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Frequently Asked Questions

Precious Metals Bullion Products are available in various forms, which carry premium costs. This premium is called a "Fabrication Cost" or "Bar Charge". These premiums vary depending on market conditions and the quantity being traded. Please visit our products catalog for current price Indications. All products are of Hallmark refineries such as Johnson Matthey, Handy Harman, Metalor (Credit Suisse) Englehard, or Government Mints - such as US Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, etc. All products other than Industrial Bars are subject to availability.

"Fabrication" or "Bar Charges"

Shipping - Register Post or Bonded Courier.

Insurance, Applicable Local taxes of your home Country, State, or Province

Customs Duties (If Applicable)

This is an individual preference

  1. Safety Deposit Box
  2. Bonded Insured Warehouse (If available in your area)
  3. Home Safe
  4. Etc

Depending on the Type of product you have, you may sell it to:

  • Local Coin Dealers
  • Your Original Dealer
  • Some Banks may be willing to buy it from you.
  • Other Retail Dealers
  • PMI

Note: Once you have product in your possession, and you wish to sell it, you may be asked to have the product re-assayed, at your expense, prior to being given a sale price. Generally, assay costs are charged as a percentage of product or product value. This will ultimately reduce the amount you receive. There are also Security risks involved in handling the product, such as theft, or loss. During the time it takes you, once you have decided to sell your product, to safely get it to a buyer and lock in a price – the price may go down and the price you receive may be significantly lower than when you made your decision to sell. Finally – depending on the size of bars you have, you are limited to selling the entire bar, when perhaps you would prefer to sell only a portion of that bar.

Example: 1000 oz Bar must be sold as a 1000 oz Bar. You cannot sell a portion of it and keep the Balance.

PMI provides you with the ability to Buy or Sell in increments of 1 oz - Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium - without the premium costs related to "Fabrication or Bar Charges" and eliminating the difficulties or risks described in the answer to Question 4.

Yes - Discuss your objectives with your Smart Bullion Manager. Remember though, that in all likelihood your product will have to be assayed at your expense, prior to final credit to your account.

PMI will advance up to 80% of the value of product in your Account, for whatever purpose you desire.

Yes: Subject to the Terms & Conditions of your account, PMI will advance up to 80% of the value of product in your account, for whatever purpose you desire.

PMI maintains omnibus storage accounts with internationally recognized depositories specializing in Precious Metals Products. This provides PMI with the ability to:

  1. Provide home delivery from your account, whenever you request
  2. Provide you with liquidity through credit facilities.
  3. Provide you with competitive prices whenever you wish to Buy or Sell product from your account.
  4. Provide you with the ability to Buy or Sell in 1oz increments without the high costs related to Premium charged for "Fabrication" or "Bar Charges".

All products held by PMI for the accounts of Smart Bullion are segregated from all other assets and inventory owned by PMI.

In order to assure this segregation, PMI employs an outside accounting service, which monitors the daily transactions and inventories of all PMI accounts.

In addition, PMI employs a major international accounting firm which conducts a quarterly review of PMI’s segregated holdings for all PMI customer accounts.

Certificates for Gold or Silver issued by Banks will vary in terms of quantity and price. They are subject to the Terms & Conditions printed on the Face and back of the Certificate.

Generally they are transferable to third parties but must be sold to the Bank of issue, or to other Banks willing to recognize them. There are very few Banks who deal in certificates; therefore this is a shrinking market. Bank-issued certificates for Precious Metals are not FDIC or CDIC insured. For these reasons PMI does not deal in Precious Metals Certificates.

The spread between Ask and Bid on Precious Metals products is comprised of two components.

  1. Wholesale Dealer Profit Margins.
  2. Market Conditions relative to supply/demand.

Note: When you purchase Precious Metals Bullion products, you will pay a premium over the “Spot” market. Generally speaking, as it is the “Bid” price you will receive, when you sell, it is the “Bid” price that must increase to the level of your “Original Ask” price, in order for you to be at Break Even. (This is exclusive of any commissions you pay your Retail Dealer).

Generally speaking all charges you pay including commissions should be added to arrive at your final cost, which then can be divided by the quantity of product you have purchased. The resulting figure is equal to your Break Even at the time of your purchase (exclusive of ongoing finance and storage/service charges, if applicable)

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