This episode is sponsored by Nexo, Abra and FTX US.

On today’s episode, NLW looks at the growing bearish sentiment around the crypto industry. The culprit, he argues, is a deepening macro malaise that has been exacerbated by growing concerns about war in Eastern Europe. That, piled on top of existing inflation concerns and the Fed’s 180-degree shift from quantitative easing to quantitative tightening have the week kicking off in a particularly bearish mood.

“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: id-work/DigitalVision Vectors/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at