Today's Internet offers investors unique insight while, unfortunately, posing potential dangers. Upon reading a blog or other website, conscientious readers find themselves asking:
Seeking Alpha addresses these issues by carefully selecting its contributors and requiring them to adhere to objective compliance standards. Before an author is accepted as a Seeking Alpha contributor, our editors read his/her past articles to evaluate their quality. We directly communicate with every potential contributor, and insist that even authors who wish to remain anonymous on their blogs provide Seeking Alpha with a real name and contact information. Seeking Alpha then requires contributors to agree to one of two levels of compliance: At a minimum, they must agree to disclose positions in stocks they write about (Silver Badge Seeking Alpha Contributor). But we strongly encourage Seeking Alpha contributors to agree in writing to a set of more rigorous compliance standards (Gold Badge Seeking Alpha Certification). Those standards are listed below.
Seeking Alpha aims to provide the finest opinion and analysis from independent investors. Therefore author must agree to disclose any material relationships with companies whose stocks they write about or parties that stand to gain in any way from the viewpoint they are outlining.
Authors working in research firms or in the field of Investor Relations must provide clear and detailed disclosures of these relationships, and may not present their articles as objective analysis.
Seeking Alpha's compliance standards are self-enforced by contributors. We do not audit authors' brokerage statements. But we have found historically that: (a) Written agreement to an objective set of compliance standards and display of a badge on the author's website significantly raises the author's awareness of and adherence to disclosure and other compliance standards. (b) Authors with sufficient ability to pass the rigorous Seeking Alpha acceptance criteria who then agree to our compliance standards do indeed uphold them. As a result, we believe that Seeking Alpha certification is a meaningful (though not water-tight) indicator an author's honesty and rigor. In the event that a reader believes an author has violated the Seeking Alpha compliance standards he/she has agreed to, the reader should immediately email Seeking Alpha. We will investigate the complaint, and if we discover that the author is in violation, the author will be terminated as a Seeking Alpha contributor and asked to remove the certification badge from his/her website.
On acceptance to Seeking Alpha and written agreement to the compliance terms, a contributor is then allowed to display the appropriate Seeking Alpha badge on his/her own website. As a result, a Seeking Alpha badge on a stock market website is a mark of quality and voluntary adherence to objective compliance standards. A Seeking Alpha badge differentiates high quality stock market blogs and websites from the mass of mediocre and often manipulative free financial content on the Internet. Hundreds of contributors have been accepted by our editors to provide articles for Seeking Alpha and have already agreed to our minimal compliance standards. The majority are finance professionals, and many have their own blogs. Prospective contributors can submit articles directly to us. A smaller, but rapidly growing group have agreed to our full compliance standards, as described below.
Authors must (1) pass our rigorous quality standards and have been accepted as a contributor to Seeking Alpha, and (2) agree in writing to abide by our full compliance standards, listed below.
Websites that display the Seeking Alpha Certified badge must link to their Seeking Alpha author page, so readers can verify their authenticity.
1. Author Qualification
2. Disclosure of Positions
3. Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
4. Non-Infringement of Copyright
5. Commitment to Accuracy
6. Inappropriate Promotion and Other Material
7. Anonymity and Accountability
Authors must (1) pass our rigorous quality standards and have been accepted as a contributor to Seeking Alpha, (2) agree in writing to disclose positions when writing about a stock, (3) but these authors haven't yet agreed to abide by our full compliance standards.
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