In the latest episode of “Empire,” Weekly Roundup, Blockworks’ Jason Yanowitz and Santiago Roel Santos are joined by Simon Taylor for a deep dive into the very relevant topic of SWIFT.

With recent sanctions placed on Russia, Simon explains what this means for the Russian economy going forward. Simon, Jason and Santiago dispel some misnomers and create a concrete definition of everybody’s current question: What is SWIFT?

Jason and Santiago also talk about:

  • Stablecoins as a geopolitical weapon
  • Nostro vs. Vostro accounts
  • How SWIFT works
  • And so much more

Check out what they had to say in the video below. 👇

About the show

“Empire” is a twice-a-week show. On Thursdays, Jason interviews crypto industry movers and shakers to talk about their struggles, bold moves and tough decisions. Friday’s weekly roundup episodes feature co-host Santiago Roel Santos and cover the top news from the past week.

For any NPR or Guy Raz fans out there, you can think of “Empire” as a “How I Built This” for the bitcoin and crypto industry.

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  • Blockworks
    Video Editor
    Brianna Beckford is a Florida-based editor mainly focused on digital assets and the crossroads between the virtual and physical. As a University of Florida grad in Art + Technology, she’s dabbled in writing and reporting with a focus on the growth of hypermediacy in the present day. She focuses on video and podcasting for Blockworks.