There has long been a lively debate concerning whether or not binary options trading constitutes gambling. Binary options brokers tend to argue that it is not gambling, suggesting that there are third parties involved in payments (meaning it isn't just the customer against the house), as well as that brokers collect no commission for a trade that ends in a "draw."
While binary options may be used in theoretical asset pricing, they are prone to fraud in their applications and hence banned by regulators in many jurisdictions as a form of gambling. Many binary option outlets have been exposed as fraudulent. The U.S. FBI is investigating binary option scams throughout the world, and the Israeli police have tied the industry to criminal syndicates. The European Union is publishing regulations that will ban binary options trading. ASIC considers binary options as a “high-risk” and “unpredictable” investment option.