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August 7, 2020 13 min

From the price of coffee to the national debt as a percentage of GDP, these 11 numbers provide a picture of a fast changing global economy. 

This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

Mainstream financial media loves reporting the stock market like it's the only economic indicator that matters. On this episode, NLW breaks down 11 numbers that together tell a much more complete story, including:

  • Record price of ...
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    The Director of the Cato Institute's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives gives an eye-opening, 200-year history of today’s most powerful economic institution.

    This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

    Today on the Brief:

  • Better news in the jobless claims this week
  • A new bitcoin adoption cycle?
  • Checking on Lebanon

  • Our main conversation is with Dr. George Selgin. 

    Dr. Selgin is a Senior Fellow and directo...

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    One of the realest people in financial media joins for a conversation about where the economy really is and where it’s headed.

    This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

    Today on the Brief:

  • Robinhood doubles quarterly trading revenue
  • Square did $875 billion in bitcoin revenue in Q2 - up 600% YoY
  • ADP report: 167,000 jobs added in July (instead of expected 1.2 million) 

  • Our main conversation is with Hedgeye CEO Keith Mc...

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    An early Facebook product designer-turned angel investor discusses how social media has changed and whether it can be changed again for the better.

    This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

    Today on the Brief:

  • President Trump wants a cut of the TikTok deal
  • Previewing this week’s COVID-19 vaccine trade 
  • Dave Portnoy breaks into bitcoin

  • Our main conversation is with Bobby Goodlatte. 

    Bobby is the founder of Form Capital...

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    Working with open source software changes the development process, according to this researcher who interviewed hundreds of technologists across projects. 

    This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

    There are people who understand bitcoin yet aren’t obsessively bullish on it. (I know, it’s weird. Like, how?)

    Eghbal, a Protocol Labs alum who is familiar with bitcoin, is among them. She described bitcoin as a rare ex...

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    A recap show on wealth inequality, stock markets and taking it back featuring Jill Carlson, Michael Krieger, Daniel Lacalle, George Gammon and more.

    This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

    Today on the Brief:

  • The TikTok-Microsoft Deal
  • The Twitter hacker was 17
  • A changing of the guard for crypto hedge funds

  • Our main discussion: recapping the best interviews of July 2020

    Despite a huge variety of perspectives and expe...

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    A reading of Meltem Demirors new essay “Unintended Architecture” asks some key questions about intention setting for the future of Bitcoin

    This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

    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 moving ...

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    From the size of a second round of stimulus to COVID-19 litigation to reshoring, last week previewed some key issues for the months to come. 

    This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and Nexo.io.

    On this week’s edition of The Breakdown Weekly Recap, NLW argues the big story of the week was actually a set of smaller stories that preview the faultlines and economic debates likely to absorb us in the coming months. 

    These includ...

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    Chaturbate executive Shirely Lara is a sex industry veteran who sees bitcoin as a crucial part of her business. The bitcoin-friendly porn executive talks with CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen about bitcoin, sex and feminism.

    This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com, Bitstamp and Nexo.io.

    Chaturbate COO Shirley Lara, one of the most experienced platform executives in the adult content industry, has been keen on bitcoin’s potential since 2...

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    The editor of the Morning Navigator newsletter discusses a variety of macro topics and how to trade against a very strange market.

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    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 Tony Greer. In this conversation, he and NLW discuss:

  • The F...
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    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. 

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    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 so do illegal insider traders)

  • Our main conversation is with independent bond ...

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    Today on the Brief:

  • Big tech goes to Washington
  • The debate on the next COVID-19 relief act heats up
  • More on institutional investors’ move into gold 

  • This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.


    “Imagine a world without counterparty risk.”

    That was Chainlink co-founder Sergey Nazarov’s answer when asked to describe the true disruption of decentralized finance to a traditional finance audience. 

    On this episode of The Breakdown, Se...

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    As bitcoin retraces slightly after reaching a new 2020 high about $11,000, NLW explores what’s driving the rally and how likely it is to continue.

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    It was a beautiful Monday. 

    Bitcoin crashed through $10,000 and got all the way up to a new yearly high of about $11,000 before retracing slightly. 

    As with any dramatic price action, people were quick to start giving their interpretation...

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    A primer on, and critical look at, one of Wall Street’s hottest trends: special purpose acquisition companies. 

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    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- and third-tier private ...

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    To KYC or not to KYC? In this episode, CoinDesk’s Anna Baydakova talks to Hodl Hodl and Bisq, two non-custodial, no-KYC bitcoin exchanges.

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    One year ago, the Financial Action Task Force, the global anti-money laundering watchdog, ruled that crypto transactions data should be controllable, and ever since the question has been not if you KYC your users but how you do it.

    However, not ...

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    This Long Reads Sunday is a reading of Adam Tooze’ recent review of four books on the growing conflict between the U.S. and China.

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    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 U.S. and China, Tooze main argument is that the central problem...

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    Beyond Crypto, OnlyFans Star Savannah Solo Talks About Money 

    Sex workers are starting their own businesses and working online, thanks to social media, according to this adult content creator. 

    In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and OnlyFans performer Savannah Solo talk about fintech and the sex industry. From distribution platforms to Twitter and bitcoin, she helps break down what sex workers really need from digital too...

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    The Breakdown Weekly Recap covers growing US-China tensions, worsening job numbers and the next casual $1T-$3T in stimulus.

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    This week on the Breakdown Weekly Recap, NLW covers:

  • A terrible week for U.S.-China tensions, with dueling consulate closures and a strikingly hawkish speech from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • Worsening economic indicators, particularly around jobless cla...
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    The EU’s Recovery Plan agreement has been widely hailed, but some argue that it is taking Europe down a dangerous path.

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    Today on the Brief:

  • Which industries are recovering the best
  • China retaliates against U.S. after consulate shutdown 
  • Dollar heads toward its worst month since 2018

  • Our main discussion features returning guest Tuomas Malinen, CEO of GnS Economics. 

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    More than 50% of COVID-19 related business closures in the US are now permanent. Can tech platforms provide a new avenue for small biz entrepreneurship?

    This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

    Today on the Brief:

  • Disappointing jobless claim numbers with first increase in 4 months
  • US banks now allows to custody crypto
  • Senate hears arguments for a digital dollar in the context of US-China economic competition

  • Our main convers...

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