October 22, 2013
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Eyes 2014 Convention
The next annual convention of the National Association of
Trade Exchanges (NATE) is nine months from now, but their
convention committee has already kicked off the efforts for
its 2014 convention. It is scheduled to be held in Orlando,
from May 15 to18.
The committee’s first item on the agenda is that of asking
the trade exchange industry for input — topics of interest
for the subsequent seminars and panels. The coverage at the
convention will be tailored for owners, brokers and sales
Ideas/topics desired should be sent to
Holiday Barter Expo Scheduled
Saturday, December 14, will be the day for the 2013 Trade
American Card Annual Holiday Barter Expo. Tabletop displays
for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event at the Anaheim Business
Center can be reserved by calling 949-225-6000.
Says You Get Stupider When Working Too Much
According to Dr. Tasha Eurich, New York Times bestselling
author, executive coach, leadership expert, and author of
the new book Bankable Leadership, “We actually get
stupider when we work too much.” Over a five-year study,
University College of London epidemiologist Marianna
Virtanen and her colleagues examined the relationship
between long hours and brain functioning in British Civil
Participants completed a variety of tests to evaluate
intelligence, verbal recall, and vocabulary. Compared to
those that worked 40 hours per week versus, those that
worked 55 hours per week showed poorer vocabulary and
reasoning. As a result, working fewer hours, taking more
breaks and occasional vacations, can help us become much
Consumer Spending Habits Shifting & Savings Rate Dropping
Compared with 1973, Americans are putting a bigger slice of
income to a home and less to food. And, according to an
analysis of a consumer expenditure survey by the Labor
Department, Americans aren’t socking away extra money for
the future. Today’s savings rate is a fraction of what it
used to be: 4.6% today versus 13% four decades ago.
Overall housing costs have risen to 32.8% of income from
30.8%, along with an increase in average home size to 2,700
square-feet from 1,400 square-feet. The average family
shells out 12.8% at grocery stores and restaurants today
versus 19.3%, although today’s average family size is 2.5
people versus 2.9 people in 1973.
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ITEX Announces 2013 Fiscal Results
Corporation (OTCBB: ITEX), a leading marketplace for cashless
business transactions in North America, filed its Form 10-K with the
Securities and Exchange Commission and announced results for its
fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2013.
2013 was a good year — our cash position increased 73%, income from
operations increased 32%, we returned $631,000 to stockholders
through quarterly dividends and stock buybacks and we launched a
complete refresh of our website,” stated Steven White, Chairman and
independent directors were added during the year and we appointed
John Wade to the position of Chief Financial Officer. All board
committees consist entirely of independent directors.”
White concluded, “we completed our tenth consecutive year of
profitable operations, during which time we have returned more than
$8.0 million to stockholders in the form of stock buybacks and
dividend payments — $5.8 million in just the past two fiscal years.”
year 2013 highlights:
per share increased 41% to $0.41, from $0.29 in the previous fiscal
operations increased 32% to $1,464,000, from $1,110,000
Cash increased 73%
to $3,352,000, from $1,942,000 over the previous fiscal year
Increased dividend 25% in March 2013 from $0.04 to $0.05 cents per
share, per quarter
quarterly cash dividends, returning $530,000, or $0.18 per share, to
a full refresh of the ITEX website (www.itex.com),
and all marketing materials for a consistent brand and message
After the end of the fiscal year ending July 31, the Board of
Directors of ITEX Corporation declared a cash dividend in the amount
of $0.05 per share, payable on September 20, 2013, to stockholders
of record as of the close of business on September 10.
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Entrepreneurs Have Self Confidence
“Voices of Small Businesses and Accountants Study,” by the maker of
Quicken and QuickBooks financial software, reported some very
interesting and revealing information about our country’s
rundown on what they found:
During the past year, 64% of small businesses and 73% of accountants
have invested money in their operations.
The most common investments were additional advertising or marketing
at 40%, new employees at 25%, and new technology at 23%.
The biggest challenges facing small businesses — according to their
owners — are generating new business and revenue streams, rising
insurance costs, and keeping up with competitors.
75% of small business owners work with certified public accountants.
Of those, 78% seek help with taxes and 37% obtain bookkeeping
services from their CPAs.
It’s interesting to see from this study the important role a trade
exchange can play in the life of a typical small business.
their most common “investment” was for additional advertising and
marketing. As a trade exchange member, you know that acquiring these
desired services on barter is certainly a much better value than
buying them with cash.
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are addressed, because a trade exchange’s major focus is providing a
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