The Breakdown

The Breakdown

A daily analysis of macroeconomics, bitcoin, geopolitics and big picture power shifts, hosted by Nathaniel Whittemore @nlw. The Breakdown is part of Blockworks.

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June 14, 2024 14 mins
The FOMC meeting was without fireworks this week. In spite of the Bank of Canada and the ECB moving to cut rates, the Fed remains focused on staying the course at least for the time being. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https://breakdown.beehiiv.com/ Join the discussion: https://discord...
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Yes, the title of this episode is real. NLW provides an update on former President Trump's meeting with Bitcoin miners, and then tells the wild story of a DAO, a formerly jailed pharma CEO, and a secret rap album worth millions. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https://breakdown.beehiiv.co...
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Yes, they're trying to do it again: sneak a massive expansion of anti-crypto powers into a bill that has nothing to do with crypto. Same play as the 2021 infrastructure bill. This time, however, the crypto political machine is watching much earlier. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https:/...
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NLW looks at the end of last week where we saw a market shift in traditional and crypto markets. Here's what happened, and why. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https://breakdown.beehiiv.com/ Join the discussion: https://discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8 Follow on Twitter: NLW: https://twitter.com/...
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June 9, 2024 11 mins
A reading and discussion inspired by https://blockworks.co/news/end-sec-war-on-crypto and https://blockworks.co/news/crypto-regulators-us-global-legislation Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https://breakdown.beehiiv.com/ Join the discussion: https://discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8 Follow on Twitte...
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From Bank of Canada rate cuts to Biden's SAB121 veto to Roaring Kitty, NLW and Scott Melker are back with the week's most important news. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https://breakdown.beehiiv.com/ Join the discussion: https://discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8 Follow on Twitter: NLW: https://tw...
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The Bank of Canada has moved to cut interest rates, with the markets pricing in additional cuts throughout the end of this year. Will the US Federal Reserve follow suit or are the two central banks dealing with a fundamentally different set of circumstances? Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter:...
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ETF's aren't supposed to behave like this. They're not supposed to have a nearly $900m inflow day five months in after the hype has purportedly dissipated. Then again, when did Bitcoin ever do things the way others did? Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https://breakdown.beehiiv.com/ Join t...
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In this episode, Keone from Monad and Zon from Initia to discuss the spectrum between modular and integrated blockchain designs. They explore the tradeoffs in decentralization, performance and scalability between the two approaches. They explore AppChains, rollups, composability challenges in modular systems, EVM compatibility, and when to scale blockchains horizontally vs vertically. To close out Keone and Zon also share valuable ...
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Roaring Kitty is back, and this time he's playing with nine figures. But are the apes content to just watch from the sidelines this time? Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https://breakdown.beehiiv.com/ Join the discussion: https://discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8 Follow on Twitter: NLW: https://twi...
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After reports last week that the Democrats were shifting their stance on crypto, one of the big questions was whether President Joe Biden would follow through on his promise to veto the repeal of SAB121. He did, and NLW gauges the community's reactions. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: htt...
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On today's episode NLW checks in on the idea that we're seeing a pivot towards crypto from Biden and other US Dems. Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: https://b...
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May 30, 2024 10 mins
President Biden's team has reportedly started making overtures towards the crypto crowd. NLW explores whether the industry is buying it or remains skeptical. Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecryp...
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One of the most enduring FUDs in crypto land is the mythic Mt. Gox unlock, where people receive back bitcoin that had been locked for years. Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to ...
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Former President Donal Trump continues to speak about crypto at campaign events. Recently he also pledged to commute Ross Ulbricht's sentence. Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe ...
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A reading and discussion based on: https://blockworks.co/news/single-issue-crypto-voter and https://blockworks.co/news/crypto-matters-foundations-free-prosperous-society Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwh...
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May 24, 2024 12 mins
At least, the first stage of the approval has happened. NLW explores the political pressure that caused this to come about. Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter: ...
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The FIT21 Act vote happened yesterday and a much-higher-than-expected number of Democrats supported it. NLW explains what happened and what comes next. Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto S...
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Former President Trump becomes the first major party candidate to accept crypto, the latest on the ETH ETF, and the gear up for the FIT21 vote. Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe...
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Only Tuesday and already one of the most consequential political weeks in crypto history. NLW covers the latest on ETH ETF approvals, FIT21 Act and more. Today's Show Brought To You By Ledger - 5% to Bitcoin Developers When You Buy https://shop.ledger.com/pages/bitcoin-hardware-wallet Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto ...
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