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The Breakdown
The Breakdown
Nathaniel Whittemore

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

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Episodes

New Crypto Exchange Sues the SEC!

NLW covers an interesting case out of Texas that is meant to provoke a determination that the SEC is not... more

23 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Circle Drops Tron

The latest scuttlebutt from the world of stablecoins Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the... more

22 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
USDT vs Bitcoin in Africa

NLW looks at discussion of the preferred currency in developing markets. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube:... more

22 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Why the Bitcoin Led Bull Market Will Be Different

A reading and discussion of: https://www.coindesk.com/consensus-magazine/2024/02/15/bitcoin-is-back-back-back-baby/ and https://www.coindesk.com/business/2024/02/14/how-bitcoin-benefits-from-global-stresses/ 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:... more

18 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
The First Week of the New Bull Market?

NLW and Scott Melker discuss the five most important stories in crypto, with NLW arguing that this week felt like... more

17 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
Coinbase SMASHES Earnings Estimates

Coinbase had a great Q4 and Wall Street is loving it. NLW discusses the key stories to wrap up the... more

16 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
SEC Chair Gensler's Feeble Anti-BTC Arguments Smacked Down on National TV

We're officially living in the post-ETF world, and people are sick and tired of the supposedly "merit neutral" SEC spreading... more

16 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
Bitcoin Reclaims $1T Market Cap, But Political Fights Remain

Even as BTC reclaims an important milestone, the Blockchain Association is pushing back on legislation that could have a significant... more

15 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Markets Wobble After CPI Surprise

Markets got an unpleasant jolt this morning when January CPI numbers came in hotter than expected. Many investors took it... more

14 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
Bitcoin Smashes Through $50,000

NLW collects a set of takes that all amount to a shifting sentiment around the institutional bid. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE... more

13 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
How Real Are Real World Assets?

NLW reads two pieces with different takes on Real World Assets - one of crypto's big emerging themes. https://www.coindesk.com/consensus-magazine/2024/02/02/real-world-asset-tokenization-is-fake-news/ https://www.coindesk.com/business/2024/02/07/forget-etfs-lets-work-on-tokenizing-the-whole-value-chain/ Enjoying this... more

12 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
Bitcoin Enthusiasm Returns: The Five Most Important Stories in Crypto This Week

Recorded live with Scott Melker on Feb 9. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the... more

10 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Could Prometheum's Custody Plans Force the SEC on Ethereum?

Ugh, yes we're talking about Prometheum and an argument that their Ethereum custody plans could lead the SEC to designate... more

10 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
Bitcoin Breaks Out as ETF Flows Normalize

Enthusiasm is back on the agenda in Bitcoin land! NLW looks at the recent price action, Bitcoin's decoupling from rates... more

08 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
The SEC Shoves New Market Maker Rule Through

NLW summarizes the new market maker rules, their implications for crypto, and the pushback they're getting not only from crypto... more

08 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Will Anything Useful Be Built This Crypto Cycle?

On this episode, NLW looks at a recent thread by Travis Kling on financial nihilism and what people expect out... more

07 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Bitcoin Bull Bukele Cruises to Second Term in El Salvador

Plus updates from Jerome Powell, US jobs data, and Chinese stocks. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube:... more

06 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Why the Bitcoin ETF Will Never Be the Same as Truly Owning Bitcoin

A reading of "A Bitcoin ETF Will Never Be Your Bitcoin" by Pascal Gauthier, CEO of Ledger Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to... more

05 Feb 2024 · 6 minutes
The Five Most Important Stories in Crypto and Macro This Week

Recorded live with Scott Melker on Friday Feb 2, 2024 Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to... more

03 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Tether Made More Money Than Goldman Sachs Last Quarter

Is Tether the best company in the world? CMS Holdings says so after a banger of a Q4. NLW covers... more

02 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Powell Says No Rate Cuts in March

NLW breaks down the first FOMC meeting of the year. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe... more

02 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Layoffs at Block

NLW covers the crypto news, including the follow through on some previously announced layoffs at Jack Dorsey's company. Enjoying this... more

01 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
The State of Bitcoin Mining Heading into the Halving

NLW looks at the growth in hashrate and the state of the mining markets in the lead up to the... more

31 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
Bitcoin Shows the Growing Supremacy of the ETF

NLW covers the latest on the Bitcoin spot ETF. BlackRock's offering is over $2B in AUM, while Fidelity is close... more

30 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
The Top Five Crypto Stories This Week

Recorded live with Scott Melker on Friday 1.26.24 Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter:... more

27 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
Q4 GDP Was Better Than Expected: What Does It Mean for Rate Cuts?

NLW explores the most recent macro news stories, including a look at Q4 GDP which came in stronger than expected.... more

26 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
When Will the GBTC Selling End!?!

Billions have flown into Bitcoin ETFs, but the relentless selling of GBTC has been a major drag on the price... more

25 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
China's Stock Market Struggles

NLW looks at the worsening stock market situation in China, which has caused the Chinese government to explore major stimulus.... more

24 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Binance SEC Hearing Goes Much Less Well Than Coinbase Hearing

Binance was in court arguing that the SEC lawsuit against them should be thrown out, in an echo of Coinbase's... more

23 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Court Orders FTX Independent Examiner

Reversing a lower court decision, FTX will have an independent examiner. It also appears the bankruptcy estate has been a... more

23 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
The Five Biggest Stories in Crypto this Week

Recorded live with Scott Melker on Friday Jan 19 2024. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe... more

20 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
Trump Pledges No CBDCs

CBDCs have officially hit the big time as a political issue with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump hammering the topic... more

20 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
The Huge Significance of the Coinbase vs. SEC Hearing

Coinbase is seeking for the judge to throw out the SEC's lawsuit against them. NLW covers why the extensive hearing... more

19 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
Stablecoin Wars at Davos!

Tether and Circle both position around the WEF for a digital dollar future. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch... more

18 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Larry Fink Is Coming for an ETH ETF Next

In public comments after the Bitcoin Spot ETF approvals, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink discusses an Ethereum ETF and real world... more

17 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
The New Normalcy of Trying A Little Bitcoin

A reading and exploration of: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-01-11/bitcoin-etfs-are-here-for-real https://www.ft.com/content/59bb430b-a5b1-4469-b05a-482b951109a2 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:... more

14 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
The Most Important Story In Crypto Last Week

Recorded live with Scott Melker on Friday Jan 12, 2024. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to... more

13 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
How Successful Was the First Day of BTC ETF Trading?

Ask two people and you'll get three answers. NLW explores the facts of the first day of trading and what... more

13 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
BITCOIN SPOT ETFS APPROVED! A New Era of Bitcoin Has Begun

NLW covers the WILD past few days getting to the moment we've all been waiting for. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what... more

11 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
How Much Will Flow Into BTC Post ETF Approval?

NLW explores the last minute questions surrounding the Bitcoin spot ETF. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what crypto can be - https://kraken.com/TheBreakdown Enjoying... more

09 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
The Fee War and the ETF Terrordome

Final S-1s show Bitcoin Spot ETF competitors competing aggressively around fees. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what crypto can be -... more

09 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
Why Stay in Crypto?

A reading of: https://www.coindesk.com/business/2024/01/03/stablecoins-can-help-fix-the-current-lending-market/ and https://twitter.com/CampbellJAustin/status/1742292350578090368

08 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
The 5 Most Important Stories in Crypto This Week

Recorded live with Scott Melker on Friday January 5th. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to... more

06 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
The Last Details Before Bitcoin Spot ETF Approval

NLW covers the last details as the crypto industry gets hyped for an anticipated ETF approval. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See... more

06 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
Did a Matrixport Report Really Send BTC Crashing?

And if it wasn't that, why did Bitcoin fall so much yesterday? NLW looks at market structure and narrative as... more

04 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
A Dangerous New Crypto Tax Policy Might Have Just Gone Into Effect

NLW covers the latest on 6050i, a provision from the 2021 infrastructure bill with major implications for the crypto industry.... more

04 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Silbert Out at Grayscale; No 2nd Trial for SBF: The Biggest Crypto News from the Holiday Break

NLW recaps the biggest stories from the last week and a half, including Barry Silbert resigning from the board at... more

03 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
2024: Bitcoin's Big Year

A reading of: https://www.coindesk.com/business/2023/12/20/tis-the-season-to-be-jolly-about-the-crypto-market-in-2024/ and https://www.coindesk.com/consensus-magazine/2023/12/19/etfs-halving-upgrades-what-to-expect-with-bitcoin-next-year/ 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... more

24 Dec 2023 · 11 minutes
10 Crypto Predictions for 2024 [Part 2]

The second half of The Breakdown's review and aggregation of various reports and predictions for the coming year. Enjoying this... more

23 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
How Asia Will Shape the Next Crypto Bull Market

A reading of this piece by Serotonin's Amanda Cassatt https://www.coindesk.com/consensus-magazine/2023/12/19/how-asia-drives-the-next-crypto-bull-market/ Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to... more

23 Dec 2023 · 10 minutes
10 Crypto Predictions for 2024 [Part 1]

NLW aggregates a dozen plus end of year reports to come up with 10 consensus crypto predictions for 2024. Here's... more

22 Dec 2023 · 17 minutes
The Crypto Army Rallies!

As the anti-crypto army gets louder, the Crypto Army is rallying to the cause. Elizabeth Warren's latest tirades contain some... more

21 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
BlackRock Bends The Knee on In-Kind Redemptions, Clearing ETF Approval Path

Was this the last step necessary for the anticipated mass wave of approvals in January? Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what... more

20 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
The SEC Confirms They're Never Going to Provide Crypto Guidance

It's no big shocker but it does open them up to some increased legal scrutiny. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what... more

19 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
The Changing Tides and Why BTC Is Heading to $50K

A reading of: https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2023/12/13/why-2023-is-like-2020-and-bitcoin-is-set-to-head-towards-50k/ and https://news.bloombergtax.com/tax-insights-and-commentary/irs-digital-assets-plan-would-be-a-setback-for-taxpayer-services

17 Dec 2023 · 10 minutes
What We Should Learn From the Ledger Exploit

NLW and Scott Melker talk about the most important events in crypto this week. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch... more

15 Dec 2023 · 34 minutes
The Fed Has Officially Pivoted

Everything from the FOMC and why the market reaction is jubilant. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what crypto can be -... more

15 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
The Integration of Crypto and TradFi

As the Bitcoin Spot ETF gets closer and closer, NLW covers a number of stories relating to the growing integration... more

14 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
The Anti-Crypto Army Attacks via AML!

Elizabeth Warren's assault on the industry under the guise of cracking down on crime continues. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what... more

13 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
BTC Down, Jobs Up, Tether Working with OFAC?

A crypto-macro report to kick off your week. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what crypto can be - https://kraken.com/TheBreakdown Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE... more

12 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
What Drives BTC's Predictable Four Year Cylces?

A reading of: https://www.coindesk.com/business/2023/12/06/why-are-pros-craving-a-spot-bitcoin-etf/ and https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2023/12/06/bitcoin-and-the-predictability-of-crypto-market-cycles/ 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... more

10 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
BTC Up; Dimon Down: Crypto Turns a Corner

Recorded live with Scott Melker on Friday December 8, 2023. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to... more

09 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
Do Kwon Will Face US Justice

Do Kwon is reportedly to be extradited to the United States. Plus a roundup of this week's other important crypto... more

08 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Jamie Dimon Tells US Government He Would Close Crypto Down

NLW argues that the anti-crypto army is grasping at straws and mounting a last offensive as their chance to help... more

07 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
One of Crypto's Biggest Congressional Allies Won't Seek Re-Election

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Patrick McHenry, who has been instrumental in advancing crypto legislation, has decided he won't seek... more

07 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Bitcoin ROCKETS Past $43,000 - What's Driving It?

Bitcoin is on a TEAR, smashing up past the psychological barrier of $40,000 and then just continuing. NLW explores what's... more

06 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Gensler's Dubious Legacy

A reading of ‘A Politician Masquerading as a Regulator’ – 3 Takeaways From Fortune's Gary Gensler Profile by Ben Schiller Enjoying... more

03 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
The Crypto Market Comes Roaring Back

A look at the five most important stories in crypto this week. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube:... more

02 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Saylor Buys $600M More BTC as Proshares BITO Hits ATH in AUM

The tide has most definitely turned. NLW looks at a slew of institutional and investor news showing excitement is returning... more

01 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
The Treasury Department's Latest Power Grab Has Global Ramifications

The US Treasury department is asking for more power to go after bad actors in crypto in ways that many... more

01 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
The European CBDC Debate Heats Up

Plus a broader look at CBDC efforts around the world. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what crypto can be - https://kraken.com/TheBreakdown Enjoying... more

30 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Crypto Funds See Biggest Inflows Of 2023

Looking for evidence that a resolution with Binance is a positive thing? Digital asset funds saw their 9th straight week... more

28 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
Is CZ a Flight Risk? DOJ Says He Is

The crypto industry is getting used to the post-CZ, post-Binance settlement world. Is CZ a flight risk? Is this all... more

27 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
CZ Guilty, Binance Settles Criminal Charges with the US Gov't

A major and dramatic conclusion to the Binance story. CZ is OUT and has pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Binance... more

23 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
The SEC Sues Kraken (Again?!)

10 months after settling with the regulator, the SEC is going after Kraken again. NLW explores the allegations and the... more

21 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
A Primer on Argentina's New Pro-BTC President Javier Milei

Javier Milei has won the Argentine presidential election. What will it mean for the country's economy? Is he really as... more

21 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
Is the Bank Secrecy Act Unconsitutional?

A reading of a new essay and legal exploration from CoinCenter https://www.coincenter.org/its-time-to-have-the-conversation-is-the-bank-secrecy-act-unconstitutional/ Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what crypto can be -... more

19 Nov 2023 · 9 minutes
This Presidential Candidate Has a Crypto Plan That Includes "Code is Law"

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17th Vivek Ramaswamy introduced a thoughtful, comprehensive crypto plan. Will other candidates match him? Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken:... more

19 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
Delay Ends Mass BTC Spot ETF Approval Dream

There was a very small window where the SEC could have approved all the Bitcoin Spot ETF applications at once.... more

17 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Not the BTC Decoupling We Were Looking For

In the midst of an "everything rally" after a pleasant CPI surprise, BTC and crypto went the other direction. Today's... more

16 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
With Latest CPI, the Fed Hiking Cycle Finally Appears Over

Before today's CPI numbers were released, markets were pricing in a 14% chance of one more rate hike. After the... more

15 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
BTC Held By Institutional Products Hits ATH

Even before the formal approval of a Bitcoin spot ETF, Bitcoin funds have seen weeks and weeks of continuous inflows,... more

14 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Markets Surge as BlackRock Files ETH Spot ETF

The market return continues and the institutional narrative grows as BlackRock files their spot Ethereum ETF. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what... more

11 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
ETF Excitement Drives Bitcoin Past $36,000

NLW continues the bull recovery post SBF trial with an exploration of ETF excitement. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what crypto... more

10 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
Is Circling Preparing for an IPO?

NLW looks at a number of stories that suggest the crypto industry is finally facing forward and looking to the... more

08 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
How Crypto Can Actually Move Past SBF

NLW wraps up coverage of the SBF trial with a recap of the conclusion and a discussion of community reactions.... more

08 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
SEC Is Reprimanded by Government Accountability Office (And It Could Lead to Lawsuits)

Today on The Breakdown, NLW discusses the end of SBF's testimony, some ETF updates, and the SEC being called out... more

01 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
SBF Gets Absolutely Buried in Cross-Examination

If the goal of the US prosecutor was to make Sam Bankman-Fried look like a liar, liar, pants on fire,... more

01 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
How SBF's Testimony Tried to Contradict Caroline, Nishad and Gary

A look at SBF's testimony with his lawyers and how he set to counter the story presented by his former... more

31 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
Bitcoin and Freedom

A reading of Preston Pysh's "Bitcoin is Anti-Totalitarianism" https://bitcoinmagazine.com/legal/bitcoin-anti-totalitarianism Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to the newsletter:... more

29 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
SBF Testifies; WSJ Errors; Bitcoin Booms - The Top 5 Crypto Stories This Week

Recorded live with Scott Melker on Friday October 27, 2023 Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe to... more

28 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
SBF Takes the Stand

SBF start testifying in his own defense. It .... did not go well. Today's Sponsor: Kraken Kraken: See what crypto can... more

28 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Will the WSJ Retract Their Bogus Crypto Terror Financing Reporting?

Elliptic came out and said that the stats that the Wall Street Journal had used in their recent reporting around... more

26 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
Oops! The BlackRock ETF Code IBTC Has Been Around Since August...

BTC markets this week have been sent in both directions around news that BlackRock's Bitcoin Spot ETF had a ticker... more

26 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Bitcoin Up 100% in 2023, Hits Pre-Luna Crash Prices

Bitcoin made a massive move up on Monday evening, bringing with it the first taste of the very early bull... more

24 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Bitcoin $30k: Uptober is Back on the Menu!

Today NLW explores the recent price push about $30,000 and what it says about the state of the market. Today's Sponsor:... more

23 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Crypto Winter Is Over (Says Morgan Stanley)

NLW reads a new piece from Morgan Stanley about the seasons of crypto. https://www.morganstanley.com/articles/the-four-seasons-of-cryptocurrency-explained Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch... more

22 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
BTC Rallies, ETF Nudges Closer, and a Fresh Fraud Accusation

The Weekly Recap looks at the most important stories in crypto this week. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch... more

21 Oct 2023 · 39 minutes
The SEC Drops the Ripple Case: How Big A Deal Is This?

NLW explains the latest moves from the SEC. Is their dropping of their case against Ripple Execs as bullish as... more

21 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
The Latest Attack from Elizabeth Warren's Anti-Crypto Army

With extreme predictability, Senator Elizabeth Warren is using the horror of war in Israel/Gaza to bully a fairly unrelated crypto... more

19 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
BlockFi CEO and Former Colleague Continue the Crush of SBF's Defense

NLW covers the latest in the SBF trial, specifically looking at the testimony of former FTX Head of Engineering Nishad... more

19 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
Meet Bitcoin's New CMO: Larry Fink

In the wake of CoinTelegraph's oopsie fake news tweet about BlackRock's Bitcoin Spot ETF application being approved, BlackRock CEO Larry... more

17 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
SEC Doesn't Appeal Grayscale Decision: What It Means

Today NLW catches up on the latest crypto news, including: The SEC decides not to appeal Grayscale decision Fake news Bitcoin Spot... more

16 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
What Jim Cramer Doesn't Get About Bitcoin

NLW looks at recent tradfi commentary from Jim Cramer and Paul Tudor Jones to help uncover what some traditional investors... more

15 Oct 2023 · 8 minutes
SBF Trial, ETF Progress, JPM Onyx Milestone: The Crypto Weekly Recap

NLW and Scott Melker cover the most important stories of the crypto week. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch... more

14 Oct 2023 · 36 minutes
The Most Shocking Details of Caroline Ellison's Damning SBF Testimony

Caroline Ellison is the prosecutions star witness in the case against Sam Bankman-Fried, and after this week it's not hard... more

14 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
Bitcoin Spot ETF Approval Incoming?

Today on The Breakdown, NLW catches up on everything that's NOT the SBF Trial, including promising news on the Bitcoin... more

13 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
Crypto Industry Faces Terrorist Financing Accusations

In what was probably an inevitable turn, crypto critics are coming out of the woodwork to blame the Hamas massacre... more

11 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Gary Wang and the Alameda Grift History

Turns out the grift was there from the beginning. Former FTX cofounder and CTO Gary Wang testified last week and... more

10 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
An Analyst Warns on TUSD, stUSDT, and Huobi/HTX

Respected analyst Dylan Leclair has recently put together a thread warning crypto market participants about some questions around TUSD, stUSDT... more

08 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
Crypto's Biggest Ally Could Be the Next Speaker of the House

NLW and Scott Melker count down the five most important news stories of the week, including SBF Trial; Tom Emmer's... more

07 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Macro Signals Are All Flashing Warnings

What the hell is going on with bond markets? Why are people buying less food? Is the Fed priced into... more

06 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
SBF Defense: "Blame Caroline! Also He's a Nerd."

NLW covers the first few days of the Sam Bankman-Fried trial, including the jury selection, opening statements, and first witnesses. Today's... more

05 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
A Leading Candidate for Next Speaker of the House is One of Crypto's Biggest Allies in D.C.

After the ouster of Kevin McCarthy, speaker pro tempore is crypto ally Patrick McHenry, and one of the consensus leaders... more

04 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
The Sam Bankman-Fried Trial Begins - Everything You Need to Know

As SBF's trial kicks off in New York, NLW covers: The charges The timeline of events that got us here The key witnesses Likely... more

03 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Bitcoin Pops As Uptober Returns

8 of the last 10 October's were green for Bitcoin. Can we expect the same this time around? NLW looks... more

02 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
Where Crypto Has Product-Market Fit (And Where It Doesn't)

NLW reads "The Barrier to Mainstream Crypto Adoption Isn’t UX — It’s Product-Market Fit" by Li Jin. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE... more

01 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
ETH Futures ETFs Get Set to Trade as Government Shut Down Looms

On today's episode, NLW looks at a set of late breaking developments that could see ETH Futures ETF's trading next... more

30 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
The 5 Most Important Stories from Crypto This Week

A recap live with Scott Melker from Friday September 29th Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast: https://pod.link/1438693620 Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nathanielwhittemorecrypto Subscribe... more

29 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
Congressional Republicans Lash Out At Gensler

There were some fireworks at the recent House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing. It's clear that Congressional Republicans have run... more

29 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Chokepoint Across the Pond: Chase UK Says No Crypto Transactions

Chase UK has taken the extreme step of refusing to process crypto related transactions, they say as a measure to... more

27 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Huobi Changes Name to HTX and Almost Immediately Gets Hacked

Today on The Breakdown it's a hackathon, with a set of high profile hacks happening over the weekend that show... more

27 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
ByBit Vacates United Kingdom as "Crypto Hub" Dreams Falter

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, British PM Rishi Sunak proclaimed that he wanted to make the UK a... more

25 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
How the Crypto Investing Landscape Has Changed

A reading of Jeff Dorman's "What I Learned Managing a Crypto Fund for Five Years" https://www.coindesk.com/consensus-magazine/2023/09/18/what-i-learned-managing-a-crypto-fund-for-five-years/ Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to... more

24 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
The Top Five Stories in Crypto This Week } SEC vs. Binance, Crypto Funds Raise and More

NLW looks at the top five stories in crypto this past week in a live conversation with Scott Melker. SEC vs.... more

23 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Could Oil and a Gov't Shutdown Screw Up Powell's Plans?

At the FOMC press conference, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was asked about the economic factors that could impact rate... more

23 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
The Hawkish Halt: Why the Market Finally Believes "Higher for Longer"

Today NLW digs into the FOMC decision to keep rates consistent and explores why many are causing it a hawkish... more

22 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Is the SEC About to Go Scorched Earth?

The head of the SEC's cyber unit has basically issued a warning saying the SEC isn't done yet and will... more

20 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
Courts Hand SEC Half an L in Binance US Case

NLW catches up on the latest legal details of the SEC's battle against the zombie exchange Binance US. The judge... more

20 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Anti-CBDC Bills Advance in Congress

One of the more surprising campaign issues of the 2024 election cycle, opposition to central bank digital currencies, is moving... more

18 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
Crypto Venture Funding is Down; But Bitcoin Building Continues

A reading of: https://www.coindesk.com/consensus-magazine/2023/09/11/ai-is-killing-crypto-venture-capital-interest/  https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/a-bitcoin-maximalists-ode-to-ordinals 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... more

17 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
The Five Most Important Stories in Crypto This Week

NLW counts the most important stories down: 5. Gensler Hearing 4. Binance Executive Departures 3. FTX Sales Begin 2. Stoner Cat Settlement 1. Fortress Loses... more

16 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
How Impactful Will FTX Estate Selling Be on Crypto Markets?

The FTX estate has received approval to begin crypot asset liquidation, overseen by Galaxy. The speculation this week has all... more

16 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
Shockingly, Gary Gensler Doesn't Like Stoner Cats

The latest SEC action is a settlement with NFT project Stoner Cats. NLW discusses the community's response, which ranges from... more

15 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
The Senate Doesn't Seem to Care About Crypto Anymore

Another day, another set of high profile departures from Binance. NLW explores the latest news around the beleaguered exchange as... more

13 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Ripple's Fortress Acquisition Shows the Brittleness of Crypto Infrastructure

On Friday Ripple announced that it was acquiring Fortress Trust. On Monday we learned that, counter to previous statements, a... more

12 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Crypto 2023: Even Vitalik Is Getting Hacked

A look at the hack of Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin's Twitter account over the weekend, plus a catch up on... more

12 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
Why the SEC Needs the Bitcoin Spot ETF

A reading of excerpts from: Who Needs a Bitcoin ETF? Actually, the SEC Does. - Bloomberg Bitcoin ETF Applications Are Bitcoin's Best... more

10 Sep 2023 · 10 minutes
Institutions Are Getting Ready for the Next Bull Market | Weekly Top Five

Covering the biggest stories of the week in discussion with Scott Melker: 1. Visa Stablecoin Settlement program expansion Solana  2. FASB accounting... more

09 Sep 2023 · 41 minutes
UPDATED: How Big A Deal Are The Changes to Crypto Accounting Standards?

The board that oversees corporate accounting standards has voted unanimously to change the way corporates account for cryptoassets on their... more

09 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
The IMF Finally Realizes You Can't Ban Crypto

Today on The Breakdown, NLW looks at a new paper from the IMF and FSB that -- among other things... more

09 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
Visa Goes Deeper on Stablecoin Settlement

Yesterday Visa announced an expansion of their ability to settle cross-border transactions with USDC, adding support for the Solana blockchain.... more

06 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
Beijing Bazooka: Why China Isn't Being More Aggressive As Economy Deteriorates

On a macro show, NLW explores how China's economic situation has been deteriorating; the highly targeted interventions from the Chinese... more

05 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
SEC Defeats, Binance Intrigue, and a Bitcoin Flop: The Biggest Stories of the Week

A new experiment, NLW and Scott Melker do a live rundown of the 5 most important events of the crypto... more

03 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
SEC Punts ETF Applications Till October

NLW catches up on the late week news including the SEC punting 7 ETF applications, the JOLTS and nonfarm payroll... more

02 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Judge In Uniswap Suit Says "Ask Congress, Not Me!"

A class action lawsuit against Uniswap has been dismissed with prejudice and the decision might have big implications for other... more

31 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
What's Going On with the SEC's Sealed Binance Filings?

As everyone celebrated the SEC's upset in the Grayscale lawsuit, the Commission was quietly filing sealed documents in their lawsuit... more

30 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
BREAKING: Grayscale Wins Lawsuit Against SEC!

A DC Circuit Court has decided in favor of Grayscale in their lawsuit against the SEC, calling the decision to... more

29 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
The Treasury's Broker Definition Could Crush US Crypto

On Friday the US Treasury and the IRS dropped a 300-page guidance on crypto tax policy, including an updated of... more

28 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
Crypto: It's So Over. We're So Back.

On LRS, NLW reads excerpts from and analyses: How PayPal Upended the Crypto Debate in Washington D.C. - John Rizzo The End... more

27 Aug 2023 · 8 minutes
The Continued Fallout of the Tornado Cash Arrests

On this edition of the Weekly Recap, NLW looks at: More community reactions around the Tornado Cash arrests The latest updates from... more

26 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Markets Shrug Off Predictable Powell at Jackson Hole

Today on The Breakdown, NLW examines Nvidia's massive earnings report as well as Powell's Jackson Hole speech, which, far from... more

26 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Tornado Cash Arrests: Attack on Terrorism or Attack on Privacy?

The US Government has arrested one of the founders of Tornado Cash and is on the hunt for another. NLW... more

24 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
WSJ Says Binance Facing Trouble Over Sanctions Violations

Something serious or just more FUD? NLW explores the latest dustup around Binance, as well as speculation around why the... more

23 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
The Next Phase of Stablecoin Competition Begins As Coinbase Invests In Circle

Today on The Breakdown, NLW looks at the rearrangement of the arrangement between Circle and Coinbase. The Centre Consortium is... more

23 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
"The SEC Is Floundering"

That's the assessment of one lawyer working currently with Gemini. On today's episode, NLW looks at the SEC's motion to... more

21 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
What Progressives Should Understand About Crypto

A reading of "What progressives get wrong when it comes to crypto" by Sheila Warren and Justin Slaughter. Enjoying this... more

20 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
Tornado Cash Sanctions Upheld In Court

One of the legal challenges to the Department of Treasury's putting Tornado Cash on the sanctions list has been defeated.... more

19 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
Why Bitcoin Just Flash Crashed

Was it SpaceX news? Evergrande bankruptcy? Macro Fed minutes? Or just good ol' fashioned leverage? NLW explores Thursday's crypto flash... more

18 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
A Primer on China's Current Economic Turmoil

China has posted some troubling economic data of late, leading many macro commentators to call attention to the concerning developments.... more

18 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Coinbase Launches Crypto Policy Coalition as FDIC Warns of Crypto Dangers to Banks

On today's episode, NLW looks at the FDIC declaring crypto one of the year's top threats to banks. Coinbase has... more

16 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Why A Pro-Bitcoin, Anti-Central Bank Economist Just Won Argentina’s Presidential Primary

Javier Milei shocked the world with an upset win in Argentina's presidential primary this week. NLW provides some background on... more

15 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
A Flurry of Amicus Briefs in Coinbase vs. SEC

Everyone from blockchain lobbyists to Senators to an esteemed group of academic legal experts have filed amicus briefs in the... more

15 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
The Bitcoin Genie Isn't Going Back in the Bottle

A reading of a 2019 Nic Carter classic: "The Cat is Out of the Bag: Bitcoin is everyone’s problem now" Enjoying... more

13 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
The Massive Significance of the PayPal Stablecoin

A reading of Stablecoins Can Keep the Dollar the World’s Reserve Currency - Brian Brooks, Charles Calomiris PayPal’s Stablecoin Is a... more

12 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Why Post Malone Is Against CBDCs

On today's week catch up: Post Malone and Rogan discuss CBDCs; SEC to appeal Ripple and more. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to... more

11 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Will Coinbase's Launch of BASE Ignite the Crypto Builders?

Coinbase has launched BASE to much fanfare and excitement. The skeptics ask how much it will be about memecoins and... more

10 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Did the Fed Just Institutionalize Operation Choke Point 2.0?

On the same day that bitcoin surged more than 3%, the Federal Reserve released some new guidance for banks it... more

09 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
PayPal's Stablecoin is the (Second) Biggest Crypto News Story of the Year

In today's episode, NLW dives deep on PayPal's Announcement, which he argues forms a matched pair with BlackRock's spot BTC... more

08 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Crypto and the Major Questions Doctrine

Coinbase argues that crypto is a "major question" that requires Congress to explicitly authorize the SEC to oversee. Enjoying this... more

07 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
How Stablecoins Could Save the Dollar's Global Reserve Role

On this Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads: Pass the Stablecoin Bill Now - Austin Campbell Stablecoins: A Potential Counter to Dedollarization -... more

06 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
Worldcoin Iris Scanning Shut Down in Kenya

On this edition of the Weekly Recap, NLW looks at Worldcoin's issues in Kenya; the NYT's weird defense of SBF's... more

05 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
A Primer on LK-99

LK-99 has captured the world's attention for its promise of room-temperature superconductivity. But what does that even mean? NLW provides... more

04 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Binance: Too Big to Jail

Semafor is reporting that the DoJ is exploring options other than a full criminal complaint against CZ and Binance for... more

03 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Is the US Credit Rating Downgrade a Nothingburger?

NLW explores a range of reactions to Fitch's decision to downgrade US sovereign debt from AAA to AA+ from the... more

02 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
Tether Holds More US Government Debt Than Australia

A look at the latest Tether reserve attestation, plus an update on the Curve hack and a new court ruling... more

01 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Is DeFi Too Dangerous?

NLW explores the $47m hack that occurred over the weekend, and contextualizes it in the larger trends and patterns of... more

31 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
The Boring-ification of the Crypto Narrative

A reading of: A Crypto Truce Emerges Between Fraud and Revolution - Aaron Brown Today's Episode Sponsored By: In Wolf's Clothing --... more

30 Jul 2023 · 9 minutes
Operation Choke Point 2.0 Comes for Crypto Auditing

The latest target of SEC animosity is *checks notes* auditors?! On this edition of the Weekly Recap, NLW covers the... more

29 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
A Combative, Contentious Hearing Moves Stablecoin Legislation Forward

Crypto's big policy week continued with the House Financial Services Committee advancing stablecoin legislation after a torturous 12-hour markup session. Today's... more

28 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
A Historic Day for Crypto Policy

It was the first time that standalone Crypto legislation has made it out of the committee process. NLW covers the... more

28 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
Fed Raises Rates to 22 Year High and Says No Recession Is Coming

The Federal Reserve has again raised interest rates -- this time to a 22-year high. NLW explores the discussion around... more

26 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
Will the SEC Appeal the Ripple Decision?

NLW looks at the SEC's hints around a potential Ripple appeal, plus more around Worldcoin and SBF behaving badly. Today's... more

25 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
Worldcoin: Good Faith Global UBI Effort or Dystopian Dumpster Fire?

Worldcoin is live and the crypto community has feelings. Today's Episode Sponsored By: In Wolf's Clothing -- The first startup accelerator... more

25 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Crypto Custody: The Frontlines of Operation Choke Point 2.0

A two-part Long Reads Sunday on crypto custody and the fallout of crypto's regulatory battles. Reading: Not All Crypto Custody Is... more

23 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
Is FedNow a Trojan Horse for a CBDC?

On this edition of the Weekly Recap, NLW looks at the Federal Reserve's launch of FedNow and explores the community... more

22 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
A Soft DeFi Ban in the USA?

This week saw a number of crypto-related legislation introduced in Congress -- sometimes as amendments to other important bills. NLW... more

21 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Gary Gensler's Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Month

SEC Chair Gensler is being assailed on all sides from Democrats and Republicans alike -- and not just about his... more

20 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
Have We Turned A Corner in Bitcoin and Crypto Startup Funding?

This week has seen multiple 9-figure crypto funds announced. A metaverse company also raised a monster $54 m round. Finally,... more

19 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
Binance Cuts Thousands of Jobs (But Adds Lightning Network Support!)

Today on The Breakdown, NLW covers the latest from Binance, including reports from WSJ and CNBC that the company has... more

18 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
The Relentless Convergence of TradFi and Digital Assets feat. Sergey Nazarov

Today, NLW is joined by Chainlink's Sergey Nazarov to discuss the massive convergence of the traditional financial world and the... more

17 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Rep. Ritchie Torres Calls for Investigation Into SEC Chair Gary Gensler

The SEC "is acting like an overzealous traffic cop arbitrarily ticketing drivers while keeping the speed limit a secret." -... more

16 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
A Complete Breakdown of the Charges Against Celsius' Alex Mashinsky

Former Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky was arrested this week. NLW explores the complete list of charges against him. Enjoying this... more

15 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Judge Hands SEC a Massive Loss Denying Theory That Tokens Are Always Securities

The judge has handed a summary decision in the Ripple-SEC case, and while it was a mixed decision, the reality... more

14 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Lummis-Gillibrand Reintroduce Landmark Crypto Legislation

Last year the Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act set the template for comprehensive crypto legislation. Now, the act has been... more

13 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Lowest Inflation in 2 Years

CPI comes in lower than expected, leading to expectations that the doves in the FOMC will have more influence to... more

13 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
Senators Question Prometheum's Ties to CCP

NLW covers the latest in the Prometheum saga as Senator Tommy Tuberville and a handful of others have sent a... more

11 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Lawyers See Weakness in SEC's Response to Coinbase

Late on Friday, the SEC responded to Coinbase's motion to dismiss the SEC's lawsuit against them. In many ways it's... more

11 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Why the Recession Conventional Wisdom is Wrong

A reading of Alex Kruger's thread: https://twitter.com/krugermacro/status/1675989375765852160?s=46&t=5Nl1EhwpFOmRdaVNr7DApg Full report from Asgard Markets https://www.asgardmarkets.com/post/the-big-picture Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE... more

09 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
Lawsuit Time! Winklevoss and Gemini Sue DCG and Barry Silbert

So much for amicable resolution. After publically threatening a lawsuit earlier in the week, Gemini and their co-CEO Winklevoss twins... more

08 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
Binance Execs Race for the Exits

Fortune dropped a bombshell on Thursday, reporting that numerous executives had left Binance in a very short period of time.... more

07 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
BlackRock's Larry Fink Gives a Laser-Eyed Bitcoin Interview

On Wednesday, July 5th, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink gave an interview on Fox that made clear that the Bitcoin ETF... more

06 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
Gemini's Furious Open Letter Threatens to Sue DCG and Barry Silbert

On the eve of the July 4th holiday, Gemini's Cameron Winklevoss published an open letter accusing Barry Silbert and DCG... more

05 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
Crypto Continues Its Pushback on Washington D.C.

Today on The Breakdown, NLW continues coverage of the crypto industry's growing push back against the SEC and overreaching politicians.... more

03 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
The Failure of Gary Gensler

As the crypto industry takes the fight to the SEC, a reading of Gary Gensler Failed the U.S. Crypto... more

02 Jul 2023 · 9 minutes
Crypto Goes On Offense as the Legal Tide Begins to Turn

The crypto industry is officially bringing the fight to regulators. Coinbase has filed a motion to dismiss the SEC's lawsuit... more

01 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
A Recap of the Prime Trust Saga

Today on The Breakdown, NLW catches up on the Prime Trust saga which came to a head this week. He... more

30 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
Summer Startup Series on Bitcoin Builders

The Breakdown is off for a few days this week, but over on Bitcoin Builders things are hot with the... more

28 Jun 2023 · 5 minutes
The State of CBDCs

NLW checks in on the latest in central bank digital currencies.  Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast:... more

27 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
BlackRock SchmackRock: For Emerging Markets, Bitcoin Means More than Gains

Today on Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads Noelle Acheson's "Why the Biggest Emerging Markets Are Turning to Crypto."  ... more

25 Jun 2023 · 9 minutes
The Institutions Come Roaring Back to Crypto

The theme of the last few weeks has been the institutional return to crypto. NLW fills in the gaps and... more

24 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
The Value Prop - Digital Asset Use Cases with Rebecca Rettig

Rebecca Rettig is the Chief Policy Officer at Polygon Labs and recently spearheaded The Value Prop -- a new project... more

23 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
The Bear Market is Over with Dan Tapiero

Dan Tapiero has deployed more than a billion dollars into growth stage digital asset companies in the last few years.... more

22 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Bitcoin SMASHES Through $30,000 As Institutional Excitement Returns

Bitcoin is up above $30,000 and the return of the institutional narrative is driving it. NLW explores the good and... more

21 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
Do Kwon Goes To Jail

On this episode of crypto shennanigans, Do Kwon sentenced to four months for fake passport; ZachXBT raises $1M to fight... more

20 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
Does Anyone Care About Tether's Chinese Paper?

On today's episode, NLW looks at the (non) reaction of the crypto community to news that Tether held Chinese bank... more

19 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
Are Memecoins Silly Fun or an Existential Grift?

On Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads The Memecoin Grift and How It Threatens Ethereum Culture by Dr. Paul J. Dylan-Ennis... more

19 Jun 2023 · 10 minutes
The Prometheum WTF: Is This an SEC Grift Just to Mess Up Crypto Legislation?

This is truly one of the weirdest stories in crypto this year. Today NLW dives deep on Prometheum, a company... more

17 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
Is BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF Application A Political Message?

World's largest asset manager BlackRock has filed for a Bitcoin spot ETF. They've been approved for 575 out of their... more

16 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
The Fed Pauses For The First Time In 15 Months (But Don't Call It A "Pause"!)

For the first time since this hiking cycle began, the Fed has chosen not to raise interest rates. NLW explores... more

15 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
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Dan Tapiero has deployed more than a billion dollars into growth stage digital asset companies in the last few years. He's also... more