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October 14, 2021 19 min

Why financial stability discussions should focus on institutions and transparency, not underlying assets. 

This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW takes a deep dive into a recent speech by Sir Jon Cunliffe, the Bank of England’s Deputy Governor, Financial Stability. The speech was called “Is ‘crypto’ a financial stability risk?” NLW explores the four reasons Cunliffe is concerned about the potential for crypto to grow into a systemic financial risk. He argues that ultimately the focus on digital assets is a distraction from the real problem: opaque institutions in the traditional financial system.  


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“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “Tidal Wave” by BRASKO. Image credit: RyanKing999/iStock/Getty Images Plus, modified by CoinDesk.

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