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

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

    A $4.2T Asset Manager Just Said Governments Will Buy Bitcoin

    A $4.2T Asset Manager Just Said Governments Will Buy Bitcoin

    On today’s episode, NLW looks at the latest from governments and crypto, including:
    India’s prime minister calling for global cooperation to “fight” crypto Pakistan’s security agency blocking crypto sites  The U.K., Singapore and Spain introducing new rules around crypto advertising  Enjoying this content?
     
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    Nexo is a powerful, all-in-one crypto platform where you can securely store your crypto. Invest, borrow, exchange and earn up to 17% APR on Bitcoin and 20+ other top coins. Insured for $375M. Audited in real-time by Armanino. Rated excellent on Trustpilot. Get started today at nexo.io.
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    “The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill 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 “Time” by OBOY. Image credit: Oleksii Liskonih/iStock/Getty Images Plus, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.

    • 17 min
    Microsoft Bets on Metaverse With $69B Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

    Microsoft Bets on Metaverse With $69B Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

    This episode is sponsored by Nexo, Abra and FTX US. 
    Microsoft today announced it is acquiring game publisher Activision Blizzard in a nearly $69 billion all-cash deal. The acquisition is being widely seen as a big bet to keep Microsoft competitive in the burgeoning metaverse space. On today’s episode, NLW gives the background and explores the emerging battle between the corporate and the open metaverses. 
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    Nexo is a powerful, all-in-one crypto platform where you can securely store your crypto. Invest, borrow, exchange and earn up to 17% APR on Bitcoin and 20+ other top coins. Insured for $375M. Audited in real-time by Armanino. Rated excellent on Trustpilot. Get started today at nexo.io.
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    Abra is proud to sponsor The Breakdown. Join 1M+ users and Conquer Crypto with Abra, a simple and secure app where you can trade 110+ cryptocurrencies, get 0% interest loans using crypto as collateral, and earn interest with up to 14% APY on stablecoins and 8.15% APY on Bitcoin. Visit Abra.com to get started.
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    FTX US is the safe, regulated way to buy Bitcoin, ETH, SOL and other digital assets. Trade crypto with up to 85% lower fees than top competitors and trade ETH and SOL NFTs with no gas fees and subsidized gas on withdrawals. Sign up at FTX.US today.
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    “The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill 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 “Time” by OBOY. Image credit: Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images Entertainment, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.

    • 16 min
    A Former US Senator and Ambassador to China on the Need for Stablecoin Regulation

    A Former US Senator and Ambassador to China on the Need for Stablecoin Regulation

    This episode is sponsored by Nexo, Abra and FTX US.
    This week’s “Long Reads Sunday” reading is Max Baucus’ “The Urgent Need for Regulatory Clarity on Stablecoins.” 
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    Nexo is a powerful, all-in-one crypto platform where you can securely store your crypto. Invest, borrow, exchange and earn up to 17% APR on Bitcoin and 20+ other top coins. Insured for $375M. Audited in real-time by Armanino. Rated excellent on Trustpilot. Get started today at nexo.io.
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    Abra is proud to sponsor The Breakdown. Join 1M+ users and Conquer Crypto with Abra, a simple and secure app where you can trade 110+ cryptocurrencies, get 0% interest loans using crypto as collateral, and earn interest with up to 14% APY on stablecoins and 8.15% APY on Bitcoin. Visit Abra.com to get started.
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    FTX US is the safe, regulated way to buy Bitcoin, ETH, SOL and other digital assets. Trade crypto with up to 85% lower fees than top competitors and trade ETH and SOL NFTs with no gas fees and subsidized gas on withdrawals. Sign up at FTX.US today.
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    “The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill 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 “Time” by OBOY. Image credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Image News, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.

    • 12 min
    ‘Every Company Will Be a Crypto Company’; A Venture Funding Outlook for 2022

    ‘Every Company Will Be a Crypto Company’; A Venture Funding Outlook for 2022

    This episode is sponsored by Nexo, Abra and FTX US.
     
    In today’s “Weekly Recap,” NLW looks at a slew of funding rounds announced this week, including:
    Near Protocol, $150 million ZeroHash, $105 million Checkout.com, $1 billion SEBA, $119 million DeFi Alliance (now Alliance DAO), $50 million FTX Ventures, $2 billion Enjoying this content?
     
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    Nexo is a powerful, all-in-one crypto platform where you can securely store your crypto. Invest, borrow, exchange and earn up to 17% APR on Bitcoin and 20+ other top coins. Insured for $375M. Audited in real-time by Armanino. Rated excellent on Trustpilot. Get started today at nexo.io.
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    Abra is proud to sponsor The Breakdown. Join 1M+ users and Conquer Crypto with Abra, a simple and secure app where you can trade 110+ cryptocurrencies, get 0% interest loans using crypto as collateral, and earn interest with up to 14% APY on stablecoins and 8.15% APY on Bitcoin. Visit Abra.com to get started.
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    FTX US is the safe, regulated way to buy Bitcoin, ETH, SOL and other digital assets. Trade crypto with up to 85% lower fees than top competitors and trade ETH and SOL NFTs with no gas fees and subsidized gas on withdrawals. Sign up at FTX.US today.
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    “The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill 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 “Time” by OBOY. Image credit: Overearth/iStock/Getty Images Plus, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.

    • 13 min
    Rio de Janeiro is the Newest Bitcoin City

    Rio de Janeiro is the Newest Bitcoin City

    This episode is sponsored by Nexo, Abra and FTX US.
    This was, NLW argues, a very good week for crypto. He covers:
    The mayor of Rio announcing big bitcoin/crypto support this week  Strike launching in Argentina Northwest Arkansas offering tech workers $10,000 in BTC and a bike to move to the region A congressman introducing legislation to ban the Fed from issuing a CBDC  Jack Dorsey’s Block building bitcoin mining hardware  Enjoying this content?
     
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    Nexo is a powerful, all-in-one crypto platform where you can securely store your crypto. Invest, borrow, exchange and earn up to 17% APR on Bitcoin and 20+ other top coins. Insured for $375M. Audited in real-time by Armanino. Rated excellent on Trustpilot. Get started today at nexo.io.
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    Abra is proud to sponsor The Breakdown. Join 1M+ users and Conquer Crypto with Abra, a simple and secure app where you can trade 110+ cryptocurrencies, get 0% interest loans using crypto as collateral, and earn interest with up to 14% APY on stablecoins and 8.15% APY on Bitcoin. Visit Abra.com to get started.
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    FTX US is the safe, regulated way to buy Bitcoin, ETH, SOL and other digital assets. Trade crypto with up to 85% lower fees than top competitors and trade ETH and SOL NFTs with no gas fees and subsidized gas on withdrawals. Sign up at FTX.US today.
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    “The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill 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 “Time” by OBOY. Image credit: Christian Adams/The Image Bank/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.

    • 15 min
    Meet the Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund

    Meet the Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund

    This episode is sponsored by Nexo, Abra and FTX US.
    On today’s episode, NLW covers:
    The new Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund from Jack Dorsey and others Crypto nuggets from 250 pages of former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s emails The latest out of the Agriculture and Energy committees in Congress as it relates to crypto regulation Crypto hedge funds massively outperform TradFi  Enjoying this content?
     
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    Nexo is a powerful, all-in-one crypto platform where you can securely store your crypto. Invest, borrow, exchange and earn up to 17% APR on Bitcoin and 20+ other top coins. Insured for $375M. Audited in real-time by Armanino. Rated excellent on Trustpilot. Get started today at nexo.io.
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    Abra is proud to sponsor The Breakdown. Join 1M+ users and Conquer Crypto with Abra, a simple and secure app where you can trade 110+ cryptocurrencies, get 0% interest loans using crypto as collateral, and earn interest with up to 14% APY on stablecoins and 8.15% APY on Bitcoin. Visit Abra.com to get started.
    -
    FTX US is the safe, regulated way to buy Bitcoin, ETH, SOL and other digital assets. Trade crypto with up to 85% lower fees than top competitors and trade ETH and SOL NFTs with no gas fees and subsidized gas on withdrawals. Sign up at FTX.US today.
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    “The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill 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 “Time” by OBOY. Image credit: Paper Boat Creative/Stone/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
409 Ratings

409 Ratings

Free.Phife.Dawg ,

Big picture; easy understandings

NLW has great guests, and simplifies things for the average listener. His stream of thought is fluid. I recommend to any interested in the future of crypto technology.

Jhwahaha ,

Seems ok

Guy seems like a real bitcoiner; time will tell.

Dutchladle ,

Trusted Authority

Have you ever presented what you thought was a thoroughly-documented and definitive thesis only to discover that you had overlooked some key literature on the subject matter? This will never be the case with NLW, who also always will keep the many sides of any reporting well-balanced and in fruitful tension.

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