Product Update: Real Vision Access

Published on
November 8th, 2019
3 minutes

Product Update: Real Vision Access

Presentations ·
Featuring Raoul Pal

Published on: November 8th, 2019 • Duration: 3 minutes

Raoul Pal is here to update subscribers on a new and exciting product offer. Welcome to Real Vision Access, a weekly live talk that will deliver commentary, debate and analysis from the best financial minds.


  • MI
    Muhammad I.
    10 February 2020 @ 01:27
    Hi, I am RV subscriber and been trying to access Macro Insider report. It says I am locked out. I thought Raoul's report was free for RV TV subscribers. Moreover, when I try to sign up for the RV access; it says, not available. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
  • JO
    Johnny O.
    30 December 2019 @ 00:02
    I was busy and missed all this. Access is a completely different product to Think Tank. I made a very marginal and wrong decision early in 2019 to extend my Think Tank subscription (with feedback about its deterioration when you chased me). It's not a huge amount of money, but subscribers should have been offered a refund or choice to redirect when you canned TT.
  • DJ
    David J.
    13 November 2019 @ 13:15
    Obviously nothing wrong with adding a new product line for customers who want it. If it diminishes the RV product, subscribers will simply stop renewing their subscriptions. I hope not. I love what I get. But things change and we all have to make out decisions to come along or wave good bye. I can't see everything that gets broadcast but I can say that of what I do see, RV is the best thing out there for this audience, bar none.
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      13 November 2019 @ 14:20
      Appreciate the support 🙏🏼
    • PG
      P G.
      21 November 2019 @ 01:14
      I agree ☝️
  • RS
    Ruben S.
    15 November 2019 @ 08:44
    Are RV TV clients going to get to see the access content ? (even if not live?)
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      17 November 2019 @ 07:53
      Access will be free until January 15th. There will be plenty of talks so as to properly evaluate the product. After that, only subscribers to Access will see and interact with the live talks.
  • GG
    Glycine G.
    15 November 2019 @ 06:13
    I subscribed to the RV TT because well, it is RV TT. I really enjoyed the insightful charts offered in the TT reports. I have my reservation, but I will give it a try...
  • PO
    Paul O.
    13 November 2019 @ 04:18
    I am a RealVision Partner and have been a supporter of ThinkTank for a number of years. For me, ThinkTank was worth the subscription because while I do not need the deep technical research that was in of some reports or the political commentary contained in others their would be 10-15 reports over the year that I could pull an idea out of. I also thought the diversity of perspective was useful. Maybe I don't agree with it, but at least it made me think. This new format seems to be to just generate user engagement on a weekly basis and it will limit that diversity of thought that was available on Think Tank. Does RealVision Access create an echo chamber of what its subscribers want to hear? I will give the new format a shot but, MacroVoices podcast seems to provide similar access to these "All Stars" for free. Curious to see if the pay wall will be worth the access given what is already out there.
  • RA
    Robert A.
    12 November 2019 @ 22:05
    Having been with RV almost since inception and being a RV Partner, TT and MI subscriber I was/am pretty much aware of the Product evolution and costs associated therewith. That said, I found Milton’s summary extremely helpful as it refreshed my memory as to how the RV offerings have unfolded. I am sympathetic to some of the grumbling regarding perceived content dilution and subtlety added costs, but would like to offer my humble opinion. First, with regard to how long time RV’ers have been handled cost wise, I can say with certainty that the RV Founders have been EXTREMELY careful to make sure 100% of the time that we have been “looked out for” with regard to our subscription extensions and substitutions—I would have expected nothing less as the Founders are appreciative of us and are always going to “do the right thing”—it’s in their DNA. I would respectively suggest that should an RV’er ever feel he/she was “short sheeted” they should immediately contact Milton to be talked through the situation as if, indeed, there were ever an “unfair” event I feel certain RV would never want to be in the position of “not doing the right thing”. Second, some of the first few years long version interviews and pieces (think Grant Williams) were so dang good that I think we got REALLY spoiled (I have re watched some of them multiple times) and were a little “let down” by some of the material that has followed. One of the main things I have found with RV’s evolution to SO much more material is that I have to “curate” for myself by watching a portion of the video and either continuing or shutting them down—this is not hard to do once I got used to it, although in the early years I could watch almost every one from start to finish and thoroughly enjoy every one. RV has evolved tremendously over the last 5 years, some for the better and some not, but I guarantee that 3 years from now there is going to be MUCH more evolution. I truly believe that RV values our comments and feedback using that feedback to try to make the product better....from a personal stand point I very much enjoy reading the comments from my fellow RV’ers and have found countless ones to be thought provoking and informative. Finally, I think some may be quite happy just with the RV TV and some may wind up being hooked on the new “Access” just as they were on the TT product and a few will find the MI product productive for their investment or trading as well. Personally, despite occasionally being disappointed in the “evolutionary process” I can say 100% that RV has changed by life for the better and is one of the best things I have ever subscribed to.
    • AA
      Alberto A.
      12 November 2019 @ 22:28
      100% agreed with your last paragraph Roberto...and yes...every business has an evolution for the better or worse...but having spent more than 25 years in corporate marketing building brands I can say it is really easy to grow and forget about your real DNA and core the nature of brands..
  • AA
    Alberto A.
    12 November 2019 @ 20:18
    Raoul/ are leaving the start up dilemma :) how to expand your user base without alienating your existing hard core users. One suggestion is to provide a user profile ..who is this for? description for each of your products. The problem with Netflix is precisely that they want to be everything for everyone and now that they have competition it would be tougher to provide high quality programs. Think about this hard. I also joined RV because I was very very impressed with the high production values but most important with the incredible interviews you were doing (i.e Grant's on the road). Now is more of a mainstream channel...The Netflix of finance...think about what it your ultimate unique value proposition for your 2 cents
    • AA
      Alberto A.
      12 November 2019 @ 21:03
      * living :))
  • IC
    Ibrahim C.
    12 November 2019 @ 13:09
    There are so many comments below having expressed my concerns in diverse aspects. However, I still feel the need that I would like to share my opinions here with RV contributors. My bond to RV was so strong 2 years ago when I discovered this meaty content with very smart opinions. That is why I could not hesitate to pay roughly 1000 US Dollars to get 3 year subscription. Then my subscription has been automatically packed into 6 years with discounted membership offers and at the same time the content of RV was slightly losing its ideal context and then the "Free Financial TV" has become the Logo of RV contributors. While at the same time, I have seen that there are more platforms available but for richer clients. This took the form of "Black List". Grant's fantastic interviews lost into the air. I can call this "Innovative Capitalism" where you create a thing, you name it and charge more.... I am highly disappointed now to see that what I subscribed is called "RV Premium", Then the RV Access is created. There was a premium content once which I paid for 3 years in advance, now I feel that I am losing it (actually it is happening now) and why it is your management decides to manage my subscription and I am forced to accept something which will not be the ideal platform? This is really sad. They are right when they say that the money has the ultimate power, this is what happens in RV. If you have the money, then you will better have more premium content and it will again turn out to be the content of rich people making themselves richer and richer with this creative programs. It is very unfortunate to see this and it is very sad.
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      12 November 2019 @ 13:43
      Ibrahim, strictly in terms of the offerings we have the only changes we made is add a few products to our group that are aimed towards investors and finance professionals that actively invest. It wouldn’t make sense to subscribe to a 4k a year or 30k a year service if you wouldn’t expect it to provide you with a better financial experience than the one you currently have. Yes, on the TV platform content over time has changed. One thing we like to do here is experiment. We sometimes fail but most of the time we get it right. We’re trying different themes, different guests and all the while we revisit guests that have been very appreciated. We wouldn’t be here without your support that’s for sure. Having more options to choose from, especially if you make money with the information you are being presented, isn’t a bad thing. The TV platform as it is right now is what I’d call the Netflix of finance. You have entertainment, you have videos that you love and hate, you have controversial interviews, you have a ton of insightful deep dives and some videos you have no interest in.
  • KK
    Kiwoong K.
    12 November 2019 @ 06:39
    I'm loving the fact that RV is able to provide regular people the chance to talk to the most intelligent minds of the financial sector. However, I am very worried about how this format will end up looking like. Is there a limit to how many people can join the RV access? If not, will this kind of be like the Youtube live comment section? I think that's what the value of this RV access might end up representing. I look forward to the trials and wish the RV team well!
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      12 November 2019 @ 07:53
      Until January 15th everyone with an active RV subscription on either of the 3 platforms we have will be able to engage with Access. This doesn't necessarily mean that the comment section will be chaotic as the RV community is made out of mature humans. Also, discussions will be moderated. I've noticed that lately discussions crossed a few lines but that's only because people have strong opinions. After January 15th, everyone who has an active Access subscription or renews their active TT subscription will participate in the weekly live talks.
  • CB
    Christopher B.
    11 November 2019 @ 18:18
    I've been here since the start and could not wait for the next episode, now not so much. Watered down fluff, and now more up selling. Not what I expect from you.
  • KD
    Kenny D.
    11 November 2019 @ 14:52
    Where do I sign up for the trial?
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      11 November 2019 @ 17:54
      Not a long until we release it. Stay tuned
  • AC
    Avi C.
    11 November 2019 @ 15:34
    Will rv access include everything ThinkThank had in the past?
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      11 November 2019 @ 17:54
      Unfortunately no, past reports will be available on request but Access is a complete workaround. I’m sure our team will provide indepth talk the same way TT provided you with an extra layer of knowledge.
  • TS
    Timothy S.
    11 November 2019 @ 16:21
    If I subscribe for $349, how much of the content of Real Vision Access will subsequently be given away for free on an affiliated platform?
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      11 November 2019 @ 17:53
      None - if we’d use samples for future promos in 2020, I’d say we can use talks from the period in which all subscribers have access (november-january)
  • jS
    jurgen S.
    10 November 2019 @ 02:46
    Totally agree with Jesse. In good faith I signed up as an RV Partner and then the business model went in a complete opposite direction. How about some recognition for the RV partners? Perhaps the first year free given our history or at least a sizeable discount.
    • RC
      RJ C.
      11 November 2019 @ 16:35
      100%. If nothing else, partners should be offered a rate that far lower. Part of the agreement was that the partners were going to get access to much more than was initially available. But now its just re-marketed back at us.
  • M.
    Milton .. | Founder
    11 November 2019 @ 06:58
    I understand where the confusion comes from as we've been promoting our platforms and services quite extensively throughout the last 6 months. In the case of our services (Real Vision Creative Studios), we've done it to bring awareness to our skills and experience so that companies that are interested in high-quality productions within the finance and business sector can contact us. Real Vision as a company is a fast-moving one. This is the business world that we live in. If the finance world moves as fast as you see it here, imagine what's it like in the background. Over time we released multiple platforms that are addressed to certain interests. Our bread and butter is the TV platform. It's been here for the 5 years and a half. It has over 800 videos by now and I'd argue that most of the long-form content is still timely if it's watched for the holistic value it provides. The TV platform went through multiple price changes over the years and of course, we made some mistakes over the years but I hope we were quick to fix. In November 2017 we started a pilot programme called Trader. It aimed to provide timely trade ideas. This program was tested for 6 months with RV Partners until it was ready for release in April 2018. When we launched it, it was advertised as a separate platform with a separate subscription (and quite a hefty ones). Partners were getting it for free. But then we analysed the whole process and realised we'd been making a very big mistake. We created an addon to the TV platform and we'd told ourselves we won't do that. Yes, we'd create a different platform that would provide totally different content but we wouldn't upsell a similar offering in a different package. So we took it back to the drawing board and after a humungous task in the backend by our technical team, we merged TV and Trader into one offering, the one you are currently on right now. We always want to get out the videos as soon as we produce them. This happens with trade ideas and expert presentations. Long-form content has always had the normal delay between filming date and release date because it's content that ages well with time. You watch it for the insightfulness of it, not for the immediate action it can provide you with. Going back in time now, December 2016 was the launch of RV Publications. It was our first platform release since TV back in 2016. It was launched because we tested the waters with written research and saw that people were interested in it. It's one of the oldest forms of financial research so we decided to get into it in our way. We featured 30 contributors on Publications and each week we'd have 3 or 4 reports from them. In theory, it seemed like a nice idea but it was chaotic. You had reports on gold, European and Chinese economies, US bonds and equities but it was really hard to make sense when you only had small pieces. There had to be something that bind everything together. So in December 2017 we got ourselves a team of financial experts and relaunched Publications as Think Tank. The central piece was The Distillery, a weekly report that distilled everything around it. Talking about a fast-moving environment, we took it up a notch and added 2 reports that were written inhouse called The Compass and Join the Dots and Roger used his masterful skills to create Join the Dots podcast which I very much appreciate. Not to leave it out, but Macro Insiders was first launched in August 2017 because Raoul and Julian were getting a lot of requests for their institutional research at a lower price. So they joined forced and created MI with research adapted for the investors. It's also a product that went through changes in terms of the reports that are produced. They both actively listen and try and incorporate that feedback and I'm sure it will surely evolve in the future. Back to Think Tank now, we felt that something was missing and this came through in comments as well. We'd need something more timely. So rather than adding another platform or create an overload of content on the TV platform, we redesigned Think Tank into RV Access. We decided that everyone who is a subscriber will have access on it until the 15th of January. We'll have different price points that will stay with you throughout the next years. Access is meant to pick up where Think Tank left off. Provide you with a deeper understanding of the financial and business markets with real-time talks and the chance to engage with our guests and experts with your own questions. In essence, this is was Think Tank provided, a deeper understanding through reports. Folks - This is a very short history of our products. The TV platform might be enough for a lot of people here. It provides a mix of documentaries, long-form interviews with world-famous investors, immersive storytelling around finance themes and stories that matter, actionable trade ideas, in-depth market and economic analysis from some of the most respected names in the industry, engaging podcast-style discussion shows, panel debates, technical analysis, education, trading psychology and what they refer to as “discoveries” – new ideas or opportunities that can change the world. RV Access and Macro Insiders peel off several extra layers and go deeper. Feel free to reach out to me if you are interested in samples and a discussion around Macro Insiders. Access will become available soon and it'll be here for you to watch, learn and send us feedback. M
    • dp
      david p.
      11 November 2019 @ 13:58
      When you start offering all of these options for additional money, people tend to choose None of the Above
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      11 November 2019 @ 14:14
      David, integrating multiple platforms into one would take the price up. We're already familiar with what a yearly subscription of $364 or $597 does. Even if people were happy to pay that, it creates a niched product and we don't want that.
  • JH
    Jesse H.
    9 November 2019 @ 20:04
    Raoul - as a longtime RV subscriber, am very loyal to you guys generally. I am a fan of the concept, but not at all the product offering. First off, I paid a significantly higher fee than your current mass market price to subscribe initially, and there has been no recognition or greater access for us so-called “RV Partners.” That is one sticking point for me. Secondly, it sounds like a glorified webinar. The concept is interesting, if you bring world-class people in, which I have no doubt you will. But is it realistic to have a Q&A with so many subscribers?! Anyway, glad you guys are innovating, but lately it feels like, once again, you guys are trying to be too many things to too many people, and that usually makes for a more diluted, less effective business, whatever that business may be. It’s all about excellence in a few things, rather than being OK / marginally good at many. Feel like the vision, mission and business model / core focus could do with a tune-up, but what do I know. Just my own observations from the outside. Cheers.
    • DV
      Dimitri V.
      9 November 2019 @ 20:17
      I too am an "RV Partner" and paid quite a hefty sum for what was 3 years of access, then became 6. The in depth stuff what was RV was all about in the beginning and a lot of us paid to see, hoping this isn't something you have to pay more for.
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 13:37
      Jesse, everyone who paid a higher subscription fee in the past was given an extension that not only covers the difference but adds an extra year to the TV platform “on us”. When it comes to interviews we always strive to bring you the best possible guests. Getting interviews with finance legends isn’t easy so usually big names appear a couple of times each year. Realistically, not everything we create can or should be watched. As we film so much more than 2 or 3 years ago and our community has increased, it’s very likely groups of people won’t enjoy certain interviews. While I very much enjoyed the period in which we had 2 deep dives and a presentation a week, we still have that plus a whole lot more. Regarding RV Access we’ve called it live talks because it’s a more engaging version of a webinar that usually only revolves around a couple of presentations and then couple of QAs at the end. The terminology is not that important though. I’m confident it’s a platform that will grow based on feedback the same way MI grew since it was first launched in 2017. We count on everyone to watch, listen and send us constructive feedback that we can work with. I know the RV community has a very high standard in all facets of life so you expect a very good showing on Access.
    • VK
      Viresh K.
      10 November 2019 @ 15:09
      Agree, being a “RV partner” basically meant nothing. Just got access for 3 years to a product that’s become slightly worse
    • RP
      Raoul P. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 23:18
      Email directly and I can talk you through it. I know it seems like another change but everything is done to add more value and massively improve our offering as people wanted more from ThinkTank.
    • tc
      thomas c.
      11 November 2019 @ 09:54
      Hedgeye does Q&A on their daily macro show. I think they have to do a lot of cherry picking. Never got mine answered but some good ones are so I think it can be very useful. I find more content produces less of interest to me. Trade Ideas is still a lot of mediocrity. I'm concern RV spreads itself too thin, moves to fast to be all things to all people. ESPN didn't get to where it is for years. Slow down and focus on growing your core team.
  • sm
    sam m.
    11 November 2019 @ 06:02
    I look forward to seeing the new product - I think "think tank" has gone too "in house" from where it started and I was going to let my subscription lapse (and I am a day 1 subscriber for tv, tt and mi (mi currently lapsed but not due to content reasons)) but this sounds potential interesting.
  • KC
    Kim C.
    10 November 2019 @ 20:48
    Hi - Access sounds great... but... Although my new-ish (television-only) subscription excludes live content, the nature, objective and timelines of Access content sounds virtually identical to my objective when I purchased it. I have been far from disappointed by the meatier RV selections to date but am a bit concerned that particular range of content will navigate more to this new price point leaving the less timely, more general 'economic entertainment' material in the already-subscribed television category...If that turns out to be the case, I fear a potential threat to the broader democratization positioning statement. I love RealVision and absolutely have no problem paying for media I enjoy and find directly useful. But given that I am not a professional investor, the early (to me) rotating menu of upgrades almost creates a sense of ambiguity around the general value proposition - just as I'm figuring out what that is for me personally as I grow my expertise. I can't help but wonder if others sensed similar. I have no doubt compelling market data substantiates these upgrade offerings as there are no dummies at RealVision (except Milton of course). That being said, subscription loyalty can be fickle and I personally want RealVision - and its brilliantly executed mission - to thrive for a very, very long time. I will stay eagerly tuned as you grow and wish you the very best. Cheers! K
    • RP
      Raoul P. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 23:24
      Hi, we will absolutely not change the core RV offering. These are products on top, for more value and more access...
  • SS
    Shanthi S.
    8 November 2019 @ 23:44
    Sounds good! Will Macro Insiders be changing a bit too, to reflect some of the subscribers requests and criticisms? Also, am I the one that doesn’t get reply notifications to comments? That would help the comments section to be a bit more active and useful perhaps.
    • SS
      Shanthi S.
      9 November 2019 @ 05:07
      *Meant to say, “am I the only one...”. An edit button wouldn’t go astray either! :D
    • dd
      david d.
      9 November 2019 @ 12:10
      neither a delete button
    • RP
      Raoul P. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 23:20
      We are endlessly updating our products to best please all our customers. If we don’t evolve we die!
  • MT
    Mike T.
    10 November 2019 @ 13:47
    with any subscription service is there isn't a one month free trial, then no thanks.
    • MT
      Mike T.
      10 November 2019 @ 14:18
      typo... IF there isn't a one month free trial, then no thanks
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 16:43
      Mike, you will have access to RV Access once it’s released and until mid January. There will be enough time to see if the content brings you value.
    • RP
      Raoul P. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 23:16
      There is a two month free trial...
  • LP
    Lionel P.
    10 November 2019 @ 18:20
    It keeps adding more layers of paying content..didnt think that was the RV spirit
  • SB
    Stewart B.
    10 November 2019 @ 16:52
    Disappointing. Most of us signed up expecting this content to be included.
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 17:54
      Stewart, in short this is a relaunch to Think Tank our research service launched in 2017. It was useful in it’s current form but I’m sure this will tweak it even better.
  • MP
    Matthew P.
    10 November 2019 @ 08:10
    I prepaid for years of think tank and don’t want to pay more for the new service what should I do?
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 13:38
      Everyone with an active TT subscription will be transitioned to Access at no extra cost.
    • PG
      P G.
      10 November 2019 @ 16:24
      Will you get both for that price? Is TT being out phased?
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 17:24
      David, our 3 platforms TV, Access and Macro Insiders will remain separate in terms of content and subscriptions.
  • LP
    Lauri P.
    9 November 2019 @ 17:52
    Should very good. That is, if this is part of the subscription... I really hope it is.
    • LP
      Lauri P.
      9 November 2019 @ 17:54
      Oh... should have watched the last few seconds... So another $350+.. geez.
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      10 November 2019 @ 13:40
      TV and Macro Insiders subscribers will have Access starting November and running until January 2020.
  • TZ
    Tibor Z.
    9 November 2019 @ 14:02
    Why Real Vision is getting more expensive?
  • IB
    Ivan B.
    9 November 2019 @ 09:12
    Sounds great, looking forward to it!
  • dm
    dude m.
    9 November 2019 @ 03:17
    Looking forward to it! Don't forget Milton...pop-up in a little window for me next week!
  • RF
    Robert F.
    8 November 2019 @ 22:34
    Looking forward to this, great job guys!