Terms and Conditions. When taking a bonus or offer, read the full terms and conditions. Some will include locking in an initial deposit (in addition to the bonus funds) until a high volume of trades have been made. The first deposit is the trader’s cash – legitimate brokers would not claim it as theirs before any trading. Some brokers also offer the option of cancelling a bonus if it does not fit the needs of the trader.
As banking is perhaps the most crucial factor as it is the most used feature in binary options trading, it is imperative that there is a decent selection of deposit and withdrawal options available for clients. For deposits, Option Financial Markets offers a variety of choices including credit cards, multiple eWallets and bank wire. Funds are readily available in the trader’s account balance most often within minutes of the deposit, which allows them access immediate trading. Personal information is guaranteed utmost security thanks to communication via SSL technology. Users are always able to contact OFM support at any time if they need assistance with their financial dealings.
The payouts per trade are usually higher in binaries than with other forms of trading. Some brokers offer payouts of up to 80% on a trade. This is achievable without jeopardising the account. In other markets, such payouts can only occur if a trader disregards all rules of money management and exposes a large amount of trading capital to the market, hoping for one big payout (which never occurs in most cases).
“When you take into account all the bad trades I made while I was still learning the ropes, it’s really quite an astonishing accomplishment. Even more astonishing is that, after an additional four months, I had parlayed the original sum of less than $150 into more than $15,000. I took that money and remodelled my kitchen and bathroom, but I left a little for seed money in new trades. I know I can repeat my success and have already started trading again.”
On May 3, 2012, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) announced a policy change regarding the classification of binary options as financial instruments. The effect is that binary options platforms operating in Cyprus, where many of the platforms are now based, would have to be CySEC regulated within six months of the date of the announcement. CySEC was the first EU MiFID-member regulator to treat binary options as financial instruments.
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.
Pape observed that binary options are poor from a gambling standpoint as well because of the excessive "house edge". One online binary options site paid $71 for each successful $100 trade. "If you lose, you get back $15. Let's say you make 1,000 "trades" and win 545 of them. Your profit is $38,695. But your 455 losses will cost you $38,675. In other words, you must win 54.5% of the time just to break even".