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October 5, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 10/05/2010

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

Forbes 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 business.�

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.

In 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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Barter Accommodations 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,, is offering

budget-minded travelers a unique opportunity to acquire accommodations on a barter basis, when traveling.

It 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.

Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company�s listing on isn�t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site 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.

Is your barter company�s listing up-to-date?

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.

Here�s how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.

Recession Toughens Entrepreneurs

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 years.

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.


25 Years Of BarterNews Issues Now In Digital Format

Welcome to the largest repository of barter contacts, strategies, and barter techniques in the world. All 64 issues of BarterNews now available in digital format at

         International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter Section. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed see the forms on the lower left of the page. (Click here.)

         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 isn�t listed, or the information is incorrect, you can correct the situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click here.) 

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Build Your Wealth Using Investor-type Services Thru Your Exchange

Sad 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.

One 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, such as:

  • Jewelry

  • Gemstones               

  • Coins            

  • Collectibles

  • Artwork          

  • Paintings

  • Real estate   

  • Antiques

  • Stock (restricted)

In 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 growth potential.

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