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Barron's MarketWatch - Released May 6, 2020

Paul Brandus, historian, author and USA Today/Dow Jones/MarketWatch columnist writes about the useful benefits trade exchanges provide to business owners. The efficiencies and advantages of organized barter networks are contrasted with the inherent limitations of one-on-one trading.

IRTA is quoted throughout the article and readers are referred to IRTA's membership directory to join a local trade exchange.

Opinion: How Small Businesses Can Stay Afloat During the Pandemic Without Government Help

Exchanging goods and services through bartering networks can preserve cash flow and keep business afloat

What most people don’t know is that there is a huge, legal and regulated barter network in the US, codified by a 1982 law signed by President Reagan and enforced by the IRS. It’s within this framework that scores of barter exchanges exist around the US, with each catering in turn to thousands of businesses, usually small ones. Typically, barter transactions between small businesses generate $3 billion to $4 billion in value annually... Read More