This week the wildest, most nonsensical, volatile part of the market wasn’t bitcoin, it was the “Robinhood Rally” in equities.

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The stock market has long been disconnected from the underlying economy, but much of what happened this week – particularly the pumping of bankrupt company stocks – suggests something new is afoot. 

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In this episode, NLW breaks down three long-term trends suggested by the so-called Robinhood Rally, including:

  • The “insurgency” aspect of a generation of young professionals who are willing to play the financial game rather than have it be played for them
  • A totally new force in financial media, which could hit like a wrecking ball in one of the stodgiest, traditional media industries 
  • An embrace of a certain type of cynicism or nihilism when it comes to the values of financial markets

This week on The Breakdown:

Monday | Why War Reporting Is the Right Mental Model for Today’s Media, Feat. Jake Hanrahan

  • The founder of Popular Front joins NLW for a discussion about protests, media and how the people being covered tend to not reflect divisive politics.

Tuesday | What the Stock Market’s ‘Robinhood Rally’ Means for Bitcoin

  • The largest 50-day rally in stock market history and even shares of bankrupt companies are up more than 100%. What is going on?

Wednesday | A Vision for Digital Property Rights, Feat. Nic Carter

  • Most people today look at social platforms like any other private company, but what if we saw them as alternative jurisdictions with a new set of property rights?

Thursday | Why the Fed Keeps Denying Its Role in Increasing Inequality

  • The Federal Reserve expects low inflation, says rates will stay close to zero through 2022 and keeps lying about the role of central banks in increasing inequality.

Friday | Bitcoin Is More Than an Inflation Hedge 

  • While fears of a “great monetary inflation” have driven the recent bitcoin narrative, other aspects like censorship resistance and peaceful protest matter just as much.

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