The Association of Technical Market Analysts (ATMA) has established ethical standards of professional conduct which every Member and Affiliate must adhere to and make all efforts to uphold and maintain them. The Ethical Standards set forth herein serve as a guide of professional responsibility and as a benchmark for ethical conduct.
- Members and Affiliates shall maintain at all times the highest standards of professional competence, integrity and judgment.
This ethical standard requires strict compliance with the applicable laws and regulations of any government, governmental agency and regulatory organization which has jurisdiction over the professional activities of Members and Affiliates. In the event of ambiguity or conflict between various applicable laws, rules, regulations or requirements of this Code of Ethics, the guidance is to adhere to the stricter of all.
This same ethical standard requires that Members and Affiliates abide by the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the Association, and all rules promulgated by its Board of Trustees. Members and Affiliates shall not unduly exploit their relationship with the Association for commercial purposes, nor use, or permit others to use, Association mailing lists for other than Association purposes.
- Members and Affiliates shall not publish or make statements which they know or have reasons to believe are inaccurate or misleading. Members and Affiliates shall avoid leading others to believe that their analysed views of future behaviour of security prices derived from Technical Analysis reflect foreknowledge rather than estimates and projections subject to re-examination and, as events may dictate, to change.
- Members and Affiliates shall not publish or make statements concerning the technical position of a security, a market or any of its components or aspects unless such statements are reasonable and consistent in light of the available evidence and of the accumulated knowledge in the field of financial Technical Analysis. New methods of Analysis and modifications of existing concepts and techniques shall be fully documented as to procedure and rationale. Proprietary methods shall not be infringed, but this standard shall be a guide in the creation of proprietary products.
- Members and Affiliates shall not publish or make statements which indefensibly disparage and discredit the analytical work of others.
- Members and Affiliates shall neither themselves nor make others seek, disseminate or act on the basis of material non-public (inside) information, even if in a particular country such acts may not have been treated as a violation of the laws and regulations of any government, governmental agency or regulatory organization relating to the use of inside information.
- Members and Affiliates shall keep in confidence knowledge concerning the lawful private affairs of both past and present clients, employers, and employer's clients, unless required by law or permissioned by the concerned clients.
- When a Member or Affiliate recommends that a security ought to be bought, sold or held, adequate opportunity to act on such a recommendation shall be given to the Member's or Affiliate's clients, employer, and the employer's clients before acting on behalf of either the Member's or Affiliate's own account or the accounts of immediate family members.
- Members and Affiliates shall not copy or deliberately use substantially the same language or analysis contained in reports, studies or writings prepared by any author unless permission to do so is received, in advance, from the author. In the event the original author is deceased, or is otherwise unavailable to grant such permission, Members and Affiliates must ensure that the original author receives prominent and adequate credit for the original work.
- Members who have earned any appropriate Educational Qualification or Professional designation pertaining to Technical Analysis shall use the same after their name whenever and wherever appropriate.