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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 bitcoin fits with the growing trend of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) investing. In it, he: Argues that ESG investors should disregard the false idea that bitcoin is only used for crimeProvides three frameworks for understanding bitcoin’s energy consumption Demonstrates how marginalized communities are using bitcoin as a tool of economic empowermentArgues that bitcoin provides a new, networked alternative to corporate governance -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: robertsrob/iStock/Getty Images Plus
Square added $170M in bitcoin to its reserves last quarter, while MicroStrategy announced a fresh $1B bitcoin buy today. This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.Today on the Brief:Fed Chair Jerome Powell comments on markets and digital currencyCathie Wood’s ARK faces toughest stretch since last September India’s latest anti-crypto sentiment Our main discussion: More news on corporate bitcoin buying. NLW discusses:Square’s Q4 and overall 2020 bitcoin performance in terms of revenue and profitSquare’s latest bitcoin purchase of ~3,300 BTC for $170 million MicroStrategy’s latest >$1B bitcoin purchase, bringing the total to more than 90,000 BTCWhy these announcements are losing their power to move markets -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Canan turan/iStock/Getty Images Plus
The case showed Tether and Bitfinex’s track record of misleading statements and dubious practices, but gave no credence to claims that tethers were printed to manipulate markets. This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.On today’s episode, NLW breaks down the final settlement of the New York Attorney General’s case against Tether. He argues that the outcome is extremely positive for the industry, discussing:Why Tether risk became a major source of FUD in 2021How conspiracy theories overtook legitimate concernsThe history of the NYAG’s case against TetherSpecific findings of the NYAG’s case around two times that Tether was not backed 1-to-1 by U.S. dollars held in Tether bank accounts Why there was never any accusation of Tether printing USDT out of thin air to manipulate markets The specifics of the settlementWhy this conclusion clears risk from institutional investors -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Bubanga/iStock/Getty Images Plus, modified by CoinDesk
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 to the price rollercoasterThe latest from China’s digital yuan trialA 3-week sprint to a stimulus packageOur main discussion: Canada’s first bitcoin ETFNLW discusses:ETF 101Pros and cons of a bitcoin ETFHistory of bitcoin ETF proposals Early performance for Canada’s BTCC ETF Implications for a U.S. BTC ETF in 2021-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: syahrir maulana/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 piece argues the U.S. will inevitably adopt bitcoin as a treasury reserve asset, but by doing so sooner rather than later it can enjoy geopolitical advantages. NLW follows with a discussion of his assessment of the prospects of a digital dollar backed by digital gold. -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: marchmeena29/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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, NLW digs into Thursday’s congressional hearings around GameStop, Robinhood and WallStreetBets. He explores: Why there was a significant focus on T+2 settlement Bipartisan agreement on retail investors getting screwed, but different diagnoses on how to addressWhy Keith Gill, aka Roaring Kitty, aka DeepF***ingValue is a new American folk heroThis week on The Breakdown:Monday | The Mainstream Media Narrative Shifts as Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley Come to BitcoinTuesday | Is $50,000 BTC the Beginning of a Bitcoin Supercycle?Wednesday | Coinbase Trades at a $77B Valuation as BTC Heads Towards a $1T Market CapThursday | How 2,000 Years of Monetary History Led Us to Bitcoin, Feat. Nik BhatiaFriday | Bitcoin Is Now a Trillion-Dollar Asset: Where Do We Go From Here?-Ultimately, NLW argues that any congressional action needs to make it easier for retail investors to be full participants in the market, rather than further limiting their options.Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: lucushoule/r/WallStreetBets
The milestone isn’t just psychological, and potentially opens entire new groups of investors who couldn’t participate previously.This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.Bitcoin is officially a $1 trillion asset. As the price surged over $54,000, the total market cap of bitcoin reached the new all-time high. In this episode, NLW explores the significance of the milestone, arguing:There has been a slate of good news, from BlackRock rumblings to Canadian ETFs that have been driving recent price actionThere are a variety of institutions that couldn’t allocate to the space before because it was too small but which are now in playIn the wake of the milestone, we’re likely to see more research house FUDWe’re also likely to see a number of major bitcoin positions announced in the days to come-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: uzenzen/iStock/Getty Images Plus
A conversation with the author of the new book “Layered Money: From Gold and Dollars to Bitcoin and Central Bank Digital Currencies.”This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.Nik Bhatia is a financial researcher, a CFA charterholder and an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Nik’s new book “Layered Money: From Gold and Dollars to Bitcoin and Central Bank Digital Currencies” puts the rise of bitcoin into a larger historical context - from the first coinage of Rome to the introduction of credit in Renaissance Florence to the beginnings of interest rate trading in Antwerp to the genesis of the central bank system that shapes money today. In this conversation, he and NLW do a rapid tour across those two millennia of economic history, ultimately helping reframe what it means when we say that bitcoin is the new “digital gold.”Find our guest on Twitter: @timevalueofbtc-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: ADragan/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 topics across the bitcoin and crypto industry, including:Bitcoin reclaims $50,000 and looks towards a $1 trillion market capTreasury yields rise, hammering gold but so far having no impact on BTCBitwise launches a new DeFi index fund for accredited and institutional investorsChristie’s is auctioning off NFTsCoinbase is trading at a $77 billion valuation on the private markets -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Entertainment
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 reached a new all-time high above $50,000. While the market quickly retraced, the psychological barrier was breached. On today’s episode, NLW explores what it means, including whether there is any technical value in the number and Michael Saylor and MicroStrategy’s new $600 million debt offering to buy more bitcoin. He also explores Dan Held’s concept of a bitcoin supercycle, looking at the three pillars of the argument:Perfect macro backdropSingular narrative Availability and ease of use-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit:  Overearth/iStock/Getty Images Plus
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 episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.Today on the Brief:A follow-up on celebrity in cryptoDapper Labs and BlockFi raising at multibillion dollar valuationsCathie Wood and ARK increase their bitcoin positionOur main discussion looks at the latest institutional bitcoin news:Deutsche Bank – the world’s 21st largest – quietly revealed a digital asset custody program with much bigger ambitions in a December 2020 World Economic Forum report Bloomberg is reporting that Morgan Stanley’s $150B investment unit is considering a direct bitcoin position-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Talaj/Getty Images Plus
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 a reading of Nic Carter’s latest essay for CoinDesk “What Bloomberg Gets Wrong About Bitcoin’s Climate Footprint.”-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attorney Preston Byrne joins Ben Schiller to consider the continuing fallout from the WallStreetBets controversy.This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.Preston Byrne is a partner in Anderson Kill's Technology, Media and Distributed Systems Group, and a CoinDesk columnist. He joins CoinDesk Features Editor Ben Schiller to discuss his recent op-ed about GameStop, Robinhood and the rise of online mobs. See the article here:‘The Squeezening’: How the GameStop Backlash Will Curtail FreedomSchiller spoke to Byrne about:The rise of online mobs from GameStop to Capitol Hill and how the internet is impacting real life in an increasingly tangible wayWhat policymakers can do to prevent mobs doing damage to decent companiesWhy it’s likely the WallStreetBets Reddit contained some pump-and-dumpersHow the regulatory reaction to the WallStreetBets could impact cryptocurrencies How the backlash from “elites” impacted by GameStop could harm free speechWhy Preston Byrne supports marmots (which are like squirrels or groundhogs) -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.
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 sponsored by Nexo.io.On this edition of the weekly recap, NLW breaks down the entrance of corporates into the crypto space this week, including:TeslaBNY MellonMastercardTwitterAmazonHe also argues that more corporate actors investing in bitcoin and crypto makes it significantly less likely the U.S. government would look towards severe regulation.This week on The Breakdown:Monday | Elon Musk Buys Bitcoin: Everything You Need to Know About Tesla’s $1.5B PurchaseTuesday | Will Apple Be the Next Fortune 500 to Buy Bitcoin?Wednesday | How Nigeria and India Are Dealing With Crypto BansThursday | Gradually, Then Suddenly: Mastercard, BNY Mellon, Amazon, Twitter Poised to Join the Bitcoin PartyFriday | Why Jay-Z’s Bitcoin Trust Matters-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Blablo101/Getty Images Plus
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 down:The Miami Commissioners vote to start educating people about bitcoin and cryptoThe Nigerian Senate debate following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent crypto banWhy Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey’s bitcoin trust mattersNLW argues the relationship between the crypto industry and celebrities is very different this time around compared to the previous ICO-led bull market. -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images Entertainment
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 getting into the bitcoin and crypto space, including:Twitter CFO exploring bitcoin treasury holdings and payments to employees and vendorsMastercard announcing crypto coming to payment rails in 2021Amazon revealing its digital currency plans in a series of job postsBNY Mellon, the world’s largest asset custodian, opening new digital asset business Why Christine Lagarde says central banks won’t buy bitcoin anytime soon. -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk
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 today’s episode, NLW examines two governments' attempts to restrict how their citizens interact with crypto. He breaks down:India’s history with crypto bansIndia’s history with demonetization and financial controlWhat we know about a new bill that would ban crypto and provide a framework for an Indian government digital currencyRecent action by the Central Bank of Nigeria to block banks from interacting with cryptoWhy the CBN action might be related to the politics of the #EndSars movement-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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 by buying bitcoin.This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.Today on the Brief:A shifting inflation narrativeReddit raises $250M and has a $6B valuation Castle Island Ventures announces $50M fund II Our main discussion: Might Apple by the next company to dive into bitcoin? In the wake of Tesla’s surprise $1.5 billion bitcoin purchase announcement, many are wondering which Fortune 500 will be next. According to a new report from the Royal Bank of Canada - the country’s largest bank with more than C$800 billion in assets - the best candidate may be Apple. In this episode, NLW breaks down:Why the RBC thinks Apple should build a crypto exchangeHow a BTC treasury purchase could fund itWhy the crypto exchange space and the bitcoin treasury movement are both white-hot topics of discussion right now-Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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 in bitcoin as a treasury reserve asset. Additionally, the company will soon be allowing people to pay for Teslas with bitcoin. In this episode, NLW breaks down:How Elon got to this moment, including his exchanges with MicroStrategy’s (MSTR) Michael SaylorWhat critics of the Tesla community and the bitcoin community are likely to say How this de-risks bitcoin purchases for other Fortune 500 companies How it relates to Elon’s doge memeing Why this is likely to have a significant impact on bitcoin’s narrative regarding climate change and energy use Why Cathie Wood is laughing all the way to the bank. -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Britta Pedersen/Getty Images Entertainment
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 the GameStop episode has exposed them for all to see. -Earn up to 12% APY on Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD, EUR, GBP, Stablecoins & more. Get started at nexo.io.-Image credit: Feodora Chiosea/Getty Images Plus
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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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