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

On today’s episode, NLW takes a tour of recent macro sentiment, focusing on the shifting tone coming out of the U.S. Federal Reserve. In speeches and interviews this week, Fed Chair Jerome Powell made it clear the central bank was prepared to raise rates 50 basis points at its next meeting if needed, and to do so at multiple meetings this year. While 50bps in the context of 7.9% inflation may not seem like a lot, the last time the Fed raised rates 0.5% in a single meeting was March 2000.

“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 “I Don't Know How To Explain It” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: Samuel Corum/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at