As part of the bailout to redeem the government in Cyprus from bankruptcy in 2013, the Laiki Bank, which was the second biggest financial institution in Cyprus, was closed. Those with accounts containing greater than 100,000 Euros were shut down and their funds were expropriated by the government in Cyprus. Any outstanding debts were transferred to the Bank of Cyprus, which then exploited a very large portion of those aforementioned accounts as well as those accounts containing over 1 million Euros. Most of those accounts were owned by Russian investors.
There is no such thing as the holy grail of binary options trading strategies. Markets change, and every successful trader constantly works to improve, update, enhance, and make better. Even traders with many years of experience and large profits in their bank accounts still work hard to analyze and improve how they trade. It applies even more to new traders and those with minimal experience.
Since binary options trading is relatively new in New Zealand, traders often have limited choice of broker. On the other hand, if you wish to keep your funds in the country, you can always be sure of the licensed brokers. For those traders who are willing to trade with brokers from abroad, there are also excellent choices of top-performing brokers licensed in the UK or the EU.
In July 2016 the Israeli binary option firms Vault Options and Global Trader 365 were ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to pay more than $4.5 million for unlawful off-exchange binary options trading, fraud, and registration violations. The companies were also banned permanently from operating in the United States or selling to U.S. residents.
Binary options are often considered a form of gambling rather than investment because of their negative cumulative payout (the brokers have an edge over the investor) and because they are advertised as requiring little or no knowledge of the markets. Gordon Pape, writing in Forbes.com in 2010, called binary options websites "gambling sites, pure and simple", and said "this sort of thing can quickly become addictive... no one, no matter how knowledgeable, can consistently predict what a stock or commodity will do within a short time frame".