Rise of the Barter Economy

Exchanging goods and services is popular, but it’s not the best business plan
Illustration by Nick Edwards

When Toronto-based financial planner Shannon Simmons offered her expertise to a professional clown, it wasn’t exactly business as usual. Simmons advised her new client to switch from a “couch fund” to a high-interest-bearing account with limited market risk. In exchange for her advice, Simmons received trapeze lessons.

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