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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 crypto news before taking a deeper dive into the latest step in the de-Chinafication of bitcoin.MicroStrategy going “all-in” on bitcoinMichael Burry’s warnings on Twitter of the “Mother of All Crashes”The “dot plot shock” and post-FOMC meeting confusionAccelerating China mining banWhile in this in-between state, post-COVID and pre-monetary policy tapering, institutional investors find themselves on diverging and opposing paths. Michael Saylor’s MicroStrategy has gone “all in,” while at the same time investor Michael Burry took to Twitter with warnings of an upcoming “Mother of All Crashes.” Confusion following the Federal Reserve’s FOMC meeting only adds to the contention between investors with contrasting visions for the near future of crypto.The Central Bank of China has convened a meeting with the major banks to reiterate and tighten previous policies on the prevention of virtual currency transactions in bank accounts. Is this restriction on crypto transactions yet another indication that China is taking a more aggressive stance against bitcoin?More to this point, Sichuan became the most recent province to crack down on crypto mining. Sichuan, primarily mining with hydropower, seems to diminish previous ban reasoning citing environmental concerns. How far will China go to remove itself from bitcoin, and what does that mean for its citizens and the crypto space as a whole?-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: remotevfx/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 Civil War Shapes the Future of Stablecoins” by Franklin Noll, and discusses the recent debates around stablecoins and CBDCs.-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.-Image credit: lawcain/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 week on "The Breakdown’s Weekly Recap" NLW covers:More institutional bitcoin news, including a new Morgan Stanley fund from NYDIG and FS Investments and a Goldman Sachs trading partnership with Galaxy Digital A resurgence of “crypto is for criminals” FUD plus new China miner shutdowns in Sichuan The latest debates around El Salvador’s bitcoin law Rumblings of bitcoin in Nigeria, CFA countries and Ethiopia-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.-Image credit: tallchris/iStock/Getty Images Plus
"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 Nexo.io and Bitstamp.The idea of a multiyear supercycle is fading as shorter cycles take their place. In this episode, NLW and guest Larry Cermak, director of research at The Block, discuss the transformation of the supercycle timeline as the crypto space evolves. The discussion includes:An analysis of the macro-narrative and the current “wait-and-see” modeShorter cycles taking hold as the crypto space maturesThe larger institutional narrative promised a bevy of substantial allocators to contribute to the market. That narrative, however, has weakened over time as the promise falls short. Add on the uncertainty from China’s partial ban on mining and Tesla’s environmental concerns, and the narrative continues to lose momentum. What narrative will take over next? When will this “wait-and-see” mode end?Historically, crypto was perceived to fall into semi-stable cycles. For a couple of years, prices would rise, and for the next two or three years after, prices crash. However, with longer-term investors and a broader focus on usability over speculation, is there now a foundation for a more stable market with shorter cycles? -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.-Image credit: metamorworks/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 Bitstamp.On today’s episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW first follows up on yesterday’s episode about the FOMC meeting and a potential future shift in Fed policy. As many expected, the Fed kept its short-term policy the same, but revised forward its estimates for when it will begin rate hikes to 2023. The main discussion focuses on the latest from the Bitcoin Mining Council. Yesterday, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor hosted a 90-minute discussion via Twitter spaces that featured many pointed questions. NLW argues that what’s clear from the session is Saylor is focused on scaling bitcoin from a $1 trillion asset to a $100 trillion network and fighting anything that stands in the way. -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.-Image credit: CoinDesk TV
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 and discusses what it might signal in terms of future monetary policy. The discussion includes:How the Great Financial Crisis inspired “the largest monetary policy experiment in history”2013’s “Taper Tantrum” The return to GFC era policies during COVID-19The insurgency of meme traders Why inflation is a self-fulfilling prophecy -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.-Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images News
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 question of digital currencies is a question of power. On today’s episode, NLW explores that power in multiple dimensions: between states, between states and companies and within states with regard to their citizens.NLW looks at recent regulatory announcements, including:The SEC leaving crypto off its regulatory priorities list A House hearing on the digital dollar-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.-Image credit: sakhorn38/iStock/Getty Images Plus
The originator of the “Great Monetary Inflation” thesis that helped jumpstart this bull run weighs in on bitcoin and macro.This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.Just when it seemed like the “Economic Empowerment” narrative coming out of El Salvador was poised to overtake the inflation/digital gold narrative, one of that viewpoint’s strongest advocates was back on CNBC today. Hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones discussed why he doesn’t think inflation is transitory, why he recommends 5% in bitcoin and why the outcomes in the market will be based largely on what the Fed does next. Also on this episode:Elon Musk says Tesla will accept BTC as payment again once renewable mining hits 50%Michael Saylor and MicroStrategy sell $500 million in bonds to buy more BTCMore shockwaves from El Salvador’s landmark bitcoin law -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.-Image credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment
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 Foundation CSO Alex Gladstein’s piece “Bitcoin Is a Trojan Horse for Freedom.”  NLW contextualizes the piece with this week’s landmark legislation out of El Salvador and the concerns some international observers have about that country’s president. -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: TwilightEye/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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’s Weekly Recap,” NLW looks at:Why the El Salvador news didn’t (immediately) impact bitcoin’s priceHow narratives set the tone for new entrants to the bitcoin marketHow the digital gold/inflation narrative relates to the economic empowerment narrativeThe bitcoin game theory for small nations to invest in bitcoin How this could impact ESG critiques -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: bakgwei1/Flickr, modified by CoinDesk
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 spent the last two years helping individuals and companies integrate bitcoin into their daily lives and long-term habits. President Nayib Bukele cited Bitcoin Beach in inspiring El Salvador’s bitcoin legal tender law. In this interview, NLW and Mike discuss:How he came to reside in El SalvadorHow the bitcoin community project startedWhat drove community adoption at the beginningHow remittances and COVID-19 solidified the value of BTC to the community How bitcoin has changed how people think about investing How international bitcoiners such as Miles Suter and Jack Mallers got to know the project Where the project stands today (complete with 22 different community initiatives) How bitcoiners can get involvedFind our guest online:Twitter: @BitcoinbeachWeb: www.bitcoinbeach.com-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Mike Peterson/Bitcoin Beach
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 Salvador, of course there had to be another side of the story. On today’s episode, NLW looks at three examples of the existing power structure fighting back against the rise of crypto:China shutting down mining in two provinces and apparent censorship of exchange-related terms on Baidu and WeiboA CFTC commissioner’s extremely negative comments on decentralized finance Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s full-throated assault on bitcoin from yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee hearingIs bitcoin devolving to just another partisan issue? -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images/Getty Images News
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 Bukele and his brother and campaign manager Karim Bukele surprise-joined a Twitter Space hosted by Nic Carter, where the president would spend about an hour answering questions. In today’s episode, NLW breaks down:The substance of the bill Specific elements of the plan from the Spaces chat - including Volcano mining and the Bitcoin cost of foreign residency The historical significance of the moment for Bitcoin, media, El Salvador and more -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Twitter Spaces Screenshot
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 looks at a grab bag of recent news:El Salvador’s bitcoin announcement makes waves as politicians from six more Central and South American countries change their profiles to laser eyesDonald Trump resurfaces to rip bitcoin again No, the FBI didn’t break bitcoin Why Tim Wu’s bitcoin holdings are intellectually consistent with his antitrust stance -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images News
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 announcements in bitcoin’s history was coming.That announcement ended up being from El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, who shared that he was advancing a bill to make bitcoin legal tender in the country. Since then there has been a huge amount of debate and discussion about the implications and the significance of the move. In this episode, NLW breaks down the story from multiple angles.-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Camilo Freedman/Bloomberg/Getty Images
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 Z. Morris’ piece for CoinDesk “Has COVID-19 Made Biden’s Big Spending the New Normal?”. -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: cmannphoto/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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” as well as some reviews of how companies and DAOs are preparing for that possibility. He shares poll results from whether Bitcoin Twitter thinks this bull market is over and discusses how the macro landscape may be playing into it. -Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: iNueng/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 jobs reportA ransomware updateSquare building a bitcoin hardware walletOur main discussion looks at the various constituencies within bitcoin and asks who has what type of power to shape the network. Specifically, NLW homes in on recent price action and the divergent actions of large holders and small holders over the month of May.-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: iNueng/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 by Nexo.io.Today’s episode looks at crypto in geopolitical context, focusing on:A follow-up on the ransomware surge, with experts suggesting that it’s not about crypto payments but about the “ransomware-as-a-service” distribution modelA look at why a Russian opposition leader is moving his supporters to crypto fundraising exclusively A review of a series of reports from Chinese state-owned media that, while trying to convince citizens to stay away, nevertheless reinforce they still have agency to own and trade crypto-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Igor Kutyaev/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 Brief:China’s next digital yuan trialMore Bitcoin ETF delaysStandard Chartered to open crypto prime brokerageOur main discussion focuses on the rise of ransomware. NLW examines:The real reasons ransomware is on the rise The factors beyond crypto payments that contribute to ransomware Why some are using ransomware as justification for crypto bansWhy crypto bans would be painfully ineffective at stopping ransomwareWhy the Biden Administration’s response to ransomware should give the crypto industry cause for optimism-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 6.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 100+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: mikkelwilliam/iStock/Getty Images
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SPYDOR

An excellent piece explaining this incident in-depth. Thank you.

Apr 1st
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SPYDOR

Magnificent episode; thank you! Best coverage I have heard so far of this fascinating situation. Centralized exchanges are damaging their own reputations by interfering here; this may end up creating one of the biggest cases for Decentralized Exchanges if they keep changing the rules to protect foolhardy institutional traders.

Jan 28th
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Lance Schaffer

Gonna be interesting to see how far this "narrative market machine" goes before we might see a swing back towards acknowledging that modern equities are still beholden to our current day financial systems and thus need SOME level of fundamental (cash flow, revenue... A functioning business...) soundness to support them on any "sustainable" basis. Loving this format, btw! Keep it up!

Jul 16th
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Maciej Czech

Too much all of sudden. 5-10 min if daily episodes

Jan 7th
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Dario Ramos

los tucanes de tiguana

Sep 17th
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Anabel Patata

alzldlsds

Sep 15th
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