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The Battle for the Future of Money, Feat. Lawrence Summers, CZ, Michelle Phan, the Winklevoss Brothers, The Chainsmokers and More

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 dollar reign supreme? Are within-the-system competitors like the euro or China’s digital yuan gaining ground? Does an outside the system alternative like bitcoin stand a chance?  Over the last …

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Deglobalization and Other Narrative Violations, Feat. Geoff Lewis

In a world where conventional wisdom has never been more up for grabs, one VC explains why there is opportunity in alternative narratives. The battle to control narratives is the battle to shape how people understand the world around them. But the traditional gatekeepers of narratives – the media – have never had more competition …

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The Shadow of Satoshi’s Ghost: Why Bitcoin Mythology Matters

How the myth-making around Satoshi reinforces what makes bitcoin unique in the landscape of global monies. On Wednesday, a batch of coins mined just a month after bitcoin’s birth were moved. It was the first time since August 2017 that any bitcoin from early 2009 had been transferred, and the action set Bitcoin Twitter on …

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Where Bitcoin Fits in the New Monetary Order

The third part of The Breakdown’s Money Reimagined series looks at the role of bitcoin and USD stablecoins in the new global monetary order. Niall Ferguson has called this moment an “age of experimentation” when it comes to currencies. One of the unique features of this moment is the experiments are not limited to the …

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Surveying the Carnage: Movies, Sports and Education in Crisis

As the COVID-19 crisis grows, some industries will recover quickly, but some won’t recover at all. In this episode we help you understand which is which. This is the second in a series of episodes on how the economic crisis is challenging and transforming different industries. NLW looks at: Disclosure Read More The leader in …

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9 Reasons Why Bitcoin Has Never Been Stronger Going Into a Halving

From surging price and all-time-high hashrates to Paul Tudor Jones and narrative relevance, a look at the strength of BTC heading into next week’s halving. The bitcoin halving is just a few days away and the growing excitement is palpable. On this episode of The Breakdown, NLW argues the excitement is also legitimate, and looks …

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Surveying the Carnage: How Real Estate, Travel and Music Are Faring During the Crisis

One hundred million jobs lost and $2.7 trillion in GDP evaporates. Shutdowns lasting 18 to 24 months. NLW looks at the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on key industries. The second-order effects of the COVID-19 crisis are here, and they’re painful. In this episode of The Breakdown, NLW looks at how COVID-19 is impacting three …

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Why the Dollar Has Never Been Stronger or More Set Up to Fail

In this new, multi-part documentary series, NLW is joined by more than a dozen prominent voices to tell the story of how and why, with trillions in money printing, the dollar seems like it should be getting weaker. Instead, it’s stronger than ever. What gives? For more episodes and free early access before our regular …

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From Corrupt to Broken: An Insider’s Analysis of the Fed, Feat. Danielle Dimartino Booth

An adviser to the U.S. Federal Reserve through the Great Financial Crisis to 2015 examines the latest in the largest monetary policy experiment in human history. Danielle DiMartino Booth is the CEO and chief strategist of Quill Intelligence. Before that, after correctly predicting the mortgage meltdown, she spent nine years as an adviser to Federal …

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When Currencies Fail: A Primer on the Dollar Crisis in Lebanon

A massive shortage of dollars is instigating economic chaos, including a more than 50% loss of value in the Lebanese pound. The Lebanese pound has lost at least 50% of its value against the dollar since last year. About 220,000 people have lost their jobs. Food prices are up 58%. An estimated 75% of the …

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