CoinDesk Markets Analysts: Investing and Trading Policy (Draft)

Last updated: July, 2018

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

In line with that mission, CoinDesk employs a team of dedicated ‘Market Analysts’ who write predictive markets content for CoinDesk.com and publish technical analysis to our CoinDesk Markets Twitter (24 hours a day, 5 days a week).


Separate from CoinDesk Journalists, Market Analysts are nonetheless required to prioritize compliance with the same existing media best practices.

CoinDesk has worked with compliance and legal advisors to develop a set of guidelines that ensures that Market Analysts:

  1. Are not misusing information obtained by CoinDesk.com during the course of their duties for financial gain;
  2. Are able to research the market through trading;
  3. Retain the financial autonomy to make decisions on their personal wealth.

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 make a purchase that meets this definition, 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 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 are not able to enter speculative positions that would enable them to bet against assets.

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