Skip to main content

Trading Binary Options in the United States

Image Courtesy:
Binary options have become a very popular trading vehicle and new binary options brokers are opening their doors in a steady stream. But most binary options brokers are not under supervised by any recognized regulatory organization and there is very little oversight involved, so caution is always advised when opening a binary options account.

Binary considerations to be‘exotic options’, but binaries are easily understand and are extremely simple to use. The most common binary option is a "high-low" option. A trader who chooses this type of trade selects an asset from a host of commodities, currencies, stocks or indices, decides on a specific time period, as short as 15 minutes, and predicts which direction the price of his asset will go-up or down. This is referred to as his strike price.

Binaries Basics

If the trader has called correctly, and the price went in the direction chosen within the right time frame, he will receive a return which was fixed before he placed his trade, usually between 70-80% of his investment regardless of how much the instrument moved. A trader who has wagered incorrectly on the market's direction suffers a loss on her/his investment.

Binary options are used as an alternative for speculating or hedging.  Advantages of binaries include an identified risk and reward ratio, no commissions, choice of strike prices and expiry dates, access to multiple asset classes in global markets and flexible investment amounts. Disadvantages include non-ownership of the asset, little or no regulatory oversight and a profit payout that is normally lower than the loss on losing trades.

Binaries in the United States

Binary options traded in the U.S. are structured differently than European binaries and without regulation, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sees greater potential risks to the trader. Till 2008, most foreign binary options brokers were not legally allowed to solicit trading from U.S. residents unless that broker was registered with a U.S. regulatory body such as the SEC or Commodities Futures Trading Commission. In 2008, the SEC began to regulate certain exchanges such as the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) which began listing binary options for U.S. residents while the Nadex binary options exchange in the U.S. became subject to oversight by the CFTC.

There is still quite a bit of misunderstanding regarding the legality of binary options trading in the U.S.  Much of it is a stems from the increase in off-shore binary options platforms and the off-exchange or OTC contracts they offer. Off-shore platforms are still prohibited from soliciting binaries to retail customers in the United States. And only recently, in 2013the CFTC charged a Cyprus-based company with selling them illegally to U.S. investors.


Popular posts from this blog

Why it’s important to save for retirement

While retirement may seem far off in the distance for some, financial experts say you’re never too young to begin saving.  In fact, the earlier you calculate your retirement needs and start building your nest egg, the easier it will be to create a viable plan for the future. Many experts advise you begin saving a percentage of your income for retirement as soon as possible, no matter how little the contribution may be, as it’s possible the Social Security benefits millions of people currently depend on may be in jeopardy.

Basics of Stock Markets: The A-Z Quick Sheet for a Beginner-Level Investor

Several individuals wish to engage themselves in stock market and invest their money in stocks, but they don’t have an idea about Stock markets and how they work . In fact, there may be lot of info available to you, but they may all seem confusing without actually knowing the basics. This post aims at educating the beginners about the basics of stocks market. Read on to enlighten yourself about the A-Z of stock market. 

The differences between Directors and Officers Insurance and Errors and Omissions Insurance

Directors and Officers Insurance is often confused with Errors and Omissions Insurance, but the two are not synonymous. They apply to different circumstances and you will need to ensure you have the right cover for your role. Directors and officers insurance protect the director and officers of a company from financial liability in the event of a claim regarding perceived failures in their performance and duties as managers. Errors and omissions insurance are concerned with negligence or failures in the provision of products and services. In practice, both will often be required.

Four Things to Know About the Housing Market in 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the increase in the number of people working from home as well as the initial ban on property transactions in the first lockdown, the housing market in the UK was majorly affected. After the first lockdown, the housing market restarted in the UK and was allowed during the second and third lockdown. The government introduced the stamp duty holiday which definitely helped boost the housing market as well as the buyer's confidence, and due to its overwhelming success, this scheme has been extended till July 2021. Even though the demand for homes increased, the average price of property rose in certain areas and government schemes worked like a charm, the housing market was nowhere close to where it was before the pre-Covid era. While no experts can predict with any amount of certainty the future of the housing industry in the UK, here are the four things that you need to know about the housing market in the UK in 2021. Increase in demand for properties in

The Short Sale Alternative to Foreclosure

Real Estate Short Sale (Image via Most business analysts unequivocally point to the housing crisis as the precipitator of this current economic downturn. According to CNN Money, in 2010, 2.9 million foreclosure notices were filed and more than 1 million people lost their homes to foreclosure. If you are experiencing an economic hardship due to a job loss, disability, unexpected medical expenses, etc., you do not have to be in this number, there are options available to you. If you have received your Notice of Default letter, detailing the lender's intent to sell your property if you do not make your mortgage payments or if you are depleting most of your income, savings, and surplus funds in order to keep a home that is 'underwater', meaning you owe more on the house than what it is actually worth, you have options, chief among them is short-selling. Of course, this is not a desirable position to be in, but as opposed to going through a foreclosu

Price Consolidation in Forex Trading

Forex traders love to trade on price consolidation breakouts. So what is a price consolidation? In terms of technical analysis, consolidation is the movement of an asset's price within a well-defined pattern of trading levels. Consolidation is generally regarded as a period of indecision, which comes to an end when the price of the asset breaks beyond the restrictive barriers. Periods of consolidation can be found in charts covering any time interval (i.e. hours, days, etc.), and these periods can last for minutes, days, months or even years. Lengthy periods of consolidation are often known as a base.

Peer-to-peer Lending Oprions for Students

Is peer-to-peer lending safe? Going to college is necessary in this day and age if you hope to get a good paying job. However, finding the money to do so isn’t always easy. One method of getting money for college is to take out a student loan from the government. Another is to go a private lending institution, such as a bank or credit union. A third method, and one that is becoming more and more popular, is to get a loan from a private individual. This type of loan is usually called peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. Following are a few options for students who are seeking a peer-to-peer loan. What Is Peer-to-Peer Lending? Peer-to-peer lending is essentially a financial agreement that takes place between individuals. One party, you, borrows money from someone else. It works the same way as a traditional loan because unlike a scholarship, grant, or gift, you will be expected to pay the money back, on time, and with interest tacked on. You and the lender agree on how much will be paid back wit