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BREAKDOWN: The Innovation at the Heart of the Global Crypto Transformation

December 5th, 2021

16:30

Welcome to the third era of accounting.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This week’s Long Reads Sunday is a reading of Dan Jeffries’ “The Future of Money: A History.”

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NYDIG, the institutional-grade platform for …

BREAKDOWN: Goldman Looking Into Bitcoin-Backed Lending as Jobs Report Disappoints

December 4th, 2021

10:33

A look at what happened in crypto this week, from regulation to institutions. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “The Breakdown …

BREAKDOWN: 20 Predictions About the Future of Money

December 3rd, 2021

17:15

NLW reacts to 20 predictions from some of crypto’s leading minds.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

As part of CoinDesk’s Future of Money week, they asked some of crypto’s biggest brains for their predictions on the …

BREAKDOWN: How November Bear Market-Proofed the Crypto Industry

December 2nd, 2021

14:08

Huge capital raises have given crypto companies and funds much deeper war chests.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW breaks down investor Travis Kling’s recap of the biggest events in crypto from …

BREAKDOWN: The Long Strange Journey of Facebook's Libra Project

December 1st, 2021

14:52

With David Marcus leaving, what is the future of diem?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW does a retrospective of Facebook’s libra project, which was renamed late last year to diem. He argues …

BREAKDOWN: Powell and Yellen Talk Stablecoins, Inflation and Debt

November 30th, 2021

12:52

Plus, the changes at Twitter have already started under its new CEO.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode of ”The Breakdown,” NLW …

BREAKDOWN: What Jack Dorsey Leaving Twitter Means for Bitcoin

November 29th, 2021

14:05

As Twitter’s CTO steps into the CEO role, what will the changes mean for crypto? 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW looks at …

SOB: Big Gaming Signals NFTS Are Closer to Mainstream

November 28th, 2021

38:26

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

With NFTs continuing their rapid advance into mainstream cultural awareness, how much is FOMO (fear of missing …

BREAKDOWN: America and the Metaverse

November 28th, 2021

13:24

A reading of threads from Punk 6529.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW draws from two threads by @punk6529 on Twitter:

On a Pathway to an Open Metaverse

On America and Crypto

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NYDIG, …

BREAKDOWN: Alyse Killeen on Why Bitcoin Was Ready for Nation-State Adoption

November 27th, 2021

27:33

The bitcoin VC shares her view on the importance of 2021 to bitcoin and what comes next. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On the final part of his three-part miniseries “Gratitude for Bitcoin,” NLW is joined by …

BREAKDOWN: Dan Held on the Mainstreaming of Bitcoin

November 26th, 2021

24:21

The serial bitcoin entrepreneur argues bitcoin is changing, whether you want it to or not.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On part 2 of NLW’s three-part “Gratitude for Bitcoin” miniseries, he’s joined by serial …

BREAKDOWN: Dylan LeClair on Bitcoin Data Where Macro Meets Micro

November 24th, 2021

30:34

The on-chain analyst reveals why understanding bitcoin is a cheat code.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today, NLW kicks off his “Gratitude for Bitcoin” three-part miniseries with Bitcoin Magazine and UTXO Management …

BREAKDOWN: What Jerome Powell’s Second Term Means for Bitcoin

November 23rd, 2021

15:22

The much-memed Fed chairman officially gets a second term with the Biden Administration.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This week, after months of …

BREAKDOWN: Are El Salvador’s Bitcoin 'Volcano Bonds' an End Run Around the IMF?

November 22nd, 2021

16:48

The $1 billion bond will be tokenized and powered by Blockstream and Bitfinex. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” a check in on El Salvador, where President Nayib Bukele has just announced …

BREAKDOWN: Are Stablecoins the Path to Continued Dollar Dominance?

November 21st, 2021

12:52

A reading of two prescient Nic Carter essays from 2020. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

In today’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW goes back to read …

BREAKDOWN: What Billions of Dollars in Crypto Fundraising Says About the Bull Market

November 20th, 2021

12:34

If the good times are over, many have the dry powder to weather the storm.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

From $400 million to a crypto exchange to $2.5 billion for the biggest crypto fund in history, NLW tells the …

BREAKDOWN: Did ConstitutionDAO Shift the Overton Window on What DAOs Can Accomplish?

November 19th, 2021

17:04

More than 17,000 people raised over $40 million, but it wasn’t enough.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Last night the crypto community waited with bated breath to see who had won the first printing of the U.S. …

BREAKDOWN: What We Learned From Congress' ‘Demystifying Crypto’ Hearing

November 18th, 2021

13:30

Anyone who tells you the U.S. government is going to ban crypto is crazy.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Yesterday’s show was a global regulatory …

BREAKDOWN: Will New Anti-Terrorism Rules Help Israeli Crypto Startups? A Global Regulatory Roundup

November 17th, 2021

15:31

The state of crypto regulatory news from India to Russia to Brazil. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW does a whistle-stop …

BREAKDOWN: What Drove Bitcoin's Dip Under $60K

November 16th, 2021

15:43

As is so often the case, it was a combination of macro news and market structure. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Bitcoin has been on a journey over the last 24 hours, from nearly $65,000 all the way down to $58,000 …

BREAKDOWN: This DAO Is Trying to Buy the Constitution for $20M

November 15th, 2021

18:40

A look at one of the boldest experiments in internet financial organizing yet. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On Thursday, Nov. 18th, Sotheby’s …

SOB: How Far We’ve Come (And How Much Stayed the Same)

November 14th, 2021

1:05:18

Today’s show is from a time before the trillion (or even billion) dollar market cap; Before Vitalik had ever spoken the word Ethereum; Before …

BREAKDOWN: Crypto Is for the Dissidents and Disenfranchised

November 14th, 2021

14:29

A reading of two essays that show the full range of communities connecting to crypto.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “Long …

BREAKDOWN: Is Jack Dorsey About to Announce a Bitcoin DeFi Platform?

November 13th, 2021

14:05

Or is Square’s TBD launch of its white paper just days after the Taproot upgrade a coincidence? 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of …

BREAKDOWN: The Politics of Bitcoin

November 12th, 2021

14:14

Is the political discourse around crypto getting more sophisticated? 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW …

BREAKDOWN: Why Yesterday Was One of the Most Illuminating Days in Bitcoin’s History

November 11th, 2021

14:52

A perfect confluence of macro events and market structure. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG. 

Yesterday was quite the day. A 6.2% inflation print led to a new bitcoin all-time high. Within hours, however, BTC’s price …

BREAKDOWN: Inflation Nation – US Sees Highest Price Increase in 31 Years

November 10th, 2021

15:35

What it means for markets, the Federal Reserve and bitcoin.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

New statistics show a 6.2% rise in the consumer price index (CPI) year over year for October. On today’s episode, NLW breaks …

BREAKDOWN: Apple CEO Tim Cook Reveals Crypto Holdings as BTC and ETH Hit New All-Time Highs

November 9th, 2021

13:57

What on-chain analysts and the community at large thinks is driving the move.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Last night both BTC and ETH hit new …

BREAKDOWN: What Elon Musk's $21B Tesla Sale Gambit Says About Markets

November 8th, 2021

15:40

The Saturday tweet about the sale drove synthetic crypto-powered Tesla markets down 7%.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” …

SOB: If Facebook Can’t Run a Global Currency, Who Could?

November 7th, 2021

40:19

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

A recent letter addressed to the social media giant from five democratic senators laid it out clearly; There's simply no way Meta (formerly Facebook) will be allowed, much less …

BREAKDOWN: The End of the Super Bubble vs. WAGMI

November 7th, 2021

13:24

A reading of two threads that paint a very different picture of the world.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this week’s ”Long Reads Sunday,” NLW …

BREAKDOWN: What to Do About the Looming Disaster for Crypto in 6050I

November 6th, 2021

12:29

The latest from the Infrastructure bill plus recent SEC statements on enforcement.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “The …

BREAKDOWN: Central Banks Sending Worrisome Signals About the Economy

November 5th, 2021

10:05

What the inversion of the yield curve is telling us.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW gets macro with a discussion of a flattening of the yield curve and what increasingly seems like a failed …

BREAKDOWN: Why Some US Congressmen Are Asking Gensler About a Bitcoin Spot ETF

November 4th, 2021

12:10

The co-chairs of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus are not pleased.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW follows up on the …

BREAKDOWN: New York City Gets Itself a Bitcoin Mayor

November 3rd, 2021

14:35

Mayor-elect Eric Adams is looking to turn one of the world’s great TradFi centers into a hub for crypto as well.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Despite (or perhaps because of) being one of the world’s great …

BREAKDOWN: What You Need to Know About Biden's Stablecoin Report

November 2nd, 2021

19:55

The much anticipated document has finally been released, and here’s what the crypto community is saying about it. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets has finally …

BREAKDOWN: Top 5 Things That Happened in Crypto in October

November 1st, 2021

16:25

Regulation, institutions, ETFs!

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

NLW counts down the top 5 things to happen in crypto over the last month, including …

BREAKDOWN: Where Bitcoin Fits in a Post-Scarcity World

October 31st, 2021

10:34

In a world where everything is unlimited, what remains scarce?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” is a reading of EY …

BREAKDOWN: Inflation or Deflation? Jack Dorsey, Cathie Wood, Elon Musk, Jeff Booth Debate!

October 30th, 2021

10:44

Some economic titans debate one of the most important questions in macro today. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Last weekend, Jack Dorsey set the internet alight when he proclaimed, “Hyperinflation is going to change …

BREAKDOWN: Everything You Need to Know About Facebook’s ‘Meta’ Metaverse Play

October 29th, 2021

18:37

Massive validation of Web 3 builders or a dictatorship in the making?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Facebook announced yesterday it is changing its corporate name to Meta. The name change reflects the company’s …

BREAKDOWN: 14 Takes on Shiba Inu Coin

October 28th, 2021

20:02

Is it a playback of 2017 ICO madness or is there something more significant here? 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

NLW today provides 14 different takes on shiba inu coin (SHIB) that reflect the range of perspectives …

BREAKDOWN: CFTC Acting Chair – ‘Nearly 60%’ of Cryptos Are Commodities

October 27th, 2021

12:25

Another U.S. regulator has entered the arena, trying to be the top crypto cop on the beat.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW …

BREAKDOWN: Has the SEC Won the Battle to Regulate Stablecoins?

October 26th, 2021

17:24

Bloomberg is reporting that a forthcoming U.S. Treasury Department report will give the Securities and Exchange Commission broad powers to regulate …

BREAKDOWN: Why One Crypto Company Is Suing the SEC

October 25th, 2021

14:37

Do Kwon and Terraform Labs are suing the Securities and Exchange Commission for due process violations resulting from a recent subpoena. 

This episode …

SOB: Why Is the IMF Afraid of Cryptoization?

October 24th, 2021

30:41

Speaking of Bitcoin on the CoinDesk Podcast Network is brought to you by CrystalBlockchain.com.

The IMF has outlined yet another set of concerns it …

BREAKDOWN: The US Government Sold a Wu-Tang Album to a DAO for $4M

October 24th, 2021

12:18

If you think DAOs aren’t going to be a thing, listen to this. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW tells the story of PleasrDAO buying a one-of-a-kind hip hop album, and what it means …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Wraps the First Week of the ETF Era

October 23rd, 2021

10:38

A look at ETF performance, fundraising and new mainstream and institutional involvement in the asset class.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this …

BREAKDOWN: Why the Bitcoin and Crypto Communities Are So Skeptical of Worldcoin

October 22nd, 2021

22:07

Here’s why the wildly ambitious project is triggering so many people.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today’s episode is nominally about Worldcoin. The project launched this week with ambitions to airdrop a new …

BREAKDOWN: Paul Tudor Jones – ‘Inflation … [Is] the Single Biggest Threat to Financial Markets and Society in General’

October 21st, 2021

15:29

The well-known hedge funder represents a growing sentiment among the American public.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Last year, Paul Tudor Jones …

BREAKDOWN: LFG! Bitcoin Clears $66K and Hits New All-Time High

October 20th, 2021

12:06

The market reacts to an exciting milestone. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at the market’s …

BREAKDOWN: Massive Trading Volume for ProShares Bitcoin Futures ETF as NYAG Targets Crypto Lenders

October 19th, 2021

18:41

Could the Bitcoin ETF be headed for a record premier? 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW catches up on a variety of topics …

BREAKDOWN: It's Here – Bitcoin Futures ETF to Begin Trading

October 18th, 2021

14:26

The ProShares ETF will land on the NYSE tomorrow under ticker $BITO.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW rounds out the story of the bitcoin futures ETF process that has dominated crypto …

BREAKDOWN: Hester Peirce Reclaims the ‘Wild West’ for the Crypto Industry

October 17th, 2021

21:42

A reading of the SEC commissioner’s recent speech at the Texas Blockchain Summit.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce’s recent speech: “Lawless …

SOB: The Sure Thing, the Force Multiplier, and the Underdoge

October 16th, 2021

15:36

Speaking of Bitcoin on the CoinDesk Podcast Network is brought to you by CrystalBlockchain.com.

Why did a joke cryptocurrency with zero ambition find …

BREAKDOWN: How the Crypto Industry Thinks It Should Be Regulated

October 16th, 2021

17:51

Both Coinbase and a16z released policy frameworks this week.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “The Breakdown Weekly Recap,” NLW …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Is Actually, Finally About to Have an ETF

October 15th, 2021

16:06

We’ll know for sure next week, but all signs point to "go" for a bitcoin futures ETF to begin trading.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW looks at the buzz and excitement around a bitcoin futures …

BREAKDOWN: No, Bank of England, Crypto Is Not the Same as Subprime Mortgage Debt

October 14th, 2021

19:39

Why financial stability discussions should focus on institutions and transparency, not underlying assets. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on …

BREAKDOWN: The US Is Officially the Global Leader in Bitcoin Mining

October 13th, 2021

18:12

The percentage of global hash power that comes from the U.S. is now above 35%.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at how the United States has been perhaps the greatest beneficiary of …

BREAKDOWN: Who Cares What Jamie Dimon Thinks of Bitcoin?

October 12th, 2021

14:22

The JPMorgan head says he thinks BTC is “worthless” even as his company adds new offerings around crypto.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Ah, Jamie Dimon. One of the longest duration skeptics of bitcoin, and one of …

BREAKDOWN: Is Biden Prepping an Executive Order on Crypto?

October 11th, 2021

13:37

According to White House sources, the order would clarify regulatory authority. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW looks at …

BREAKDOWN: Here for the Bitcoin Revolution or Just the Sick Macro Gains?

October 10th, 2021

10:51

A reading of Adam Blumberg’s recent essay for CoinDesk.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads “

SOB: A Brief History of Bitcoin Tipping (and Where Twitter Fits in It)

October 9th, 2021

38:10

This time on Speaking of Bitcoin, join hosts Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine for a look at bitcoin tipping through the ages. From the dogecoin-like fun and fervor of the early days to the …

BREAKDOWN: Supply Chain Says No Christmas Presents or Trees This Year

October 9th, 2021

12:00

Plus a look at how natural gas shortages could wreak havoc with the global economy. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “The …

BREAKDOWN: Second-Largest US Bank Says Crypto Is Too Big to Ignore

October 8th, 2021

14:30

Bank of America released a new research report that says digital assets are still in the first inning.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW covers some of the topics he’s missed throughout the week, …

BREAKDOWN: Something Big Is Brewing With Bitcoin

October 7th, 2021

15:43

From bitcoin futures ETF speculation to macro insecurity, the arguments for autumn being bitcoin season get stronger and stronger. 

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Gensler's SEC Has No Plans to Ban Crypto

October 6th, 2021

18:21

The comments during testimony before Congress follow a similar sentiment from Fed Chair Jerome Powell last week.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

BREAKDOWN: Stablecoins in the Hot Seat as SEC Investigates Circle

October 5th, 2021

16:17

A new report suggests the Biden administration is weighing regulating stablecoin issuers like banks. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s …

BREAKDOWN: What the ‘Pandora Papers’ Mean for Bitcoin

October 4th, 2021

18:52

A new 2.94 terabyte data leak doxes tens of thousands of offshore accounts of prominent individuals including government officials, billionaires and more.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW breaks …

BREAKDOWN: What’s the Real Point of ‘Crypto’ Anyway?

October 3rd, 2021

14:43

“Long Reads Sunday” tackles the hard questions through Twitter threads.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this week’s edition of “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads four Twitter threads:


Alex Gladstein on whether the …

SOB: Voice, Exit and Bitcoin

October 2nd, 2021

33:09

Blockchain technology presents opportunities for dissonant opinions, fractionalization and internal reform unmatched in the fiat world.

Speaking of …

BREAKDOWN: This Overlooked Crypto Tax Provision Would Be a Disaster

October 2nd, 2021

16:26

It’s not the broker provision, but lurks in the same infrastructure bill and could conceivably be worse.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this …

BREAKDOWN: Powell Says No Crypto Ban as ‘Uptober’ Kicks Off

October 1st, 2021

16:00

In comments before the House Financial Services Committee the Fed chair says it’s not his intention to ban crypto.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW discusses the market mood shift as September …

BREAKDOWN: Why This Autumn Could Be Bitcoin Season

September 30th, 2021

21:23

From a more favorable regulatory standing to mining fundamentals and adoption, autumn looks like a good time to bitcoin.

This episode is sponsored by

BREAKDOWN: ​​Is Kraken's Settlement With the CFTC Actually Bullish?

September 29th, 2021

14:06

With CFTC Commissioner Dawn Stump’s corresponding call for her agency to provide more regulatory clarity, many say the enforcement action is actually …

BREAKDOWN: Two Fed Presidents Resign After Embarrassing Trading Revelations

September 28th, 2021

12:46

Plus a Wall Street Journal investigation uncovers hundreds of U.S. judges who ruled on cases involving companies they had investments in.

This episode …

BREAKDOWN: Did China Finally Ban Bitcoin for Real?

September 27th, 2021

15:20

The crypto community weighs in on whether the latest out of the People’s Bank of China is any more significant than previous “bans.”

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at two major …

BREAKDOWN: Is Crypto at a Socio-Regulatory Inflection Point?

September 26th, 2021

19:10

Four Twitter threads that paint an interesting picture of where crypto fits in a larger pattern of societal change. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” returns to the format’s roots with …

SOB: Life on Bitcoin - 2021 Edition

September 25th, 2021

29:06

In the early days of Bitcoin, a few idealistic individuals attempted to live entirely on the bitcoin currency. Nine years and an abundance of …

BREAKDOWN: Weekly Recap – What Happens When S*** Gets Real

September 25th, 2021

14:46

From regulatory intrigue to new types of actors coming into markets, are we at an inflection point? 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Is the Most Illiquid It’s Ever Been – 12 Numbers That Tell the Current Story of Markets

September 24th, 2021

16:22

From growth in Lightning Network capacity to outstanding stablecoin supply, a numerical tour.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

NLW looks at the …

BREAKDOWN: The Dreaded Federal Reserve Taper Is Coming

September 23rd, 2021

13:51

How will markets handle less Fed support for the bond markets and eventual interest rate increases?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW examines the upcoming Federal Reserve winding down, or …

BREAKDOWN: Snoop Is ‘Medici’? The Mainstream Infiltration Continues

September 22nd, 2021

20:33

What Snoop’s reveal says about the state of NFTs and crypto in general.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on the Brief:

  • BlockFi gets another …

BREAKDOWN: Did the SEC Really Serve Subpoenas at Mainnet?

September 21st, 2021

14:31

A look at the latest regulatory action in what seems like a quickly gathering storm. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW …

BREAKDOWN: Why Is September So Bad for Bitcoin?

September 20th, 2021

14:11

A look at the historical trend as well as what’s driving weakness in the crypto and stock markets.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG. 

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at the historic weakness in the bitcoin market in …

BREAKDOWN: Why a CBDC Would Make the Fed’s Job Miserable

September 19th, 2021

11:11

Does the Fed really want to be the morality police for payments?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG. 

A reading of JP Koning’s essay for Coindesk “Are …

BREAKDOWN: Texas and New Jersey Securities Regulators Go After Celsius

September 18th, 2021

11:45

A roundup of regulatory and global macro news from the previous week.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “The Breakdown’s Weekly …

BREAKDOWN: Is China’s Evergrande Crisis a Global Systemic Risk?

September 17th, 2021

17:16

The real estate developer is teetering on the brink of collapse, but what might it bring with it?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today’s show is a …

BREAKDOWN: Laos Does About-Face on Bitcoin to Attract China’s Mining-Ban Refugees

September 16th, 2021

11:59

Plus a look at how China is staying vigilant on keeping mining out.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today’s episode of “The Breakdown” looks at a …

BREAKDOWN: Free Markets vs. Investor Protections – The Latest from Warren and Gensler on Crypto

September 15th, 2021

20:44

Gensler testified before the Senate yesterday. This is what we learned. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on "The Breakdown," NLW examines SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s testimony yesterday in front of the Senate …

BREAKDOWN: What Billions in Crypto Fund Raises Tells Us About the State of Markets

September 14th, 2021

15:14

Steve Cohen, Jump Trading, Bain Capital among those increasing their exposure to crypto. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at an array of recent fund announcements, …

BREAKDOWN: Of Course Walmart Isn't Accepting Litecoin

September 13th, 2021

14:28

A fake press release fools far too many. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

At 9:30 a.m. ET, a press release from “Walmart Inc” dropped today …

BREAKDOWN: The Timeline for Central Bank Digital Currencies Is Accelerating

September 12th, 2021

9:27

A reading of a recent speech from the Bank for International Settlements. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

A reading of a recent speech by Benoit Cœuré, the head of the BIS Innovation Hub, on “Central bank digital …

SOB: On National Adoption of Bitcoin

September 11th, 2021

37:57

El Salvador’s decision to make bitcoin legal tender shocked the world. Earlier this week the rapidly-developed and adopted bitcoin law went live, kicking off what seems primed to be an era of accelerated change unlike …

BREAKDOWN: Dan Tapiero – Crypto Is the First Truly Global Macro Investment Opportunity of All Time

September 11th, 2021

46:14

The founder of 10T talks regulation, his fund’s recent $750 million raise and more.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Dan Tapiero, founder of 10T, …

BREAKDOWN: Why Former US Regulators Are Moving Into Crypto

September 10th, 2021

14:51

The pattern continues as former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Brian Quintenz joins Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).

This episode …

BREAKDOWN: Ukraine Legalizes Bitcoin

September 9th, 2021

17:33

Plus a look at the latest out of El Salvador as well as Panama’s new crypto legislation.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

El Salvador made history on Tuesday, Sept. 7, when it became the first nation to make bitcoin …

BREAKDOWN: The SEC Threatens to Sue Coinbase but Coinbase Is Fighting Back

September 8th, 2021

22:58

According to the company, the SEC has threatened to sue over the not-yet-launched Coinbase Lend product.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW briefly covers yesterday’s bitcoin price crash and …

BREAKDOWN: It’s Bitcoin Day in El Salvador

September 7th, 2021

16:38

NLW looks at the controversy and potential surrounding the implementation of El Salvador’s new bitcoin law.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

El Salvador’s bitcoin legal-tender law goes into effect today. NLW looks at …

BREAKDOWN: “Bitcoin at $1,000,000 is a Global Government”

September 6th, 2021

1:13:51

One of the world’s most interesting thinker joins NLW for a wide-ranging discussion

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This interview originally aired December 19th, 2020. 

Balaji Srinivasan is an angel investor and …

BREAKDOWN: WTF Is A “Metaverse?”

September 5th, 2021

31:13

A reading of David Hoffman’s latest essay for Bankless

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this week’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads David Hoffman’s recent essay in Bankless “The Metaverse Emerges”

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NYDIG, the …

SOB: Is Axie Infinity's Play-to-Earn Economic Empowerment or Exploitation?

September 4th, 2021

43:32

Has decentralized gaming just created virtual menial labor?

Join hosts Adam B. Levine, Jonathan Mohan and Andreas M. Antonopoulos as they dive into …

BREAKDOWN: Dungeons and Degens - Why Everyone Is Talking About Loot

September 4th, 2021

10:23

Is it the insane growth in prices, the wild community world building, or both?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of the Weekly Recap, NLW looks at Loot (for Adventurers), the newest NFT sensation. Unlike …

BREAKDOWN: The Official Bitcoin and Crypto Fall Preview

September 3rd, 2021

16:46

A look at what we can expect around regulations, bitcoin adoption, NFTs, stablecoins and more

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this special …

BREAKDOWN: A $1.5T Asset Manager Is Getting Into Bitcoin

September 2nd, 2021

12:12

As bitcoin hits $50,000 again, more news of institutional adoption and mainstreaming. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on the Brief:

  • Binance …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Payments Coming to Twitter?

September 1st, 2021

15:31

A look at the historical context of Bitcoin in Silicon Valley and why today’s news matters.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW takes a historical look at Silicon Valley’s relationship with …

BREAKDOWN: DAOs, NFTs and Crypto Derivatives Win Attention as Billionaire Paulson Calls Crypto ‘Worthless’

August 31st, 2021

12:29

Today’s news reflects the full breadth of everything happening in the crypto industry.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s episode, NLW …

BREAKDOWN: Jack Dorsey Is Building a Decentralized Exchange for Bitcoin

August 30th, 2021

13:20

Can Square make DeFi on Bitcoin a thing?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on the Brief:

  • NFTs have a monster month
  • Centre's global network of …

BREAKDOWN: The Weaponization of the Banking System

August 29th, 2021

11:29

A reading from Nic Carter shows how payments became a tool of policy.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of Long Reads Sunday, NLW …

BREAKDOWN: The Race for Stablecoin Transparency

August 28th, 2021

13:52

Tether, Circle and Paxos all position for a new regulated stablecoin era.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this week’s Weekly Recap, NLW breaks …

BREAKDOWN: What Jerome Powell Said at Jackson Hole

August 27th, 2021

11:23

The Fed couldn’t be clearer about continued long term dovish monetary policy. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

The Kansas City Fed’s annual Jackson …

BREAKDOWN: The World Economy's 'Transitory' Supply Chain Issues Don't Seem so Transitory After All

August 26th, 2021

15:14

An exploration of the history of global supply chains provides insight into just how fast – or slow – the return to normal may be.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Why Crypto Is Skeptical of Treasury's Assurances That We Should Trust It on Infrastructure Bill

August 25th, 2021

13:31

The U.S. Treasury claims it will not target non-brokers, though the language of the bill differs with that claim.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

BREAKDOWN: Citi to Trade Bitcoin Futures?

August 24th, 2021

10:57

Citigroup is the latest in a stream of institutional adoption into everything from NFTs to BTC.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this episode of …

BREAKDOWN: Visa Buys a Punk as Bitcoin Returns to $50K

August 23rd, 2021

13:39

Is it a marketing stunt or the beginning of a wave of institutional interest in NFTs?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Late Sunday evening, bitcoin pushed above $50,000 for the first time in three months. Overall BTC …

BREAKDOWN: Why Time Is the Ultimate Scarce Asset

August 22nd, 2021

15:32

A reading of two recent threads from crypto VCs on creator coins, NFTs and more.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This week, “Long Reads Sunday” returns to its Twitter roots with a reading of two threads from crypto …

SOB: Ethereum, Bitcoin; Hard Fork, Soft Fork: How Decentralized Change Is Made

August 21st, 2021

33:12

Ethereum’s London hard fork, also known as EIP 1559, took place on Aug. 5. The backwards-incompatible upgrade reignited community debate over hard …

BREAKDOWN: Why Is the Fed so Scared of Stablecoins?

August 21st, 2021

9:09

Last month’s FOMC meeting minutes show crypto and stablecoins came up for the first time ever as an official topic at a key Federal Reserve meeting. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “The Breakdown’s …

BREAKDOWN: What's Really Going on With OnlyFans and Payment Censorship

August 20th, 2021

17:32

The company is eliminating sexually explicit content after pressure from payment processors. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

The tyranny of payment processors as moral barometers strikes again. On Thursday, Axios …

BREAKDOWN: DeFi Grows in Institutional and Regulatory Importance

August 19th, 2021

13:12

SEC Chair Gary Gensler focused on DeFi in a recent interview.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

First, on the Brief:

  • Banks and bitcoin 
  • Coinbase’s cash …

BREAKDOWN: Is Twitter Getting Serious About Decentralized Social Media?

August 18th, 2021

14:14

Big Corporate is taking steps to implement decentralized technologies.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this episode of “The Breakdown:”

  • Corporate …

BREAKDOWN: Innovation vs. ‘The Big Short’ – Cathie Wood and Michael Burry's Battle Frames the Potential Futures of Markets

August 17th, 2021

15:05

The investors’ opposing beliefs will soon be proven right or wrong as markets respond to inflation.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Investors Cathie Wood and Michael Burry are predicting opposing outcomes for the …

BREAKDOWN: WTF Happened in 1971? (And in Afghanistan?)

August 16th, 2021

15:34

Big-picture power shifts from the past, present and future shape the financial world.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this episode of “The Breakdown,” host NLW takes a step back from the nitty-gritty of markets and …

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin Matters in Nigeria and Iraq

August 15th, 2021

13:36

A reading of two essays from crypto voices around the world.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads:

SOB: The Expert Incentive, or ‘God Save the King of Kong'

August 14th, 2021

12:37

On today's episode of Speaking of Bitcoin, correspondent George Frankly explores the expertise paradox through the lens of two very different historical figures.


TRANSCRIPT

Hello there- I'm George Frankly and I'm going to …

BREAKDOWN: Is the US Government at War With Itself Over Crypto Regulatory Authority?

August 14th, 2021

13:07

Between the CFTC, the SEC, the Treasury Department and Elizabeth Warren, there are a lot of cooks in the U.S. regulatory kitchen.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: These North American Bitcoin Firms Mined 59% More Bitcoin in July

August 13th, 2021

11:30

Growth in North American mining is just one of the things driving a return of a bullish mood across the industry.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

BREAKDOWN: Turning Point – The Crypto Industry's Battle Against the Infrastructure Bill, Feat. Jake Chervinsky

August 12th, 2021

1:08:06

Blockchain Association member and crypto lawyer Jake Chervinsky gives the insider view of a monumental moment in crypto history.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Jake Chervinsky is the general counsel for Compound Labs …

BREAKDOWN: The Bull Market Is Back on the Menu! (Did It Ever Leave?)

August 11th, 2021

13:37

While the explanations may vary from NFT excitement to regulatory FUD diminishing, crypto markets agree that good times are here again.

This episode …

BREAKDOWN: Compromise Provision Tanked by Near-Retiree, but Crypto Shows DC It's Here to Stay

August 10th, 2021

14:14

Crypto is entering a new era of relevance in mainstream political discourse.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

The compromise amendment to the crypto …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Rallies Defiantly as Senate Infrastructure Battle Hits a Snag

August 9th, 2021

15:57

Crypto proves to be a formidable opponent as debate in the Senate continues.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Contention over the crypto provision in the infrastructure bill continues. Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW …

BREAKDOWN: What Happens if the Dollar Loses Reserve Currency Status?

August 8th, 2021

14:57

A 101-level look at what it means to be the global reserve currency and what it would mean for the U.S. dollar to lose that standing.

This episode is …

SOB: Stoner Cats Chaos and The Mainstreaming of NFTs

August 7th, 2021

27:40

NFTs are emerging as the path from insular crypto community to a breakthrough in mainstream culture. Blockchain technology and pop culture collide to …

BREAKDOWN: 'Crypto IS Macro Now' – Raoul Pal on Bitcoin, DeFi and the Transformation of Power

August 7th, 2021

48:02

Real Vision CEO Raoul Pal joins NLW for a discussion of a financial environment defined by change.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On today’s …

BREAKDOWN: White House Unveiled as Puppet Master as New Amendment Threatens Crypto Industry

August 6th, 2021

17:44

The administration’s public support of a restrictive amendment calls into question the original motives of the crypto provision.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

The infrastructure bill-related surprise in the U.S. …

BREAKDOWN: With EIP 1559, Has ETH Become Ultra-Sound Money?

August 5th, 2021

17:28

Beyond just the meme, what consequences will the London hard fork have to investor perception of the Ethereum network?

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: What’s Really Behind SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s Crypto Speech

August 4th, 2021

17:07

Crypto Twitter cannot decide the impact of Gensler’s comments, while others still push to focus on the infrastructure bill.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s speech at the Aspen Security …

BREAKDOWN: The Senate Meets the Cyber-Hornets – The Nascent Crypto Lobby Is Actually Effective

August 3rd, 2021

15:21

Policymakers are forced to listen as backlash to the infrastructure bill continues.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

The infrastructure bill’s …

BREAKDOWN: A Partial Victory in the Infrastructure Bill Battle

August 2nd, 2021

16:44

Crypto allies rally to soften the more problematic parts of the bill.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

First, the Brief:

  • Bank of America’s research …

BREAKDOWN: Gaming as a Tool of Economic Empowerment

August 1st, 2021

11:04

A new essay argues player-driven digital economies create new economic opportunities.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

The broader crypto sector …

SOB: Digging Into El Salvador's Bitcoin Bill

July 31st, 2021

49:32

El Salvador’s decision to make bitcoin legal tender shocked the world. Soon, the dust will settle and catchy headlines will become real, lived experiences for Salvadorans.

Join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. …

BREAKDOWN: Crypto Allies Rally and Race to Fix the Infrastructure Bill

July 31st, 2021

14:47

With the infrastructure bill moving closer to passage, can crypto companies and their allies in government roll back the most dangerous provisions?

BREAKDOWN: BlockFi’s Lead Investor Bows Out Amid Regulatory Uncertainty

July 30th, 2021

12:23

Investors are becoming wary as Vermont becomes the fourth state to scrutinize BlockFi.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on the Brief:

BREAKDOWN: The Senate Shoves a Dangerous, Last-Minute $28B Crypto Provision Into the Infrastructure Bill

July 29th, 2021

12:02

The bipartisan bill contains potential impacts to crypto intermediaries.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

First, on the Brief:

  • U.S. growth last …

BREAKDOWN: How Decentralized Is DeFi?

July 28th, 2021

14:34

Uniswap’s removal of a set of assets from its interface has the community asking just how decentralized is the platform.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW addresses the recent …

BREAKDOWN: US Senate Banking Committee Asks ‘What Are Cryptocurrencies Good For?’

July 27th, 2021

14:35

Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren paint bitcoin’s populism as phony marketing.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on the Brief:

BREAKDOWN: Are Amazon Rumors Behind Bitcoin’s Biggest Surge in Months?

July 26th, 2021

13:21

This weekend’s upward market movements could have come from a variety of driving forces.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Crypto’s green weekend was …

BREAKDOWN: Using History as a Weapon - The Latest Political Attack on Stablecoins

July 25th, 2021

12:48

The U.S. faces a choice between integrating proven stablecoins or outlawing them in favor of a monopolized CBDC.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On …

SOB: Emergent Complexity and Building Systems We Don’t Understand

July 24th, 2021

38:17

If you landed in medieval times, could you build a phone? Or something even simpler, a pencil?

Join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, …

BREAKDOWN: Is U.S. Crypto Regulatory Bluster About to Become Action?

July 24th, 2021

9:43

If regulation is unavoidable, now may be a better time to deal with it than later.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of the “Weekly …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin’s Big Institutional Week - JPMorgan Brings Crypto to All Wealth Management Clients & More

July 23rd, 2021

11:55

A stream of institutional news revives the previously stagnant narrative.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This week, institutional involvement was …

BREAKDOWN: Everything You Need to Know About Elon, Jack and Cathie’s Bitcoin Chat

July 22nd, 2021

18:46

Three crypto personalities provide varying perspectives on bitcoin and the future of the space.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this episode of “The Breakdown,” host NLW dissects a highly-anticipated discussion …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Reclaims $30K as the Macro Discussion Shifts From Inflation to COVID-19 to Growth

July 21st, 2021

12:47

Bitcoin’s rebound following a gloomy week may be an expression of a shifting macro narrative.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Bitcoin is up just …

BREAKDOWN: So THIS Is ‘And Then They Fight You’

July 20th, 2021

16:23

Crypto finds itself in an inevitable set of regulatory battles.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, …

BREAKDOWN: Will DAOs Transform Power in Venture Capital Fundraising?

July 19th, 2021

17:01

VCs may lose their position as gatekeepers to startup success.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

In addition to the deep dive into distributed autonomous organizations, or DAOs, and their future in venture capital, …

BREAKDOWN: Why Governments Should Invest in Bitcoin Infrastructure

July 18th, 2021

13:29

An argument that the Bitcoin network is a public good and governments should invest in public goods.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This week’s …

SOB: How and Why Governments Lie About Inflation

July 17th, 2021

56:53

An in-depth, historical look at how and why government statistics have changed over time.

Starting this week the Speaking of Bitcoin show joins the CoinDesk Podcast Network

This time on Speaking of Bitcoin, the hosts are …

BREAKDOWN: Paraguay's Leaked Crypto Law – A Depressing Dud or Too Early to Tell?

July 17th, 2021

10:23

Those expecting another El Salvador are sure to be disappointed. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of the “Weekly Recap,” NLW covers:

BREAKDOWN: Square Sets Out to Bring DeFi to Bitcoin

July 16th, 2021

13:52

A new initiative from Jack Dorsey will be a full business unit inside the company.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on the Brief:

  • The mixed …

BREAKDOWN: BlackRock CEO Seeing No Demand for Crypto

July 15th, 2021

14:29

Cryptocurrencies were once a hedge play that could no longer be ignored, but now Larry Fink sees “very little investor demand” for crypto.

This …

BREAKDOWN: Federal Reserve Vice Chair – ‘We Do Not Need to Fear Stablecoins’

July 14th, 2021

19:34

While the European Central Bank accelerates its digital euro project, one Fed official throws cold water on U.S. CBDC plans.

This episode is sponsored …

BREAKDOWN: While Others Warn of Market Bubble, Bitcoin Bull Bill Miller Doesn't Think So

July 13th, 2021

17:19

One early bitcoin investor with a traditional background is less concerned about any upcoming bubble.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Leads to Hyperinflation? Meet the Strangest FUD Yet

July 12th, 2021

12:36

 Some argue bitcoin wealth is exhausting the world’s productive potential.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

In this episode, NLW focuses on:

BREAKDOWN: The Progressive Case for Bitcoin

July 11th, 2021

12:41

A reading of an excerpt of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent letter to SEC Chair Gary Gensler and a responding essay.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads an excerpt from …

BREAKDOWN: Can a New Wave of Crypto IPOs Rekindle Wall Street Excitement?

July 10th, 2021

14:02

Circle and Robinhood are both coming to public markets, but will they re-excite those markets when it comes to crypto?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “The Breakdown’s Weekly Recap,” NLW looks at …

BREAKDOWN: As Biden Targets Big Tech, a Reminder That Decentralized Technologies Are Anti-Monopolist

July 9th, 2021

18:32

President Biden’s decisive action to promote competition in the U.S. reflects a decreasing public approval of Big Tech.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW analyzes President Joe …

BREAKDOWN: Are GBTC Unwinds Bullish or Bearish for Bitcoin?

July 8th, 2021

22:09

With so many strong opinions about the mechanisms behind GBTC and BTC plays, the answer is elusive.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

NLW explores …

BREAKDOWN: De-Globalization vs. De-Nationification: Which Trend Wins?

July 7th, 2021

13:15

The context for news about states fighting crypto is a larger set of historical and geopolitical forces.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on …

BREAKDOWN: Will Bitcoin or Russia Be Blamed for the Latest Ransomware Attacks?

July 6th, 2021

11:51

REvil, the ransomware group behind the Colonial Pipeline attack, strikes again.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this extended-brief style …

BREAKDOWN: The State of Institutional Adoption of DeFi, Feat. Circle’s Jeremy Allaire

July 5th, 2021

43:55

A conversation with the Circle CEO about the prospects for traditional finance to move into DeFi.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

This conversation was originally released as a sponsored content webinar from Circle …

BREAKDOWN: Declaring Independence and Freedom From Bitcoin FUD

July 4th, 2021

11:28

A reading of Jeff Dorman’s recent FUD-busting newsletter.

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this holiday edition of “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads …

BREAKDOWN: Are We on the Verge of a New Regulatory Era in Crypto?

July 3rd, 2021

8:48

Recapping this week’s congressional hearing and more on “The Weekly Recap.”

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this edition of “The Breakdown’s …

BREAKDOWN: Network to Undergo Biggest Difficulty Adjustment Ever; BMC Says 67.6% of North American Bitcoin Mining Is Sustainable

July 2nd, 2021

11:09

But how much do people trust the Council’s methodology? 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at the latest in the …

BREAKDOWN: George Soros and Steve Cohen Go In on Bitcoin; Here’s Why That Might Not Be a Good Thing

July 1st, 2021

12:31

A fresh wave of institutional investors poses new risks to crypto. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

In this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW discusses a fresh wave of investors and their potential disruptions to …

BREAKDOWN: A "Crypto Frenzy"? Today's Congressional Hearing Puts Bitcoin and DeFi in the Hot Seat

June 30th, 2021

19:46

U.S. hearing on crypto indicates policymakers’ increasing intention to regulate the crypto market.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

An interview …

BREAKDOWN: How the Macro Landscape Is Shaping Bitcoin Markets

June 29th, 2021

10:51

A rapidly changing landscape is leading to insecurity on a broad scale.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Highlights from today’s Breakdown:

  • The …

BREAKDOWN: The Real Story of the UK Binance Ban

June 28th, 2021

12:02

What recent intrigue around Binance tells us about the state of global regulation.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Circle.

Today on the Brief

BREAKDOWN: The Great Western Hashrate Migration Is Real

June 27th, 2021

10:50

A recent essay dives into China’s motivations for its recent bitcoin mining ban.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Circle.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads Nic Carter’s latest essay for CoinDesk “Go …

BREAKDOWN: Even in an Off Week, Bitcoin Had Quietly Massive Institutional Adoption News

June 26th, 2021

7:54

18 million more Americans will soon be able to buy, sell and hold bitcoin directly from their bank accounts. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and 

BREAKDOWN: Elon S**tposting While El Salvador's President Addressed the Nation About Bitcoin Is Peak 2021

June 25th, 2021

11:17

President Nayib Bukele launches what some are calling the most important airdrop in history. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Circle.

Last night was one for the history books. As Elon Musk was making weird, …

BREAKDOWN: John McAfee and the End of Crypto’s Gonzo Era

June 24th, 2021

15:22

An unignorable icon’s passing marks the end of an important early age in crypto.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Circle.

The passing of an icon in crypto necessitates reflection. John McAfee was at times reviled, …

BREAKDOWN: Bear Market? Not According to These Monster Financing Rounds

June 23rd, 2021

14:18

$100 million for NFTs from Fox. $230 million for a new DeFi funding DAO. $380 million for Ledger. If this is a bear market, it’s going to be well funded. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Circle.

Today on "The …

BREAKDOWN: Lyn Alden on Bitcoin, Inflation and the Potential Coming Energy Shock

June 22nd, 2021

55:47

One of the top minds in macro explores the key debates shaping the economic landscape.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Circle.

Lyn Alden, investment researcher and strategist with a keen eye on both crypto and …

BREAKDOWN: The De-Chinafication of Bitcoin

June 21st, 2021

13:57

People’s Bank of China pushes banks to cut ties to virtual currency traders in latest crypto crackdown.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW takes a brief look at the most recent …

BREAKDOWN: Does a Law From the Civil War Make Stablecoins Illegal?

June 20th, 2021

12:50

A reading from a financial history expert.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

On this week’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads “How the …

BREAKDOWN: What Are the Prospects for a Bitcoin Standard in Africa?

June 19th, 2021

13:26

Plus more bitcoin institutional news and a FUD recap on this edition of the "Weekly Recap."

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

This …

BREAKDOWN: The Shorter Cycle Theory With Larry Cermak

June 18th, 2021

35:11

"It's either shorter-term bear markets, or it's just going to zero. And I really don't believe it's going to go to zero."

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: From a $1T Asset to a $100T Network – Everything We Learned About the Bitcoin Mining Council From Michael Saylor's Twitter Spaces

June 17th, 2021

17:11

With more than 7,000 listeners, Michael Saylor and many North American miners added color to the initiative. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and 

BREAKDOWN: Will the Fed Shift Policy Due to Increasing Inflation?

June 16th, 2021

14:47

More sense of the changes coming ahead of today’s FOMC briefing. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

On today’s episode, NLW looks at the Federal Open Markets Committee briefing coming up this afternoon …

BREAKDOWN: Will a US Digital Dollar Protect Privacy?

June 15th, 2021

18:27

A digital dollar hearing today in Congress could provide insight into the future of USD.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

The …

BREAKDOWN: 'Bat-S**t Crazy’ Paul Tudor Jones on the Fed, Inflation and Why He Recommends 5% in Bitcoin

June 14th, 2021

12:08

The originator of the “Great Monetary Inflation” thesis that helped jumpstart this bull run weighs in on bitcoin and macro.

This episode is sponsored …

BREAKDOWN: Is Bitcoin a Trojan Horse for Freedom?

June 13th, 2021

16:56

A reading of Alex Gladstein’s recent essay.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” presents a reading of Human Rights …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Is Economic Empowerment

June 12th, 2021

17:15

Driven by El Salvador, a new narrative for global bitcoin adoption is emerging.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this edition of “The …

BREAKDOWN: An Interview With Bitcoin Beach, the Community That Inspired El Salvador to Adopt the Bitcoin Standard

June 11th, 2021

43:58

Featuring Bitcoin Beach’s Mike Peterson. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On today’s episode, NLW is joined by Mike Peterson, director of Bitcoin Beach. Bitcoin Beach is a community project in El Salvador that has …

BREAKDOWN: The Empire Strikes Back – Inflation Hits 5% While Elizabeth Warren Goes After Bitcoin

June 10th, 2021

13:41

China shuts down mining and starts censoring crypto exchange terms while U.S. senators and CFTC commissioners attack crypto.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

In a week so filled with the optimism coming out of El …

BREAKDOWN: El Salvador Officially Made Bitcoin Legal Tender as President Bukele Casually Chatted on Twitter Spaces

June 9th, 2021

19:02

Recapping a historic evening. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Last night, El Salvador voted to pass the bill making Bitcoin legal tender. As representatives debated the bill, the President of El Salvador Nayib …

BREAKDOWN: Biden’s Top Antitrust Adviser Is a Bitcoin Millionaire

June 8th, 2021

11:41

Why being anti-Big Tech monopoly and pro-bitcoin are clearly compatible ideologies. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On today’s episode, NLW …

BREAKDOWN: El Salvador Poised to Become the First Bitcoin Country: Just How Big a Deal Is This?

June 7th, 2021

25:25

A discussion of the implication of El Salvador’s announcement for Salvadorans, bitcoin and the world at large. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On Saturday, the Bitcoin 2021 organizers teased that one of the biggest …

BREAKDOWN: What a New Era of Big Government Could Mean for Bitcoin

June 6th, 2021

12:23

Does the Biden budget signal a new era of deeper government involvement in American’s lives? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

A reading of David …

BREAKDOWN: Is the Bitcoin Bull Market Over?

June 5th, 2021

9:18

After the third-worst month in bitcoin price history, it’s worth asking.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on “The Breakdown’s Weekly Recap” NLW looks at a growing number of predictions of a new “crypto winter” …

BREAKDOWN: Who Matters More to Bitcoin – Whales or Plebs?

June 4th, 2021

14:25

Who is buying? Who is selling? And who is driving the future of the space? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on the Brief:

  • May’s middling …

BREAKDOWN: Chinese State Media Indicates China Is NOT Banning Crypto Trading

June 3rd, 2021

10:28

A series of new reports from state-owned media aren’t kind to crypto trading, but they reinforce that it is still allowed.

This episode is sponsored …

BREAKDOWN: Ransomware Is the Next Big Bitcoin FUD

June 2nd, 2021

14:22

With a rise in ransomware attacks, many are jumping to blame bitcoin and crypto. Are they right?

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on the …

BREAKDOWN: More Crypto Regulation Is Likely Coming, but Bans Are Not

June 1st, 2021

14:47

An exploration of the shifting tones of U.S. regulators around crypto.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today’s episode includes a quick update on …

BREAKDOWN: Revisiting Paul Tudor Jones’ ‘Great Monetary Inflation’ Thesis

May 31st, 2021

27:11

A replay of NLW’s original episode on the topic from May 2020.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

A year ago this month, legendary hedge fund …

HARD PROBLEMS: Ransomware, Sandboxes and Security

May 30th, 2021

1:07:29

American Hacker Jeffrey "Sneak" Paul joins Bram for a deep-dive into the hard problems behind the growing rash of ransomware attacks, what it means …

BREAKDOWN: Networks vs. Governments – Could Crypto-Powered Digital Communities Challenge the Power of Cities and States?

May 30th, 2021

16:17

A reading of Balaji Srinivasan’s essay “The Network Union.”

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

What exists between a Facebook group and a formal organization? Right now, not much. But in the future, Balaji …

BREAKDOWN: Is the ‘Bitcoin Supercycle’ Theory Dead?

May 29th, 2021

11:31

Given the past few weeks’ price actions, has the popular theory been disproven? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

On this edition of …

BREAKDOWN: Cathie Wood on Where Bitcoin Fits in a World With Deflation Rather than Inflation

May 28th, 2021

36:16

A discussion with the ARK founder on bitcoin, ESG and, of course, Elon Musk. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

Today’s special edition of “The Breakdown'' is a replay of NLW’s fireside chat with ARK’s …

BREAKDOWN: ‘Crypto Is Here to Stay’ – Activist Investor Carl Icahn Eyes a Crypto Position in the Billions

May 27th, 2021

15:12

A look at the macro discussion on inflation and why it’s pushing people like Icahn to crypto.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

Today …

BREAKDOWN: What's Really Behind China's Bitcoin Mining Ban?

May 26th, 2021

13:42

An update on the Bitcoin Mining Council and the China Mining Ban.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

Today on The Breakdown, NLW covers:

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Mining Council – A "Green" Advance for BTC or a Trojan Horse for Centralization?

May 25th, 2021

20:23

The community had extremely mixed reactions to Michael Saylor and Elon Musk’s new initiative. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

Yesterday, Michael Saylor and Elon Musk surprised the Bitcoin community …

BREAKDOWN: Hedge Fund Billionaire Ray Dalio Has Officially Bought Bitcoin

May 24th, 2021

16:00

A big shift from one of finance’s biggest names, plus a recap on the latest China-Bitcoin intrigue.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

Today’s episode of “The Breakdown” is split into two parts. In part …

BREAKDOWN: The Unexplored Risks of a US Digital Dollar

May 23rd, 2021

16:06

A reading of two recent essays on central bank digital currencies.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

For this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads:

BREAKDOWN: Why the Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein Says Governments Can't Stop Crypto

May 22nd, 2021

11:40

One of Capitol Hill’s most connected insiders says crypto is here to stay.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this week’s “Breakdown Weekly …

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoiners Are Rooting for This Latest China Mining Ban to Finally, Actually Be Real

May 21st, 2021

10:47

Could new pressure from the CCP remove coal-powered hash power from the bitcoin mix? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

This week has been China …

BREAKDOWN: The Real Story of the Crypto Crash Has Very Little to Do With Elon or China

May 20th, 2021

14:21

It wasn’t narrative but market structure that drove yesterday’s big move down. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

In this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at the market structure dimension of the crypto crash, …

BREAKDOWN: The Bloodbath-ening – Is This the End of the Crypto Bull Market?

May 19th, 2021

15:05

In a sea of red, investors ask whether this is just a bull market pullback or represents a more fundamental bearish turn.

This episode is sponsored by 

OPINIONATED: QuadrigaCX – An Exit Scam or Just a Crypto Tragedy

May 19th, 2021

38:17

This week, “Opinionated” co-hosts Ben Schiller, Anna Baydakova and Danny Nelson are talking to Aaron Lammer, author of a podcast series about the now-defunct Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX.

This episode is sponsored …

BREAKDOWN: No, China Didn’t Just Ban Crypto

May 18th, 2021

10:27

Despite inflammatory headlines, today’s note from the People’s Bank of China was a reaffirmation of central bank policy from 2017.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Is the ‘No Heroes’ Asset

May 17th, 2021

18:14

Bitcoin Twitter’s latest skirmish with Elon Musk has as much to say about the nature of power in a social media landscape as it does about bitcoin.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

If you thought last week’s Elon …

HARD PROBLEMS: Inside Bram Cohen's Proof-of-Work Reinvention

May 16th, 2021

55:02

Bitcoin's 'Nakamoto Consensus' changed the world. For the first time ever, strangers on the internet were empowered by a system that allowed them to individually and jointly track who owned which internet-native …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Is Much More Than a Speculative Asset

May 16th, 2021

31:15

Stories from Nigeria, Sudan and Ethiopia show how bitcoin is being used in the real world.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” is a reading of Alex Gladstein’s latest piece, “

BREAKDOWN: Vitalik vs. Dog Money – Recapping a Crazy Week in Crypto History

May 15th, 2021

12:35

From Elon’s shenanigans to Vitalik’s SHIB rug pull, this was one for the history books.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

On this …

BREAKDOWN: Why the DOJ, IRS Investigation Into Binance Could Be Good for Bitcoin

May 14th, 2021

14:31

In almost any scenario, the industry faces one less category of FUD on the other side of the investigations.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and 

BREAKDOWN: Et tu, Elon? What’s Really Behind Tesla’s Bitcoin Betrayal

May 13th, 2021

14:34

Tesla has stopped accepting bitcoin due to environmental concerns – or so it says.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.

Crypto Twitter exploded last night when Elon Musk announced Tesla was backtracking and …

BREAKDOWN: 46M Americans Now Own Bitcoin as Inflation Rises to Highest Level in 13 Years

May 12th, 2021

11:50

Do rising inflation and rising levels of bitcoin ownership have anything to do with one another?

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioand Bitstamp.

BREAKDOWN: Crypto to Replace Dollar as World’s Reserve Currency? Investing Legend Stanley Druckenmiller Thinks So

May 11th, 2021

12:49

The argument that the dollar is losing prestige worldwide got a major boost from a legendary investor. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and 

BREAKDOWN: If Prices Keep Going Up, We Might Have to Start Calling It Inflation

May 10th, 2021

14:09

Every day sees new reports of prices going up – from commodities to plastic to fruit. Are we ready to use the “I” word? 

This episode is sponsored by

BREAKDOWN: CBDCs Aren't About Money, They're About Power

May 9th, 2021

13:35

A China-focused discussion on this week’s “Long Reads Sunday.”

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioNEAR.org and Genesis Trading.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads Sune Sorenson’s “China Is Opting Out of …

BREAKDOWN: 'My 401(k) is now my 401(k9)' – What Happens to Doge After Elon Hosts ‘SNL’?

May 8th, 2021

13:29

While everyone was paying attention to Dog Money, bitcoin was quietly accumulating institutional news.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioNEAR.org

BREAKDOWN: The Balkanization of Bitcoin – The Next Attack on BTC Is About Mining Provenance

May 7th, 2021

18:30

From Iran miner control to “OFAC compliant blocks,” a new attack vector has emerged.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioNEAR.org and Genesis Trading

BREAKDOWN: Are Banks Getting Nervous About Competition From DeFi?

May 6th, 2021

17:03

A new research paper from ING suggests that, at the very least, they’re paying more attention.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioNEAR.org and 

BREAKDOWN: NYDIG CEO Explains How Latest Partnership Could Bring Bitcoin to 300M US Bank Accounts

May 5th, 2021

29:25

The latest in NYDIG’s year of institutional partnerships has perhaps the broadest potential for financial inclusion in Bitcoin yet.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io, NEAR.org and Genesis Trading.

NLW is joined today …

BREAKDOWN: Is Dogecoin at $0.58 a Triumph or an FU to the Crypto Industry?

May 4th, 2021

14:22

As doge soars 45% in a day, the question of how to interpret its success is more pertinent than ever.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io, NEAR.org

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin Is Making Some Legendary Investors Emotional

May 3rd, 2021

14:07

From Charlie Munger’s “civilization” comments to the Taproot activation, everything you need to know to start your week.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io, NEAR.org and Genesis Trading.

Today on The Breakdown, NLW …

BREAKDOWN: Wall Street’s Bitcoin Isn’t Your Bitcoin

May 2nd, 2021

24:10

A reading of Ben Hunt’s latest essay “In Praise of Bitcoin.”

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and NEAR.org.

Ben Hunt is the author of the wildly …

BREAKDOWN: Welcome Back, Flippening Narrative

May 1st, 2021

10:29

After a good performance from ETH this week, partisans are calling for a flippening yet again.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and NEAR.org.

On …

BREAKDOWN: Crypto's War of the Roses – The 7 Factions of the 2021 Bull Market

April 30th, 2021

23:51

From BTC to ETH to NFTs to DOGE, it’s a battle for attention out there.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and NEAR.org.

On today’s episode, NLW gives a comprehensive view of the battleground for attention and resources …

BREAKDOWN: What an Increasingly Booming Economy Means for Bitcoin

April 29th, 2021

19:44

What macro role does bitcoin play as GDP and consumer confidence grow?

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and NEAR.org.

For the past year, bitcoin’s …

BREAKDOWN: Visa's CEO on Crypto – "This Is a Space We Are Leaning Into in a Very, Very Big Way"

April 28th, 2021

14:56

Visa’s earnings call makes it clear just how invested the company is in the crypto space. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and NEAR.org.

Today on …

BREAKDOWN: Tesla's Bitcoin Selling Shows How BTC Is More Than Digital Gold

April 27th, 2021

16:20

According to Elon himself, it was all about demonstrating bitcoin’s liquidity. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and NEAR.org.

Yesterday Bitcoin …

BREAKDOWN: JPMorgan's Bitcoin Journey – From 'Worse Than Tulips' to 'Not My Cup of Tea' to New Product

April 26th, 2021

12:43

Sources say JPMorgan’s new actively managed bitcoin product will be available this summer.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and NEAR.org.

Today on …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin and the New Non-Governmental Monetary Reality

April 25th, 2021

10:37

A reading of Nik Bhatia’s latest essay for CoinDesk. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

For this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads Nik Bhatia’s latest piece: “Asset Managers, Owning Bitcoin Is Now Your Fiduciary …

BREAKDOWN: 2017 PTSD and the Dip That Ate Alt Season

April 24th, 2021

10:28

The story of the week was the Tale of Two Dips. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this edition of “The Weekly Recap,” NLW looks at the twin dips that shaped the week. He argues that one upshot is the dips may have …

BREAKDOWN: What Biden's Tax Hike Has to Do With Money Printing and Inflation

April 23rd, 2021

13:48

Some say this amounts to a way to profit off assets inflated by monetary policy.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on the Brief:

  • Coinbase Pro …

BREAKDOWN: This Earth Day, Let's Reclaim the Bitcoin Energy Debate

April 22nd, 2021

12:51

Bitcoin mining isn’t destroying the planet, it’s creating a solution to key problems of renewable energy.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today …

BREAKDOWN: ICO 2.0 – How Will Big Bitcoin-Buying Institutions React to Inevitable Crypto Market Froth?

April 21st, 2021

14:04

A whiff of 2017 is in the air as TikTok investors and pump-and-dump private groups increase. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

The years 2017 and 2018 were some of the frothiest, wildest times in crypto market …

BREAKDOWN: Governments Banning Bitcoin? Not So Fast as Former Regulators Brooks and Giancarlo Join Crypto Companies

April 20th, 2021

16:09

Despite the FUD, the prospects for bitcoin and crypto in a broader regulatory context have never looked brighter. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io

BREAKDOWN: No, Bitcoin's Flash Crash Wasn't Caused by Turkey or Money Laundering or China or Any Other FUD

April 19th, 2021

19:47

Instead, the weekend’s rapid price action had its roots in over-leveraged traders.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

In 20 minutes on Saturday night, bitcoin’s price fell by more than 12%. Crypto Twitter raced to …

BREAKDOWN: A Point-by-Point Rebuttal of the Most Recent Bitcoin Environmental FUD

April 18th, 2021

30:24

A reading of Nic Carter’s latest painstaking response to the New York Times’ recent hit job.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads Nic Carter’s “On Bitcoin, the Gray Lady …

BREAKDOWN: Here Are All the Institutions That Bought Bitcoin While You Weren't Paying Attention

April 17th, 2021

11:47

A look at the news that flew under the radar this week.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this edition of the “Weekly Recap,” NLW looks at three …

BREAKDOWN: Dogecoin - The Emperor of All S**tcoins and the Master of Memes

April 16th, 2021

16:50

After a 9,392% run-up over the last three months, is there something about DOGE beyond the meme?

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Dogecoin is on a tear. And it’s causing many mainstream media outlets to call …

BREAKDOWN: Why the Biden Administration Is Increasingly Concerned With China’s Digital Currency Efforts

April 15th, 2021

14:02

A shifting global balance of power is causing a rethink in the U.S.’ relationship with cryptocurrency. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On today’s “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at an underreported story from earlier …

BREAKDOWN: The Definitive Guide to Coinbase Going Public

April 14th, 2021

22:52

From the company’s history to business model to controversy, it’s everything you need to know.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On the day of Coinbase’s historic direct listing on NASDAQ, NLW answers your most …

BREAKDOWN: The Real Story of Inflation Right Now

April 13th, 2021

15:38

New CPI numbers show growing inflation, but is that the whole story? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

There is perhaps no question more debated …

BREAKDOWN: Coinbase Going Public Is the Bitcoin Bull Market's First Big Test

April 12th, 2021

23:11

This inflection point moment could have major implications for where markets head next

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Coinbase is set to go …

BREAKDOWN: How Bitcoin Can Help Break Cycles of Poverty

April 11th, 2021

11:43

A reading of an essay from University of Wyoming philosophy professor Bradley Rettler.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and this week’s special product launch, Exodus.

This week’s edition of “Long Reads Sunday” …

BREAKDOWN: So, Is This a Bitcoin Supercycle or What?

April 10th, 2021

9:40

Some say “top signal,” others say “Supercycle.” Who is right? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and this week’s special product launch, Exodus.

On this week’s “Weekly Recap,” NLW digs into the theory of the bitcoin …

BREAKDOWN: Liberty Mutual and State Street Are the Latest Institutions to Join the Bitcoin Party

April 9th, 2021

13:01

Institutional participation in Bitcoin shows no signs of slowing down. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and this week’s special product launch, 

BREAKDOWN: Is Bitcoin a Chinese Financial Weapon? Peter Thiel Ignites a Geopolitical Debate

April 8th, 2021

20:48

Recent comments from the PayPal founder, early Facebook investor and renegade libertarian political donor ignite a discussion about the battle around …

BREAKDOWN: 'Rising Bitcoin Adoption Tide' – The Best of Bloomberg's Latest Bullish Bitcoin Report

April 7th, 2021

15:25

A new Bloomberg report argues bitcoin is replacing gold more rapidly than expected.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and this week’s special …

BREAKDOWN: From Dinosaur Altcoins to the Kimchi Premium, 13 Numbers That Tell the Story of Markets Right Now

April 6th, 2021

17:41

A look at the most illuminating statistics and metrics across bitcoin, crypto and global markets.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and this week’s special product launch, Exodus.

On today’s episode, NLW provides a …

BREAKDOWN: How Will the Coinbase IPO Affect Bitcoin's Price?

April 5th, 2021

16:16

Will the seminal event drive new people to the crypto markets or suck liquidity away from crypto assets? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and …

BREAKDOWN: The Future of Bitcoin and Crypto Is in Renegades and Malcontents

April 4th, 2021

8:55

A reading of Brady Dale’s “Don’t Follow the Suits, Follow the Weirdos.”

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW …

BREAKDOWN: For Bitcoin and Crypto, a Week of Mainstreaming Moments

April 3rd, 2021

8:57

From NFTs on “Saturday Night Live” to Goldman Sachs reversing course on bitcoin, it was a week of widening audiences.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: An Interview With Cathie Wood on Bitcoin, Tesla and Innovation Investing

April 2nd, 2021

1:18:41

This episode is a replay of NLW’s conversation with Cathie Wood from October 2020. In it, they discuss:

  • Why she had conviction in Tesla before the …

BREAKDOWN: Corruption, Leverage and Cheap Money – Archegos and the Fastest Loss of Wealth in History

April 1st, 2021

17:32

A TL;DR on how Archegos went from betting $50B or more to having nothing overnight. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

The financial world has been rocked by the Archegos scandal. A family office managing at least $10 …

BREAKDOWN: Have Fun Staying Rich – Goldman to Offer Bitcoin to Wealthy Clients, Completely Reversing Course

March 31st, 2021

13:16

Less than a year after it proclaimed cryptocurrencies are “not an asset class,” Goldman is launching a set of bitcoin and crypto products.

This …

BREAKDOWN: PayPal Opens Crypto Payments for Millions of Merchants

March 30th, 2021

15:13

The old canard that you can’t buy coffee with bitcoin is less true than ever as PayPal rolls out crypto checkout for 29 million merchants.

This …

BREAKDOWN: Visa Just Supercharged Stablecoin Legitimacy

March 29th, 2021

14:09

Visa officially enables USDC as a native currency and means of settlement. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

Today’s episode of “The …

BREAKDOWN: Can Crypto Create Cultural Revolutions?

March 28th, 2021

29:21

A reading of David Hoffman’s recent essay “The Digital Cultural Revolution.”

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this week’s special …

BREAKDOWN: Soros Breaks Into Bitcoin

March 27th, 2021

13:53

Recent investments and a TV appearance this week start to show how the legendary investor’s crypto strategy is shaping up.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this week’s special product launch, Exodus.

BREAKDOWN: Worried About Bitcoin's Price Action? Here's Why You Shouldn't Be

March 26th, 2021

12:42

Although the bitcoin price has been wavering since March 13, there are historical, technical and foundational reasons to be optimistic. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this week’s special product …

BREAKDOWN: The Fed Chair and the Treasury Secretary Come Out Against Privacy-Respecting Anonymous Digital Dollar

March 25th, 2021

15:24

The fight to protect privacy in the central bank digital currency era just got more intense. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and …

BREAKDOWN: Bears Fuming as Elon Opens Tesla Purchases With Bitcoin

March 24th, 2021

14:48

Tesla is allowing U.S. customers to buy vehicles with bitcoin, and it is not changing the crypto back to fiat.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this week’s special product launch, Exodus.

Today on the …

BREAKDOWN: Stablecoins in the Hot Seat – Powell Calls Bitcoin a Substitute for Gold While Fed Says Digital Dollar Prototype Coming in July

March 23rd, 2021

19:08

An action-packed couple days in U.S. crypto regulatory commentary. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this week’s special product …

BREAKDOWN: When Currencies Fail – ‘Bitcoin’ Google Searches in Turkey Rise 400% as Lira Crashes

March 22nd, 2021

14:03

The Turkish lira plummets as much as 17% after the surprising firing of Turkey’s central bank governor.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and 

BREAKDOWN: Hal Finney’s ‘Bitcoin and Me’

March 21st, 2021

8:31

A reading of a touching BitcoinTalk post by the late Hal Finney, from exactly eight years ago.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this week’s special product launch, NEM.

On this edition of “Long Reads …

BREAKDOWN: Why Kentucky Is Trying to Become a Crypto Mining Hub

March 20th, 2021

9:44

Two bills with benefits for crypto miners are waiting to be signed by the governor of the Bluegrass State.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this week’s special product launch, NEM.

On this week’s …

BREAKDOWN: How CBDCs Give ‘Absolute Control’ to Central Banks

March 19th, 2021

15:53

Jerome Powell discussed CBDCs at a speech this week, saying they need to co-exist with cash.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this …

BREAKDOWN: Why a Norwegian Billionaire Is Betting on Bitcoin's Positive Environmental Potential

March 18th, 2021

15:21

Aker’s new Seetee division is out to prove bitcoin can be a force for positive environmental change. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, …

BREAKDOWN: Morgan Stanley Is First Big Bank Offering Bitcoin to Wealthy Clients

March 17th, 2021

12:06

Three funds led by Galaxy Digital, FS Investments and NYDIG will give bank customers access to the leading digital asset.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and this week’s special product launch, NEM.

Today …

BREAKDOWN: Ray Dalio on Dumb Dollar Debt, Bitcoin Controls and the Coming Assault on Capitalism

March 16th, 2021

20:13

In his latest essay, the Bridgewater chief argues the U.S. could impose capital controls and ban non-sovereign monies. 

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: Why Americans Could Spend Up to $40B in Direct Stimulus Payments on Bitcoin

March 15th, 2021

15:08

A new survey from Mizuho Securities sees bitcoin as the most popular stimulus investment avenue. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper, and …

BREAKDOWN: The Case for $1M Bitcoin

March 14th, 2021

11:23

A reading of Bitcoin author Nik Bhatia’s latest essay.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads Layered Money author Nik Bhatia’s recent essay for CoinDesk, “Why $1 …

BREAKDOWN: Is This the Beginning of the Next Institutional Bitcoin Wave?

March 13th, 2021

9:41

Morgan Stanley, New York Life, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs are just some of the traditional finance institutions in the crypto news this week.

This …

BREAKDOWN: What the $1.9T Stimulus Means for Bitcoin

March 12th, 2021

13:57

The U.S. has now spent more on COVID-19 than on World War II. Here’s what it might mean for bitcoin. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

COVID-19 sent the money printer into overdrive. With the newly signed …

BREAKDOWN: A Beeple Artwork Just Sold for $69M – NFT Bubble or Everything Bubble?

March 11th, 2021

15:48

The record-setting NFT auction is generating significant discussion about art, crypto and the state of the macro economy.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

Everyone paying attention knew that Beeple’s …

BREAKDOWN: Why the CEO of New York Life Just Joined the Board of One of Bitcoin's Fastest-Growing Companies

March 10th, 2021

17:03

The news comes just days after NYDIG’s announcement of a $200 million financing round including New York Life, Mass Mutual and George Soros as investors. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

Today on The …

BREAKDOWN: The World’s Most Important Geopolitical Fault Lines, Feat. Tracy Shuchart

March 9th, 2021

47:29

From the Middle East to the South China Sea, a look at the most volatile parts of the world and what they mean for the macroeconomic landscape.

This …

BREAKDOWN: No, the Digital Dollar Won't Kill Bitcoin

March 8th, 2021

14:41

Why CBDCs are growing as a focus for governments, and what impact they’ll really have on bitcoin.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

On today’s episode, NLW provides a 101-style overview of central bank …

BREAKDOWN: What Governments Should Do in the Coming Global Monetary Competition

March 7th, 2021

30:23

A reading of Balaji Srinivasan’s recent essay “How India Legalizes Crypto.”

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

On today’s episode, NLW reads Balaji Srinivasan’s essay “How India Legalizes Crypto.” NLW argues …

BREAKDOWN: More Than 1/5th of Surveyed Goldman Sachs Clients Think Bitcoin Will Reach $100,000+ in 12 Months

March 6th, 2021

10:54

A survey of pensions, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and more affirms growing institutional interest in crypto.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

On this edition of The Breakdown’s weekly recap, NLW …

BREAKDOWN: Macro 101 – Bonds, the Fed and Money Printing, Feat. Delphi Digital’s Kevin Kelly

March 5th, 2021

51:45

A macro expert gives a rollicking 101-style overview of some of the most important market concepts for bitcoiners.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Isn't Acting Like Stocks, Stocks Are Acting Like Bitcoin

March 4th, 2021

15:45

As the financial world debates rising Treasury yields and waits for Fed Chair Powell’s comments, has bitcoin just become another risk asset? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

Over the last year there has …

BREAKDOWN: Are You Really Surprised Elizabeth Warren Doesn't Get Bitcoin?

March 3rd, 2021

14:02

Gary Gensler’s confirmation hearing and Warren’s appearance on cable financial news give us a preview of crypto’s place in a new political landscape.

BREAKDOWN: Are NFTs Just This Cycle’s ICOs?

March 2nd, 2021

18:18

As musicians, celebrities and social media stars pile into the space, should we be getting concerned?

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

BREAKDOWN: Why Citi Thinks Bitcoin Is at a Tipping Point

March 1st, 2021

14:36

A 108-page report from the bank argues that in the future, bitcoin could become the preferred currency for international trade. 

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Governments Couldn’t Ban Bitcoin Even if They Wanted

February 28th, 2021

20:35

A reading of Human Rights Foundation CSO Alex Gladstein’s latest essay.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads “Can Governments Stop Bitcoin?” by Alex Gladstein, published recently …

BREAKDOWN: Are Beeple's $6.6M Sale and Christie's Auction a Turning Point for NFTs?

February 27th, 2021

10:59

NFTs had a major week, with Christie’s Auctioning off its first-ever digital art exclusive and a different NFT selling for $6.6M. 

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Why Cathie Wood Thinks Bitcoin Could Replace Bonds

February 26th, 2021

13:19

The ARK Investment founder discussed bitcoin’s opportunity to act as a replacement store of value at the Bloomberg Crypto Summit.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Investing Is ESG Investing

February 25th, 2021

24:17

As more investors focus on the environmental, social and governance impacts of their decisions, an argument for why bitcoin is ESG-friendly. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

In today's episode, NLW looks at how …

BREAKDOWN: If You Sell Your Bitcoin, Michael Saylor and Jack Dorsey WILL Buy It

February 24th, 2021

12:29

Square added $170M in bitcoin to its reserves last quarter, while MicroStrategy announced a fresh $1B bitcoin buy today. 

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: The Most Conservative Regulator in America Just Settled Its Case Against Tether – Can We Move On Now?

February 23rd, 2021

16:17

The case showed Tether and Bitfinex’s track record of misleading statements and dubious practices, but gave no credence to claims that tethers were …

BREAKDOWN: The First Canadian Bitcoin ETF Is Absolutely Soaring

February 22nd, 2021

18:17

The Purpose Bitcoin ETF BTCC could be Canada’s biggest ETF in a matter of weeks.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on the Brief:

  • Welcome back …

BREAKDOWN: Should the US Federal Reserve Buy Bitcoin?

February 21st, 2021

14:33

A reading of Alex Treece’s recent CoinDesk op-ed, “Why the US Needs Bitcoin.”

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads Alex Treece’s recent essay “Why the US Needs Bitcoin.” The …

BREAKDOWN: 'I Am Not a Cat' – The GameStop Hearing Shows How Desperately a New Financial System Is Needed

February 20th, 2021

22:40

What we learned from the congressional hearing featuring representatives from Reddit, Melvin Capital, Citadel Securities and Robinhood.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

This week, instead of our normal Weekly Recap, …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Is Now a Trillion-Dollar Asset – Where Do We Go From Here?

February 19th, 2021

11:00

The milestone isn’t just psychological, and potentially opens entire new groups of investors who couldn’t participate previously.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Coinbase Trades at a $77B Valuation as BTC Heads Towards a $1T Market Cap

February 17th, 2021

10:36

An overview of key news, from a new DeFi Index fund for accredited investors to bitcoin shrugging off growing Treasury yields.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today’s episode of "The Breakdown" analyzes a number of …

BREAKDOWN: Is $50,000 BTC the Beginning of a Bitcoin Supercycle?

February 16th, 2021

19:51

As bitcoin reaches a new milestone all-time high, NLW asks whether we’ve broken out of a traditional halving-based market cycle to something bigger.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Early this morning, bitcoin …

BREAKDOWN: The Mainstream Media Narrative Shifts as Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley Come to Bitcoin

February 15th, 2021

12:16

As another wave of major financial institutions announce bitcoin plans, it’s getting harder for the MSM to simply print the same old FUD. 

This …

BREAKDOWN: Why Comparing Bitcoin to Visa Doesn’t Make Any Sense

February 14th, 2021

14:38

A reading of Nic Carter’s latest essay for CoinDesk on the inappropriateness of comparing the energy consumption of bitcoin and Visa transactions. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” is …

OPINIONATED: Preston Byrne on GameStop, Online Mobs and Marmots

February 13th, 2021

21:02

Attorney Preston Byrne joins Ben Schiller to consider the continuing fallout from the WallStreetBets controversy.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: Corporate Crypto Makes Government Bans Less Likely

February 13th, 2021

8:30

A recap of a swath of news about corporate players coming into the crypto space, and why it could change the landscape of regulation.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Why Jay-Z's Bitcoin Trust Matters

February 12th, 2021

14:50

Hip-hop mogul Sean Carter and Jack Dorsey are putting 500 BTC in a blind trust. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On today’s episode, NLW breaks …

BREAKDOWN: Gradually, Then Suddenly - Mastercard, BNY Mellon, Amazon, Twitter Poised to Join the Bitcoin Party

February 11th, 2021

13:24

In the wake of Tesla’s big announcement on Monday, a wave of corporate engagement with crypto emerges.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On today’s episode of The Breakdown, NLW looks at a slew of news from corporates …

BREAKDOWN: How Nigeria and India Are Dealing With Crypto Bans

February 10th, 2021

20:17

Two of the world’s ten most populous countries have or are considering crypto bans: Here’s what it means.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On …

BREAKDOWN: Will Apple Be the Next Fortune 500 to Buy Bitcoin?

February 9th, 2021

18:01

A new analyst report from the Royal Bank of Canada thinks that with a small investment Apple could disrupt the crypto exchange space and pay for it …

BREAKDOWN: Elon Musk Buys Bitcoin - Everything You Need to Know About Tesla's $1.5B Purchase

February 8th, 2021

22:09

The implications of Elon Musk’s purchase on bitcoin’s climate narrative, other Fortune 500 treasury management strategies and more.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Elon Musk’s Tesla (TSLA) has purchased $1.5 billion …

BREAKDOWN: Wall Street Is ‘The Hunger Games’ With Suits

February 7th, 2021

20:51

A reading of Ben Hunt’s latest essay for Epsilon Theory. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On this edition of Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads Ben Hunt’s latest essay “Hunger Games” about the lies of Wall Street and how …

BREAKDOWN: A Bitcoiner Is Now on the Senate Banking Committee

February 6th, 2021

9:39

Wyoming’s Cynthia Lummis – the first U.S. senator to publicly hold bitcoin – has been appointed to the key financial regulatory committee.

This …

BREAKDOWN: Travis Kling – In the Fed Era, There’s No Such Thing as Market Fundamentals

February 5th, 2021

1:17:50

The Ikigai Asset Management investor discusses WallStreetBets, institutional investors and recent bitcoin critiques. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

On today’s episode, NLW is joined by Travis Kling, co-founder and …

BREAKDOWN: What We Learned About PayPal's Crypto Strategy This Week

February 4th, 2021

14:13

Insights from PayPal’s first quarterly earnings report since launching crypto services.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on the Brief:

  • Elon …

BREAKDOWN: Michael Saylor’s Mission to Get 1,400 Corporations Into Bitcoin

February 3rd, 2021

22:04

MicroStrategy is hosting a two-day “Bitcoin for Corporations” event. Here’s what to watch for. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on the …

BREAKDOWN: Is This the End of the Reddit Retail Investor Dream?

February 2nd, 2021

20:16

As GME plummets and traditional financial media turns its attention elsewhere, where does the retail trading insurgency go from here? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

WallStreetBets is having a rough day. Its stocks …

BREAKDOWN: Have the Hedge Funds Infiltrated Reddit’s WallStreetBets?

February 1st, 2021

19:14

The media keeps saying WallStreetBets is going after silver; WallStreetBets members say it’s a campaign to co-opt and divide them. 

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: What Ray Dalio Really Thinks of Bitcoin

January 31st, 2021

11:13

A reading of Dalio’s first long-form essay on his thoughts about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today’s “Long …

BREAKDOWN: GameStop, Robinhood and the Failure of Un-Free Markets

January 30th, 2021

15:13

The latest in the saga of WallStreetBets vs the world.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

In this edition of the Breakdown’s weekly recap, NLW looks …

BREAKDOWN: In Retrospect, It Was Inevitable – Elon Musk Pumps Bitcoin to Space

January 29th, 2021

12:17

The price action is fun, but the larger significance is about decentralized alternatives to today’s financial system. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Last night, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk changed his …

BREAKDOWN: WallStreetBets Is Occupy Wall Street With Teeth

January 28th, 2021

27:19

The retail trader insurgency has massive implications for the future of capital markets. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

This week, a collective …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Doesn't Care About Your Politics – Why Bitcoin Has More Ideological Flexibility Than We Think

January 27th, 2021

1:05:42

NLW is joined by three philosophy professors for a discussion of bitcoin, ethics and politics.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Falling down the …

BREAKDOWN: ‘The 4 Wars We Could Fight With China,’ Feat. Kyle Bass

January 26th, 2021

46:56

One of investing’s loudest critics of China shares his assessment of where the U.S. political and business relationship with the country is headed. 

BREAKDOWN: The Bitcoin Whales Won’t Stop Buying

January 25th, 2021

19:52

According to a number of different data points, bitcoin whales saw last week’s volatility and price declines as a chance to accumulate. 

This episode …

BREAKDOWN: A Reading of Satoshi’s Bitcoin White Paper

January 24th, 2021

17:54

The document that started it all, in audio form.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

For this week’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads the document that started it all - the Bitcoin White Paper. Interestingly, this document …

BREAKDOWN: Another Pro-Crypto Appointment in the Biden Administration?

January 23rd, 2021

11:17

Reports are that Chris Brummer – author of a volume on crypto assets and frequent speaker on digital currencies – will chair the CFTC.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: This Bitcoin Dip Was Not Caused by FUD

January 22nd, 2021

14:42

While there was plenty of FUD flying around, it wasn’t the real reason prices pulled back so significantly.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today …

BREAKDOWN: Why the World's Largest Asset Manager Is Getting Into Bitcoin

January 21st, 2021

13:28

As BlackRock gets ready to make its first foray into bitcoin, innovation-focused ARK ETF flows surpass that of BlackRock.

This episode is sponsored …

BREAKDOWN: Is Janet Yellen Bitcoin's Biggest Enemy or Greatest Asset? Yes

January 20th, 2021

21:55

As a new administration is sworn in, how will one if its most important officials – nominated Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen – impact the digital …

BREAKDOWN: Goldman Sachs Can No Longer Dismiss Bitcoin

January 19th, 2021

15:27

According to a Goldman insider, the investment bank will leap into crypto custody soon.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Today on the Brief: 

  • Gary …

BREAKDOWN: Lyn Alden on Why the Dollar System No Longer Serves the US or the World

January 18th, 2021

59:59

This is an encore presentation of NLW’s first interview with macro analyst Lyn Alden, from May 2020. In it, they discuss:

  • Why we’re at the end of a …

BREAKDOWN: ‘America and Sound Money,’ the Most Important Bitcoin Essay of the Last Year

January 17th, 2021

35:08

A reading of the “Stone Ridge 2020 Shareholder Letter” by Ross Stevens.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

This week’s Long Reads Sunday is a …

BREAKDOWN: Crashes, Rallies and Stimulus – A Normal Week for 2021 Bitcoin

January 16th, 2021

9:52

The second full business week of January has demonstrated many trends that NLW argues will shape bitcoin and crypto throughout the year.

This episode …

BREAKDOWN: Will Mayor Suarez's Miami Be the First Major City to Buy Bitcoin?

January 15th, 2021

17:39

The entrepreneurial mayor brings his recruitment of tech talent to the crypto space with the potential of a 1% investment of the city’s reserves into …

BREAKDOWN: The Definitive Breakdown of All Bitcoin FUD, With Dan Held

January 14th, 2021

46:10

From “backed by nothing” to “China mining control,” a complete look at the best response to every category of bitcoin FUD out there.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: A New SEC Chair Who Actually Understands Bitcoin and Crypto?

January 13th, 2021

14:02

After his most recent stint teaching about blockchain at MIT, former CFTC head Gary Gensler is reportedly the next SEC Chair.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Is China Poised to Nationalize Alibaba?

January 12th, 2021

18:44

The International Business Times reports China might nationalize Alibaba. Here’s what that has to do with China’s digital currency efforts. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and this week’s special product launch: 

BREAKDOWN: Did This Bitcoin Cycle’s FUD Phase Just Begin?

January 11th, 2021

16:39

As the price crashes more than 20% in 24 hours, NLW describes the “wall of worry” around regulation that might characterize this cycle’s FUD.

This …

BREAKDOWN: Why I Changed My Mind on Bitcoin

January 10th, 2021

12:42

A reading of two recent essays by former bitcoin skeptics who have changed their tunes.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and this week’s special product launch: Stacks.co.

On this week’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads …

BREAKDOWN: Was This The Craziest Week in Bitcoin History?

January 9th, 2021

10:56

Transformative regulatory guidance, important macro tailwinds and, of course, a stunning run-up past $40,000.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and …

BREAKDOWN: BRRR – Biden Readies a New $3T Stimulus Package

January 8th, 2021

12:40

What a new package including more direct payouts to citizens plus big infrastructure spending mean for bitcoin and markets as a whole.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Can Bitcoin Just Keep Going Up?

January 7th, 2021

15:55

With bitcoin (briefly) passing $40,000 for the first time, the question becomes: Can it keep going or is a reset necessary? 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and this week’s special product launch: Stacks.co.

Today on …

BREAKDOWN: What Georgia’s Elections Mean for Bitcoin

January 6th, 2021

16:44

As the Democrats appear to be headed to victory, how does their new U.S. Senate majority impact markets as a whole and bitcoin more specifically?

BREAKDOWN: Most Important Crypto Regulation Yet? Banks Can Treat Public Blockchains Like SWIFT and ACH

January 5th, 2021

23:00

A new interpretive letter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency paves the way for stablecoins and public blockchains to be fully …

BREAKDOWN: Understanding Bitcoin's Blistering Rise Past $30,000

January 4th, 2021

13:53

Bitcoin has started 2021 off with a bang. Here’s what investors and analysts think is driving the rise (and today’s dip) as well as predictions for what happens next. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

The end of …

BREAKDOWN: The Unorthodox Trades That Will Drive Value in 2021, feat. Tony Greer

January 3rd, 2021

26:11

The macro analyst looks at unexpected sources of strength in the economy.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Tony Greer is a macro analyst and author of the Morning Navigator Newsletter. In this conversation, he and …

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin Is Bigger Than an Inflation Hedge, feat. Dan Tapiero

January 2nd, 2021

23:51

The prominent gold and bitcoin macro commenter discusses a new generation of institutional investors.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

Dan Tapiero …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Is Digital Social Justice, feat. Tyrone Ross

January 1st, 2021

20:28

The podcaster and CEO of Onramp Invest discusses DeFi, income inequality and the opportunity for bitcoin in 2021.

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

The wealth adviser and CEO of Onramp Invest discusses why the Federal …

BREAKDOWN: The Most Important Bitcoin Infrastructure Developments of 2020, feat. Alyse Killeen

December 31st, 2020

20:25

A look at privacy and infrastructure advances that will shape the bitcoin ecosystem in the years to come.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Alyse Killeen is the founder and managing partner of …

BREAKDOWN: What 2020 Taught Us About the ‘Dollar Milkshake Theory,’ feat. Brent Johnson

December 30th, 2020

22:28

The Santiago Capital investor takes a look at what 2020 taught us about his notable economic theory.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Brent Johnson is an investor at Santiago Capital and the creator of …

BREAKDOWN: The Devastation of Main Street Business, feat. Daniel Lacalle

December 29th, 2020

21:28

The popular economist talks about the K-shaped recovery and why we could be in for more pain in 2021.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and 

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin, Bank Coins and Bonds, feat. George Goncalves

December 28th, 2020

23:50

A macro and bond specialist joins NLW to discuss the economics of 2021.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

George Goncalves has been a macro analyst specializing in bonds for more than 20 years. In this …

BREAKDOWN: Sound Money vs. the Great Reset, feat. Mark Moss

December 27th, 2020

24:18

One of the most popular economics and bitcoin YouTube host joins NLW for a conversation about how to make 2021 better.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: Central Banks Gone Wild! Feat. Bill Barhydt

December 26th, 2020

24:54

The founder of mobile crypto bank Abra discusses the massive expansion of global central bank balance sheets.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Bill Baryhdt is the CEO of Abra, a mobile crypto banking …

BREAKDOWN: The View on Bitcoin From Inside Fidelity Digital Assets, feat. Ria Bhutoria

December 25th, 2020

25:31

The director of research at Fidelity Digital Assets gives her take on the crypto space.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Ria Bhutoria is the director of research at Fidelity Digital Assets. In this …

BREAKDOWN: ‘Bitcoin and Ethereum Have Gone Completely Separate Directions,’ Feat. Bully Esq.

December 24th, 2020

22:06

One of crypto twitter's best-known personalities discusses DeFi, bitcoin and how 2020 was and wasn't like 2017.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com

BREAKDOWN: How 2020 Unlocked a New Generation of Investors, feat. Jill Carlson

December 23rd, 2020

25:40

No one would have expected an economic crisis to bring a new generation of investors to the table, but that's exactly what it did.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Hacking Humanity With Bitcoin, feat. Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert

December 22nd, 2020

26:51

Two of bitcoin's most vocal advocates discuss why this year broke open the floodgates on an aging economic system.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert are one of bitcoin's …

BREAKDOWN: Raoul Pal on the Coming Transformation of Monetary and Fiscal Policy

December 21st, 2020

25:04

The founder of Real Vision joins NLW for a discussion of CBDCs, bitcoin and why he remains "irresponsibly long."

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin and Rehypothecation Don’t Mix

December 20th, 2020

21:27

A reading of Jeffrey Snider’s latest essay and Caitlin Long’s companion tweet thread. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

On this week’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW starts with the latest essay by Jeffrey …

BREAKDOWN: Preston Pysh on Why Currencies Fail [Encore]

December 19th, 2020

1:05:47

An encore presentation of NLW’s conversation with Preston Pysh recorded on March 12 – the infamous Black Thursday. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

On March 12, as the U.S. government struggled to …

BREAKDOWN: Balaji Srinivasan on Communist Capital vs. Woke Capital vs. Crypto Capital

December 18th, 2020

1:15:06

One of the internet’s most fluid thinkers joins to give a brief history of the future.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Balaji Srinivasan is an angel investor and entrepreneur, the former CTO of …

BREAKDOWN: The CIO of $230B AUM Guggenheim Just Called for $400,000 BTC

December 17th, 2020

11:02

A recap of 5+ insanely bullish stories that got buried in the bitcoin price action.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

With so much …

BREAKDOWN: Why $20,000 Bitcoin Matters

December 16th, 2020

13:02

Validation. Psychology. FOMO. NLW looks at why today’s price achievement marks a turning point in bitcoin’s history. 

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: Will Wall Street Ruin Bitcoin? Featuring Ben Hunt and Alex Gladstein

December 15th, 2020

1:21:03

As traditional financial institutions line up to get into bitcoin, a debate on whether it can stay permissionless and censorship resistant.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Ben Hunt is the founder of …

BREAKDOWN: JPMorgan Discusses $600B in Potential New Bitcoin Demand

December 14th, 2020

14:51

MassMutual’s $100M BTC investment has the potential to open a massive new investment category, according to analysts.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: How Much Debt Can a Country Handle?

December 13th, 2020

11:11

As conventional wisdom grows that central banks can go more deeply into debt than previously thought, one economist asks, how much is too much?

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and this week’s special …

BREAKDOWN: The Bitcoin Banking Battle Heats Up

December 12th, 2020

10:32

Banks are moving into crypto and crypto companies are trying to become banks, so how does it all play out? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and this week’s special product launch LVL.co.

On this edition …

BREAKDOWN: Why a Massive 169-Year-Old Insurance Company Just Bought $100M in Bitcoin

December 11th, 2020

14:53

MassMutual becomes the latest announced institutional buyer of bitcoin, and this one could be even more significant in terms of precedent. 

This …

BREAKDOWN: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce on a Bitcoin ETF, Custody Rules and What's Next for the SEC

December 10th, 2020

20:32

The SEC commissioner explains why the SEC’s approach has been “too slow and too ambiguous” and why she’s optimistic for 2021. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and this week’s special product launch LVL.co

BREAKDOWN: The Most Important Trends and People Shaping Crypto 2020, With Ryan Selkis

December 9th, 2020

1:02:27

The Messari CEO goes over the highlights of his just-released annual “Crypto Theses” report. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and this week’s special product launch LVL.co.

What were the most important …

BREAKDOWN: A De Facto Bitcoin ETF? MicroStrategy Is Raising Another $400M to Buy BTC

December 8th, 2020

17:49

Michael Saylor announced plans to offer convertible bonds with the express intent to buy BTC. The community reacts. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and this week’s special product launch LVL.co.

Today on …

BREAKDOWN: China's Latest Digital Currency Trial Is Its Most Important Yet

December 7th, 2020

13:42

More money, more participants, more participating banks and merchants – a look inside the latest DC/EP trial in Suzhou.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com, Nexo.io and this week’s special product launch LVL.co.

Today …

BREAKDOWN: Niall Ferguson on Why Bitcoin and China Are Winning the Monetary Revolution

December 6th, 2020

15:49

The well-known economic historian connects the dots between bitcoin and CBDCs in the COVID-19 money era.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and this week's special product launch, Allnodes.

On today’s Long …

BREAKDOWN: $50K BTC in 2021? Bloomberg Analysts Join the 'Traditional Onslaught' Driving Bitcoin's Rally

December 5th, 2020

9:35

A new crypto outlook from Bloomberg suggests BTC could reach $50,000 in 2021, topping off a month of major institutional momentum for the asset.

This …

BREAKDOWN: A ‘Santa Claus Rally’ for the Stock Market?

December 4th, 2020

14:19

Since 1969, 34 out of 45 years have seen a late December rally. Here are 5 reasons why that might not happen this year. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and this week's special product launch, Allnodes.

BREAKDOWN: Why Stablecoins Are the First Battleground of the Coming Crypto Regulation Wars

December 3rd, 2020

25:37

The STABLE Act would force all stablecoin issuers to have bank licenses, a shot across the bow that portends an emerging legal challenge for the …

BREAKDOWN: Josh Brown on Bitcoin’s ‘Respectability Rally’ and Why We’ll See Dow 100,000 in Our Lifetime

December 2nd, 2020

32:39

One of finance’s most colorful personalities joins NLW to discuss how advisers spend their money, Robinhood traders, bitcoin and more.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Why a $631B Asset Manager Just Changed Its Mind on Bitcoin

December 1st, 2020

26:24

In a research note intended for clients, investing giant AllianceBernstein says it changed its mind on bitcoin’s role in asset allocation. 

This …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Hits a New All Time High – What Happens Next?

November 30th, 2020

13:37

Why a price surge is not only attracting a new cadre of institutional investors, but also producing the beginnings of a new set of FUD. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and this week's special product …

BREAKDOWN: How Bitcoin Gets to $100,000

November 29th, 2020

21:06

Another look at the bitcoin valuation models that could possibly lead to a six-figure bitcoin valuation over the course of the next year.

This episode …

BREAKDOWN: What Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary Means for Bitcoin and Markets

November 28th, 2020

9:34

NLW looks at price action in crypto, the ETH 2.0 Beacon chain launching Dec 1, the Dow at 30,000 and Janet Yellen’s nomination as Treasury secretary.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

On this edition of …

BREAKDOWN: ENCORE – Luke Gromen on the History and (Declining) Future of the Global Dollar System

November 27th, 2020

1:14:43

As some start to wonder about a post-Bretton Woods economic system, macro analyst Luke Gromen explains how that post-World War II system came to be.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

One of the most …

BREAKDOWN: Schmuck Insurance

November 26th, 2020

10:10

A reading of one of the most enduring early investor arguments for bitcoin. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

When NLW asked Crypto Twitter for recommendations of the best way to convince friends and …

BREAKDOWN: The Most Bullish Bitcoin Arguments for Your Thanksgiving Table

November 25th, 2020

16:08

This year, come prepared to explain the asset that has everyone from famous financiers to political dissidents talking about a money revolution.

This …

BREAKDOWN: Lyn Alden on Money Printing, Bitcoin and the End of an 80-Year Debt Cycle

November 24th, 2020

1:03:17

One of the sharpest analysts in macroeconomics looks at how monetary and fiscal policy are likely to change in the coming years.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: A Bitcoin Shortage? PayPal and Cash App Buying More Than 100% of New Supply

November 23rd, 2020

13:34

When demand from these two sources alone exceeds the entire supply of newly minted bitcoins, expect serious supply pressure to follow.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin ETF Time? What SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Stepping Down Means for Markets

November 22nd, 2020

12:43

Jay Clayton is stepping down as chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission. Here’s what that means for crypto and traditional markets. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

On this week’s Long Reads …

BREAKDOWN: What Do Mexico's Second Wealthiest Billionaire and Arya Stark Have In Common?

November 21st, 2020

10:58

Recapping a wild week in bitcoin price action that has drawn out numerous previously-quiet HODLers. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and 

BREAKDOWN: 10 Metrics Where Bitcoin Has Already Hit New All-Time Highs

November 20th, 2020

14:32

While we haven’t achieved the elusive $20,000 spot price all-time high yet, these other metrics show where bitcoin has grown far beyond previous peaks.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Earlier this …

BREAKDOWN: A Crypto Ally as Top US Bank Regulator?

November 19th, 2020

14:39

President Trump has nominated former Coinbase counsel Brian Brooks to a full five-year term as Comptroller of the Currency, but will he be confirmed …

BREAKDOWN: Vijay Boyapati’s Four Mental Models for Valuing Bitcoin

November 18th, 2020

57:22

From “Tulip Mania” to “the World’s Reserve Currency,” these valuation models show the full range of bitcoin’s long-term possibilities. 

This episode …

BREAKDOWN: HODL FOMO vs. Speculative FOMO – Why This Bitcoin Bull Market Will Be Different

November 17th, 2020

17:16

As bitcoin crosses $17,000 it’s not retail speculation but a new, long-term investor mindset driving the price up. 

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin at $318,000 Next December? One Citibank Exec Says It’s Possible

November 16th, 2020

14:01

Breaking down a recent report that has Bitcoin Twitter salivating and skeptical at the same time.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: Dollar Decline and the Paralysis of Conventional Monetary Policy

November 15th, 2020

9:35

A reading of Kenneth Rogoff’s latest piece on the strange reality of the dollar’s global status. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: Dalio Says Governments Will Kill Bitcoin. Is He Right?

November 14th, 2020

11:42

In an otherwise extremely bullish week, famed investor Ray Dalio reiterated his skepticism of bitcoin and digital assets.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: PayPal Rolls Out Crypto for All US Customers

November 13th, 2020

11:45

Crypto Twitter reacts to the announcement and answers the question: Just how big a deal is this? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: Meet the $10B Asset Manager With a 10,000 BTC Treasury, feat. NYDIG’s Robby Gutmann

November 12th, 2020

1:08:13

One of the (quietly) largest players in the institutional bitcoin space discusses the changing investor landscape in his first-ever podcast interview.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Robby Gutmann is …

BREAKDOWN: Discovering Bitcoin Through the #EndSARS Movement, Feat. Yele Bademosi & Akin Sawyerr

November 11th, 2020

52:17

When the Nigerian government shut down protestors’ bank accounts, bitcoin and crypto became a way around. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Yele Bademosi is CEO at Bundle social payments app and the …

BREAKDOWN: Legendary Investor Stan Druckenmiller Turns Bitcoin Bull

November 10th, 2020

14:57

The billionaire investor made his pro-bitcoin comments on an appearance on CNBC.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Today on the …

BREAKDOWN: The Biggest Macro Event Since March

November 9th, 2020

14:24

According to the bright minds of FinTwit, the biggest event isn’t the U.S. presidential election but today’s Pfizer vaccine update.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Why Emerging Markets Are Wary of Modern Monetary Theory

November 8th, 2020

7:56

While MMT may be the de facto policy of rich Western governments, applying it to developing economies could be disastrous. 

This episode is sponsored …

BREAKDOWN: How a Massive Devaluation of the Egyptian Pound Inspired a $100M Bitcoin ETP

November 7th, 2020

29:20

Hany Rashwan, CEO of Amun/21Shares, explains how the proverbial bitcoin lightbulb went off when his native Egypt’s currency devalued in 2016. 

This …

BREAKDOWN: How the World Stopped Producing Enough Money, Feat. Emil Kalinowski

November 6th, 2020

38:40

In a year when the popular narrative says money printing went crazy, the host of “Making Sense/Eurodollar University” says the problem is actually …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Hits $15,000 – Here Comes the FOMO

November 5th, 2020

9:59

Bitcoin Twitter interprets today’s massive price action.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

As the U.S. election picture starts to become more clear, bitcoin has smashed through $15,000 – its highest …

BREAKDOWN: ‘Economics Will No Longer Be the Handmaiden of Politics’ – A History of the Cypherpunks, Feat. Jim Epstein

November 4th, 2020

45:04

An enlightening conversation with Reason’s Jim Epstein, who just released a four-part YouTube documentary on the cypherpunk movement.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Jim Epstein is the executive …

BREAKDOWN: A (Not Quite) Complete History of Money, Feat. Planet Money’s Jacob Goldstein

November 3rd, 2020

39:07

One of the hosts of NPR’s legendary “Planet Money” takes us on a whirlwind tour of some of the key moments of money history in the last 1,000 years.

BREAKDOWN: Who Is Better for Bitcoin, Trump or Biden?

November 2nd, 2020

14:21

In a chaotic year of dueling recriminations and very different visions of the future, the real question of this U.S. presidential election is: Who is better for bitcoin? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and 

BREAKDOWN: By the Numbers – More Bitcoin Bulls Than Ever Before

November 1st, 2020

16:19

A Long Reads Sunday reading of Grayscale’s recent “Bitcoin Investor Survey.”

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

On this week’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW diverts from our normal opinion and long-form essay …

BREAKDOWN: The World Is Never Getting Off Government Stimulus

October 31st, 2020

10:42

The Breakdown weekly recap looks at bitcoin buying by Iran, JPM Coin and the latest round of lockdowns coming to Europe. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

On this week’s weekly recap, NLW …

BREAKDOWN: Why Satoshi Chose Halloween to Release the Bitcoin White Paper

October 30th, 2020

14:20

Was it an allusion to the Reformation or something to do with the ancient pagan tradition of Samhain?

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io

BREAKDOWN: Mirage Recovery – What ‘Record’ GDP Growth Tells Us About the Economy

October 29th, 2020

13:19

The Department of Commerce’s new report shows 33.1% annualized growth in Q3, but does this really tell us much about the state of the economy? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

Today on the …

BREAKDOWN: The ‘Everything Crash’ Is Coming? Markets Go Risk-Off as European Stocks See Worst Day in 5 Months

October 28th, 2020

11:25

Stocks, oil, even gold are down on fears of resumed COVID-19 lockdowns, but bitcoin hodlers are keeping the faith.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: JPMorgan Launches JPM Coin – Welcome to the Private Currency Era

October 27th, 2020

13:13

The investment banking giant says the blockchain hype cycle has moved past inflated expectations and into the realm of being commercially viable. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

Today on …

BREAKDOWN: Hedge Funds Failures, Bankruptcies and Pandemic Fatigue

October 26th, 2020

15:42

As cases rise and the U.S. settles in for a fresh wave of COVID-19, the economic fallout from round one is still being felt, from hedge funds to bankruptcies and beyond. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io

BREAKDOWN: Should We Care if the US Is Falling Behind on CBDCs?

October 25th, 2020

16:11

A reading of two recent op-eds on central bank digital currencies.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

For this week’s Long …

BREAKDOWN: Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Paul Tudor Jones – A Bet on Bitcoin Is a Bet on Human Ingenuity

October 24th, 2020

14:52

A recap of an exceptionally bullish week for bitcoin and crypto as a whole. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

On this …

BREAKDOWN: Why Fiats Are Failing in 2020

October 23rd, 2020

14:22

From Brazil to Argentina to Turkey, bitcoin priced in local currencies is reaching all time highs. But is this a story of bitcoin succeeding, fiat failing or both? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and 

BREAKDOWN: ‘Google Is One of the Most Important Antitrust Cases of All Time,’ With Matt Stoller

October 22nd, 2020

45:11

The author of “Goliath” gives his take on the history of American antitrust politics and what it means for the just-announced Google case.

This …

BREAKDOWN: PayPal Adds Bitcoin: Most Bullish News of the Year?

October 21st, 2020

15:38

Huge news broke this morning as PayPal announced that it would be offering buying, selling, and eventually merchant payments for bitcoin and other …

BREAKDOWN: How Strong Is Bitcoin’s Push Above $12,000?

October 20th, 2020

15:38

Who has the most recent bitcoin move right, the bulls or the bears? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

Today on the Brief:

BREAKDOWN: A New ‘Bretton Woods’ Moment?

October 19th, 2020

21:55

The IMF has said it’s time to re-evaluate the global economic order, but what does that really mean? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io

BREAKDOWN: How Stocks, Bitcoin and Other Investments Fare in a 0% Interest Rate World

October 18th, 2020

21:04

On Long Reads Sunday, a reading of a John Street Capital piece on the realities of a market characterized by zero-bound interest rates.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

On this week’s Long …

SOB: Where Does Bitcoin Fit in the Global Reserve Currency Game?

October 17th, 2020

37:18

On this “Speaking of Bitcoin” episode, join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, and Jonathan Mohan for a look at the …

BREAKDOWN: The NSC Labels Blockchain a National Security Issue

October 17th, 2020

11:09

On the weekly recap, NLW looks at growth in institutional investment, big interest among the G20 in CBDCs and a new National Security Council report.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

On this …

BREAKDOWN: RAC on the First Truly Free Markets for Music and Culture

October 16th, 2020

1:33:09

Grammy-winning recording artist RAC explores the business of music and how crypto experiments could shift the balance of power.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Is Crypto Converging With Public Markets?

October 15th, 2020

16:53

Between bitcoin treasury holdings growing and crypto-focused SPACs, private crypto markets and public equities markets are closer than ever.

This …

BREAKDOWN: A $10B Firm Makes Bitcoin Its Primary Treasury Asset

October 14th, 2020

14:39

Stone Ridge Holdings Group announces $50 million in new funding for its digital asset subsidiary as well as significant BTC treasury holdings.

This …

BREAKDOWN: The IMF, G20 and BIS Gear Up for the Central Bank Digital Currency Era

October 13th, 2020

18:47

New reports on digital currency design principles and regulatory standards show just how quickly the world’s bankers are moving.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: How Investors Are Trading the Election

October 12th, 2020

17:38

As the U.S. presidential election gets closer, market “predictions” are showing up in stocks from energy to private prisons. 

This episode is …

SOB: Signal, Noise and the Coming Era of AI Curation

October 11th, 2020

39:01

On this “Speaking of Bitcoin” episode, join hosts Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and special guest Martin Rerak, creator of AllYourFeeds.com, for a look at how “AI curation” is being used to figure out …

BREAKDOWN: Is Bitcoin More Correlated to Stocks or Gold?

October 11th, 2020

12:33

According to analyst Lyn Alden, the answer depends on bitcoin’s own cycle. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

Today on Long Reads Sunday, a reading of Lyn Alden’s piece for CoinDesk: “Bitcoin …

RESEARCH: The Potential Ripple Effects of Ethereum 2.0, Explained

October 10th, 2020

39:50

The virtual event invest: ethereum economy takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 14. CoinDesk’s Christine Kim spoke to colleagues Michael J. Casey and Aaron …

BREAKDOWN: A Regulatory Reckoning for the Crypto Industry?

October 10th, 2020

11:39

Between BitMEX action, the U.K.’s derivative ban and the new U.S. Department of Justice enforcement framework, regulations are coming for crypto. 

BREAKDOWN: Cathie Wood – Secrets of the World’s Best Innovation Investor

October 9th, 2020

1:20:51

Cathie Wood bet early on Bitcoin and Tesla, and her ARK Innovation Fund is up 75% in 2020.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

Forbes called her “the newest superstar investor,” and it’s not …

BREAKDOWN: The Market Reacts to Square’s $50M Bitcoin Buy

October 8th, 2020

19:30

Reactions from Bitcoin Twitter and beyond as Square puts 1% of its treasury assets into bitcoin.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and 

BREAKDOWN: How Bitcoin Could Become the Reserve Asset for DeFi, Feat. Qiao Wang

October 7th, 2020

41:30

Crypto trader, analyst and operator Qiao Wang looks at bitcoin’s macro resilience and why DeFi is here to stay.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com

BREAKDOWN: The UK Bans Crypto Derivatives

October 6th, 2020

17:23

The crypto industry reacts to a big move from the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and 

BREAKDOWN: Are Central Bank Coins the End of Financial Privacy?

October 5th, 2020

21:33

As the European Union gets more serious about a digital euro, most central bank digital currencies intend to remove the anonymity of cash.

This …

RESEARCH: Confessions of a Sharding Skeptic

October 4th, 2020

41:11

With final preparations for the launch of Ethereum 2.0 soon to be underway, CoinDesk's Christine Kim spoke to Cayman Nava, technical lead at ChainSafe Systems and Alexey Akhunov, an independent researcher and software …

BREAKDOWN: Inflation Is the Cruelest Tax

October 4th, 2020

14:51

A reading of a new piece from the Wall Street Journal that NLW argues shows a shifting mainstream narrative.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.co.

Today’s Long Reads Sunday selection is “How To …

BREAKDOWN: 'The Fed Meetings Are a Dead Spectator Sport' - Best of The Breakdown September 2020

October 3rd, 2020

16:48

A monthly recap featuring conversations with Luke Gromen, Raoul Pal, Tavi Costa, Sven Henrich, Corey Hoffstein and Michael Saylor.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: 'Good Reason to Worry' What the BitMEX Indictment Means for DeFi and Bitcoin, Feat. Stephen Palley and Preston Byrne

October 2nd, 2020

41:29

Crypto legal experts join NLW to discuss the U.S. government’s case against BitMEX and its implications for the broader ecosystem. 

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: 10 Popular Investing Beliefs We Should Be Questioning

October 1st, 2020

17:34

NLW recaps a viral twitter thread asking people which financial conventional wisdom they disagree with.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com

BREAKDOWN: DeFi Summer; Bitcoin Fall

September 30th, 2020

19:31

The attention may have been with DeFi when it was warm, but as the cold winds of COVID-19 return fears and election volatility blow, bitcoin is …

BREAKDOWN: So Now They’re Hacking DeFi Protocols Before They’ve Even Launched?

September 29th, 2020

11:30

When the DeFi degens caught wind of a new pre-release Andre Cronje project they piled in, only to get $16 million hacked away in a flash.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

DeFi is one of the …

BREAKDOWN: Coinbase’s New Policy – Anti-Woke or Just a Joke?

September 29th, 2020

20:25

CEO Brian Armstrong’s letter has not just the crypto world but the larger world of tech and business talking about the role of corporations in …

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin's Longest Run Above $10,000 Matters

September 28th, 2020

16:44

Bitcoin has been above $10,000 for even longer than the record 2017-18 run, giving confidence to long term HODLers in the process.

This episode is …

SOB: The 51% Attack Nightmare Scenario (Isn't That Bad)

September 27th, 2020

43:48

On this Speaking of Bitcoin episode, join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan for an in-depth …

BREAKDOWN: Understanding the Coming Currency Cold War

September 27th, 2020

21:34

Will the future of currency be led by the U.S., China, Bitcoin, or some combination we can barely imagine today?

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

This week’s Long Reads Sunday is a reading of …

RESEARCH: The One-Way ETH 'Burn' That Will Kick-Start Ethereum 2.0

September 26th, 2020

35:08

With the final preparations for the launch of Ethereum 2.0 soon to be underway, CoinDesk's Christine Kim spoke with Developers Raul Jordan and …

BREAKDOWN: Why the Stock Market is Poised for Its Worst September Since 2011

September 26th, 2020

12:01

Last week saw the third-biggest outflow from stock funds in history, and the dollar is the strongest it’s been since April. Here’s what’s going on. 

BREAKDOWN: Sven Henrich on the Ever-Weakening Economic Cycle

September 25th, 2020

51:52

The founder and lead market strategist at NorthmanTrader explains how the Fed has boxed itself in and why our fundamental economic capacity fails to grow.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: Did Corporate Insiders Perfectly Predict the Market Top?

September 24th, 2020

14:55

In August, the volume of personally owned stock sold by corporate executives reached its highest level since 2015, followed by a 10% decline in the …

BREAKDOWN: Violent Reflexivity – Why Market Movements Are More Aggressive Than Ever, Feat. Corey Hoffstein

September 23rd, 2020

1:09:24

How the Fed and the rise of passive investing and volatility strategies have combined to make market movements faster and more severe.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Marty Bent on Why Bitcoin and Big Energy Are Unlikely Allies

September 22nd, 2020

35:23

Bitcoin mining can help big energy companies produce more efficiently, increasing American energy independence in the process. 

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: The FinCEN Files Show Banks Don’t Actually Care About Stopping Money Laundering

September 21st, 2020

22:56

The massive leak of suspicious activity reports shows how banks let the government know about likely money laundering, then go right on providing services.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: Lyn Alden’s Latest – Why Currency Devaluation Is Inevitable

September 20th, 2020

36:30

This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” reading is from macro analyst Lyn Alden and focuses on the inflation vs. deflation debate in historical context.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

On this …

SOB: How Does Kraken's New Crypto Bank Work?

September 20th, 2020

29:19

This week Kraken Financial became the first crypto company to receive a banking charter under Wyoming's Special Purpose Depository Institution statute. On this Speaking of Bitcoin episode, Join CEO David Kinitsky for a …

RESEARCH: The ‘Hot Swap’ Plan to Switch Ethereum to Proof-of-Stake Explained

September 19th, 2020

37:52

The highly-anticipated launch of Ethereum 2.0 is expected to have little to no impact on users and decentralized applications (dapps) currently operating on Ethereum. But in the years after its launch, Ethereum …

BREAKDOWN: Why the First US Crypto Bank Is a Big Deal

September 19th, 2020

13:10

Kraken became the first crypto exchange to win a U.S. banking license this week. Here’s why that matters. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

On this edition of The Breakdown weekly recap, NLW …

BREAKDOWN: 'I Didn't Buy It to Sell It. Ever.' MicroStrategy's Michael Saylor on His $425M Bitcoin Bet

September 18th, 2020

1:20:32

The CEO of publicly traded MicroStrategy (MSTR) shares why he started to feel like he was “sitting on a 500-lb block of ice” and how he came to …

BREAKDOWN: Monetary Policy is Finished and Macro Debates Are Boring, Feat. Raoul Pal

September 17th, 2020

58:10

A wide-ranging conversation about the state of macro, why central banks can’t really do anything and why private markets are leading the future of money.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: Governments vs. Networks – The Battle for the Soul of Finance

September 16th, 2020

17:25

Governments have significant discretion over economics and finance today, but decentralized network-driven alternatives threaten that control. 

This …

BREAKDOWN: The Decade of the Living Dead – How Zombie Companies Are Robbing Tomorrow’s Economy

September 15th, 2020

20:14

The percentage of companies that can’t afford to pay the interest on their debt has reached a new all-time high in the wake of central bank intervention.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: The Business of Geopolitical Competition

September 14th, 2020

21:38

As Oracle wins a bid for TikTok U.S., a look at how tech competition, culture competition and currency competition shape the business of geopolitics.

BREAKDOWN: Is Being the ‘Saudi Arabia of Money’ Good for America?

September 13th, 2020

13:57

A reading of “How to Diagnose Your Own Dutch Disease,” a look at the problems of America’s dollar trade.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com

BREAKDOWN: The Raw, Savage Capitalism of Open-Source Protocols

September 12th, 2020

12:29

Recapping the biggest stories of the week, including Joe Biden’s China plan, a market holding pattern and, of course, the strange competitive saga of …

RESEARCH: A Day in the Life of an Ethereum 2.0 Validator

September 12th, 2020

30:45

With Ethereum 2.0's much anticipated move to Proof-of-Stake getting closer, CoinDesk Research Analyst Christine Kim spoke with Ben Edgington and …

BREAKDOWN: ‘As Toppy as It Gets’ – Metals, Bitcoin and Fiat’s Race to the Bottom, Feat. Tavi Costa

September 11th, 2020

45:42

The Crescat Capital portfolio manager gives his take on the flashing macro warning signals and why it is an explosive moment for gold, silver and …

BREAKDOWN: How Monetary Policy Undermined American Resilience

September 10th, 2020

15:22

A legacy of artificially low interest rates is not just the death of savings, but a forced buying into the perpetual growth machine of financial asset prices.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: 'Absolute Raging Mania' – Famed Investor Druckenmiller Thinks 10% Inflation Is Possible

September 9th, 2020

19:56

The Hedge Fund legend says in a new interview the Federal Reserve’s policies have created a massive asset bubble while making both inflation and …

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin Investors Aren’t Worried About This Price Pullback

September 8th, 2020

16:11

Critiques of correlation between bitcoin and equities miss the fact that bitcoin adoption within traditional markets has been driven by a fiat …

BREAKDOWN: Sorry, Governments, We’re Entering the Era of Private Money

September 7th, 2020

12:39

Whether the U.S. government likes it or not, the world is demanding crypto-dollars and the private market is ready to supply them. 

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse

September 6th, 2020

23:22

A reading on revolutions from the late great David Graeber. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Earlier this week, news …

BREAKDOWN: Is Tesla a Stock for Suckers?

September 5th, 2020

10:24

The markets kicked off the week with a 5-1 Tesla stock split rally and ended with major questions about tech company valuations.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

On this episode of The …

RESEARCH: 3 Things You Should Know Before Staking on Ethereum 2.0

September 5th, 2020

32:00

It wasn’t long ago the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade went live on an official test network. Developers have been catching mission-critical bugs in the code ever since. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io

BREAKDOWN: 8 Historical Analogies That Help Explain the Madness of 2020

September 4th, 2020

18:15

From the U.S. presidential elections of 1896 to the dot-com bubble to housing markets in 2006, these historical moments help us make sense of a truly …

BREAKDOWN: DeFi Degens Are Crypto’s Suicide Squad

September 3rd, 2020

17:38

A look at the subculture and ethos driving the white-hot DeFi space, which has grown from $2 billion to $9 billion in total value locked in just two …

BREAKDOWN: Let Them Eat Equities! The Economic Chickens Come Home to Roost, Feat. Luke Gromen

September 2nd, 2020

52:30

One of the best-known macro analysts breaks down last week’s Jerome Powell speech and whether it truly represents a new policy era for the Federal …

BREAKDOWN: Financial Postmodernism and the Great Inflation Debate

September 1st, 2020

24:41

This Best of The Breakdown August 2020 edition features commentary from Hugh Hendry, Preston Pysh and Adam Tooze.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

August has come to a close. In this recap …

BREAKDOWN: US Stock Market Cap to GDP Reaches 190%, Eclipsing Dot-Com Bubble High

August 31st, 2020

10:58

The booming stock market is driven by perception of the Federal Reserve’s commitment to high prices and growing individual trading, but how sustainable is it?

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

BREAKDOWN: The Case for $500,000 Bitcoin

August 30th, 2020

24:51

The Winklevoss brothers make an argument that, in the long run, bitcoin is the only good safe haven. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

This week’s episode of Long Reads Sunday is a reading of …

BREAKDOWN: The End of an Era? Why Bitcoin and MMT Won the Week

August 29th, 2020

9:56

Fed Chair Jerome Powell tried to make it seem like the end of an era, but didn’t inspire confidence in the central bank’s ability to lead in the era that comes next.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and 

BREAKDOWN: The Anxiety Index... 4 Fear Factors Shaping the Economy

August 28th, 2020

16:12

From COVID-19 relapses to election insecurity, these factors drive defensiveness up and demand down. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp

BREAKDOWN: Everything You Need to Know About Jerome Powell's Jackson Hole Speech

August 27th, 2020

19:13

The Federal Reserve Chair announced a slate of new policy approaches, but are they inspired or impotent? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com

BREAKDOWN: The Battle to Get Dictator’s Seized Millions to 62,000 Venezuelan Health Heroes

August 26th, 2020

37:51

How crypto-powered Airtm is teaming with Venezuela’s opposition government to distribute $18 million in funds the U.S. seized from the Maduro dictatorship, featuring Airtm CEO Ruben Galindo.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: An Unintended Consequence of Low Interest Rates? The Big Get Bigger

August 25th, 2020

16:14

As companies have to shift their business model to contend with low interest rates, the largest find themselves in a comparatively better situation.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Today’s …

BREAKDOWN: How Much Should We Fear Post-Crisis Debt or Inflation? Feat. Adam Tooze

August 24th, 2020

59:35

An economic historian and one of Foreign Policy’s “Top Global Thinkers of the Decade” discusses post-COVID-19 global economics and politics.

This …

BREAKDOWN: Why Are Traditional Investors So Hungry for Yield Curve Control?

August 23rd, 2020

17:57

When FOMC minutes suggested the Federal Reserve might not employ yield curve control, the markets reacted angrily. 

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: People Aren’t Buying the ‘Great American Recovery’ Narrative

August 22nd, 2020

12:47

Despite the stock market returning to all-time highs, many can’t shake the feeling that all is not well in the economy. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Today on The Breakdown’s Weekly Recap:

BREAKDOWN: Winter Is Coming... Examining the Economy's Eight-Body Problem

August 21st, 2020

23:12

From the devastation of the service industry to never-ending central bank intervention, these factors make predicting the future of the economy nearly impossible.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and 

BREAKDOWN: The Most Pro-Bitcoin Politicians in the US

August 20th, 2020

26:41

Whether fighting for reduced taxes for staking or regulatory sandboxes for tokens, these politicians break the mold when it comes to digital assets.

BREAKDOWN: S&P5 vs. S&P 500: The Real Story of the Stock Market Recovery

August 19th, 2020

18:11

The S&P 500 has recovered to hit new all-time highs but how real is it, and how are leading finance minds interpreting the recovery?

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Today, NLW debuts a …

BREAKDOWN: How Excess Capital and Low Interest Rates Reshaped Silicon Valley, Feat. Chris McCann

August 18th, 2020

1:00:01

A conversation with a VC about changes in fintech, crypto and how public market trends shape the startup scene.


This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com

BREAKDOWN: What’s Actually Happening With Inflation Right Now

August 17th, 2020

23:58

The numbers are all over the place and the narratives are even more complicated, so what’s the real story with inflation? 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

There is perhaps nothing more …

LEIGH: Meet a Freelance Cypherpunk Developer in Africa

August 16th, 2020

29:04

In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and Fodé Diop, founder of the Dakar Bitcoin Developers meetup in Senegal, talk about bitcoin in Africa. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

From …

BREAKDOWN: Is Asteroid Mining Really Our Best Argument for Bitcoin Over Gold?

August 16th, 2020

14:15

After a Winklevoss encounter highlights Elon Musk’s space mining dreams, maybe we should remind ourselves of the right-here-at-home benefits bitcoin …

LEIGH: What Venezuelans Think About Bitcoin and American Media

August 15th, 2020

27:12

In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and Venezuelan journalist Javier Bastardo talk about cryptocurrency and the media industry.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Caracas-based …

BREAKDOWN: Here Comes the Most Bizarre Bull Market Yet

August 15th, 2020

16:17

Social unrest on the one hand, “Degen Finance” on the other. Strap in for a very weird bull run. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp

BREAKDOWN: Fortnite vs. Apple and Google Is the Internet's First ‘World War’

August 14th, 2020

19:38

What’s truly at stake is the power to shape and profit from the future of digital experiences. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and 

BREAKDOWN: Preston Pysh on Why We’ve Entered a Fundamentally New Era of Bitcoin Accumulation

August 13th, 2020

1:42:34

The prominent podcaster and bitcoin advocate joins The Breakdown to explain why we’re seeing a phase shift in the corporate and institutional relationship with BTC.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and 

BREAKDOWN: #SupplyGate and the Battle to Frame Crypto’s Next Bull Run

August 12th, 2020

29:26

Why the ether supply dust-up was about much more than the supply of ether. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Today on the …

BREAKDOWN: Joe Rogan for Fed Chair! Feat. Hugh Hendry

August 11th, 2020

1:09:27

A former hedge fund manager and financial dissident gives his take on what ails the U.S. economy and why the Federal Reserve should be more, not …

BREAKDOWN: The Latest on the Global Economy's Most Contentious Relationship

August 10th, 2020

19:34

China and the U.S. trade high-profile sanctions, but the real impact is showing up in banks and on the Hong Kong stock market.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: How the Purpose of Public Markets Has Changed

August 9th, 2020

21:23

Long Reads Sunday features excerpts about public and private markets, the new bitcoin bull market, and DJ Marshmello.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: The Mounting Evidence of a New Bitcoin Bull Market

August 8th, 2020

10:39

From positive price indicators to a new all time high in smallholder addresses, this is the evidence a new bull run might be starting.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: 11 Numbers That Tell the Story of the Economy Right Now

August 7th, 2020

13:35

From the price of coffee to the national debt as a percentage of GDP, these 11 numbers provide a picture of a fast changing global economy. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Mainstream …

BREAKDOWN: Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough on Stagflation, Bitcoin and the Devalued Dollar

August 5th, 2020

38:25

One of the realest people in financial media joins for a conversation about where the economy really is and where it’s headed.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Can Social Media Be Redeemed? Feat. Bobby Goodlatte

August 4th, 2020

1:10:42

An early Facebook product designer-turned angel investor discusses how social media has changed and whether it can be changed again for the better.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Today on …

LEIGH: What People Who Aren’t Bullish On Bitcoin Still Like About It

August 4th, 2020

25:16

Working with open source software changes the development process, according to this researcher who interviewed hundreds of technologists across …

BREAKDOWN: Rage Against the Economic Machine... The Best of the Breakdown July 2020

August 3rd, 2020

28:55

A recap show on wealth inequality, stock markets and taking it back featuring Jill Carlson, Michael Krieger, Daniel Lacalle, George Gammon and more.

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Today on …

BREAKDOWN: For What Future Are We Building Bitcoin?

August 2nd, 2020

11:43

A reading of Meltem Demirors new essay “Unintended Architecture” asks some key questions about intention setting for the future of Bitcoin

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Bitcoin started …

BREAKDOWN: Previewing the Economic Showdowns Coming This Fall

August 1st, 2020

10:34

From the size of a second round of stimulus to COVID-19 litigation to reshoring, last week previewed some key issues for the months to come. 

This …

LEIGH: Why This Sex Industry Executive Loves Bitcoin

August 1st, 2020

24:31

Chaturbate executive Shirely Lara is a sex industry veteran who sees bitcoin as a crucial part of her business. The bitcoin-friendly porn executive talks with CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen about bitcoin, sex and …

BREAKDOWN: What a Professional Trader Thinks of the Fed, Robinhood and Real Estate, Feat. Tony Greer

July 31st, 2020

1:06:40

The editor of the Morning Navigator newsletter discusses a variety of macro topics and how to trade against a very strange market.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: The Bond Market Is the Truth Teller No One Heeds, Feat. George Goncalves

July 30th, 2020

55:35

A veteran bond strategist gives his take on why the bond market has a better read than equities on short-term and long-term macro trends. 

This …

BREAKDOWN: How DeFi Could Disrupt Traditional Finance, Feat. Sergey Nazarov

July 29th, 2020

1:22:03

Today on the Brief:

  • Big tech goes to Washington
  • The debate on the next COVID-19 relief act heats up
  • More on institutional investors’ move into gold 


This …

BREAKDOWN: How Real Is Bitcoin’s Rally? 8 Interpretations of Bitcoin's Massive Surge

July 28th, 2020

24:38

As bitcoin retraces slightly after reaching a new 2020 high about $11,000, NLW explores what’s driving the rally and how likely it is to continue.

BREAKDOWN: SPACs 101... A Bubble, the Future or Both?

July 27th, 2020

27:39

A primer on, and critical look at, one of Wall Street’s hottest trends: special purpose acquisition companies. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

Special purpose acquisition companies have been around …

ANNA: The Future for Unregulated Bitcoin Exchanges

July 26th, 2020

51:07

To KYC or not to KYC? In this episode, CoinDesk’s Anna Baydakova talks to Hodl Hodl and Bisq, two non-custodial, no-KYC bitcoin exchanges.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

One year ago, the Financial …

BREAKDOWN: Is this China’s Century or the US’s? Maybe It’s Both

July 26th, 2020

24:51

This Long Reads Sunday is a reading of Adam Tooze’ recent review of four books on the growing conflict between the U.S. and China.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

This week on Long Reads Sunday, our …

LEIGH: What Sex Workers Want To Do With Bitcoin

July 25th, 2020

29:47

Beyond Crypto, OnlyFans Star Savannah Solo Talks About Money 

Sex workers are starting their own businesses and working online, thanks to social …

BREAKDOWN: As Economic Indicators Get Worse, the US Revs Up the Next Multi-Trillion Stimulus

July 25th, 2020

14:39

The Breakdown Weekly Recap covers growing US-China tensions, worsening job numbers and the next casual $1T-$3T in stimulus.

This episode is sponsored …

BREAKDOWN: Could the European Recovery Plan Actually Break Europe Apart?

July 24th, 2020

32:21

The EU’s Recovery Plan agreement has been widely hailed, but some argue that it is taking Europe down a dangerous path.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: Will Big Tech Enable or Destroy Small Business? Feat. Sahil Bloom

July 23rd, 2020

51:58

More than 50% of COVID-19 related business closures in the US are now permanent. Can tech platforms provide a new avenue for small biz entrepreneurship?

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

Today on the …

BREAKDOWN: A Simple Explanation of DeFi and Yield Farming Using Actual Human Words

July 22nd, 2020

27:07

A primer on yield farming, liquidity mining, automated market making and all the other terms shaping the brave new world of decentralized finance.

BREAKDOWN: What's Behind the Fed's New Push to Promote Inflation?

July 21st, 2020

16:57

Why the Fed’s strategy on inflation is changing and why the definition used by America’s central bank may be hurting regular people. 

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: What Is GPT-3 and Should We Be Terrified?

July 20th, 2020

21:15

The internet is alive with demos of what the latest artificial intelligence language model can do. Should we be nervous?

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: Are Stablecoins Eurodollars 2.0? Long Reads Sunday

July 19th, 2020

14:31

Long Reads Sunday features two essays previously published on CoinDesk that show the trajectory of stablecoins in the global economy in 2020.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

On this week’s Long Reads …

RESEARCH: The Origins of the World's Oldest Bitcoin Metric, Explained

July 19th, 2020

29:14

Bitcoin days destroyed (BDD) was first introduced as a concept back in 2011. At the time, it had only been two years since the creation of the world’s first cryptocurrency, bitcoin. Individuals were already beginning to …

BREAKDOWN: Social Media Is Democracy's Faultline... The Breakdown Weekly Recap

July 18th, 2020

10:52

From PayPal crypto confirmed to action in central bank digital currencies, these were six themes shaping the week.

This episode is sponsored by 

BREAKDOWN: What If the Too-Strong Dollar Is a Solved Problem? Feat. Jon Turek

July 17th, 2020

1:04:33

Finance writer Jon Turek argues that between Federal Reserve swap lines, Europe stabilization and a few other factors, the strong dollar problem may …

BREAKDOWN: No, the Twitter Hack Wasn't About Bitcoin

July 16th, 2020

30:09

The motivations and implications of a hack that had everyone from Coinbase to Kanye shilling a scam for bitcoin. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp

BREAKDOWN: A Primer on the US and China’s 'New Cold War'

July 15th, 2020

26:35

No geopolitical relationship will shape the world over the coming decade as much as that of the U.S. and China. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp

BREAKDOWN: Why Are Execs of Bankrupt Companies Being Rewarded With Millions?

July 14th, 2020

23:03

Today on the Brief:

  • A followup on Tesla, corporate earnings and PayPal’s crypto ambitions
  • New COVID-19 shutdowns in California 
  • Small businesses on the …

BREAKDOWN: The Real Story Behind $TSLA's Rally

July 13th, 2020

22:47

Today on the Brief:

  • Wall Street quarterly earnings season opens
  • Investor flock to higher-yielding Chinese government bonds
  • Bitcoin whales go down but …

BREAKDOWN: Does COVID-19 Have The World Rethinking Dollar Supremacy?

July 12th, 2020

9:40

On this episode of Long Reads Sunday, we look at Professor Stephen S. Roach’s piece “The Covid Shock To The Dollar.”

This episode is sponsored by 

LEIGH: What a Bitcoin Researcher Says About Lightning

July 12th, 2020

25:46

In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and Chaincode Labs researcher Clara Shikhelman talk about bitcoin and what attracted them to it. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

As a cofounder of the …

BREAKDOWN: The Mixed Signals Economy on The Breakdown Weekly Recap

July 11th, 2020

10:57

On The Breakdown’s Weekly Recap, NLW explores:

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

  • The final tally on the TikTok Doge viral campaign 

BREAKDOWN: You Can’t Fight Outrage Culture With More Outrage, Feat. Michael Krieger

July 10th, 2020

1:17:00

Today on the Brief:

  • Hong Kong re-closes schools based on COVID-19 growth
  • Coinbase explores direct U.S. exchange listing
  • China starts selling stock, …

BREAKDOWN: Inequality, Social Chaos, Bankruptcy Rallies: The Best Insights From FinTwit June 2020

July 9th, 2020

25:22

Today on the Brief:

  • Slight good news in new and continuing jobless claims 
  • Record corporate equity and debt sales during the crisis
  • USDC freezes $100k

BREAKDOWN: TikTok Doge Is Everything About 2020 Finance In One Story

July 8th, 2020

22:27

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

What’s old is new again!

What happens when you combine a mostly hibernating memecoin with the …

BREAKDOWN: Central Banks Cannot Print Jobs: Understanding Real Economic Recovery, Feat. Daniel Lacalle

July 7th, 2020

1:05:17

Today on the Brief:

  • Social media apps get caught in geopolitical tensions 
  • Pitchforks around the Paycheck Protection Program 
  • Brazil blocks Binance

This …

BREAKDOWN: China Stocks Surge and NYC Real Estate Craters... 5 Stories Shaping Markets Today

July 6th, 2020

20:49

The story of the economy as told by five macroeconomic indicators including Chinese stocks, New York City real estate, coronavirus cases and more.

LEIGH: What Artists Love About Crypto

July 5th, 2020

15:32

In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and Blockade Games co-founder Marguerite deCourcelle talk about bitcoin’s impact on artistic careers. …

BREAKDOWN: It’s Time for a Revolution in Financial Education, Feat. Tyrone Ross

July 4th, 2020

34:47

To decrease wealth inequality, one passionate financial adviser argues why financial education needs different content, from different voices, delivered through different channels. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp

BREAKDOWN: Here’s How to Expand Who Contributes to Bitcoin Core

July 3rd, 2020

32:51

A Bitcoin Core dev and her exchange partner discuss Bitcoin and privacy and how to incentivize more developers to contribute to the protocol. 

This …

BREAKDOWN: Why the Robinhood Revolution Is the Future of Finance, Feat. Jill Carlson

July 2nd, 2020

47:19

Far from a fly-by-night, uneducated mania, the new day trader class represents a much more significant force for how public markets are changing. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

Even before the …

BREAKDOWN: Satoshi’s Unappreciated Marketing Genius, Feat. Dan Held

July 1st, 2020

39:15

There is a constant free market competition to define the Bitcoin narrative, and Kraken’s Dan Held argues this is part of what makes the protocol so …

BREAKDOWN: ‘It Sure Doesn’t Feel Like the Greatest Economy of All Time,’ Feat. George Gammon

June 30th, 2020

1:05:31

The host of the rapidly growing Rebel Capitalist podcast joins to talk macro, inflation and the almighty battle for ideas.

This episode is sponsored …

BREAKDOWN: How the Fed Fans the Flame – The Best of The Breakdown June 2020

June 29th, 2020

29:15

Guests from the crypto investor Ari Paul to Harvard prof Dr. Vikram Mansharamani discuss bitcoin, the economy and social unrest.

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Welcome to the Groundhog Day Economy (PS, It Sucks)

June 27th, 2020

10:04

As states shutter economic activity because of preventable COVID-19 outbreaks, it’s deja vu all over again. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and 

BREAKDOWN: How Monopolies Sow the Seeds of Their Own Destruction

June 26th, 2020

1:10:22

Today on the Brief:

  • A consumer spending rebound
  • A new crypto regulatory regime in Europe
  • A bitcoin warning from a famed investor


This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Is Scam Selling Suppressing the Price of Bitcoin?

June 25th, 2020

17:48

Today we also look at a big win for privacy from Apple, new jobless claims in the “whack-a-mole” economy and the biggest BTC options expiry ever.

This …

BREAKDOWN: Bull vs. Bear... Who Has the Economy Right?

June 24th, 2020

23:52

The economy is nothing if not confounding right now. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

Across every domain, from real estate to …

BREAKDOWN: Oil 101... How Easy Money Enabled the Shale Revolution, Feat. Tracy Shuchart

June 23rd, 2020

1:16:02

An oil and commodities expert breaks down how the shale revolution reshaped global energy power and why oil went below $0 earlier this year.

This …

BREAKDOWN: Macro Investors Sound Off! Featuring Ari Paul, Spencer Bogart and David Nage

June 22nd, 2020

47:16

Some of the smartest investors in the crypto space share how they think the larger macro context is shaping interest in bitcoin and digital assets.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

Today on the Brief:

LTB!: Bitcoin Only Matters Because the Game Is Rigged

June 21st, 2020

44:46

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Recently the hosts of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss the big picture problems facing our world which make things like Bitcoin distinctly …

BREAKDOWN: A Dozen+ Statistics Proving Millennials Are F%#$&D... The Breakdown Weekly Recap

June 20th, 2020

11:07

An economic comparison of where boomers were at the same age as millennials leads to only one conclusion: Millennials are screwed. 

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

The big narrative in financial …

BREAKDOWN: Why Monetary Debasement Is Here to Stay, Feat. Dr. Vikram Mansharamani

June 19th, 2020

1:08:30

From technology to aging demographics, some of the most important trends shaping the economy have been deflationary. What happens when that rapidly …

BREAKDOWN: 6 Things Jobless Claims Tell Us About the State of the Real Economy

June 18th, 2020

25:24

Persistent unemployment and fears of further layoffs are the real economic counterpoint to the financial market’s unbridled enthusiasm. 

This episode …

BREAKDOWN: What Satoshi Understood... Nobody Knows You're a Dog on Social Media, Feat. The Crypto Dog

June 17th, 2020

47:31

A conversation about pseudo-anonymity, global digital nomadism and the trader’s mindset.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

On the …

BREAKDOWN: From Moral Hazard to Business as Usual, Feat. Jesse Felder

June 16th, 2020

1:13:46

A leading independent financial analysis shares thoughts on the “Robinhood rally,” Fed policy and why Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is already here.

BREAKDOWN: Sorry, Bloomberg: Here Are 6 Reasons Why 2020 Is a Great Year for Bitcoin

June 15th, 2020

28:48

A Bloomberg senior editor today argued there were six reasons why 2020 was bad for bitcoin. Here’s the opposite case.

Today on the Brief:

  • Stocks down …

LTB!: Bootstrapping Mobile Mesh Networks with Bitcoin Lightning

June 14th, 2020

50:41

Richard Myers says the future of ad-hoc mesh networks for SMS messages and bitcoin transactions on your smart phone is here, but it needs the lightning network to succeed.

The episode is sponsored by eToro.com and The …

BREAKDOWN: The Chad Index Versus Doomer Internet Money... The Breakdown Weekly Recap

June 13th, 2020

11:19

This week, the wildest, most nonsensical, volatile part of the market wasn’t bitcoin, but the “Robinhood Rally” in equities.

This episode is sponsored …

LEIGH: How The Porn Industry Changed During Coronavirus, With Performers Wary of Bitcoin

June 13th, 2020

23:28

In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and adult content creator Allie Awesome talk about payments and money in the sex industry, especially …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin Is More Than an Inflation Hedge

June 12th, 2020

25:44

While fears of a “great monetary inflation” have driven the recent bitcoin narrative, other aspects like censorship resistance and peaceful protest …

BREAKDOWN: Why the Fed Keeps Denying Its Role in Increasing Inequality

June 11th, 2020

26:50

The Federal Reserve expects low inflation, says rates will stay close to zero through 2022 and keeps lying about the role of central banks in …

BREAKDOWN: A Vision for Digital Property Rights, Feat. Nic Carter

June 10th, 2020

33:45

Most people today look at social platforms like any other private company, but what if we saw them as alternative jurisdictions with a new set of property rights?

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

BREAKDOWN: What the Stock Market's 'Robinhood Rally' Means for Bitcoin

June 9th, 2020

32:25

The largest 50-day rally in stock market history and even stocks of bankrupt companies are up more than 100%. What is going on?

This episode is …

BREAKDOWN: Why War Reporting Is the Right Mental Model for Today’s Media, Feat. Jake Hanrahan

June 8th, 2020

1:17:37

The founder of Popular Front joins NLW for a discussion about protests, media and how the people being covered tend to not reflect divisive politics.

LTB!: 'Be Your Own Bank' and the 'Luxury of Apathy'

June 7th, 2020

49:54

'The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Recently the hosts of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss the systemically important "Be Your Own Bank" Bitcoin narrative and what it means …

BREAKDOWN: The Revolution Will Be Retweeted... The Breakdown Weekly Recap

June 6th, 2020

8:58

A recap of one of the most significant weeks in recent American political history.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

The Breakdown …

BREAKDOWN: The Biggest Realignment in the US-China Relationship Since Nixon, Feat. Graham Webster

June 5th, 2020

1:27:00

How one of the world’s most important geopolitical relationships came to be what it is in 2020.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

BREAKDOWN: The Mirage of the Money Printer... Why the Fed Is More PR Than Policy, Feat. Jeffrey P. Snider

June 4th, 2020

1:04:10

The meme is “money printer go brrr,” but according to this macro expert, central banks have almost no power to actually influence money itself.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

The conventional …

DISCUSSION: Decentralization and What Section 230 Really Means for Freedom of Speech

June 4th, 2020

53:51

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Thursday, seeking to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 prevents social media companies from civil liability for the content …

BREAKDOWN: 5 Numbers That Tell the Story of Markets Right Now

June 3rd, 2020

14:49

Every day that protests continue and the stock market goes up, more people ask what the disconnect between markets and the real economy is. In this episode of The Breakdown, NLW peels back the story of today’s economy …

BREAKDOWN: Cellphones, Bitcoin and the Citizen Tools of Anti-Authoritarianism, Feat. Alex Gladstein

June 2nd, 2020

45:59

A conversation with the outspoken pro-bitcoin, anti-surveillance human rights advocate and global power expert.

This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

Alex Gladstein is the chief strategy officer of the …

BREAKDOWN: The Power and Peril of the 'Bitcoin Fixes This' Meme

June 1st, 2020

25:34

As the U.S. experiences the most sustained civil disobedience in more than a generation, an exploration of what role bitcoin has to play in building …

LTB!: 'We Need 30 Different Words for Different Kinds of Censorship'

May 31st, 2020

36:31

'The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Recently the hosts of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss state sponsored propaganda, corporate censorship and how cryptocurrency or …

BREAKDOWN: The Battle for the Future of Money, feat. Lawrence Summers, CZ, Michelle Phan, the Winklevoss brothers, The Chainsmokers and more.

May 29th, 2020

48:17

As the economic dimension of the COVID-19 crisis comes into clearer view, what have we learned about the battle for the future of money? Does the …

BREAKDOWN: The Geopolitical Implications of a Too-Strong Dollar, Feat. Brent Johnson

May 28th, 2020

1:04:36

A macro expert joins to discuss why the U.S. dollar and economy are more broadly poised to suck the liquidity from the entire global economy.

This …

BREAKDOWN: The Shadow of Satoshi's Ghost... Why Bitcoin Mythology Matters

May 22nd, 2020

30:35

This episode is sponsored by ErisXThe Stellar Development Foundation and Grayscale Digital Large Cap Investment Fund.

On Wednesday, a batch of coins mined just a month after bitcoin’s birth were moved. It was the first …

BREAKDOWN: 'Minsky Moments' and the Financial History of Pandemics

May 19th, 2020

35:16

This episode is sponsored by ErisXThe Stellar Development Foundation and Grayscale Digital Large Cap Investment Fund.

Jamie Catherwood works at O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, a quantitative long-equity investment …

BREAKDOWN: Money Reimagined... Where Bitcoin Fits in the New Monetary Order

May 15th, 2020

47:09

This episode is sponsored by ErisXThe Stellar Development Foundation and Grayscale Digital Large Cap Investment Fund.

Niall Ferguson has called this moment an “age of experimentation” when it comes to currencies.

One of …

BREAKDOWN: Surveying the Carnage... Movies, Sports and Education in Crisis

May 14th, 2020

32:08

This episode is sponsored by ErisXThe Stellar Development Foundation and Grayscale Digital Large Cap Investment Fund.

This is the second in a series of episodes on how the economic crisis is challenging and …

BREAKDOWN: How We Future Now - Live With Kathleen Breitman, Caitlin Long and More

May 12th, 2020

1:03:28

This episode is sponsored by ErisXThe Stellar Development Foundation and Grayscale Digital Large Cap Investment Fund.

There is a shared sense that the world has shifted. Now begins the messy work of figuring out what …

LTB!: Bitcoin Miners, US Energy Producers and Moores Law

May 10th, 2020

30:45

Although some believe bitcoin mining is a wasteful activity, on today's show we dig into the relative world of constant fuel production, lumpy demand …

LEIGH: Scams, Schemes and Crypto Privacy, Feat. Preston Byrne

May 9th, 2020

43:24

CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by attorney Preston Byrne, a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of Anderson Kill, to talk about fraud and constitutional rights. 

This episode is sponsored by ErisXThe Stellar …

BREAKDOWN: Money Reimagined... The Global Contenders Trying to Displace the Dollar

May 8th, 2020

25:53

“Some of the greatest theorists about money…thought it better to be multiple competing currencies rather than a single global standards, and there …

BREAKDOWN: 9 Reasons Why Bitcoin Has Never Been Stronger Going Into a Halving

May 7th, 2020

21:02

This episode is sponsored by ErisXThe Stellar Development Foundation and Grayscale Digital Large Cap Investment Fund.

The bitcoin halving is just a few days away and the growing excitement is palpable. On this episode …

BREAKDOWN: Why Warren Buffett's Bearishness Should End V-Shaped Recovery Talk

May 4th, 2020

16:30

This episode is sponsored by ErisXThe Stellar Development Foundation and Grayscale Digital Large Cap Investment Fund.

One month after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008, Warren Buffett wrote an Op-Ed saying that …

RESEARCH: Bitcoin Halving 2020... How the World's Largest Mining Pool Is Helping Miners 'De-Risk'

May 2nd, 2020

29:25

F2Pool is the largest bitcoin mining pool in the world controlling 20 percent of the collective computational energy, also called hashrate, on the …

BREAKDOWN: Money Reimagined... Why the Dollar Has Never Been Stronger or More Set up to Fail

May 1st, 2020

41:45

Two of CoinDesk’s most popular series, NLW’s The Breakdown podcast and the Money Reimagined newsletter by chief content officer Michael Casey, come …

BREAKDOWN: From Corrupt to Broken... An Insider’s Analysis of the Fed, Feat. Danielle Dimartino Booth

April 30th, 2020

36:53

Danielle DiMartino Booth is the CEO and Chief Strategist of Quill Intelligence. Before that, however, after correctly predicting the mortgage meltdown, she was called upon to serve and spent 9 years as an advisor to the …

BREAKDOWN: When Currencies Fail... A Primer on the Dollar Crisis in Lebanon

April 29th, 2020

22:51

The Lebanese pound has lost at least 50% of its value against the dollar since last year. 220,000 people have lost their jobs. Food prices are up …

BREAKDOWN: COVID-19 and the Mass Surveillance Machine, Feat. Maya Zehavi

April 28th, 2020

45:27

As the COVID-19 crisis rages, it takes on new economic and political dimensions. The frames for many of the most important questions for the next …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin vs. QE Infinity and the 4 Archetypes of the Halving Debate

April 27th, 2020

17:09

The bitcoin halving is just two weeks away. While the COVID-19 crisis pushed attention off the momentous event for a while, the discussion is coming back fast and strong. Google searches for the bitcoin halving already …

LTB!: Lightning Network Messaging, Political Expediency and What Crisis Has Revealed

April 26th, 2020

49:48

On today's show we've got a pair of interviews for you. First we speak with John Cantrell, the author of Juggernaut, a new messaging layer 3 application being built on top of layer 2 lightning network, which is itself …

RESEARCH: Bitcoin Halving 2020 the 'Arms Race' for Miner Efficiency Intensifies

April 25th, 2020

39:00

In this episode of the Bitcoin Halving 2020: Miner Perspective podcast series, we take a trip down memory lane back to the early days of bitcoin when miners first began competing for network rewards. 

“I think the …

BREAKDOWN: Starting a Bitcoin Startup During the COVID-19 Crisis, Feat. Yan Pritzker

April 24th, 2020

52:05

Yan Pritzker is the CTO and cofounder of Swan Bitcoin, an automated bitcoin only investing app aiming to be the best onramp to bitcoin. He is also …

BREAKDOWN: We Don’t Need Big Brother to Beat This Virus

April 23rd, 2020

19:17

One of the key aspects of most plans to reopen the economy is digital contact tracing. This would be an apparatus whereby mobile phones kept track of …

AFRICA: Fighting Scams and Preaching Bitcoin in Botswana, Feat. Alakani Itireleng

April 23rd, 2020

45:20

In this episode Anita speaks with Alakanani Itireleng, who founded the Satoshicentre in Botswana in 2014 and single-handedly built a growing Bitcoin community. She is the heart and center of Bitcoin education there, …

BREAKDOWN: The History of the Dollar System From Bretton Woods to QE Infinity, Feat. Luke Gromen

April 22nd, 2020

1:16:04

QE infinity. Corporate bailouts. Nudgin UBI. The incredible economic phenomena going on now didn’t happen out of the blue. They are the byproducts of …

BREAKDOWN: From Proof of Health to UBI: How Everything Changes Post COVID-19, Feat. Joe McCann

April 21st, 2020

1:02:43

Joe McCann currently works in cloud and AI at Microsoft and has spent decades in tech, crypto, and open source communities. He recently wrote a piece called “A New, New World Order” all about the second and third order …

BREAKDOWN: Bearish or Bullish? What Oil, Defi Hacks and Cash Hoarding Tell Us About Markets

April 20th, 2020

22:59

It’s hard to look at recent news from both crypto and traditional markets and not feel like we’re getting pretty mixed signals. Stocks have been recovering, but oil is hitting historic lows. DeFi suffers a major hack …

LEIGH: BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen on 'a System That Doesn't Suck'

April 19th, 2020

45:31

On today’s episode CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen sits down with Bram Cohen, author of the BitTorrent protocol and CEO of Chia. In this wide ranging …

RESEARCH: The Market Impacts of a Bitcoin Halving Explained

April 18th, 2020

38:18

For more information about the bitcoin halving, download the free CoinDesk Research explainer report which features over 30 different charts and additional commentary from mining industry experts.

“If price performance …

BREAKDOWN: Why Money Is Losing Its Meaning, Feat. Jared Dillian

April 17th, 2020

41:39

Bitcoiners are particularly sensitive to Fed intervention in markets, but the degree to which the Fed is willing to print to backstop basically all …

BREAKDOWN: Libra vs. DCEP? The Battle for the Future of Money Heats Up

April 16th, 2020

18:58

This week saw the latest salvos in the battle for the future of money. 

Libra announced that it would be moving away from a single currency that was …

AFRICA: Bitcoin Maximalism, Entrepreneurs and COVID-19 in Zimbabwe (Part 5 of a Six-Part Documentary Podcast Series)

April 16th, 2020

39:17

In this episode, we'll join Anita Posch in Zimbabwe as she speaks with Tongayi Choto, a software developer, entrepreneur and a bitcoin maximalist. He founded Afriblocks, a Global Pan-African Freelance platform that …

BREAKDOWN: What the Economy Will Look Like 6 Months From Now, Feat. Ryan Selkis

April 15th, 2020

49:15

As week (one million, it seems) of the COVID-19 lockdown plods on, many are wondering what the economy will look like on the other side.

Ryan Selkis is the CEO and founder of Messari. He was one of the earliest voices in …

BREAKDOWN: The $20,000 Human IPO and 5 Other Crypto Stories That Have Nothing to Do With COVID-19

April 14th, 2020

21:45

Even as the market tries to make sense of everything happen (or ignores it, depending on your perspective), crypto keeps on plugging along. 

Today on The Breakdown @NLW looks at 5 recent crypto stories that are …

ANNA: Making Sense of the SEC's Case Against Telegram

April 12th, 2020

45:51

Telegram, the popular messaging app, has big plans for its blockchain Telegram Open Network, or TON. It also had one of the biggest token sales in …

RESEARCH: How Miners are Preparing for Lower Block Rewards

April 11th, 2020

33:06

How are bitcoin (BTC) miners strategizing for the upcoming halving event in which block reward subsidies will be cut by 50 percent? On this week’s episode of “Bitcoin Halving 2020: Miner Perspectives,” Kristy-Leigh …

BREAKDOWN: Quantitative Tightening and 5 Key Questions for Our Changing World

April 10th, 2020

16:35

As we wrap up another crazy week - 6.6m more jobless claims, $2.3T more in stimulus - this episode offers a few key themes and questions for …

BREAKDOWN: Rebuilding the Resilience Economy, Feat. Anthony Pompliano

April 9th, 2020

53:29

As host of the Pomp Podcast, author of the daily Off The Chain newsletter, and founder partner at Morgan Creek Digital Assets, Anthony Pompliano is one of the best known media personalities and investors in the crypto …

AFRICA: If Bitcoin Works in Zimbabwe, It Works Everywhere (Part 4 of a Six-Part Documentary Podcast Series)

April 9th, 2020

1:00:08

In part 4 of this six-part documentary podcast series about Bitcoin in Africa we'll join Anita as she speaks with a young woman from Harare, Zimbabwe. She calls herself a 'Digipreneur' and also works as a teacher. …

BREAKDOWN: The Questions We're Not Allowed to Ask, Feat. Hidden Forces' Demetri Kofinas

April 8th, 2020

1:07:16

Demetri Kofinas is the host of Hidden Forces, a popular podcast that examines markets through the lens of large patterns of change. 

On this episode, …

BREAKDOWN: Exit Plans, Premature Rallies and Frontline Heroes, Feat. Ben Hunt

April 7th, 2020

36:08

Epsilon Theory’s Ben Hunt joins for a follow up to our pre-lockdown Covid-19 conversation in early March. In the month since, the markets finally …

BREAKDOWN: How Disruption Makes Humanity Stronger, Feat. Emerson Spartz

April 6th, 2020

56:36

Second order effects are things that happen as unexpected outcomes of something else happening. These effects can create surprising causal chains. 

Take this for example: A pandemic makes everyone need to work from home …

LTB!: BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen on Coronavirus Second Order Effects and Improving on Bitcoin

April 5th, 2020

1:03:07

In Today's discussion we'll briefly talk about some of the knock-on, or second order affects which the coronavirus disruption is having on our world today, and which may continue into the future. Then for the meat of …

RESEARCH: Miner Perspectives on Bitcoin Halving 2020, Part 1 of a New Podcast Series

April 4th, 2020

28:00

In about 40 days, the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, bitcoin, will undergo a pre-programmed block reward reduction known as the halving. 

Roughly every 4 years, bitcoin’s block subsidy …

BREAKDOWN: Will DeFi Matter in a Post-Coronavirus World? Feat. Matt Luongo

April 3rd, 2020

35:34

Matt Luongo got his start in bitcoin in 2013. In 2016, he watched a pivotal moment where the sound money, digital gold narrative subsumed the …

BREAKDOWN: 5 Reasons for Cautious Optimism in Crypto

April 2nd, 2020

23:08

The economic outlook is grim. The jobless claims keep piling up and even the most intransigent states are shutting down business. There isn’t - yet - a realistic plan - for returning to any sort of economic normalcy. 

AFRICA: Using Bitcoin in Zimbabwe (Part 3 of a Six-Part Documentary Podcast Series)

April 2nd, 2020

52:05

After three weeks of listening, recording and talking bitcoin (BTC) in Africa, podcaster Anita Posch is back in part 3 of her six-part documentary …

BREAKDOWN: How Coronavirus Is Accelerating the End of Globalism, Feat. Peter Zeihan

April 1st, 2020

49:54

“Some countries just aren’t going to emerge from the Coronavirus.”

Peter Zeihan is one of the world’s foremost geopolitical experts. In his new book …

BREAKDOWN: ‘If You’re Not Radicalized, You’re Not Paying Attention’ Feat. Nic Carter

March 31st, 2020

42:43

In this wide-ranging discussion, Castle Island Ventures founding partner and Coin Metrics co-founder Nic Carter joins @NLW to discuss:

  • Why …

BREAKDOWN: Bitcoin, Stablecoins, DeFi and Privacy: How COVID-19 Is Changing Key Crypto Narratives

March 30th, 2020

21:27

On January 28th, Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal tweeted “Notable overlap on here between the most alarmist people tweeting about the virus and those who are obsessed with the size of the Fed balance sheet.” 

There is no …

LTB!: How MakerDAO's Stablecoin Survived the Crash, Smart Contract Bugs and Full Decentralization

March 29th, 2020

48:27

In the aftermath of the so-called "Black Thursday" crash from several weeks ago, MakerDAO's "DAI" ethereum backed dollar pegged stablecoin came …

MICHAEL CASEY: Disruption, Money and a World of Change, Feat. Niall Ferguson

March 28th, 2020

39:27

"...I think the right lesson to draw from all of this is that a global order needs to be based on a distributed operating system, not on a centralized architecture. And I think that applies not just in the realm of …

BREAKDOWN: From Corporate Socialism to Dying for the Dow: 7 Themes That Defined the Week

March 27th, 2020

21:47

In this episode of The Breakdown, @NLW reflects on the themes that defined an absolutely wild week in global markets and society. 

Those themes …

BREAKDOWN: How BlackRock Ended Up on Both Sides of the Bailout, Feat. Meltem Demirors

March 26th, 2020

1:04:05

The Senate passed $2T in Stimulus. That includes a one time $1,200 check to impacted individuals and….you guessed it, billions and billions for …

BITCOIN IN AFRICA: Hyperinflation and Zimbabwe's Multi-Currency Reality

March 26th, 2020

43:11

In this second part of the “Bitcoin in Africa” podcast documentary series, join Anita as she learns about Zimbabwe and the country's multiple …

BREAKDOWN: Why the U.S.' $2 Trillion Stimulus, Unlimited QE Will Expose the Monetary System’s Flaws

March 25th, 2020

33:24

CoinDesk’s Chief Content Officer Michael Casey and Head of Research Noelle Acheson join for a lively debate about the new $2 trillion stimulus …

BREAKDOWN: Cronyism, Zombie Companies and the True Cost of the Coronavirus, Feat. Morgan Creek's Mark Yusko

March 24th, 2020

1:03:47

Mark Yusko is the founder of Morgan Creek Capital Management. In this wide-ranging conversation, he and @NLW discuss: 

  • Why bitcoin has fallen with …

BREAKDOWN: Unlimited QE and Why Markets Can't Price in COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020

17:25

Last October, Ikigai Asset Management’s Travis Kling predicted that Central Banks would have to “juice QE to infinity” in order to save markets from …

LTB!: Bailouts, Bitcoin, Disruption, Failures and Hope

March 22nd, 2020

1:05:43

On today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin we're discussing the coming bailout-everything regime in a topic that's both extremely timely but is also what originally forced many long-term bitcoin enthusiasts to learn …

LEIGH: How Bitcoiners Can Protect Their Mental Health During The Coronavirus Crisis

March 21st, 2020

16:12

CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by cognitive economist Leigh Caldwell, author of “The Psychology of Price,” to talk about mental health and …

BREAKDOWN: State Power After Coronavirus, Feat. Peter McCormack

March 20th, 2020

1:14:48

Peter McCormack is the host of What Bitcoin Did and the Defiance podcast. He recently returned from travel to a number of countries in South America …

BITCOIN IN AFRICA: The Ubuntu Way (Zimbabwe)

March 19th, 2020

48:24

In this 1st part of the “Bitcoin in Africa” podcast documentary series, join Anita as she learns about the current living situation of Zimbabweans …

BREAKDOWN: Can Open Source Networks Address Medical Shortages? Feat. Bruce Fenton

March 18th, 2020

40:30

In his daily Coronavirus press briefing today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said “our main scramble now is ventilators.” The state anticipates that …

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin Is the Only Truly Free Market, Feat. Dan Tapiero

March 17th, 2020

41:16

President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced a significant slate of upcoming stimulus measures, including deferred taxes and direct …

BREAKDOWN: Can $700B in Quantitative Easing Calm the Markets? CoinDesk's Michael Casey and Noelle Acheson Discuss

March 16th, 2020

24:39

Over the weekend, the Fed decided it couldn’t wait for Wednesday’s planned meeting to act, cutting interest rates to nearly 0%. It also announced …

LTB!: Consensus Oracles and 'Anything That Can Be Decentralized Will Be Decentralized' 6 Years Later

March 15th, 2020

34:39

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Last week the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss a new consensus driven approach to DeFi oracles and to revisit Johnston's Law (anything that can be …

LEIGH: Udi Wetheimer on Real Bitcoin Use and Cyperpunk Myths

March 14th, 2020

59:40

The cypherpunk movement has expanded far beyond the 2,000 people who subscribed to mailing lists in the 1990s. In 2018, Entrepreneur reported there are more than 8,000 posts on Bitcointalk every day, while Coinbase

BREAKDOWN: What Happens When Currencies Fail? Feat. Preston Pysh

March 13th, 2020

1:07:21

Massive and novel government intervention in markets is now a foregone conclusion, but what happens to bitcoin as the dust settles? 

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BREAKDOWN: 6 Good Reasons for Bitcoin HODLers to Stay Calm

March 12th, 2020

16:06

The Coronavirus got really extra real today for markets. A two and a half week selloff was tipped to the next level by a major ratcheting up of action from the US government (which still seemed clearly to be not enough …

BREAKDOWN: Ben Hunt on Markets and Narratives in the Age of Coronavirus

March 11th, 2020

58:15

The week of February 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was reaching new all time highs. Meanwhile, China’s quarantine of the 11 million people in …

BREAKDOWN: Crypto Fundraising and a Nothing-Is-Safe Haven

March 10th, 2020

14:13

Whatever you thought of the uncorrelated or safe haven narratives a few weeks ago, it’s hard to deny that bitcoin and crypto are moving in lock step with equities - even mirroring a small bounce in the morning that …

BREAKDOWN: What the Market Crash Means for Bitcoin, Feat. Delphi's Kevin Kelly

March 9th, 2020

33:43

Bitcoin’s price has cratered, but it’s nothing compared to the broader market havoc. From the Coronavirus scare to an oil price war, a confluence of factors is aligning to make it a very rough Monday. 

On this episode of …

LEIGH: Leader to Watch: Elena Giralt Talks Zcash and Feminism

March 7th, 2020

23:50

CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by Elena Giralt, the Electric Coin Company’s product marketing associate known for her research on cryptocurrency usage in Latin America, to talk about how digital assets can …

BREAKDOWN: FluffyPony on Encryption, Clearview and How Coronavirus Could Impact Privacy

March 6th, 2020

31:42

As the Coronavirus took hold in China, officials in the Hubei province tracked potential patients by examining purchase records for cough and flu …

LEIGH: Binance US and Stellar CEOs Debunk Myths for International Women’s Day

March 6th, 2020

29:45

CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by Binance US CEO Catherine Coley and Stellar Development Foundation

CEO Denelle Dixon to debunk myths about …

BREAKDOWN: Why Bitcoin Mining Might Be the New Business Model for US Power Plants

March 5th, 2020

15:52

It was another good day for global crypto, as South Korea votes to formally integrate the industry into the existing financial system, opening the market to new players and potentially improving services for crypto …

BREAKDOWN: Libra Plus? A New Global Digital Currency Strategy for Facebook

March 4th, 2020

15:59

Yesterday, The Information reported that Facebook’s Calibra wallet would be abandoning the backed-by-a-basket-of-currencies Libra for a set of …

BREAKDOWN: Super Tuesday Special: What Us Election Outcome Is Best for Bitcoin?

March 3rd, 2020

24:55

Today is Super Tuesday - the biggest day of the US primary election season. Increasingly, prediction markets and pollsters suggest it’s a two person …

BREAKDOWN: The View From China: Crypto, Crisis and Digital Currencies Feat. Matthew Graham

March 2nd, 2020

25:19

When everyone wrote their 2020 crypto prediction pieces, China featured prominently in everything from the exchange business to enterprise blockchain to the potential impact of a forthcoming digital yuan. 

Coronavirus …

LTB!: Coronavirus Impacts on Bitcoin (And the IRS's Dumb Singularity)

March 1st, 2020

53:11

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss Coronavirus and its potential impacts or disruptions to the decentralized world of bitcoin.

BREAKDOWN: Understanding This Week's Market Whiplash, Feat. Scott Melker

February 28th, 2020

24:02

After weeks of not reacting to Coronavirus, the markets took a profound turn for the worse this week, leading ultimately to the fastest correction - …

BREAKDOWN: A 101 Guide to Ethereum's ProgPOW Controversy

February 27th, 2020

25:11

Last Friday on Ethereum’s core developer call, the devs agreed to push forward a controversial anti-ASICs consensus algorithm switch known as ProgPoW. 

The broader Ethereum community was not pleased, and has spent the …

BREAKDOWN: Is Bitcoin a Safe Haven or 'Schmuck Insurance'?

February 26th, 2020

19:22

Bitcoin is having a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day. Many are using the dump - which from a timing perspective aligns with a broader market selloff among Coronavirus fears - as a way to diminish the “bitcoin as …

COINDESK EXPLAINS: Sim Card Hacks

February 26th, 2020

6:22

In the pantheon of crypto hacks, “SIM jacking” is one of the worst. The hack, which is less a hack and more social engineering, is basically a form of identity theft, with the attacker swapping a victim's sim card …

BREAKDOWN: 6 Explanations for Crypto's Fascination With Coronavirus

February 25th, 2020

22:56

The spread of Coronavirus has dominated the news cycle across industries, but the discussion has been particularly fierce in both the finance and …

BREAKDOWN: Caitlin Long on Coronavirus, Crypto Custody and Building a Bank

February 24th, 2020

19:59

An incredible amount of work has gone into convincing institutional investors that bitcoin and crypto should be on their radar. Now that many are …

LTB!: Decentralization Philosophy Part 2 - Does Crypto Still Need Catalysts?

February 23rd, 2020

53:51

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss catalysts and CEOS in the world of blockchain projects, the organizational and organic …

LEIGH: 'Pandora's Box, but for Freedom': Author Isaiah Jackson on Bitcoin's Impact

February 22nd, 2020

17:07

Coindesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by Isaiah Jackson, author of “Bitcoin and Black America '' and co-founder of KRBE Digital Assets group, to talk about financial discrimination in the United States and the unique …

BREAKDOWN: Why Today's Crypto Exchange Leaders Are Powerful, but Not Inevitable

February 21st, 2020

12:48

After settling in to the $10,000 price level, BTC suddenly and rapidly dipped more than 5% in an hour on Wednesday. As the market discusses possible …

BREAKDOWN: Why We Should Stop Thinking of ‘Crypto’ as a Single Industry

February 20th, 2020

15:53

The ‘crypto’ industry is having a hard time fitting everything that’s happening inside that one monolithic term. On this episode, @nlw looks at …

BREAKDOWN: Chainlink's Sergey Nazarov on What DeFi Can Learn From Early Exchange Hacks

February 19th, 2020

34:53

The DeFi world continues to dissect the recent attacks on bZx. To most, the amount lost in the attacks is far less relevant than what the attacks suggest about how DeFi applications need to be designed. 

Within that, one …

BREAKDOWN: Is It Exploitation Season for DeFi?

February 18th, 2020

17:42

Part of what makes DeFi interesting to people is how it takes advantage of open source protocols to enable types of transactions never before …

LEIGH: How Bitcoin Is Used To Promote Human Rights, Feat. Stories from Activists and Refugees

February 17th, 2020

39:06

CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by the Human Rights Foundation’s Alex Gladstein and Syrian entrepreneur Moe Ghashim to discuss how cultural …

LTB!: Mainstream Moments and the CompuServe of Crypto

February 16th, 2020

55:52

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. With the price of bitcoin headed up again, the idea of blockchains and digital currencies has never been more palatable to the mainstream. We've seen this …

RESEARCH: We Think 10-Minute Settlement Is Slow, but That's Crazy, Feat. CoinDesk Research's Noelle Acheson

February 15th, 2020

35:03

CoinDesk's Head of Research Noelle Acheson joins Ophelia (Amun's co-founder and president) and Lanre (Amun's researcher) to discuss the advantages, disadvantages and eccentricities of crypto markets, exchanges, …

BREAKDOWN: The Top Narratives Driving Crypto Market Growth, feat. Travis Kling

February 14th, 2020

18:19

There’s no denying that 2020 is off to a roaring start. From prices to volume to social media, sentiment is up up up. 

But what’s driving it? On this …

INTERVIEW: US DOJ Calls Bitcoin Mixing ‘a Crime’ in Arrest of Software Developer

February 14th, 2020

5:32

We're joined by CoinDesk senior reporter Leigh Cuen to discuss developments and implications in the case alleged against Larry Dean Harmon.

See …

BREAKDOWN: The US Government's Mixed Signals on Digital Currency Privacy

February 13th, 2020

21:15

To look at the US Government, it is the best of times and the worst of times for personal financial privacy. 

On the one hand, in comments before the Senate Financial Services Committee, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …

BREAKDOWN: Puppets, Pundits and Partnerships: Why Crypto Sentiment and Prices Are Soaring

February 12th, 2020

18:31

With blockchain puppets (we really mean it) on TV, CNBC pushing the bitcoin-as-gold narrative and The Guardian seeing connections between coronavirus …

BREAKDOWN: Muneeb Ali Explains Blockstack's Big Bet on Bitcoin

February 11th, 2020

32:40

Last week, Blockstack announced a new proposal through which node operators would be rewarded in bitcoin. The concept behind Proof of Transfer is …

BREAKDOWN: On the Frontlines of the SEC Safe Harbor Proposal With CoinList CoFounder Andy Bromberg

February 10th, 2020

23:17

Last week, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce proposed Rule 195 to give token projects a 3 year safe harbor. This proposed period would allow them to …

LTB!: US Crypto Taxes Are a Nightmare. Could These Proposals Help?

February 9th, 2020

52:34

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss the US tax treatment of "Virtual Currencies" and how scams find a home wherever opportunity …

BREAKDOWN: Kraken’s Dan Held on What’s Different About Bitcoin at $10K This Time

February 7th, 2020

25:36

Bitcoin is on a 7 week upward trend. Having already smashed through its $9,000 Vegeta memes, it is now inching closer towards $10k. 

On this episode, @nlw is joined by Kraken’s Dan Held to discuss how bitcoin has changed …

BREAKDOWN: The Federal Reserve Has Its ‘Come to Satoshi’ Moment

February 6th, 2020

17:22

That’s the way Meltem Demirors described Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard’s remarks at Stanford yesterday. For the first time, the Fed has said

BREAKDOWN: What All These VC Deals and Acquisitions Say About the State of the Crypto Markets

February 5th, 2020

20:21

If venture investments and acquisitions provide a window into the sentiment in markets, boy did we get a big dose of information today. 

Today we look at investments in the world’s best known developer of the Lightning …

Handshake's Uncensorable Web Domains Go Live on Mainnet

February 4th, 2020

22:15

As claims of election tampering, fraud, and other dubious activities fly around the botched Democratic Caucus in Iowa, trust in our public institutions continues to crater. 

The question of trust and censorship are at …

Bitcoin and the Sex Industry

February 4th, 2020

25:15

Bitcoin and porn go hand-in-hand in this interview with Spankchain community manager Allie Eve Knox.

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BREAKDOWN: Deplatforming, Ethereum Marketing and Whether Brexit Matters for Crypto

February 3rd, 2020

21:01

Much of the Crypto Twitter conversation this weekend was dominated by talk of Twitter’s suspension of ZeroHedge. @nlw explores why the specifics of the infraction or the quality of the publication aren’t the important …

Libre Not Libra – Thinking Critically About Facebook’s Blockchain Project

February 2nd, 2020

47:17

In “Libre Not Libra: Facebook’s Blockchain Project,” Andreas answers the burning question… Has he tried haggis? Just kidding… He shares his thoughts on the recently released Libra whitepaper, as part of a permissioned …

The Founders of Synthetix and Chainlink on DeFi, Derivatives and 25 New Decentralized Price Feeds

January 31st, 2020

51:54

On this special interview episode, @nlw talks with Sergey Nazarov and Kain Warwick, the founders of Chainlink and Synthetix respectively about: 


  • The …

BREAKDOWN: The Unsolved Mystery of How to Fund Public Protocols

January 30th, 2020

21:31

The best way to fund open source projects remains a question, and one that - in the context of crypto protocols - has never had higher stakes. Over …

BREAKDOWN: Binance US CEO Catherine Coley Explains Why Crypto Exchanges Are Rushing Into Staking

January 29th, 2020

22:48

The competition around staking is heating up, and the latest entrant is Binance.US, who will begin to offer staking on two assets with plans to roll …

BREAKDOWN: The Future of Crypto FUD

January 28th, 2020

22:00

We’re over $9,000! That means a lot of good things, of course. But any price increase brings with it increased scrutiny and, yes, increased FUD. The …

DISCUSSION: What Are Lightning Wallets Doing to Help Onboard New Users?

January 26th, 2020

58:35

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show (Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, …

BREAKDOWN: Davos, CBDCs, and the Rise of Bitcoin Art

January 24th, 2020

20:45

That’s a wrap! The World Economic Forum is over, and the key ideas coming out of Davos for our industry are: 1) a continued ‘blockchain, not crypto’ narrative; 2) a believe in the inevitability of cashless futures …

BREAKDOWN: Will Mass Adoption Be More PayPal or Pornhub?

January 23rd, 2020

19:45

There is an ongoing debate in the crypto community about where mainstream adoption. One point of view is that it will be the slow steady acceptance of digital assets. On that front, Bakkt president Adam White said in …

BREAKDOWN: Why High-Profile Defections Aren’t Libra’s Biggest Challenge

January 22nd, 2020

18:05

News broke yesterday that the Libra Association had seen it’s eighth high-profile defection, this time from the telecom giant Vodafone. In today’s episode of The Breakdown, @nlw argues that Association members are far …

BREAKDOWN: Kevin Owocki on Gitcoin, Controversy and the Future of Open-Source Funding

January 21st, 2020

27:41

Ever since announcing their fourth round of grants, Gitcoin has been a major subject of conversation across the Twittersphere. In addition to all the excited buzz from both technical projects and media creators vying …

Decentralization Philosophy Part 1 – From Buddha to the Conquistadors

January 19th, 2020

41:29

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss decentralization in blockchain projects, the historical context of decentralized …

BREAKDOWN: Tyrone Ross on Why Financial Advisors Are Taking Notice Of DeFi

January 17th, 2020

28:20

One man. Three piping hot takes. In this special interview episode of The Breakdown, financial advisor and crypto advocate Tyrone Ross shares his …

BREAKDOWN: Why 'Crypto Dad' Is Building the Digital Dollar Foundation

January 16th, 2020

16:04

As Libra continues to spur discussions among regulators around the world, and China’s digital yuan comes ever closer to fruition, the U.S. Federal …

BREAKDOWN: Why Crypto's 'Rogue State' Narrative is a Risk to the Industry

January 15th, 2020

16:08

Crypto tokens weren’t the only thing that saw a major pump yesterday. The total value locked in DeFi ascended to new heights. While part of this can be explained simply by the rise in ETH price, it also reflected …

BREAKDOWN: Mati Greenspan on the Technical and Macro Roots of Bitcoin’s Price Surge | January 14th, 2020

January 14th, 2020

18:06

Bitcoin is up more than 8% in the last 24 hours. BSV, meanwhile, is up nearly a whopping 100%. The question is, of course, why? Is it some larger macro context? A pump-and-dump? Or just the crypto markets being as crazy …

Narrative Watch: The Hunt for Crypto's Killer App | January 13th 2020

January 13th, 2020

20:57

Starting today, accredited investors will be able to part of $13.5m in tokenized bonds connected to the contract of Brooklyn Nets Point Guard Spencer Dinwiddie. The first-of-its-kind offering took months of negotiation …

'The Internet Was Illegal' and Other Early Stories With Zooko Wilcox

January 12th, 2020

55:46

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show enlisted CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen and early cypherpunk Zooko Wilcox for a conversation on the history, …

BREAKDOWN: The Global Game of Coins Heats Up | January 10th, 2020

January 10th, 2020

16:31

China’s digital currency project continues to move ahead aggressively, with a new paper from the People’s Bank of China suggesting that a core design is complete. Whatever stage of development the currency actually is, …

NARRATIVE WATCH: Will DAOs Break Out In 2020? | January 9th, 2020

January 9th, 2020

20:18

The aftershock of the 2016 The DAO hack meant that DAOs weren’t nearly as hyped as ICOs and later some other aspects of the web3 movement. In 2019, however, DAOs came roaring back and start 2020 with the wind at their …

BREAKDOWN: Travis Kling on Bitcoin as a Safe Haven Asset | January 8th, 2019

January 8th, 2020

16:03

The conversation about whether bitcoin is a safe haven asset continues in the wake of Iranian missile strikes, which saw the price of BTC both surge …

BREAKDOWN: Hamstringing an Industry With Compliance Costs | January 7th, 2020

January 7th, 2020

17:50

In their annual transparency report, Kraken reported seeing a 50% increase in regulatory inquiries as compared to 2018, which CEO Jesse Powell later …

BREAKDOWN: Taking the TON out of Telegram | January 6th 2020

January 6th, 2020

17:59

Last week, the US government took out a key Iranian military leader. As the world - and the markets - reacts to the news, some are asking what happens with bitcoin. With global instability on the rise, will more people …

YouTube, Tron and the Dream of Decentralization | January 3rd, 2019

January 3rd, 2020

12:47

The past few weeks have seen multiple instances of large, centralized tech giants censoring crypto related content and activity. Noticed in the …