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March 1, 2021 14 min

A 108-page report from the bank argues that in the future, bitcoin could become the preferred currency for international trade. 

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Casper.

Today on the Brief:

  • Michael Saylor bought the dip
  • China bans bitcoin mining in Inner Mongolia
  • WallStreetBets moving off Reddit? 

  • Our main discussion: Citi’s analysis of bitcoin. 

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    A reading of Human Rights Foundation CSO Alex Gladstein’s latest essay.

    This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

    Today on “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads “Can Governments Stop Bitcoin?” by Alex Gladstein, published recently by Quillette. Gladstein argues that both technical and legal attacks on bitcoin are extremely difficult to execute, even for large governments. 

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    NFTs had a major week, with Christie’s Auctioning off its first-ever digital art exclusive and a different NFT selling for $6.6M. 

    This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

    This week on the Weekly Recap, NLW discusses:

  • The price dip
  • Tether’s settlement with the NYAG
  • Coinbase’s S1 Filings
  • Beeple’s record-setting NFT sales and what it means for the NFT space as a whole

  • This week on The Breakdown:

    Monday | The First Canadian Bitcoin ETF Is Absolu...

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    The ARK Investment founder discussed bitcoin’s opportunity to act as a replacement store of value at the Bloomberg Crypto Summit.

    This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io.

    Today on the Brief:

  • SEC investigating Elon’s DOGE tweets?
  • US income growth has second biggest monthly gain ever
  • Robinhood growth suggests crypto mainstreaming

  • Main discussion: Cathie Wood thinks Bitcoin could replace bonds. In this episode, NLW lays out:

  • How Cathie Wood mad...
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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 crime
  • Provides three framewo...
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    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 currency
  • Cathie 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 overa...
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    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 maj...
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    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 rollercoaster
  • The latest from China’s digital yuan trial
  • A 3-week sprint to a stimulus package

  • Our main discussion: Canada’s first bitcoin ETF

    NLW discusses:

  • ETF 101
  • Pros and cons of a bitcoin ETF
  • History of bitcoin ETF proposals 
  • Early performance for Canada’s BTCC ETF 
  • Implicatio...
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    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 p...

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    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 scr...
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    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 rumb...
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    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 Ba...

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    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 cap
  • Treasury yields rise, hammering gold but so far having no impact on BTC
  • Bitwise launc...
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    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 nu...

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    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 crypto
  • Dapper Labs and BlockFi raising at multibillion dollar valuations
  • Cathie Wood and ARK increase their bitcoin position

  • Our main discussion looks at the latest institutional bitcoin news:

  • Deutsche Bank – the worl...
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    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.”

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    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 Sque...

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    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:

  • Tesla
  • BNY Mellon
  • Mastercard
  • Twitter
  • Amazon

  • He also argues that more corporate actors investing in bitcoin and crypto makes it significantly less li...

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    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 crypto
  • The Nigerian Senate debate following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent crypto ban
  • Why Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey’s bitcoin trust matters

  • NLW argues the relationship between the crypto industry and celebritie...

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    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 vendors
  • Mastercard announcing crypto coming to payment rails in 2021
  • Amazon revealing ...
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