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How to get started with binary options trading

The idea of making a financial investment can be very intimidating. There are so many investment products now available that the range of options can also be confusing. However, this conundrum may well explain the growing popularity in binary options. They are designed to be simple, straightforward and accessible.

In essence, in order to get started, traders must only understand a few simple principles. Firstly, in trading binary options, you never actually purchase an asset. Instead, you must simply predict in which direction a chosen asset moves on the markets over a declared period of time. Assets range from currency to commodities like gold or stocks. The binary nature of the trade means that theextent to which the asset fluctuates in value is irrelevant, only the direction actually matters. If you correctly predict the direction of movement, you will receive a fixed amount on your investment and similarly lose a fixed amount in you choose incorrectly.

It is that simple. However, although the principles behind binary options should be relatively easy, it is important to have an understanding and insight of what you’re looking out for before you dive in and start trading. For a start, traders should be aware that global events have an impact on trading. So, the Iceland ash cloud in 2010 for example, which grounded air traffic in the UK, had a clear impact on the aviation, travel industries and beyond. This inevitably affected share prices in these areas. Being aware of macro events will help traders better anticipate certain market movements.

It is also important to be aware how movement in one area impacts another. For example, if the price of a commodity like oil deviates significantly, it can have an almost instant knock-on effect on currencies. Savvy binary options traders in this scenario will likely trade on both the movement of oil and currency, effectively cashing in on one singular event.

These are areas which even novice traders can understand and incorporate into their trading. However, those who are little more experienced will likely want to take a closer look at market fluctuations. It is important eventually, to develop the ability to analyse the technicalities of trading. Become familiar with patterns, graphs and get to grips with what they mean. This can be especially useful for trades over a short period of time. In fact, a number of strategies have been developed in order to guide trading successfully. For example, some like to plot a graph based on the peaks and troughs of an asset’s value and draw a line based on a numerical pattern to predict the market direction.

Strategies described above can be quite complicated, but even beginners should consider some of the simpler trading options available. There is of course the straightforward call and put options, which is really just a technical term for buying and selling an option on your chosen asset. Then there is the touch/ no touch options. If you correctly forecast that your asset will ‘touch’ a target price before the trade expires, you will cash in. Equally, the same is true if you predict that it will ‘not touch’ a target price in that time. Again, the options are entirely binary, either your prediction is correct or incorrect. And if you can grasp this very straightforward concept, then there is no reason why you can’t trade binary options successfully.

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