Binary option is popular to all types of traders – from low-skilled and amateur traders to veterans – because of its simple yes-or-no and all-or-nothing premise with high payouts. However, just like any investment, having high rewards also entails high risks. Hence, it is critical for you to be knowledgeable about this financial instrument and to fully understand how it works.
On October 19, 2017, London police raided 20 binary options firms in London. On January 3, 2018, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) took over regulation of binary options from the Gambling Commission. In December 2018, FCA has proposed new rules which would permanently ban the sale, marketing and distribution of binary options to retail consumer.
Binary options traded outside the U.S. are also structured differently than those available on U.S. exchanges. They offer a viable alternative when speculating or hedging but only if the trader fully understands the two potential and opposing outcomes. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) summed up regulator skepticism about these exotic instruments, advising investors "to be particularly wary of non-U.S. companies that offer binary options trading platforms. These include trading applications with names that often imply an easy path to riches".
This gives you access to a variety of assets that are available to trade which is an excellent way to diversify risks and control the amount of risk at a given time. If you’re successful, you can immediately see the amount added to your account. Depending on your chosen platform, you can also instantly withdraw your money. Meanwhile, if you’re unsuccessful, some brokers offer a small return based on how much you invested. For instance, you won’t lose 100% of your investment but you’ll still get around 5-15% of it back.
While trading binary options, it is not possible to lose more money than you have staked in the open position(s). Again, it is not possible to make more profit than the indicated payout percentage on any trade you have placed. For most brokers, the payouts offered to traders after winning a position ranges between 70 and 85 percent. Although some brokers do not offer rebates, there are those brokers that offer rebates of up to 15 percent of the staked amount.
Binary options "are based on a simple 'yes' or 'no' proposition: Will an underlying asset be above a certain price at a certain time?" Traders place wagers as to whether that will or will not happen. If a customer believes the price of an underlying asset will be above a certain price at a set time, the trader buys the binary option, but if he or she believes it will be below that price, they sell the option. In the U.S. exchanges, the price of a binary is always under $100.