubt whether they wanted to continue
operating a business.
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Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month
visit our BARTER CONTACTS section on our web site where we have
names & addresses of barter companies in the USA. If YOUR exchange
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situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click
Build Your Wealth Using
Investor-type Services Thru Your Exchange
but true, many people in the U.S. will earn over $1 million during
their lifetime, and yet have nothing to show for their efforts at
retirement. Obviously, the time to consider having something later
is now, while one has the time to make adequate preparation, because
no one wants to take a severe pay cut when they retire.
way to get an investment program going is to add one more debt to
your stack of bills each month. Begin by writing a check to your
savings account, or add money regularly to a money market fund. As a
member of a trade exchange, you can utilize the many investor
services (for personal and professional use) of the accountants,
attorneys, financial consultants, bookkeeping and tax services,
estate planners, real estate brokers and others, whenever you are
building your wealth.
Then use your products or services as a medium of exchange and begin
acquiring some of the investment opportunities available on barter,
order to make the most of your investment funds you will want to be
conservative in the choices you make, so that you have a solid
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