CoinDesk – Investing and Trading Policy

Last updated: Jan 2019

The leader in independent news on blockchains and cryptocurrencies, CoinDesk seeks always to prioritize its highest value asset – the trust of its readers.

It is the job of our journalists, researchers and market analysts to be both transparent and accountable to the public, and seek to uphold high standards of conduct. Anything less would be at odds with the mission and mandate of our company.

However, CoinDesk respects that employees may wish to make decisions related to their wealth management.

With this in mind, CoinDesk has worked with compliance and legal advisors to develop a strict set of guidelines that balance the company’s vision while respecting our employees’ financial autonomy.

Above all, these guidelines seek to ensure:

  1. Information obtained by employees of CoinDesk during the course of their duties is not misused for financial gain.
  2. Employees at CoinDesk are able to research the market through actions that may include the purchase, sale or use of cryptocurrencies or crypto assets.
  3. CoinDesk employees retain the financial autonomy to make decisions on their personal wealth, provided such decisions are disclosed.

Our policies are designed to promote stringent definitions for transparency so as to ensure the trust of our audience is upheld.

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1. Buying, selling or trading amounts less than $1,000 USD

In the event you buy crypto assets in amounts less than $1,000, you must send an email to tradenotify@coindesk.com, within 24 hours of the event.

Upon receipt, it will be reviewed by CoinDesk’s Compliance Officer to ensure it meets our policies and guidance.

You must hold your purchase for a minimum of 30 days.

2. Buying, selling or trading amounts more than $1,000 USD

In the event you make a purchase that meets this definition, you must send an email to tradenotify@coindesk.com, at least 24 hours before of the event.

Upon receipt, it will be reviewed by CoinDesk’s Compliance Officer to ensure it meets our policies and guidance. Items up to and including your recent meetings, articles or corporate outreach efforts will be evaluated.

You must hold your purchase for a minimum of 30 days.

3. No trading during office hours

Under no circumstances should an employee use their office hours to enter or exit any trading positions, unless this is through the use of a stop-loss. Staff members must also notify our compliance team of any stop losses set.

4. No shorting or futures trading

In line with media best practices, analysts and journalists are not able to enter speculative positions that would enable them to bet against crypto assets.

5. Public Disclosures

As a CoinDesk employee, you will be required to keep and maintain an author bio that is updated as necessary to meet the guidelines of the disclosure policy

**Users who are found to be outside of compliance with these rules may be subject to penalties up to and including termination.**