FinTelegram is operating under a strict ethics policy that ensures its editorial independence and the integrity of its investigative journalism. All of our editorial staff and regular contributors are required to abide by the following guidelines, many of which exceed standards in our industry.
Earning and keeping the trust of our audience is, and always will be, at the core of FinTelegram’s mission. In a world of fake news and alternative facts, it’s more important than ever to promote clear ethical guidelines that allow audiences to know where that information comes from and whether it can be trusted.
Our most valuable asset is the independence that allows us to publish stories without fear.
FinTelegram is routinely critical of people and companies we cover, and we’re most proud of our work when we tell stories that people in power would prefer not to see the light of day. We are able to enjoy this independence because every member of our editorial team is required to follow a strict code of conduct. Additionally, we enforce a strict wall between FinTelegram’s editorial team and our parent company’s advertising teams (addressed more in detail below).
Here are the core guidelines in our code of conduct:
- We don’t accept things of value from companies or from their PR firms.
- We do not accept preconditions for coverage of a story that require us to say certain things.
- We do not allow reporters to cover people or companies where they have a personal conflict.
- We do not make paid endorsements of any kind.
- We do not personally invest in companies we cover.
- Our editorial team does not produce paid content.
Our policy against receiving anything of value from companies we cover includes, but is not limited to, things like gifts, meals, discounted services, or paid trips and junkets.
In addition to standards that preserve our independence, FinTelegram’s reporters are expected to abide by industry-standard ethical guidelines for reporting. This means that our editorial team takes great care to learn the truth and report it, protect sources, minimize the risk of harm, and strive for accuracy and honesty in everything we publish. We use the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics as a baseline for the professional conduct of our editorial staff.
Advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of FinTelegram or our editorial teams. Our editorial team does not directly accept money or other consideration from individuals or entities as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavorable, however, some of our editorial content is made possible through the support of sponsors. This content is clearly marked as content “Presented” by the applicable sponsor.
Corrections & Updates
Despite making every effort to be accurate in our reporting, sometimes we get something wrong. If we discover a mistake in a story, our editors will promptly issue a correction that removes the inaccurate information and adds a notice of correction that explains the error. In some cases, like if an inaccuracy is contained in a video, we may have to remove the original piece of content and replace it with a version in which the error is omitted.
Sometimes more information about a story we’ve published becomes available that either continues the narrative or clarifies the original story, but is not a correction. In these cases, we may add and/or change elements of the original story. These updates will be clearly noted at the bottom of the story, indicating the time of the change and a note describing what was changed.
Additionally, we may remove content if we believe it infringes on the intellectual property rights of a third party, otherwise, violate any third party rights, or breach any applicable law or regulation.
Advising our audience about investment opportunities and protect their investments with financial intelligence is one of our most important responsibilities. Hence, our research reports always contain the honest, independent assessments of our editorial team. Like everything else we publish, there are no paid-for reviews of any kind written by FinTelegram editorial team.
We do not invest in companies we cover, and employees are forbidden from trading or buying stock and/or tokens in companies we cover.
From time to time, FinTelegram may engage with other businesses, brands, and organizations whose activities resonate with the company as a whole, or with one or more of our editorial teams. These partnerships do not impact the content that our editorial teams independently publish. Our Partnerships team, however, may create content as part of these partnerships, and we may publish this content on our editorial sites. In these cases, we will include a disclosure to describe the nature of the relationship between our editorial brand(s) and the partner(s) and the extent to which our editorial teams were involved in the creation of the content
We’re always interested in hearing from you if you have a concern about our ethical standards. If you see something that doesn’t look right on FinTelegram, please let us know.