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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

“My name is Michael, I got a nickel. I got a nickel, shiny and new. I'm gonna buy me all kinds of candy. That's what I'm gonna do.”

Those are the words that Clint Holmes sang in 1972 with his catchy song about the memories of childhood entitled, “Playground in my Mind.” Today, a nickel won’t buy all kinds of candy. It won’t buy much at all. But, according to a wonderful story published March 18, 2022, in the Atlantic, it is worth more than 5 cents.

The story states that, although the nickel’s actual monetary value is 5 cents, the metal it contains is worth more than that. It says the “melt value” of a single nickel is currently 8 cents. In recent weeks, it has been up to 16 cents.

But, before you get any great ideas, you should know that melting down nickels for a profit is a crime. Even so, the articles states, “That hasn’t stopped opportunistic investors from zigzagging between banks and credit unions to gather nickels, with the hopes of one day selling them off for more than 5 cents. Forget bitcoin and dogecoin; this small community of financial speculators is pouring money into real, physical coins.”

So what has caused the increase in value? In short, it has been the Ukraine crisis. The article states, “Russia supplies more than 20 percent of the world’s high-quality nickel, which is a crucial component in everything from stainless steel to pipes to the batteries that power electric cars. But with Ukraine under siege, companies in the West have been wary of buying Russian nickel. This has increased demand for nickel from everywhere else, which, in turn, has bumped up its price on the London Metal Exchange. … Within the span of 24 chaotic hours last week, the price of nickel rose 250 percent, forcing the London Metal Exchange to halt trading for the first time since 1985.”

That’s complicated stuff that most of us don’t want to deal with on a Tuesday morning, but here is the silver lining: The attraction to hoarding nickels is, apparently, that there is no downside, as the nickel will never be worth less than 5 cents. The upside, though, could be huge if the composition of the metal in the coins changes — or if the coin is discontinued — as the ban on melting down nickels would then likely go away.

Meanwhile, I prefer to keep things simple. I'm gonna buy me all kinds of candy. That's what I'm gonna do.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain will continue today and into most of the day on Wednesday, perhaps mixing with snow Wednesday evening. We may also see a few flurries on Thursday morning. Temperatures will be cool… in the 40s Wednesday and Thursday. We warm back up into the 50s on Friday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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‘Black Women of Distinction’ exhibit

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The images of ten influential women will be part of the Artisan Gallery 218 exhibit "Black Women of Distinction" celebrating Black History Month.  "Amanda Gorman” is a new acrylic collage portrait and part of the exhibit. Artist Marybeth Heikes was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd to create her series. Electing the first black woman, Kamala Harris, as vice president also influenced Marybeth in her  endeavor. Her concept was to create a series of  portraits from acrylic collage, demonstrating the impact of these women.
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FROM WHO-TV: Refugees in Iowa to host march to help Ukrainian refugees

DES MOINES, Iowa – The devastation Ukraine has already suffered is prompting Iowans to take action. Vinton AJ Hookes Jr. and Nathan Quewea were just kids when war forced them to leave their home country of LIberia, and eventually come to Iowa as refugees. Now, they want to show solidarity with Ukrainian refugees through a march.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

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CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Spot to Pop the Question
1. Iowa State Capitol
2. John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
3. AJ’s on East Court


Residents share their experiences of quitting smoking.

By Marsha Fisher

Tammie Smith started smoking around the age of 13. By the time she decided to quit, she had smoked for almost 30 years.

“My friends were smokers, and I wanted to ‘look cool’ with them,” says Smith. “My dad smoked, and I would smoke the rest of the cigarette butts he left. If only I had known how much I would spend and the years it would take to quit. I knew it was bad for me, but not to the extent that I now know and the full potential for damage.”

When her daughter, London, was 3 years old, Smith had a revelation.


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How many COVID booster shots are you willing to receive?

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Do/Did you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?
YES - 73%
NO - 27%

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