This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioNEAR and FTX US.

For the first time in eight months, the year-over-year rate of inflation did not increase in April. In March, headline inflation hit 8.5% while last month that number came down slightly to 8.3%. Still, inflation was above economists' expectations, and it seems no one is ready to say for sure we’re headed back down to a more reasonable level. In this episode, NLW explores the market’s reaction and why, increasingly, the fear isn’t more inflation but a recession caused by the Federal Reserve’s response.

“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. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsors is “Catnip” by Famous Cats and “I Don't Know How To Explain It” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: Cemile Bingol/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at