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September 30, 2020 19 min

The attention may have been with DeFi when it was warm, but as the cold winds of COVID-19 return fears and election volatility blow, bitcoin is resuming narrative dominance.

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

Today on the Brief:

  • Coinbase offers severance to employees who want to leave over new politics policy
  • Long-term job cuts hamper any idea of V-shaped recovery
  • Last chance for a stimulus package before the...
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    When the DeFi degens caught wind of a new pre-release Andre Cronje project they piled in, only to get $16 million hacked away in a flash.

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

    DeFi is one of the breakout crypto categories of 2020. Indeed, yield farming and the grand game of “money legos” has been so profitable that many are following every new protocol with rapt attention. 

    This is all the more true for projec...

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    CEO Brian Armstrong’s letter has not just the crypto world but the larger world of tech and business talking about the role of corporations in society. 

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

    Monday, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong published the innocuously titled “Coinbase Is a Mission-Driven Company.” 

    While the post talked a lot about Coinbase’s core mission, its real goal seemed to be to make clear Coinbase wo...

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    Bitcoin has been above $10,000 for even longer than the record 2017-18 run, giving confidence to long term HODLers in the process.

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

    Today on the Brief:

  • After four weeks down, bitcoin bounces back on suspicions that recent bearishness was overblown
  • KuCoin exchange gets hacked for somewhere between $150 million and $280 million
  • Jack Dorsey outlines Twitter’s blockchain and bitc...
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    On this Speaking of Bitcoin episode, join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan for an in-depth discussion about what’s really at risk when blockchains suffer the dreaded 51% attack.

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

    On today’s show we’re talking 51% attacks, the much discussed, infrequently seen and fairly misunderstood doomsday scenarios. It’s recently re-e...

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    Will the future of currency be led by the U.S., China, Bitcoin, or some combination we can barely imagine today?

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

    This week’s Long Reads Sunday is a reading of “The Currency Cold War: Four Scenarios” by Jeff Wilsner – part of CoinDesk’s Internet 2030 series. 

    In it, Wilsner talks to experts about four scenarios:

  • A multi-currency scenario, where exchange is abstracted away vi...
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    With the final preparations for the launch of Ethereum 2.0 soon to be underway, CoinDesk's Christine Kim spoke with Developers Raul Jordan and Eduardo Antuña Díez about what's left to do.

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

    Lead developer at Prysmatic Labs Raul Jordan, who has been building Ethereum 2.0 software for over two years, explained his team would be wrapping up all feature development by O...

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    Last week saw the third-biggest outflow from stock funds in history, and the dollar is the strongest it’s been since April. Here’s what’s going on. 

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

    On this edition of The Breakdown weekly recap, NLW looks at the fourth painful week for traditional markets in a row. 

    He discusses the factors contributing to the trouble, including: 

  • A normal correction from too-high valuatio...
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    The founder and lead market strategist at NorthmanTrader explains how the Fed has boxed itself in and why our fundamental economic capacity fails to grow.

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

    Sven Henrich is the outspoken founder and lead market strategist at NorthmanTrader. Well known for his appearances on CNBC, CNN Business and MarketWatch, Sven is also the host of the Straight Talk podcast. 

    In this conve...

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    In August, the volume of personally owned stock sold by corporate executives reached its highest level since 2015, followed by a 10% decline in the S&P500 in September. 

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

    Today on the Brief:

  • Initial U.S. jobless claims up to 870,000
  • Partial lockdowns begin in earnest in Europe and Israel
  • The global demand for American stocks

  • Our main discussion: Did corporate insiders perf...

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    How the Fed and the rise of passive investing and volatility strategies have combined to make market movements faster and more severe.

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

    Corey Hoffstein is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Newfound Research LLC, a quantitative research and investment fund. He is also the host of the “Flirting with Models” podcast. 

    His most recent research is “Liquidity Cascades: ...

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    Bitcoin mining can help big energy companies produce more efficiently, increasing American energy independence in the process. 

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

    Today on the Brief:

  • Where the digital euro fits in Lagarde’s economic integration plans
  • New stablecoin guidance from the OCC
  • Mnuchin and Powell head to the Hill

  • Our main discussion features Marty Bent. 

    Marty is the author of one of the best known dai...

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    The massive leak of suspicious activity reports shows how banks let the government know about likely money laundering, then go right on providing services.

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

    Today on the Brief:

  • Stocks down, dollar up on COVID-19 resurgence fears
  • People’s Bank of China says digital yuan needed to fight USD dominance
  • 140,000 have claimed UNI tokens
  • Judge stops Trump WeChat ban
  • Nikola founder resi...
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    This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” reading is from macro analyst Lyn Alden and focuses on the inflation vs. deflation debate in historical context.

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

    On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads macro analyst Lyn Alden’s latest: “A Century of Fiscal and Monetary Policy: Inflation vs Deflation”

    The article looks at:

  • When monetary policy is effective versus when fiscal policy nee...
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    This week Kraken Financial became the first crypto company to receive a banking charter under Wyoming's Special Purpose Depository Institution statute. On this Speaking of Bitcoin episode, Join CEO David Kinitsky for a look at what it all means and how it'll work with hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Stephanie Murphy.

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

    In the early days of Bitcoin,...

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    The highly-anticipated launch of Ethereum 2.0 is expected to have little to no impact on users and decentralized applications (dapps) currently operating on Ethereum. But in the years after its launch, Ethereum developer Danny Ryan expects the upgrade to radically improve network performance and security. 

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

    There will be what Ryan calls a “precise point of transition,” whe...

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    Kraken became the first crypto exchange to win a U.S. banking license this week. Here’s why that matters. 

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

    On this edition of The Breakdown weekly recap, NLW looks at:

  • DEXetition – Uniswap’s battle with SushiSwap heats up as the former dropped the UNI governance token in what some likened to a crypto stimulus check 
  • The Fed has no clothes – After another FOMC meeting of “no...
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    The CEO of publicly traded MicroStrategy (MSTR) shares why he started to feel like he was “sitting on a 500-lb block of ice” and how he came to bitcoin as a solution.

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

    MicroStrategy made waves when it announced in early August it was moving $500,000,000 in treasury reserves out of cash. At least $250 million were to be moved into bitcoin

    Earlier this week, the company ann...

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    A wide-ranging conversation about the state of macro, why central banks can’t really do anything and why private markets are leading the future of money.

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

    Raoul Pal is CEO and co-founder of Real Vision, a platform fundamentally disrupting macroeconomics and financial media. 

    In this wide-ranging conversation, he and NLW discuss: 

  • Hot takes on the most recent Jerome Powell/Fe...
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    Governments have significant discretion over economics and finance today, but decentralized network-driven alternatives threaten that control. 

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

    Today on the Brief:

  • Kraken is the first crypto exchange to become a U.S. bank
  • FTC preparing antitrust lawsuit against Facebook
  • Gold-standard fan Judy Shelton doesn’t have the votes to be confirmed as Federal Reserve governor 

  • Our main...

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