Friday, 24 February 2012

Pawnbrokers for prosperous accept wine as collateral

Loans were also secured on various vintages of the five First Growths Bordeaux: Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Mouton Rothschild - top wines regularly sold at auctions where cases fetch tens of thousands of dollars.

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Pawnbrokers for prosperous accept wine as collateral

Easier and faster for them to get loans for biz opportunities

Reuters
24 February 2012

Some US pawnbrokers are taking liquid assets - literally.

Along with family jewels and fine art, they will accept wines as collateral for loans to help ease cash shortages of businesses and people on all rungs of the economic ladder.

‘You’d be amazed by how many wealthy individuals have terrible credit ratings,’ said Jordan Tabach- Bank, head of Beverly Loan Co in Beverly Hills, California.

‘Besides, if you go to a bank, it can take weeks or months to get a loan. When we make a loan, it’s usually the same day.’

The pawnshop for the prosperous lends to hedge fund managers, bankers, lawyers, doctors and even Oscar winners.

‘Most people have a vision of pawnshops as sad sites. But that’s not the case here,’ Mr Tabach-Bank said.

‘I have a lot of people who come in who have a business opportunity and they need an infusion of cash for business purposes.’

USGoldBuyers.com, an online pawnbroker with an office in New York, will also accept fine wines, said spokesman Jose Caba, adding that the rich do not always have liquid assets to keep up with their expensive toys.

‘That’s where we come in,’ he said. ‘We don’t really want to sell the wine, or any asset that we take in, whether it be gold or fine art.’

He estimates that about 90 per cent of the loans made have been repaid. But interest rates and length of the loans vary widely.

British-based pawnbroker borro.com recently lent US$120,000 in exchange for 128 bottles of Chateau d’Yquem, which had an estimated worth of US$250,000.

Within the last three weeks, borro.com had taken a case of 1989 Chateau Petrus, valued at about US$38,000, for a loan of US$24,000, said its chief executive Paul Aitken.

Loans were also secured on various vintages of the five First Growths Bordeaux: Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Mouton Rothschild - top wines regularly sold at auctions where cases fetch tens of thousands of dollars.

Mr Aitken’s clientele, whose net worth ranges from US$1 million to US$10 million, are mostly small business owners with cash flow problems.

Financial advisers and wealth managers recommend many of their clients to him.

Britain’s Prime Asset Loans, based in Durham, has a specific list of wines it will loan against including the First Growth Bordeaux, Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and, depending on the vintage, Australia’s renowned Penfolds Grange.

‘We lend up to 70 per cent of the value of the wines and the term is usually seven months,’ said Richard Mews, a partner at Prime Asset Loans.

‘Investors are using this type of loan more as it is quick, easy and there are no fees.’ - Reuters