As I’m writing this article I am about halfway through a three month trial for Real Vision. When I first discover the platform I was astounded I had never heard of it before.
Real Vision is a financial media platform that was created to even the playing field when it come to access to ideas and information in finance. It’s like the Netflix of Finance, and provides entertainment as well as the knowledge to help you make better investment decisions, and get unbiased information from some of the world’s best investors.
The History of Real Vision
Real Vision was started in 2014 by Raoul Pal, the author of the Global Macro Investors newsletter; Grant Williams, author of the Things That Make You Go Hmmm newsletter; Damian Horner an advertising executive; and Pal’s colleague Remi Tetot from Global Macro Investor. The company has offices in the Cayman Islands and New York City, and an incredibly engagement rate on their videos – 87% are watched to completion compared to 4% for Facebook and 20% for Youtube.
Real Vision was built with three guiding principles:
- Hard-To-Access Guests
- Freedom of Speech
- Unfiltered Opinion
In my opinion, financial media has been crying out for a platform like Real Vision for too long. The major issue they had to overcome is that finance is an industry dominated by entrenched players with very deep pockets. It’s an incredibly difficult industry to shake up, and it would be a losing battle to go head to head with entrenched companies like Bloomberg Television, and CNBC.
So Real Vision took a unique angle, and created a video-on-demand platform without establishment bias or conflict of interest. More importantly, the founders created a platform that actually helps its viewers, as Raoul Pal said in a New York Times interview, “The media was too busy treating finance as entertainment and sound bites.”
Real Vision Free
Real Vision has a free option which allows you to sample their analysis without paying $180 per year, the price of the full subscription. With the free version of Real Vision you will get access to:
- The One Thing – a weekly show that recaps a recent event or insight into changes in the markets
- The Knock-On Effect – a weekly program explaining why finance matters to everyone
- How I Got My Start In Finance – a series where legends of finance explain their start in the industry
- Trade Ideas – top traders and investors explain an investment/trading thesis they are using right now
The free version is better than the alternative of not watching Real Vision at all, but the full version is a lot more valuable.
I recommend you signup for the 14-day free trial to the full version of Real Vision. If you want to do any investing that is more nuanced than dollar-cost averaging into an S&P 500 index fund the free trial is worth it. Once you see the value for yourself you can decide whether it is worth pulling our your credit card and paying $180 per year. All I will say is that many people have used ideas and analysis from Real Vision to generate returns that are a massive multiple of their annual subscription fee.
Real Vision Complete
I primarily get my investing information from books, it’s the way I do most of my learning but unfortunately you cannot learn about current events in books through books since they are printed after the fact. Real Vision and certain Fintwit (financial Twitter) accounts, are two of the only ways I can get unbiased market information – “old wall” financial media doesn’t cut it. They also create content that covers the wider sphere of finance rather than simply analyzing what happens in the U.S. stock market.
Real Vision’s platform is the best I have found for global macro content, as well as in-depth analysis on important topics for sophisticated investors such as monetary policy, the U.S. Dollar, Gold, and the plumbing/transmission mechanisms of the financial and banking systems. I have read complaints about people that want them to do more fundamental analysis, and stock picking videos; personally I would rather watch paint dry than watch someone go through a financial statement analyzing a company. Plus, there are plenty of places to get stock recommendations and fundamental analysis online.
Here are a couple of examples of the content they create. You will need to signup for the 14-day free trial to watch them.
Real Vision allows you to download an MP3 audio file or a written transcript of any video they have produced. I have never downloaded a written transcript, but I frequently download the audio versions of their videos. When I have a slow period at work I can pop my headphones and learn about a big theme in the financial markets. These can also be great to listen to on your commutes to and from work.
Some of the content Real Visions produces can feel overly bearish, but that might just be when I’m writing this and all of the smartest minds in finance seem to be bearish (late 2019). There are also under-covered areas which I believe they could create great content for such as frontier/emerging market investing, real estate investing, and natural resource (mining, farming, forestry, etc.). These areas leave wonderful areas for them to grow into in the future, check out their service – you won’t regret it.