See gold go UP!

A month ago, gold was trading at $1,175 an ounce. This morning, it is a bit over $1,290.

That’s a gain of about 10%, and, no, we didn’t see that coming.

So bring us your gold, and we will buy it or lend on it, and either way, we can offer you more than we could afford to a month ago.

Will it go down 10% over the next month? We have no idea but it’s risk we have to take to keep delivering financial help with aloha to Maui people, just like during all the swings up and swings down over the past 38 years.

#mauiloan #mauigold #mauiretail

Big dog

Here at Kamaaina Loan And Cash for Gold, we often brag about being Maui’s biggest pawn shop. But that’s big-frog-in-small-pond talk. DFC Global just announced it had bought a chain of pawn shops in Romania that will bring its total to  1,457.

Its press release says Romania has a long history of pawn loans, but the shops are quite small. 32 shops did a turnover of $9 million,  That’s less than $300K per shop. Even Maui’s smallest pawn shop probably does more than that.

DFC Global Corp. is a leading international diversified financial services company serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers who, for reasons of convenience and accessibility, purchase some or all of their financial services from the Company rather than from banks and other financial institutions.


Romanian pawn shops are similar to Maui pawn shops in that they primarily lend or buy gold, usually jewelry. However, they also make auto loans, which some pawn shops in America do, although not so much


A new era for pawn shops in China

According to this article in China Daily Europe, pawn shops are modernizing in China. In China, you can pawn wine. That’s something American pawnbrokers haven’t gotten into.

What the article does not say is that Chinese banks are very dubious affairs. No wonder small businesses prefer the direct and simple convenience of dealing in pawn — especially when Chinese pawnbrokers will lend on real estate, cars and other goods that most American pawnbrokers would not consider.

One example from the story:

Wang Qinghong, the owner of a small company based in Tianjin that makes drinking straws, is a typical customer. Last month a supplier pushed forward the date of a down payment and Wang had to raise all the money within two days.

“At first the bank was the only lender I could think of, but it would have taken at least a week to get a loan from the bank,” Wang says.

The pawnshop, by contrast, was able to give him money in a few minutes after having verified that he owned a flat