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November 23, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 11/23/2010

Economist Sees An Age Of De-leveraging Upon Us

Gary Shilling, a noted economist who predicted the demise of the housing market long before anyone else, has authored a new book, The Age Of De-leveraging. Essentially, Shilling says we will see a decade of slow growth and deflation. We’re not going back to the “salad days” of the ‘80’ and ‘90s. People are in a savings-spree mode and therefore, he contends, big discretionary items such as cars, houses, cruises, etc., will drop in price. Excess capacity will be found worldwide in this new, changed environment.

Tradesource Barter Expo Scheduled For December 4

The Phoenix Convention Center is the site for the 24th Annual Tradesource Barter Expo. The event will run from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, December 4.

For more information call Mary Ellen Rosinski at (602) 996-1557 or go to www.tradesoursce.net.

ITEX San Antonio Holiday Expo Slated For
December 2

This year’s holiday event will be held at the El Progresso Hall on Thursday, December 2, from 5pm to 9pm.

Further details are available by calling (210) 281-1111

Online Barter Network For Artists & Designers

A new online barter network that focuses on artists and designers is www.OurGoods.org. It promotes the trading of skills, space, labor and art objects. Monthly barter matchmaking events are also scheduled.

No Vacation For 33% Of USA Workers

The Rasmussen Reports contends that the United States has become a nation of workaholics, as 33% (one out of three) of workers haven’t taken any time off this year, and less than half planned to use all of their vacation time. (Of those who plan to take vacations, most don’t totally unplug from the office.)

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Posner Advertising Employs Barter To Introduce One Of New York’s Finest Hotels

Posner Advertising is a luxury lifestyle marketing agency and is now introducing the new Setai Fifth Avenue hotel. (An A Capella Managed Hotel and member of The Leading Hotels of the World.)

One of the many strategies Posner Advertising’s employing, to maximize the hotel’s advertising budget, is leveraging its unsold occupancy through barter with the media. Thus attracting important “first experiences” to help create a buzz for the hotel.


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company’s listing on BarterNews.com isn’t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com receives heavy traffic — with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly “Tuesday Report,” and the “Contacts Section” of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

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To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company’s listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

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Don’t Write Off California Just Yet!

Living in California, I (Bob Meyer) read stories about the state’s coming demise. In one excellent column by MarketWatch columnist Brett Arenda, I found a very refreshing and reassuring message. In short, don’t write off the $2 trillion California economy just yet. Here are just a few of the reasons why…

·         The state has one of the highest living standards in the country, yet over the past decade the economy has still grown much faster, per person, than the national average. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy is up 15% — compared to 8.9% for the U.S. overall.

·         Its grown faster than its low tax neighbors like Arizona, Utah or New Mexico. It’s grown three times faster than Texas. It managed this growth from 1999 through 2009 ... from the peak of the dot-com years through the depths of the recession and the double blows of the tech and housing busts.

·         In the late 90’s (Silicon Valley glory days) California attracted an incredible 42-cents of every venture capital dollar invested in America. How far has California fallen from those giddy days? Latest data from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Assn. in 2010 shows that California just got a miserable, er, 50-cents of every venture capital dollar invested in America.

·        Taxes? The thinking many hold are that taxes are killing Californians. However the non-partisan Tax Foundation as of 2008 (the most recent year analyzed) determined that state and local taxes on the average came to 9.7% of the annual national state economy. California? 10.5%.

Californians are so productive that every year they send billions of surplus dollars to the rest of America. California isn’t our Greece, it’s our Germany. It’s Daddy Warbucks. The conservative-leaning Tax Foundation, which tracks the data, calls the surplus a “fiscal transfer.” In the quarter century through 2005 (most recent year of data) Californians bailed out the rest of America to the tune of about $620 billion in today’s dollars. (In 2005 it came to nearly $50 billion.)

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For Success In Business Focus On What’s Important

Texas oilman and entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens recently expounded on his business exploits which began with founding the MESA oil company in 1956, the United Shareholders Association 30 years later, and six new businesses — including the development of a quail habitat.

Pickens says the most important aspects of a business deal are:

A)   The history of the prospect.

B)   The risk versus the reward.

C)   Obtaining advice from people who are knowledgeable.

When asked what advice he would give to other entrepreneurs, Pickens said to focus on people, not technology. “Be careful,” he cautioned, “and hope you’re a good picker of people. You will make some mistakes, but it’s not much different than a football coach. Sometimes your picks work out, and sometimes they don’t.

“It won’t be technology that disappoints you, but the people. Just be patient, get more education, and work your fanny off!”


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