Real Vision 2020: Distilled*

Yes. It’s that time of year. Where companies release the stats that show what a great year they had.

Of course we’re doing it too. Everyone is, aren’t they? But ours is… well, it’s better. Mainly because it’s your year, too. And also, we’re releasing what might be the greatest blooper of all time into the wild. Think we could all do with a laugh.

Let’s go. And bring on 2021. Cheers.

 

*Like The Distillery, but with a lot more bloopers.

The Crowd has Spoken...

What had you on the edge of your seat in 2020? (Apart from… just 2020 in general) No surprise to see Kyle, Hugh, and Raoul here. And all Real Vision contributors who are reading this… thank you for sharing your expertise with us.

Global Recession: What's Next?

“What’s going to happen next?” It’s the question on everyone’s mind, and no on…

The Third Act

Hugh Hendry, founder and former CIO of Eclectica Asset Management, joins Real…

The State of Global Macro through Coronavirus Chaos

Kyle Bass, founder and CIO of Hayman Capital, joins Real Vision’s Raoul Pal to break…

Lifetime Achievement Awards…

We’ve been around for 6 years, and we’ve had many interviews that have taken on cult status (even though they were bloody hard to find before we launched the new search functionality last week). Enjoy the top 3 of all time…

Stanley F. Druckenmiller

Druckenmiller has an unrivaled track record that spans many decades. But what might be most incredible is

Is Recession Coming? - with Raoul Pal

Raoul Pal sees rising risk of a global recession – and to the precarious…

Building an Investment Thesis - Kyle Bass

In what has fast become a Real Vision TV favorite, Kyle Bass, founder and CIO of Hayman Capital…

Total Minutes of Real Vision Content Viewed…

124,889,334 minutes of Real Vision content was watched. That’s more than 2 million hours (Yep, 2 MILLION).
That’s an increase of more than 150% of content watched in 2019.
The average Real Vision viewer watched 1,436 minutes of content.

It’s Hard To Watch Everything…

If you’ve seen all of these, well done. You’ve reached Level 11 in Real Vision fandom. If you didn’t, pour a drink and tuck into these 3 gems from 2020 that you may have missed.

Boaz Weinstein - Finding Relative Value Amid Credit Market Madness

Boaz Weinstein, founder and CIO of Saba Capital Management, made a name for himself at Deutsche…

Gerard Minack - "Buy the Rumor, Sell the Fact"

Gerard Minack, director of Minack Advisors, joins Real Vision CEO, Raoul Pal, for a wide-ranging discussion on…

DoubleLine's Global Bond Strategy: A Global Rates & FX Masterclass

Bill Campbell is the portfolio manager responsible for the Global Bond Strategy Fund…

Getting Together, Apart

We’d never done live events online before, so why not start off with 3 in 1 year? We don’t really do half measures at Real Vision – in rum or anything else(!) The Crypto Gathering, The Festival of Learning, and The Aftermath were runaway successes.

2021? Well… we have even bigger plans.

Real Vision Origin Story

Fund Manager Think Tank

How I Lost My Crypto Virginity

Real Vision Events 2020

16,725 people attended our online events.
114 sessions, held over 7 days.

Featuring 86 guests across nearly 50 hours of interviews and in-depth discussions.

Kings of the One Take (!)

Television, baby. It doesn’t always go to plan. And in Max’s case, it very dramatically didn’t go to plan in front of Plus, Pro, and Blacklist members. You’re welcome.

We fink this flagile adventure is reshession... f***.

Chaos everywhere. Ice-cream anyone?

This caption is beyond us. Feel free to submit at milton@realvision.com

King of the one take - it can be done.

Understand the Future of Everything

We only went and launched a full, free Crypto channel in partnership with BlockFi, Silvergate, and TradeStation this year. Haven’t told everyone you know that they can get free digital assets content every weekday? Now would be a good time…

The Bitcoin Life Raft and The New Bretton Woods

Real Vision CEO, Raoul Pal, breaks down the events leading to the recent tidal wave of interest in Central Bank Digital Currencies. He touches on the various crises that have encouraged the rampant printing by central banks and the destructive consequences this has left in its wake…

Ethereum - An Investigation

What is Ethereum? What problems was Ethereum created to solve? What might Ethereum become in the future? ‘Ethereum an Investigation’ attempts to answer these questions. This 90-minute documentary includes clips from interviews with key figures working on the core…

Two of the Best from Plus

If you’re a Plus member or higher, you get live interviews and Q&As every week (and access to some of the best bloopers). Enjoy two of the best from 2020…

The Recovery: Shape Matters - Live with Raoul Pal & Mike Green

If you’re a Plus member, you get live interviews and Q&As every week (and access to some of the best bloopers). Enjoy two of the best from 2020…

Flash Update: Three Coronavirus Outlooks and Ways to Play the Sell-off

With coronavirus fears plunging equity markets this week, there are three questions at the front of everyone’s mind. How low can equities go? Where will yields bottom out? And when will gold finally rip higher? Ed Harrison sets out to answer those questions in this ultra-timely…

Unmissable Stuff from Pro

2020 was the year that Insider Talks from Raoul and Julian went from a pre-record to live. And the year Raoul and Julian published a whole bunch of Flash Updates as the world fell apart in March. Enjoy these episodes we’ve made free for you to watch…

Flash Update - March 9, 2020

Raoul has a flash update on markets, this time in video format. The last few days have displayed some of the most extraordinary market movements of our lifetimes. Raoul discusses what is happening in multiple sectors, including oil, bonds, gold, and crypto, and…

Flash Update - March 24, 2020

Raoul and Julian come together today to provide a quick Flash Update and discuss the trickle-down effects of market movements happening now, the central banks’ most recent policy actions, and the upcoming stimulus packages.

Real Vision Guests

394 guests appeared on Real Vision in 2020.
The number of LIVE guests on Real Vision this year was 101
Who appeared most often? Mike Green and Tony Greer both appeared 16 times this year.

Killer Stats

OK. So maybe not “killer” stats but… for some reason… we actually spent time going to research the answers to these questions and more (don’t ask) – so we thought why not share them?

Real Vision Blog: Daily Briefing - A Chokehold on Credit

6

Number of times Ed said “Looking good, Billy Ray” to Ash.

102

Total number of times guests said “fuck” – and that doesn’t include Live events. Just the ones that made it through Editing.

24,000+

The number of messages Milton answered. That’s up 60% on last year.

Looks Like 20-F**king-20

It wasn’t an easy year for anyone. We like to think we helped make it a little easier for you from a financial perspective. But a lot of things happened that were just… 2020 in a nutshell. Earthquakes and interviews in the rain and a bloodied and concussed Hugh Hendry? Classic 2020.

Broader Audience

At the time our writing, our YouTube channel is approaching 50 million views and more than 415,000 subscribers. Click to Subscribe.

Did you know we also have a dedicated Real Vision Daily Briefing channel? Subscribe here.
Real Vision podcasts had more than 7 millions downloads. Check us on Apple or Spotify or however you listen to your podcasts.

Needs no introduction

2020 was also the year that The Coconut Girls became famous, both on Twitter and on the platform. The more dog-time the better, we say.

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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.