This episode is sponsored by Nexo, Abra and FTX US.

When Nayib Bukele announced that El Salvador would be making bitcoin legal tender, the international monetary establishment acted with some amount of skepticism. When he announced the nation would be issuing bitcoin bonds, that skepticism turned to anger. Now, the IMF is pushing El Salvador to ditch BTC as legal tender altogether. On today’s episode, NLW explores what’s really going on.

“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 “Time” by OBOY. Image credit: chekyfoto/iStock/Getty Images Plus, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at

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