One of the important things to remember regarding expiry times is that they are able to be changed only until you have made a commitment to that particular trade. Once you have authorized a specific trade, you simply sit back and wait until it is completed. This differs from other types of financial trading in which you can sell your accumulated shares at any time. There are brokers that will let you sell your trade for a minimal refund. However this is a rare situation for those who are more experience at trading binary options.
Your first concern should be the safety of your money. Is this broker regulated? Are they trustworthy? What do other clients say about them? There have been a lot of scams in the early days of Binary Options and although now things are a lot safer, you will still encounter brokers that try to scam you in various ways. That being said, when choosing your next Binary Options broker, this is one of the first questions you have to ask yourself: is this brokerage regulated by a major financial watchdog like CySEC (Cyprus), ASIC (Australia), FCA (United Kingdom), CFTC (United States), or any other local regulator? Only a few of the unregulated brokers are trustworthy.
Unlike in forex where traders can get accounts that allow them to trade mini- and micro-lots on small account sizes, many binary option brokers set a trading floor; minimum amounts which a trader can trade in the market. This makes it easier to lose too much capital when trading binaries. As an illustration, a forex broker may allow you to open an account with $200 and trade micro-lots, which allows a trader to expose only acceptable amounts of his capital to the market. However, you will be hard put finding many binary brokers that will allow you to trade below $50, even with a $200 account. In this situation, four losing trades will blow the account.
Suppose you would like to stake $100 on an asset whose current price is “$1612.75 and the expected payout is indicated as 80 percent. You need to stake the $100 on this position and set your preferred expiry period, to say one hour. If at the end of the one hour (the expiry period for your contract) the price of the asset goes up and you had predicted that it would go up, you will have won the position. In this case, you will get the amount you staked on the position, $100, and an additional 80 percent of the staked amount.
Let's assume you decide to buy at $44.50. If at 1:30 p.m. the price of gold is above $1,250, your option expires and it becomes worth $100. You make a profit of $100—$44.50 = $55.50 (minus fees). This is called being in the money. But if the price of gold is below $1,250 at 1:30 p.m., the option expires at $0. Therefore you lose the $44.50 invested. This called out of the money.
Binary options "are based on a simple 'yes' or 'no' proposition: Will an underlying asset be above a certain price at a certain time?" Traders place wagers as to whether that will or will not happen. If a customer believes the price of an underlying asset will be above a certain price at a set time, the trader buys the binary option, but if he or she believes it will be below that price, they sell the option. In the U.S. exchanges, the price of a binary is always under $100.