Binary options trading can be a great experience if one is aware of the effort that has to be put up in order to make meaningful profits. This type of trading is user-friendly, but that does not mean that it should be taken easily and without prior research and education. Traders must be ready to adapt to the completely new trading environment and to take their time, as forcing trades is not the best strategy.
This approach is time-consuming (traders end up being glued in front of their trading screens) and exhausting (they’ll focus on not missing even a swing). Scalpers use lower time frames, the one-second, one-minute and even five-minute charts. While for the Forex trading industry this still makes a bit of sense because of the higher risk-reward ratios that can be used, for the binary options industry this is a deadly approach for the trading account.
Martingale system – this is another common system used by both advanced and new traders alike. In the Martingale system, you set an amount that you would like to trade. If that trade loses, the amount invested on the next trade is doubled. This continues until you get a win, at which point the amount you invest on each trade goes back to the original level. Like all systems, it has its risks, particularly if you have a string of losses. The potential rewards, however, are high.
You need to understand the implied probability (the true odds of an event occurring) from the binary price. The midpoint between the buy/sell prices is a good indicator of the expected probability of the binary settling at 100. For example, if a binary buy price is $10 and sell price is $14, the midpoint of these amounts is $12. This indicates that the market expects there is only about a 12% probability of the binary settling at 100. In other words, there's only a 12% chance of you winning.
In the online binary options industry, where the contracts are sold by a broker to a customer in an OTC manner, a different option pricing model is used. Brokers sell binary options at a fixed price (e.g., $100) and offer some fixed percentage return in case of in-the-money settlement. Some brokers, also offer a sort of out-of-money reward to a losing customer. For example, with a win reward of 80%, out-of-money reward of 5%, and the option price of $100, two scenarios are possible. In-the-money settlement pays back the option price of $100 and the reward of $80. In case of loss, the option price is not returned but the out-of-money reward of $5 is granted to the customer.