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July 31, 2021 49 min

El Salvador’s decision to make bitcoin legal tender shocked the world. Soon, the dust will settle and catchy headlines will become real, lived experiences for Salvadorans.

Join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Stephanie Murphy for a read-through and thoughtful conversation of El Salvador’s bitcoin legislation in full. The hosts discuss the highs and lows of the bill and potential risks to the country, its citizens a...

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With the infrastructure bill moving closer to passage, can crypto companies and their allies in government roll back the most dangerous provisions?

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

On this episode of “The Breakdown’s Weekly Recap,” NLW covers the past week’s biggest financial, regulatory and markets news, including:

  • The three simultaneous crypto hearings across Congress
  • Binance‘s moves to position itself favorably for oncoming regul...
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    Investors are becoming wary as Vermont becomes the fourth state to scrutinize BlockFi.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    Today on the Brief:

  • Robinhood's underperforming IPO and settlement battles 
  • MicroStrategy’s continued faith in bitcoin 
  • Proposed sweeping crypto legislation 

  • Robinhood’s underperforming initial public offering came amid settlement after settlement, with the latest coming with the Financial Industry Regulatory Aut...

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    The bipartisan bill contains potential impacts to crypto intermediaries.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    First, on the Brief:

  • U.S. growth last quarter performing under economists’ expectations
  • Robinhood's subdued IPO debut
  • "Wild amounts" of capital going into crypto

  • In the main discussion, NLW addresses the specifics, reactions and potential impacts of a crypto provision within the Biden administration’s big infrastructur...

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    Uniswap’s removal of a set of assets from its interface has the community asking just how decentralized is the platform.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW addresses the recent wave of increased regulatory scrutiny, one that has prompted the crypto industry to prepare itself for the possibility of legislation. The discussion includes:

  • A distinction of regulatory categories
  • Exchanges altering lev...
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    Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren paint bitcoin’s populism as phony marketing.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    Today on the Brief:

  • Exchanges leaving China
  • Binance looking to replace CZ with a regulatory-focused CEO
  • Crypto venture funding continues

  • In today’s main discussion, NLW addresses not one, not two but three crypto hearings today spread across the Senate and House. One with a focus on ransomware, another on central bank digit...

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    This weekend’s upward market movements could have come from a variety of driving forces.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    Crypto’s green weekend was the biggest surge in recent months. On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW analyzes the various forces behind the success, including:

  • An Amazon job posting and token rumor
  • Viral tweets from a teenager and an astrologist
  • Market structure explanations

  • The first piece of news from Amazon wa...

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    The U.S. faces a choice between integrating proven stablecoins or outlawing them in favor of a monopolized CBDC.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    On this week’s “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads Nic Carter’s recent essay “Why Central Bankers Invoke Free Banking to Attack Stablecoins.” 

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    NYDIG, the institutional-grade platform for Bitcoin, is making it possible for thousands of banks who have trusted relationships with hundreds of mill...

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    If you landed in medieval times, could you build a phone? Or something even simpler, a pencil?

    Join hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan for a deep dive into the wildly empowering, complex and terrifyingly automated world we live in. This wide ranging, philosophical discussion touches on such topics as the Suez Canal, Douglas Adams, combat drones, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and m...

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    If regulation is unavoidable, now may be a better time to deal with it than later.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    On this edition of the “Weekly Recap,” NLW covers:

  • Institutional interest revamping
  • The B Word conference, Elon’s reveal of SpaceX BTC holdings
  • NFT platform OpenSea’s funding round success
  • Regulatory bodies pursuing BlockFi
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    NYDIG, the institutional-grade platform for Bitcoin, is making it possible for thousands of banks ...

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    A stream of institutional news revives the previously stagnant narrative.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    This week, institutional involvement was revived after the past few months’ inactivity. NLW covers new evidence for institutional interest, including:

  • A billionaire you can’t ignore
  • JPMorgan offering crypto exposure
  • Galaxy Digital’s big bank backers
  • Elon Musk’s revelation that SpaceX, the space exploration company that he founded...

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    Three crypto personalities provide varying perspectives on bitcoin and the future of the space.

    This episode is sponsored by?NYDIG.

    On this episode of “The Breakdown,” host NLW dissects a highly-anticipated discussion between Cathie Wood, Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk at yesterday’s “The B Word” conference, including:

  • Wood’s predictions of deflation rather than inflation
  • Dorsey’s unwavering belief in bitcoin as the internet’s native money
  • M...
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    Bitcoin’s rebound following a gloomy week may be an expression of a shifting macro narrative.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    Bitcoin is up just over 7% in the last 24 hours, following its first close below $30,000 since New Year’s Day. On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW proposes possible explanations for this reversal, including:

  • Competing concerns of Inflation and slow post-COVID recovery
  • Institutional interest in crypto

  • A fe...

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    Crypto finds itself in an inevitable set of regulatory battles.

    This episode is sponsored by?NYDIG.

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win.”?

    In this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW examines crypto’s current “and then they fight you” phase, citing recent regulatory battles:

  • New Jersey’s BlockFi interest accounts cease and desist order
  • Stablecoins in the hot seat in recent meeting of U.S. pre...
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    VCs may lose their position as gatekeepers to startup success.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    In addition to the deep dive into distributed autonomous organizations, or DAOs, and their future in venture capital, today’s “The Brief” covers:

  • Bitcoin futures trading approved for some Bank of America clients
  • Stablecoin discussions entering the upper echelons of U.S. government
  • The bubble continuing to inflate as markets roll over histo...
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    An argument that the Bitcoin network is a public good and governments should invest in public goods.

    This episode is sponsored by?NYDIG.

    This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” is a reading of “Bitcoin: An Orange New Deal” by Andrew Bailey and Bradley Rettler.

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    NYDIG, the institutional-grade platform for Bitcoin, is making it possible for thousands of banks who have trusted relationships with hundreds of millions of customers, to offer Bitcoi...

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    An in-depth, historical look at how and why government statistics have changed over time.

    Starting this week the Speaking of Bitcoin show joins the CoinDesk Podcast Network

    This time on Speaking of Bitcoin, the hosts are joined by John Williams, rogue economist and long-time Editor of ShadowStats.com, a data source that tracks everything from inflation to GDP, money supply to unemployment using the original government defined methodo...

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    Those expecting another El Salvador are sure to be disappointed.?

    This episode is sponsored by?NYDIG.

    On this edition of the “Weekly Recap,” NLW covers:

  • The latest in Binance’s global regulatory troubles?
  • Leaked crypto legislation from Paraguay?
  • Capital Group’s big bet on MicroStrategy
  • The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority slated to spend ?11M on an anti-crypto campaign for young people?

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    A new initiative from Jack Dorsey will be a full business unit inside the company.

    This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

    Today on the Brief:

  • The mixed state of the U.S. government on crypto
  • China’s e-CNY will have native smart contracts
  • Saquon Barkley to take endorsement money in BTC

  • Our main discussion:

    Square has announced a new initiative, titled “TBD,” that CEO Jack Dorsey describes as “focused on building an open developer platform wit...

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    Cryptocurrencies were once a hedge play that could no longer be ignored, but now Larry Fink sees “very little investor demand” for crypto.

    This episode is sponsored by?NYDIG.

    On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW addresses recent shifts in institutional and regulatory discussions on crypto, including:

  • How BlackRock CEO Larry Fink sees the state of crypto?
  • ShapeShift’s final structural shift
  • Fed Chairman Jay Powell’s stance against sta...
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