Guide to The Exchange

Signing Up

No need to sign up! You automatically have access to the The Exchange with your Real Vision membership, so you are ready to go.

Exchanges

You will automatically be enrolled in the Real Vision Exchange and the Support & Feedback Exchange. The rest of the public exchanges you can join are listed under ” Browse Exchanges” on the left menu bar. When you join an exchange, posts made in that exchange will appear on your main feed. You can join and leave any public exchange whenever you want. For the private exchanges (such as the Plus and Pro exchanges) you must request to join and we will verify your membership and let you in. If you have the Crypto membership only, you have read-only access on The Exchange. To be able to post, like, view RV videos, and comment; upgrade to Essential!

Posting

Different Content Types

A post is simply a thought, opinion, article, chart or information that you want to share with the rest of the exchange community about a topic. A question is if you have a specific inquiry or want opinions and feedback on a topic in general or a specific question.

Selecting an Exchange

When you post something or ask a question in The Exchange you must post in a specific exchange. You can do this in one of two ways:

1) You can go go directly to that exchange (ex:the Bonds exchange) and post in the feed there 

2) Create a post on the main feed where you you will be prompted to select from the bottom left dropdown in which exchange the post will be submitted. Either way, your post will be displayed in the same way to other members on the feed and in the specific exchange in which it was posted.

Tagging Your Post

You must also add at least one tags to your post as well. The tag(s) indicate which topics or areas of interest are relevant to the content of your post. When you tag your post, other people in The Exchange can find your post when they search for that tag.

Reporting a Post

On the bottom right corner of a post there are three dots. Click there and you will see the option to report an inappropriate post and our moderators will address it right away. See “Culture and Rules of Engagement” below. 

Notifications

The bell-shaped icon on the top navigation bar is where you can view your notifications. A red indicator dot will show up on the icon when you have a new notification. When you click on the icon you see a pop up of your most recent notifications. You have the option of marking them as read, clicking on the notification (which will take you to that item), or clicking “See All Notifications” which will take you to the page of all your notifications. You can customize your notification settings by clicking on your profile picture in the right hand corner of The Exchange and clicking “Account Settings” on the drop down menu. You can choose what you get notified about and how frequently.

Messaging

You can private message other members on The Exchange by clicking the message icon on the top navigation bar. From there you can search a member by name and send them a private message. You can also do this by going directly to another member’s profile and clicking the “message” button at the top of their profile page. If you have a new, unread message a red indicator dot will appear on the message icon to notify you.

Influence Points

Influence points are earned by interacting in The Exchange through quality engagement in discussions on the exchange- both sharing content and perspectives yourself and weighing in on others’ posts and commentary as well. You can see your Weekly, Monthly, and “All Time” influence points on the right hand menu bar on the home page of The Exchange. You can also see the leaderboard of the most influential Exchange users. 

Influence Points Rewards

By engaging and interacting on the Exchange and earning influence points you can earn you credit towards RV merch on RV shop. You can track your progress on the leaderboard and we will announce the weekly winners every Monday and the monthly winners on the 1st of each month. Individual winners will be emailed as well with instructions on how to redeem their credit.

Top 3 Weekly Influence Point Earners: $10 Credit to RV Shop

Top 5 Monthly Influence Point Earners: $25 Credit to RV Shop

You can only win the weekly prize once every 6 months… and the monthly prize once every 90 days months… so everyone has a shot to win!

Badges

We want to recognize exchange experts and top contributors to the exchange who are looking to step up even more on this journey with us. Below are the details about how to earn a badge.

Visionary (Gold) = Member of the Real Vision Team

Finance Expert (Silver) = Financial Expert

Financial Markets Experts are specifically those that have firsthand knowledge and experience in a market-facing role (trading & order execution, portfolio management, market strategists, analysts), as opposed to expertise in purely theoretical finance (economists, financial policy, financial history etc). We make this distinction because ultimately, the markets determine the value of our financial assets, and the Financial Market Expert must understand and effectively navigate the dynamics of market behavior in contrast to fundamental reality, and explain to the rest of the non-financial market expert community.

Specialist (Silver) = Significant Contributor on The Exchange and non-financial subject matter expert

How to Become a Specialist

  1. Influence Points:

 A minimum of 500 “All Time” influence points are needed to qualify.

  1. Active User:

 You have to be consistently active*  in the exchange you are applying for, which includes regular and quality interactions including posts, likes, questions, or responses.

*consistency of activity ensures that the associated Exchange community is actively engaging and informed around key dates and market-consequential events (earnings season, central bank policy meetings, elections etc), and also remains engaged when such events are not occurring as well. Therefore, consistency and activity are defined and determined on an asset class basis accordingly, and not on a predefined quota (i.e. 10 posts per week etc).

  1. Subject Area Competence

Your particular field of non-financial expertise will likely not be of front and center relevance to financial markets at all times, and this should not require you to contribute your expertise in non-financial market related postings regularly. However, as an expert in your field with daily front-line exposure, you must be vigilant and capable of recognizing a potentially consequential market event involving your sector or field, and proactively notify the Exchange community. You do NOT need to provide the particular potential market impact itself – as that is the role of the financial market experts to determine. You will also be constantly and proactively monitoring other expert contributions with relevance to your own field of expertise, and contribute to the discussion with any helpful matters on the topic at hand, as well as initiate a new topic of discussion with market relevance derived from others’ contributions. Finally, you will be responsive to any questions and provide explanations and personal opinions in a timely and thoughtful manner to requests by any of the community members.  

  1. Application:

 Once you have fulfilled the first few steps, submit a request for verification to weston@realvision.com.

  1. Review:

 RV team will evaluate your application.

  1. Approved:

 When your application is approved, we notify you and automatically verify you!

 

*Professional career experience in the area of expertise is not required, but preferred. Similarly, professional career experience or certification does not automatically qualify. Demonstrated comprehensive working knowledge of the area of expertise is required. FINANCIAL MARKETS KNOWLEDGE IS NOT REQUIRED. 

 

ExChangemaker (Blue) = Content Driver of an individual Exchange 

How to Become an ExChangemaker

  1. Influence Points:

 A minimum of 500 “All Time” influence points are needed to qualify.

  1. Active User:

You have to be consistently active* in the exchange you are applying for, which includes regular and quality interactions including posts, likes, questions, or responses. 

*consistency of activity ensures that the associated Exchange community is actively engaging and informed around key dates and market-consequential events (earnings season, central bank policy meetings, elections etc), and also remains engaged when such events are not occurring as well. Therefore, consistency and activity are defined and determined on an asset class basis accordingly, and not on a predefined quota (i.e. 10 posts per week etc).

  1. Application:

 Once you have fulfilled the first few steps, submit a request for verification to weston@realvision.com.

  1. Review:

 RV team will evaluate your application.

  1. Approved:

 When your application is approved, we notify you and automatically verify you!

 

Pro/ Plus Benefits

Plus and Pro Members have access to closed groups based on your membership level. These exchanges contain the specific content as well as access to guests and other financial experts in a smaller, closed discussion.

Feature Request and Technical Issues

Post your Feature Request in the Support & Feedback exchange and tag it as “feature request” and an RV Team member will get back to you.

Post your Technical Issue in the Support & Feedback exchange and tag it as “bug” and an RV Team member will get back to you.

Culture and Rules of Engagement

  1. Posts should be thoughtful discussions — not promotional links to external content. Sometimes, posts require a supporting evidence. Just remember, the exchange is a place for discussion — not for promotion. Nobody likes to be spammed.
  2. It’s perfectly acceptable to disagree (even to disagree passionately) with something that’s been posted. When we disagree, we criticize the ideas not the person. We’re here to learn together and from each other; If you disagree with something, provide evidence and data to the contrary.
  3. Posting in the appropriate exchange category
  4. When to Report/flag a post. When in doubt, feel free to let us know. We’re always happy to jump in. Examples:
    • Personal attacks on individuals rather than valid criticisms of their ideas.
    • Overt Promotions to outside content – Irrelevant or not summarized to show relevance
  5. If you are repeatedly reported you will get a warning from an RV member. Real Vision has the right to suspend you from the platform if you continue to get flagged for not following the rules of engagement.
  6. Above all else, please be kind to each other. Real Vision – first and foremost – is a community

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Mark Yusko

Morgan Creek Capital Management, Co- Founder, CEO, & CIO

Mark Yusko is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management. He is also the Managing Partner of Morgan Creek Digital Assets.

Morgan Creek Capital Management was founded in 2004 and currently manages close to $2 billion in discretionary and non-discretionary assets. Prior to founding Morgan Creek, Mr. Yusko was CIO and Founder of UNC Management Company (UNCMC), the Endowment investment office for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that, he was Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office. Mr. Yusko has been at the forefront of institutional investing throughout his career. An early investor in alternative asset classes at Notre Dame, he brought the Endowment Model of investing to UNC, which contributed to significant performance gains for the Endowment. The Endowment Model is the cornerstone philosophy of Morgan Creek, as is the mandate to Invest in Innovation.

Mr. Yusko is again at the forefront of investing through Morgan Creek Digital Assets, which was formed in 2018. Morgan Creek Digital is an early stage investor in blockchain technology, digital currency and digital assets through the firm’s Venture Capital and Digital Asset Index Fund.

Mr. Yusko received a BA with Honors from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago.

Anthony Scaramucci

SkyBridge Capital, Founder & Co-Managing Partner

Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Scaramucci co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman, LLC in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co. In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth Magazine’sPower 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. In 2011, he received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year –New York” Award in the Financial Services category. Anthony is amember of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, a board member of both The Brain Tumor Foundation and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a Trustee of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He was a member of the New York City Financial Services Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2012. In November 2016, he was named to President-Elect Trump’s 16-person Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. In June 2017, he wasnamed the Chief Strategy Officer of the EXIM Bank. He served as the White House Communications Director for a period in July 2017. Scaramucci, a native of Long Island, New York, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Michael Saylor

MicroStrategy, Co-Founder

Mr. Saylor is a technologist, entrepreneur, business executive, philanthropist, and best-selling author. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Office of MicroStrategy, Inc. (MSTR). Since co-founding the company at the age of 24, Mr. Saylor has built MicroStrategy into a global leader in business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. In 2012, he authored The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, which earned a spot on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

Mr. Saylor attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology, and Society.

Alex Saunders

Nugget's News, Founder & CEO

Alex Saunders is the founder and CEO of Nugget’s News, a digital media company focused on all things crypto. Alex has been captivated by cryptocurrency since 2012 and in 2017 he began educating globally on the benefits of cryptocurrency and how to safely acquireit. Nugget’s News has been listed as a top-20 podcast by Business Insider, ShapeShift and Lifehacker and has over 120k YouTube subscribers with 9 million total views.Alex is also heavily focused on his cryptocurrency education platform Collective Shift which currently serves over 4,500 members. provides his unique perspectives by utilising his expertise in fundamental analysis, technical analysis and market sentiment. He is working towards his mission of making it easier for everyone to understand the financial world.

James Putra

TradeStation Crypto, Inc., Sr. Director of Product Strategy

James helped launch TradeStation Crypto’s offering which utilizes a true online brokerage model that self-directed investors and traders have come to expect for equities, futures, and foreign currency markets. He is a reputed crypto asset specialist and blockchain thought leader focused on helping people find innovative ways to participate in this space. He is active in the blockchain community with speaking engagements, TV appearances and mentoring. James has over 15 years of experience in the Fintech industry.

Raoul Pal

Real Vision, Co-Founder & CEO

Raoul Pal is the Co-Founder and CEO of Real Vision, the world’s pre-eminent financial media platform, which helps members understand the complex world of finance, business, and the global economy.

Real Vision members also have access to Real Vision Crypto, a cryptocurrency and digital assets video channel watched by over 80,000 people. In addition, Raoul has been publishing Global Macro Investor since January 2005 to provide original, high quality, quantifiable and easily readable research for the global macro investment community hedge funds, family offices, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. It draws on his considerable 31 years of experience in advising hedge funds and managing a global macro hedge fund. Global Macro Investor has one of the very best, proven track records of any newsletter in the industry, producing extremely positive returns in eight out of the last twelve years.

He retired from managing client money at the age of 36 in 2004 and now lives in the tiny Caribbean island of Little Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Previously he co-managed the GLG Global Macro Fund in London for GLG Partners, one of the largest hedge fund groups in the world. Raoul moved to GLG from Goldman Sachs where he co-managed the hedge fund sales business in Equities and Equity Derivatives in Europe. In this role, Raoul established strong relationships with many of the world’s pre-eminent hedge funds, learning from their styles and experiences.

Other stop-off points on the way were NatWest Markets and HSBC, although he began his career by training traders in technical analysis.

Peter McCormack

What Bitcoin Did, Journalist

Peter McCormack is a full time journalist/podcaster covering topics such as Freedom, Human Rights, Censorship and Bitcoin. Peter created and hosts the What Bitcoin Did Podcast, a twice-weekly Bitcoin podcast where he interviews experts in the world of Bitcoin development, privacy, investment and adoption. Launched in November of 2017, the podcast has grown to over 100 episodes with a guest list that is a testament to the diversity of knowledge and opinions that represent the broader Bitcoin community. Expanding his growing list of human interest recordings, documentaries and films Peter has recently launched the Defiance podcast and DefianceTV.

Caitlin Long

Avanti Financial Group, Founder & CEO

22-year Wall Street veteran who has been active in bitcoin and blockchain since 2012. In 2018-20 she led the charge to make her native state of Wyoming an oasis for blockchain companies in the US, where she helped Wyoming enact 20 blockchain-enabling laws. From 2016-18 she jointly spearheaded a blockchain project for delivering market index data to Vanguard as chairman and president of Symbiont, an enterprise blockchain start-up. Caitlin ran Morgan Stanley’s pension solutions business (2007-2016), heldsenior roles at Credit Suisse (1997-2007) and began her career at Salomon Brothers (1994-1997). She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD, 1994), the Kennedy School of Government (MPP, 1994) and the University of Wyoming (BA, 1990).

Hunter Horsley

Bitwise Asset Management, CEO

Hunter Horsley is Chief Executive Officer of Bitwise Asset Management. Prior to Bitwise, he was a product manager at Facebook, working on advertiser products including the multibillion-dollar sponsored content ecosystem and ad breaks in videos. Before Facebook, Horlsey was a product manager at Instagram, responsible for multiple advertising products generating several hundred million dollars of revenue. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in economics. Recently, Horsley was named a member of Forbes’ 2019 “30 Under 30” list.

Luke Gromen

Forest For The Trees, Founder & President

Luke Gromen has 25 years of experience in equity research, equity research sales, and as a macro/thematic analyst. He is the founder and president of macro/thematic research firm FFTT, LLC, which he founded in early 2014 to address and leverage the opportunity he saw created by applying what clients and former colleagues consistently described as a “unique ability to connect the dots” during a time when he saw an increasing “silo-ing” of perspectives occurring on Wall Street and in corporate America.

FFTT caters to institutions and sophisticated individuals by aggregating a wide variety of macroeconomic, thematic and sector trends in an unconventional manner to identify investable developing economic bottlenecks for his clients. Prior to founding FFTT, Luke was a founding partner of Cleveland Research Company, where he worked from 2006-14. At CRC, Luke worked in sales and edited CRC’s flagship weekly thematic research summary piece (“Straight from the Source”) for the firm’s clients. Prior to that, Luke was a partner at Midwest Research, where he worked in equity research and sales from 1996-2006. While in sales, Luke was a founding editor of Midwest’s widely-read weekly thematic summary (“Heard in the Midwest”) for the firm’s clients, in which he aggregated and combined proprietary research from Midwest with inputs from other sources.

Luke Gromen holds a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He earned the CFA designation in 2003.

Meltem Demirors

CoinShares, Chief Strategy Officer

Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, an investment firm that manages billions in assets on behalf of a global investor base, and is a trusted partner to investors and entrepreneurs navigating the digital asset ecosystem. Meltem oversees the firm’s managed strategies group and its New York office and leads corporate development.

Previously, she was part of the founding team of Digital Currency Group. As a veteran investor in the digital currency space, she has invested in over 250 companies in the ecosystem.

Meltem is passionate about education and advocacy, and teaches the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme and co-chairs the WEF Cryptocurrency Council.