Do you know the difference between a Refiner and a Smelter or Buyer? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Many companies sell their gold to smelters or other middleman companies that call themselves refiners but are not ACTUAL refiners.
As a strong supporter of the pawn industry, United is proud to be a member of various pawn organizations. We also participate in most tradeshows including Pawn Expo in Las Vegas, Dixie Pawn Convention, Midwest Pawn Convention, the CAPA Spring and Fall Conferences, TAP and the Pawnbrokers Advisory Forum Conference.
The pawn industry enjoys a unique relationship with United PMR. As the largest US-owned primary refiner in the country, United exclusively services the jewelry industry. A major source of jewelry for recycling and refining is the pawn industry. Dating back to ancient history, the practice of loaning money on portable security has outlasted the test of time. Pawn shops, because of their niche services and customer-friendly business model, have provided much needed funding to customers when other options such as bank loans weren't available to people.
The first time I heard this, I was shocked! Then it was endless stories of pawn owner’s explaining how refiners didn’t find their platinum. So let’s talk about this elusive metal.
To start, sneaking metal into your refining lot is never a good idea, especially platinum group metals. The first, and most important reason is if the refiner is expecting gold and silver, a fire assay is done on your material to assess value.
To the right is a gold chain that GEIB received in with a melt lot. We noticed the chain, along with a few other pieces but something about this piece in particular just didn’t add up to being "RIGHT", so we went a little further on this rope chain.
Markets for gold and silver are crazy as of late. $25 x 2 day swings up and down. As I've said before, it's like an elevator but there is no "definitely"... Especially when you're ready to settle a lot or hedge when shipping.
Keep an eye on the US dollar, stock markets, job markets, fed talks (interest), President Trump, Democratic Party, unruly activity both overseas and in the US. They will all have an impact on where metals will move -- up, down or remain flat. It's a Friday, as I'm writing this and markets are up $5 - used to be a "profit taking day" for traders for their weekend ca$h. It doesn't roll like that any longer.