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Can Social Media Be Redeemed? Feat. Bobby Goodlatte

An early Facebook product designer-turned angel investor discusses how social media has changed and whether it can be changed again for the better. After Social Media with Bobby Goodlatte. Bobby is the founder of Form Capital, a new seed investment firm that focuses on supporting portfolio companies with value-add design.  Bobby was an early employee …

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What Future Are We Building for Bitcoin?

A reading of Meltem Demirors new essay “Unintended Architecture” asks some key questions about intention setting for the future of Bitcoin. Bitcoin started as a rebellious, anti-establishment technology. In many parts of the world, and for many people, it remains exactly that.  At the same time, however, there is a wave of traditionalists and institutional players …

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What a Professional Trader Thinks of the Fed, Robinhood and Real Estate, Feat. Tony Greer

The editor of the Morning Navigator newsletter discusses a variety of macro topics and how to trade against a very strange market. Today on the Brief: The DXY hits a 52-week low Consumers seeking alternatives to cash  Bank of England rebuilds settlement system to work with CBDCs Our main conversation is with trader and analyst …

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The Bond Market Is the Truth Teller No One Heeds, Feat. George Goncalves

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. Today on the Brief: More bad news from jobless claims and the GDP The big tech hearing was a whole bunch of nothing; watch TikTok instead Robinhood dives into Kodak (but …

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SPACs 101: A Bubble, the Future or Both?

A primer on, and critical look at, one of Wall Street’s hottest trends: special purpose acquisition companies. Special purpose acquisition companies have been around since the 1990s, but have seen a significant uptick in popularity in recent years. Companies like Virgin Galactic, Draft Kings and Nikola have changed SPAC’s reputation from a tool for second- …

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Is This China’s Century or the US’s? Maybe It’s Both

This Long Reads Sunday is a reading of Adam Tooze’s recent review of four books on the growing conflict between the U.S. and China. This week on Long Reads Sunday, our selection is “Whose Century?” by Adam Tooze in the London Review of Books.  Nominally a review of four recent scholarly works on the conflict between the …

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As Economic Indicators Get Worse, the US Revs Up the Next Multi-Trillion Stimulus

The Breakdown Weekly Recap covers growing U.S.-China tensions, worsening job numbers and the next casual $1-$3 trillion in stimulus. Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency …

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Could the European Recovery Plan Actually Break Europe Apart?

The EU’s Recovery Plan agreement has been widely hailed, but some argue that it is taking Europe down a dangerous path. Our main discussion features returning guest Tuomas Malinen, CEO of GnS Economics. In this discussion, Tuomas and NLW discuss: Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the …

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What’s Behind the Fed’s New Push to Promote Inflation?

Why the Fed’s strategy on inflation is changing and why the definition used by America’s central bank may be hurting regular people.  Today on the Brief: EU leaders agree on $2 billion stimulus package LinkedIn job cuts show weakness in the professional sector Has DeFi jumped the shark? Our main discussion: The Fed’s changing inflation …

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