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On this edition of “Long Reads Sunday,” NLW reads threads from MacroAlf on the problems of pensions, degentrading on why currency concerns should spook investors and Meltem Demirors on what she’s thinking about during the bear market.

“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. Music behind our sponsors today is “The Now” by Aaron Sprinkle and “The Life We Had” by Moments. Image credit: Nuthawut Somsuk/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at