November 23, 2010
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
Economist Sees An Age Of De-leveraging Upon
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
Tradesource Barter Expo Scheduled For
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
ITEX San Antonio Holiday Expo Slated For
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
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
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Posner Advertising Employs Barter To Introduce One Of New York’s
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.
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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.
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?
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
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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:
The history of the prospect.
The risk versus the reward.
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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