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One would be forgiven for thinking the crypto institutional narrative is dead. Tesla sold bitcoin. Cboe took a huge write-down on the exchange it bought last year. Even Cathie Wood and ARK sold $COIN!

But taking a deeper look, NLW argues that institutional adoption of bitcoin and crypto continues – just in quieter ways than in the past. He looks at news that BlackRock is partnering with Coinbase to offer crypto trading through its Aladdin platform and that Fairfax County Retirement Systems is expanding its crypto involvement to yield farming.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsors is “The Now” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at