Dec 30, 2022 • 1HR 5M

Episode 6: Bitcoin Forex, Inflation, and Regulation

 
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What Inflation Hedge? Instead, Bitcoin Price Tends to Predict CPI Change Since 2020
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Effective Bitcoin Inflation Rate Averages -35 Percent Per Year
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Failed Crypto Firm FTX Lobbied on the Same Issues That Were Its Downfall
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