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GERMANY-ECONOMY/GDP
RTX7MM1G
July 30, 2020
A homeless man is pictured in front of a pawnshop, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in...
Berlin, Germany
Homeless man is pictured in front of a pawnshop in Berlin
A homeless man is pictured in front of a pawnshop, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Berlin, Germany, July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
MACAU-REGULATION/
RTX39XTN
July 04, 2017
FILE PHOTO - Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau November...
Macau, China
FILE PHOTO - Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau
FILE PHOTO - Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo
MACAU-REGULATION/
RTS15LXV
May 08, 2017
FILE PHOTO - Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau, in this...
Macau, China
FILE PHOTO - Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau
FILE PHOTO - Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau, in this picture taken November 20, 2013. Picture taken November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo
VIETNAM-BANKS/
RTX1T5WJ
October 25, 2015
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung works at his office next to a statue...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung works at his office next to a statue...
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung works at his office next to a statue of late Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015. With a shabby facade, bars on its windows and flanked by a hair salon and a knockoff clothing store, the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) looks more like a backstreet pawnshop than a much-heralded bad-debt bank. This no-frills office with PVC sofas, chintzy 1980s decor and no elevator houses what's been the central bank's shoestring saviour for wayward banks and risky borrowers who ran up $20 billion in bad debt in 2012 and almost brought a promising economy to its knees. Picture taken October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
VIETNAM-BANKS/
RTX1T5WI
October 25, 2015
Residents walk past the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8,...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Residents walk past the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam
Residents walk past the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015. With a shabby facade, bars on its windows and flanked by a hair salon and a knockoff clothing store, the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) looks more like a backstreet pawnshop than a much-heralded bad-debt bank. This no-frills office with PVC sofas, chintzy 1980s decor and no elevator houses what's been the central bank's shoestring saviour for wayward banks and risky borrowers who ran up $20 billion in bad debt in 2012 and almost brought a promising economy to its knees. Picture taken October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
VIETNAM-BANKS/
RTX1T5WH
October 25, 2015
Sofas are seen at the lobby of the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Sofas are seen at the lobby of the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam...
Sofas are seen at the lobby of the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015. With a shabby facade, bars on its windows and flanked by a hair salon and a knockoff clothing store, the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) looks more like a backstreet pawnshop than a much-heralded bad-debt bank. This no-frills office with PVC sofas, chintzy 1980s decor and no elevator houses what's been the central bank's shoestring saviour for wayward banks and risky borrowers who ran up $20 billion in bad debt in 2012 and almost brought a promising economy to its knees. Picture taken October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
VIETNAM-BANKS/
RTX1T5WE
October 25, 2015
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung is seen during an interview at his...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung is seen during an interview at his...
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung is seen during an interview at his office in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015. With a shabby facade, bars on its windows and flanked by a hair salon and a knockoff clothing store, the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) looks more like a backstreet pawnshop than a much-heralded bad-debt bank. This no-frills office with PVC sofas, chintzy 1980s decor and no elevator houses what's been the central bank's shoestring saviour for wayward banks and risky borrowers who ran up $20 billion in bad debt in 2012 and almost brought a promising economy to its knees. Picture taken October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
VIETNAM-BANKS/
RTX1T5W2
October 25, 2015
A vendor (L) sits at her kiosk selling phone card, cigarettes, soft drinks and incense outside the building...
Hanoi, Vietnam
A vendor sits at her kiosk outside the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi
A vendor (L) sits at her kiosk selling phone card, cigarettes, soft drinks and incense outside the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015. With a shabby facade, bars on its windows and flanked by a hair salon and a knockoff clothing store, the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) looks more like a backstreet pawnshop than a much-heralded bad-debt bank. This no-frills office with PVC sofas, chintzy 1980s decor and no elevator houses what's been the central bank's shoestring saviour for wayward banks and risky borrowers who ran up $20 billion in bad debt in 2012 and almost brought a promising economy to its knees. Picture taken October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
VIETNAM-BANKS/
RTX1T5VS
October 25, 2015
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung works at his office in Hanoi, Vietnam...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung works at his office in Hanoi
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung works at his office in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015. With a shabby facade, bars on its windows and flanked by a hair salon and a knockoff clothing store, the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) looks more like a backstreet pawnshop than a much-heralded bad-debt bank. This no-frills office with PVC sofas, chintzy 1980s decor and no elevator houses what's been the central bank's shoestring saviour for wayward banks and risky borrowers who ran up $20 billion in bad debt in 2012 and almost brought a promising economy to its knees. Picture taken October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
VIETNAM-BANKS/
RTX1T5VR
October 25, 2015
Residents go past the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015....
Hanoi, Vietnam
Residents go past the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi
Residents go past the building of the Vietnam Asset Management Company in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015. With a shabby facade, bars on its windows and flanked by a hair salon and a knockoff clothing store, the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) looks more like a backstreet pawnshop than a much-heralded bad-debt bank. This no-frills office with PVC sofas, chintzy 1980s decor and no elevator houses what's been the central bank's shoestring saviour for wayward banks and risky borrowers who ran up $20 billion in bad debt in 2012 and almost brought a promising economy to its knees. Picture taken October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
VIETNAM-BANKS/
RTX1T5VO
October 25, 2015
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung is seen during an interview at his...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung is seen during an interview at his...
Chairman of the Vietnam Asset Management Company Nguyen Quoc Hung is seen during an interview at his office in Hanoi, Vietnam October 8, 2015. With a shabby facade, bars on its windows and flanked by a hair salon and a knockoff clothing store, the Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) looks more like a backstreet pawnshop than a much-heralded bad-debt bank. This no-frills office with PVC sofas, chintzy 1980s decor and no elevator houses what's been the central bank's shoestring saviour for wayward banks and risky borrowers who ran up $20 billion in bad debt in 2012 and almost brought a promising economy to its knees. Picture taken October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
MACAU-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX1Q8LF
August 30, 2015
A woman looks at luxury watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. Just days...
Macau, China
Woman looks at luxury watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China
A woman looks at luxury watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. Just days after authorities raided five pawn shops in the Chinese territory Macau, many of the neon-lit stores in the world’s biggest gambling hub are still letting punters make fake purchases to skirt rules on how much cash they can take out of China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
USA-PAWNBROKERS/
RTR4W4I9
April 04, 2015
Larry Nuckols, chairman and co-owner of Money Mart Pawn & Jewelry, stands outside of one of his 30 stores...
San Antonio, UNITED STATES
NO HEADLINE
Larry Nuckols, chairman and co-owner of Money Mart Pawn & Jewelry, stands outside of one of his 30 stores in San Antonio, Texas March 15, 2015. Money for portable collateral, a contract that can fit on a paper napkin and a pending crackdown on payday loans have made these heady days for one of the world's oldest financial service firms - the pawnshop. REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz
MACAU-BUSINESS/
RTR4PYTP
February 17, 2015
A pawnshop's logo is pictured in Macau February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS...
Macau, China
Pawnshop's logo is pictured in Macau
A pawnshop's logo is pictured in Macau February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS LOGO)
MACAU-BUSINESS/
RTR4PYSF
February 17, 2015
A man walks past a pawnshop in Macau February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS)...
Macau, China
Man walks past a pawnshop in Macau
A man walks past a pawnshop in Macau February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS)
PHILIPPINES-BANKING/MOBILEPHONE
RTR4GD39
December 02, 2014
A new BanKo customer completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop, which...
Manila, Philippines
A new BanKo customer completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop, which...
A new BanKo customer completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop, which acts as an agent for the bank, in Manila December 2, 2014. Growth by BanKO, a unit of commercial lender Bank of the Philippines and the country's only mobile-based lender, is boosting "financial inclusion", where more people become customers of banks instead of informal moneylenders who charge far higher interest. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)
PHILIPPINES-BANKING/MOBILEPHONE
RTR4GD37
December 02, 2014
A new BanKo client completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop, which...
Manila, Philippines
A new BanKo client completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop, which...
A new BanKo client completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop, which acts as an agent for the bank, in Manila December 2, 2014. Growth by BanKO, a unit of commercial lender Bank of the Philippines and the country's only mobile-based lender, is boosting "financial inclusion", where more people become customers of banks instead of informal moneylenders who charge far higher interest. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)
PHILIPPINES-BANKING/MOBILEPHONE
RTR4GD34
December 02, 2014
A BanKo customer shows the money he withdrew from a nearby pawnshop, which acts as an agent for the bank,...
Manila, Philippines
A BanKo customer shows the money he withdrew from a nearby pawnshop, which acts as an agent for the bank,...
A BanKo customer shows the money he withdrew from a nearby pawnshop, which acts as an agent for the bank, through his mobile bank account in Manila December 2, 2014. Growth by BanKO, a unit of commercial lender Bank of the Philippines and the country's only mobile-based lender, is boosting "financial inclusion", where more people become customers of banks instead of informal moneylenders who charge far higher interest. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)
PHILIPPINES-BANKING/MOBILEPHONE
RTR4GD32
December 02, 2014
A new BanKo client completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop, which...
Manila, Philippines
A new BanKo client completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop in Manila...
A new BanKo client completes his application for a mobile-based bank account inside a pawnshop, which acts as an agent for the bank, in Manila December 2, 2014. Growth by BanKO, a unit of commercial lender Bank of the Philippines and the country's only mobile-based lender, is boosting "financial inclusion", where more people become customers of banks instead of informal moneylenders who charge far higher interest. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)
MACAU
RTR3GV2Q
March 13, 2014
A man looks at a pawnshop window displaying watches in Macau November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu ...
Macau, China
A man looks at a pawnshop window displaying watches in Macau
A man looks at a pawnshop window displaying watches in Macau November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA

- Tags: BUSINESS)
CHINA-UNIONPAY/
RTR3GOC0
March 12, 2014
Chinese visitors walk past a signage for a pawnshop in Macau, in this picture taken November 14, 2013....
Macau, China
Chinese visitors walk past a signage for a pawnshop in Macau
Chinese visitors walk past a signage for a pawnshop in Macau, in this picture taken November 14, 2013. Picture taken November 14, 2013. To match Special Report CHINA-UNIONPAY/ REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
CHINA-UNIONPAY/
RTR3GOBY
March 12, 2014
Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau, in this picture taken...
Macau, China
Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau
Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau, in this picture taken November 20, 2013. Picture taken November 20, 2013. To match Special Report CHINA-UNIONPAY/ REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F9A
September 10, 2013
A pawn shop worker inspects jewellery at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with...
Bangkok, Thailand
A pawn shop worker inspects jewellery at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok
A pawn shop worker inspects jewellery at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F99
September 10, 2013
Customers show their ID cards before selling their items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27,...
Bangkok, Thailand
Customers show their ID cards before selling their items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok
Customers show their ID cards before selling their items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F97
September 10, 2013
A pawn shop worker prepares jewellery and luxury watch for photographs at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok,...
Bangkok, Thailand
A pawn shop worker prepares jewellery and luxury watch for photographs at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok...
A pawn shop worker prepares jewellery and luxury watch for photographs at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F96
September 10, 2013
A customer gets money after selling his items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced...
Bangkok, Thailand
A customer gets money after selling his items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok
A customer gets money after selling his items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F95
September 10, 2013
A pawn shop worker poses for a photograph as she holds a Blythe doll and a Furby doll as items from customers...
Bangkok, Thailand
A pawn shop worker poses for a photograph as she holds a Blythe doll and a Furby doll as items from customers...
A pawn shop worker poses for a photograph as she holds a Blythe doll and a Furby doll as items from customers at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F94
September 10, 2013
A customer takes her money after selling her items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013....
Bangkok, Thailand
A customer takes her money after selling her items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok
A customer takes her money after selling her items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F93
September 10, 2013
A customer makes an electronic thumbprint at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced...
Bangkok, Thailand
A customer makes an electronic thumbprint at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok
A customer makes an electronic thumbprint at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F92
September 10, 2013
A pawn shop worker counts Thai Baht banknotes before she purchase items from a customer at Easy Money...
Bangkok, Thailand
A pawn shop worker counts Thai Baht banknotes before she purchase items from a customer at Easy Money...
A pawn shop worker counts Thai Baht banknotes before she purchase items from a customer at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F91
September 10, 2013
A pawn shop worker sorts through gold jewellery at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013....
Bangkok, Thailand
A pawn shop worker sorts through gold jewellery at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok
A pawn shop worker sorts through gold jewellery at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX13F90
September 10, 2013
Customers are reflected in a mirror as they wait for service at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok, August...
Bangkok, Thailand
Customers are reflected in a mirror as they wait for service at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok
Customers are reflected in a mirror as they wait for service at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F8Z
September 10, 2013
A pawn shop worker uses a machine to count Thai Baht banknotes as he prepares to purchase items from...
Bangkok, Thailand
A pawn shop worker uses a machine to count Thai Baht banknotes as he prepares to purchase items from...
A pawn shop worker uses a machine to count Thai Baht banknotes as he prepares to purchase items from customers at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX13ERE
September 09, 2013
People ride motorcycles past pawn shops in Hanoi September 9, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and...
Hanoi, Vietnam
People ride motorcycles past pawn shops in Hanoi
People ride motorcycles past pawn shops in Hanoi September 9, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS
RTX13EQR
September 09, 2013
Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and porcelain Buddha statue that the store had valued...
Singapore, Singapore
Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and porcelain Buddha statue that the store had valued...
Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and porcelain Buddha statue that the store had valued at S$38,888 ($34083) at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 30, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)
SINGAPORE/
RTX13EQM
September 09, 2013
Store employee Qiu Li poses with a colorful violin that had been acquired at a Cash Converters used goods...
Singapore, Singapore
Store employee Qiu Li poses with a colorful violin that had been acquired at a Cash Converters used goods...
Store employee Qiu Li poses with a colorful violin that had been acquired at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 30, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX13EQJ
September 09, 2013
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used...
Singapore, Singapore
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used...
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 30, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS
RTX13EQG
September 09, 2013
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used...
Singapore, Singapore
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used...
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 23, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS
RTX13EQC
September 09, 2013
Store employee Ramon shows a katana that the store had acquired recently at a Cash Converters used goods...
Singapore, Singapore
Store employee Ramon shows a katana sword that the store had acquired recently at a Cash Converters used...
Store employee Ramon shows a katana that the store had acquired recently at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 30, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX13EQ6
September 09, 2013
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim talks about an intricately designed...
Singapore, Singapore
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim talks about an intricately designed...
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim talks about an intricately designed belt in his pawn broking business office in Singapore August 23, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 23, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX13EQ4
September 09, 2013
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim speaks during an interview at his...
Singapore, Singapore
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim speaks during an interview at his...
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim speaks during an interview at his office in Singapore August 23, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 23, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX13EQ2
September 09, 2013
Valuer Eve Chong attends to a customer at a MoneyMax pawnshop outlet in Singapore August 23, 2013. Faced...
Singapore, Singapore
Valuer Eve Chong attends to a customer at a MoneyMax pawnshop outlet in Singapore
Valuer Eve Chong attends to a customer at a MoneyMax pawnshop outlet in Singapore August 23, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 23, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS)
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX13EQ0
September 09, 2013
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim speaks during an interview at his...
Singapore, Singapore
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim speaks during an interview at his...
Chief Executive Officer of the MoneyMax pawn broking chain Peter Lim speaks during an interview at his office in Singapore August 23, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 23, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS)
SINGAPORE/
RTX13EPY
September 09, 2013
Valuer Eve Chong, demonstrates the valuation process for jewelry at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore...
Singapore, Singapore
Valuer Eve Chong, demonstrates the valuation process for jewelry at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore...
Valuer Eve Chong, demonstrates the valuation process for jewelry at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore August 23, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 23, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS)
SINGAPORE/
RTX13EPV
September 09, 2013
An employee arranges gold jewellery as customers shop at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore August...
Singapore, Singapore
An employee arranges gold jewellery as customers shop at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore
An employee arranges gold jewellery as customers shop at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore August 23, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 23, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS)
MEXICO-ECONOMY/PAWNSHOPS
RTR29LL3
January 29, 2010
People queue at the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop, in...
Mexico City, Mexico
People queue at the Monte de Piedad, the national pawnshop, in downtown Mexico City
People queue at the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop, in downtown Mexico City January 27, 2010. Mexicans are going to pawnshops to hock their jewelry and family heirlooms, in more evidence Mexico is struggling to recover from a deep recession. Across the country, unemployment remains near its highest level in 14 years even though Mexico's recession technically ended in the third quarter with a big industrial rebound. Picture taken January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
MEXICO-ECONOMY/PAWNSHOPS
RTR29LL2
January 29, 2010
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop,...
Mexico City, Mexico
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop,...
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop, as they wait to recover their pawned goods, in downtown Mexico City January 27, 2010. Mexicans are going to pawnshops to hock their jewelry and family heirlooms, in more evidence Mexico is struggling to recover from a deep recession. Across the country, unemployment remains near its highest level in 14 years even though Mexico's recession technically ended in the third quarter with a big industrial rebound. Picture taken January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
MEXICO-ECONOMY/PAWNSHOPS
RTR29LL1
January 29, 2010
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop,...
Mexico City, Mexico
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop,...
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop, as they wait to recover their pawned goods, in downtown Mexico City January 27, 2010. Mexicans are going to pawnshops to hock their jewelry and family heirlooms, in more evidence Mexico is struggling to recover from a deep recession. Across the country, unemployment remains near its highest level in 14 years even though Mexico's recession technically ended in the third quarter with a big industrial rebound. Picture taken January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
MEXICO-ECONOMY/PAWNSHOPS
RTR29LKZ
January 29, 2010
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop,...
Mexico City, Mexico
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop,...
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop, as they wait to recover their pawned goods, in downtown Mexico City January 27, 2010. Mexicans are going to pawnshops to hock their jewelry and family heirlooms, in more evidence Mexico is struggling to recover from a deep recession. Across the country, unemployment remains near its highest level in 14 years even though Mexico's recession technically ended in the third quarter with a big industrial rebound. Picture taken January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
MEXICO-ECONOMY/PAWNSHOPS
RTR29LKS
January 29, 2010
People queue at the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop, in...
Mexico City, Mexico
People queue at the Monte de Piedad, the national pawnshop, in downtown Mexico City
People queue at the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop, in downtown Mexico City January 27, 2010. Mexicans are going to pawnshops to hock their jewelry and family heirlooms, in more evidence Mexico is struggling to recover from a deep recession. Across the country, unemployment remains near its highest level in 14 years even though Mexico's recession technically ended in the third quarter with a big industrial rebound. Picture taken January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
RTXBSO5
February 19, 2009
The owner and general manager of Oriental Pawn in Shanghai is seen in his office during an interview...
Shanghai, China
To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
The owner and general manager of Oriental Pawn in Shanghai is seen in his office during an interview with Reuters in this picture taken February 9, 2009. Turned away by banks caught in the credit crunch, many Chinese entrepreneurs are borrowing from pawn shops instead, hawking their factories and homes, as well as gold and jewellery, as security. Picture taken February 9. To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/ REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
RTXBSO4
February 19, 2009
The owner and general manager of Oriental Pawn in Shanghai is seen in his office during an interview...
Shanghai, China
To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
The owner and general manager of Oriental Pawn in Shanghai is seen in his office during an interview with Reuters in this picture taken February 9, 2009. Turned away by banks caught in the credit crunch, many Chinese entrepreneurs are borrowing from pawn shops instead, hawking their factories and homes, as well as gold and jewellery, as security. Picture taken February 9. To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/ REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
RTXBSO3
February 19, 2009
Workers look at their goods at the Oriental Pawn shop in Shanghai in this picture taken February 9, 2009....
Shanghai, China
To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
Workers look at their goods at the Oriental Pawn shop in Shanghai in this picture taken February 9, 2009. Turned away by banks caught in the credit crunch, many Chinese entrepreneurs are borrowing from pawn shops instead, hawking their factories and homes, as well as gold and jewellery, as security. Picture taken February 9. To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/ REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
RTXBSO1
February 19, 2009
A customer looks at jewellery and watches at the Oriental Pawn shop in Shanghai in this picture taken...
Shanghai, China
To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
A customer looks at jewellery and watches at the Oriental Pawn shop in Shanghai in this picture taken February 9, 2009. Turned away by banks caught in the credit crunch, many Chinese entrepreneurs are borrowing from pawn shops instead, hawking their factories and homes, as well as gold and jewellery, as security. Picture taken February 9. To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/ REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
RTXBSO0
February 19, 2009
Workers check jewellery and watches at the Oriental Pawn shop in Shanghai February 9, 2009. Turned away...
Shanghai, China
To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
Workers check jewellery and watches at the Oriental Pawn shop in Shanghai February 9, 2009. Turned away by banks caught in the credit crunch, many Chinese entrepreneurs are borrowing from pawn shops instead, hawking their factories and homes, as well as gold and jewellery, as security. Picture taken February 9. To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/ REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
FINANCIAL/PAWNSHOPS
RTR22LGK
December 15, 2008
Jordan Tabach-Bank, CEO of Beverly Loan Company, displays some of the valuables his client have left...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
To match feature FINANCIAL/PAWNSHOPS
Jordan Tabach-Bank, CEO of Beverly Loan Company, displays some of the valuables his client have left in his upscale Beverly Hills, California pawn shop December 10, 2008. Whether it's a Tiffany diamond or a three-year-old lawnmower, more and more Americans from all social classes are pawning their possessions to make ends meet. Pawn shop owners see strong business across the country, even in unexpected locales like Beverly Hills, the mecca of luxury living and shopping. Picture taken December 10, 2008. To match feature FINANCIAL/PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Sue Zeidler (UNITED STATES)
FINANCIAL/PAWNSHOPS
RTR22LGE
December 15, 2008
Luxury watches and jewellery are shown on display at Beverly Loan Company, an upscale pawn shop in Beverly...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
To match feature FINANCIAL/PAWNSHOPS
Luxury watches and jewellery are shown on display at Beverly Loan Company, an upscale pawn shop in Beverly Hills, California December 10, 2008. Whether it's a Tiffany diamond or a three-year-old lawnmower, more and more Americans from all social classes are pawning their possessions to make ends meet. Pawn shop owners see strong business across the country, even in unexpected locales like Beverly Hills, the mecca of luxury living and shopping. Picture taken December 10, 2008. To match feature FINANCIAL/PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Sue Zeidler (UNITED STATES)
FINANCIAL/RUSSIA-PAWNSHOPS
RTXANIK
November 16, 2008
A woman counts money in a pawnshop in central Moscow November 14, 2008. Pawnbrokers in the Russian capital...
Moscow, Russia
A woman counts money in a pawnshop in central Moscow
A woman counts money in a pawnshop in central Moscow November 14, 2008. Pawnbrokers in the Russian capital are enjoying the global credit crunch. The liquidity crisis has made persuading a bank to make a loan tougher everywhere but Russians are often quicker to seek alternative credit sources than consumers in other parts of the world. Many Muscovites are comfortable to go to pawnbrokers to get cash for their valuables. Picture taken November 14, 2008. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (REUTERS)
INDONESIA/
RTR21ZAM
September 17, 2008
An employee parks a motorcycle after he received it from a customer in a pawnshop in Jakarta September...
Jakarta, Indonesia
An employee parks a motorcycle after he received it from a customer in a pawnshop in Jakarta
An employee parks a motorcycle after he received it from a customer in a pawnshop in Jakarta September 17, 2008. Pawnshop business in Indonesia has risen by 20 percent during Ramadan, because of people needing cash ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival, a pawn shop official said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Supri (INDONESIA)
INDONESIA/
RTR21ZA6
September 17, 2008
An employee weighs jewellery to evaluate them at a pawn shop in Jakarta September 17, 2008. Pawnshop...
Jakarta, Indonesia
An employee weighs jewellery to evaluate them at a pawn shop in Jakarta
An employee weighs jewellery to evaluate them at a pawn shop in Jakarta September 17, 2008. Pawnshop business in Indonesia has risen by 20 percent during Ramadan, because of people needing cash ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival, a pawn shop official said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Supri (INDONESIA)
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