If you have a $1000 account, keep risk to $10 or $20 (1% or 2%) per binary options trade. Risk 5% ($50 in this case) is the absolute maximum and isn't recommended. When you start trading you'll want to make as much money as you can, as quickly as you can. Making some quick cash is why many people attempt trading. Avoid this impulse though. Risking a lot on each trade is more likely to empty your trading account than create a windfall. Most new traders don't have a trading method they tested and practiced, and therefore have no idea if they are a good trader or not.
Binary options outside the U.S. are an alternative for speculating or hedging but come with advantages and disadvantages. The positives include a known risk and reward, no commissions, innumerable strike prices and expiry dates while negatives include non-ownership of the traded asset, little regulatory oversight and a winning payout that is usually less than the loss on losing trades.
Currently, there is no regulator who can oversee and regulate all binary options and Forex activities across the world. Over the years, there has been a remarkable increase in these trades. This may be attributed to the increased accessibility and advances in technology across the globe. As a result, various regulatory bodies have been formed to regulate binary options and Forex activities.
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.