The Breakdown

A (Not Quite) Complete History of Money, Feat. Planet Money’s Jacob Goldstein

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. In this conversation, Jacob and NLW discuss: How China invented paper money and then forgot about it for centuries Why the invention of the lightbulb was …

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Who Is Better for Bitcoin, Trump or Biden?

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? Our main discussion: Which U.S. election outcome is better for bitcoin?  After a surprisingly close Twitter poll with more than 1,600 respondents answering the question “Is Trump …

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By the Numbers: More Bitcoin Bulls Than Ever Before

A Long Reads Sunday reading of Grayscale’s recent “Bitcoin Investor Survey.” On this week’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW diverts from our normal opinion and long-form essay to pursue Grayscale’s recent investor reports. In its survey of investors, Grayscale found more interest in bitcoin investing than ever before, with a significant amount of the growth in interest being …

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The World Is Never Getting Off Government Stimulus

The Breakdown weekly recap looks at bitcoin buying by Iran, JPM Coin and the latest round of lockdowns coming to Europe. On this week’s weekly recap, NLW looks at: Bitcoin’s resilience in the face of a week where many investors went risk off, causing a drop in stocks and gold JPMorgan’s dramatic three-year attitude shift around …

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Hedge Funds Failures, Bankruptcies and Pandemic Fatigue

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.  Our main conversation is about the rise of a new wave of COVID-19 and the economic fallout we’re still trying to address. NLW discusses …

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Should We Care if the US Is Falling Behind on CBDCs?

A reading of two recent op-eds on central bank digital currencies. For more episodes and free early access before our regular 3 p.m. Eastern time releases, subscribe with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher, RadioPublica, iHeartRadio or RSS. This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com, Nexo.io and Elliptic. Subscribe to Blockchain Bites, our daily update with the latest stories. Subscribe …

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Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Paul Tudor Jones: A Bet on Bitcoin Is a Bet on Human Ingenuity

A recap of an exceptionally bullish week for bitcoin and crypto as a whole.  On this week’s Breakdown weekly recap, NLW looks at: The initial price action that started the week Debates about whether BTC was thriving at the expense of alts and DeFi The PayPal news News of more public companies putting treasury reserves into BTC …

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Why Fiats Are Failing in 2020

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? Our main discussion: fiat failures, 2020 edition. In this episode, NLW looks at a raft of geographies in which bitcoin has recently reached all-time highs, priced in the local …

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How Strong Is Bitcoin’s Push Above $12,000?

Who has the most recent bitcoin move right, the bulls or the bears?  Our main discussion: bulls vs. bears as bitcoin passes $12K Someone recently tweeted, “Bitcoin price has never been this high with such bearish sentiment.”  On this episode, NLW looks at the bullish case (growth in open interest on CME backed by strong …

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A New ‘Bretton Woods’ Moment?

The IMF has said it’s time to re-evaluate the global economic order, but what does that really mean?  In a recent speech, the International Monetary Fund argued that the time to fundamentally re-evaluate the global economic order is here. Goldbugs see the potential to return to the gold standard, bitcoiners anticipate ever-growing stimulus and macro …

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