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How Regulation Is Changing Binary Options Trading

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:15 -0600

Financial regulation has come to binary options brokers in Cyprus, leaving many traders outside the Eurozone with limited choices. Here is how securities regulation is changing the market for retail day traders of European-style fixed return contracts.

Using Intraday Trading Charts to Trade Binary Options

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:14:04 -0500

Here are three traditional indicators traders use to try to predict stock prices. We also discuss how using binary options can mitigate some risks associated with trading non-US dollar priced assets. I also discuss one of my own creations that I use to help me gauge global forex market sentiment.

Types of Day Trading Accounts for Low Capital Beginners

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:19:40 -0500

Beginner day traders (even those with little capital) have a couple of good alternatives to investing in the stock market. Here we look at a couple of different day trading accounts for beginners with low to moderate amounts of money to invest.

Types of Binary Options Brokers

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:28:09 -0600

There are three principal types of binary options brokers: European, Range, and Touch / No-Touch. Here we compare the types of offers and how they relate to American or U.S. options trading.

Where Should I Invest Money Today

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:30:53 -0600

We ask the question where people should be putting their money today and explore a few of the hot buzzwords people tend to throw around. Not every investment is right for every individual so consider what needs are being met with each type of security available before buying.

Cheap Day Trading

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:55:07 -0500

Beginners seeking cheap day trading opportunities have more alternatives than ever before given the new, inexpensive ways to invest for people all over the globe. Here we will look at a few of the ways investing has expanded to the lowest capital levels imaginable.

How to Use Trading Signals

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:05:39 -0500

Learning how to use trading signals can dramatically improve short term day trading results. There are several tiers of services available in the market today and here we look at three general categories: live market data, advanced research services, and HFT algorithms.

Free Trading Signals From Global Markets

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:25:23 -0500

An investor can use free trading signals gleaned from the global markets to help gauge market direction. The use of macro-based indicators has increased with the influence of HFT participation in risky assets.

Easy Day Trading Phone Apps Making Life Simpler for Investors

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:01:25 -0500

There has been a flood of new and easy day trading phone apps to hit the market in 2012. Beginning at the very end of last year a new breed of free software applications available for download onto popular smartphone devices such as Apple's iPhone and Google's Android mobile operating systems came onto the market.

Low Risk Binary Options Trading

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:59:13 -0500

One of the consistent criticisms of binary options has been the lack of a low risk binary options trading alternative. The very nature of the contract stands essentially as an all or nothing enterprise in which the trader has effectively a fifty-fifty chance of losing his or her entire investment at contract outset. Here we explore a few ways to mitigate or otherwise reduce the riskiness of trading contracts of this type.

Day Trading Fixed or Floating Pair Options

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:14:14 -0500

The difference between day trading floating or fixed pair options is subtle but important. It is for that reason it is all the more necessary to know the difference before opening a position in either. Given that yields range from 70% all the way up to 450% it pays to know which contract is which and what conditions are more likely lead to a profitable result.

Commodities Options Trading in the Era of Dodd-Frank

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:05:33 -0500

Binary commodities options trading has dropped dramatically for US traders since the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act. Beginning in July 2011 binary option sites began winding down their operations with the last contract going offline at year end. Today US investors do have some alternatives in the commodity space.

Gold ETFs - The Investment of Choice in 2011

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 13:02:03 -0600

Many investors turned to gold ETFs in 2011 as a means of diversifying their asset allocation. What shaped the movement into precious metals in 2011 and what events are likely to shape markets in 2012?

Day Trading for Beginners - How to Become a Day Trader Cheaply

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:15:24 -0600

When it comes to day trading for beginners, a little caution and education go a long way. When most people start out making trades online they usually have taken a considerable amount of time scratching together a little capital to invest in the market. Then they lose it all or most of it. It doesn't have to be this way.

Trading Made Simple With Binary Options

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:58:11 -0600

One way to look a binary options is to think of it as trading made simple. While many might take one look at the first word of binary options and seize up with fear over a word that clearly sounds like a math or technical / computer programming term, the truth is that these high return investments are far from being complex.

Binary Options Trading Restricted by Dodd-Frank Legislation

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 08:37:32 -0600

The Dodd-Frank bill has had some impact on binary options trading for US residents. One of the principal bottlenecks of the legislation has been the narrowing of eligible brokers for particular futures and commodities transactions.

Options in Trading: 3 Ways to Make Money Day Trading

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 08:59:07 -0500

Traders today have several options in trading. The increased number of financial products available to retail traders has greatly opened the market to investors seeking greater returns and more varied opportunities. We'll look at several growing strategies investors are using to make money in the stock market today.

How to Invest in the Stock Market for Beginners

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 11:42:56 -0500

It can be confusing for beginners to learn how to invest in the stock market, but if you are determined to try your hand at investing (or worse - day trading), here are a few things you should think about before making your first trade. Trading stocks involves putting money at risk and can result in loss of your entire investment.

TIPS and Inflation - Why Inflation Protected Securities Are Not Working for Retirees

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 08:59:38 -0500

There are reasons TIPS and Inflation are not a perfect match to protect your portfolio from rising prices and costs. The first reason should be fairly easy for the average person to see. Ask any person on the street today how much the price of a gallon of gas has increased today and they tell you, "A lot." Ask Chairman Bernanke how much inflationary pressures he sees in his rate forecast and he has repeatedly said, "not much." Who is right? The answer to that question will have a lot to do with where you decide to put your money in the coming months and years.

Short Term Trading Strategies

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:03:31 -0500

Short term trading strategies by their very nature are expected to produce worthwhile returns over a brief investment duration. Here we will look at three short term trading strategies and try to give some insight into the strengths and weaknesses of each style.

High Leverage Investments - Pros and Cons of Common Margin Trading Strategies

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:02:26 -0500

High leverage investments such as forex, futures, and options trading carry with them a considerable amount of risk. Still, many investors choose to accept the large amount of risk associated with these high leverage investments because ultimately the reward can outweigh the risks. People choose to take on the additional risks associated with leveraged trading because the payoffs can significantly alter the lifestyle of the winners - whereas normal investments offer little gain for small capital investors.

How to Make Money Trading - 3 Tips for Day Trading Beginners

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:15:25 -0500

Before I knew how to make money trading I was pretty much at the mercy of whatever company I worked at doing whatever job I could get. It's nice to be able to have the freedom to splurge once in a while or to not fear medical bills.

Trading Options Tutorial - 3 Basic Option Trades

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:26:11 -0600

Any trading options tutorial should cover at a minimum the basic terms, characteristics, and strategies involving these highly volatile securities. While a cursory glossary of terms might serve those who find the stock market a curiosity, a more complete trading options tutorial will cover examples of strategies including calls, puts, hedging, and binary contracts. Further, a more advanced education in day trading would also include a discussion of the impact of forex markets on option securities.

Trading Options Basics - The Basic Terms of Option Trades

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:12:37 -0600

Learning the trading options basics involves a little work studying basic terms, typical contract structure, and investing strategies. Although most books on the subject make the subject seem more mysterious than it really needs to be, the truth is that any option trade payout involves basic math any high school student can do. Making money from an option trade means selling for a higher price than what was paid, just like any other investment. We'll try to de-mystify these contracts a little bit here.

Binary Options Broker - 3 Ways Binary Options Firms Compete for New Clients

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 07:46:32 -0600

The differences between binary options broker dealers are very subtle but important. Selecting the wrong binary options broker can result in missing out on either a great deal of incentives or possibly having difficulty making a profit. Here are three ways brokers in the industry compete for the business of day traders.

Intro to Investing - How to Make Money Trading

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:48:35 -0600

Knowing how to make money trading is an extremely useful skill if you have a few dollars to spare. The trick is to learn how to get the biggest yield without taking foolish risks. More often than not new traders fall in love with a trade and get stuck with yesterday's hot pick at premium cost.

Making Money Trading Stocks - How New Investments Dominate Stagnant Equities Markets

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 11:21:13 -0600

Making money trading stocks these days involves keeping a watchful eye on forex markets and central bank activities. These deep markets and government policy institutions have great sway over the movements of the equities market today.

How to Make Money in Stock Market Investments - 3 Rules for Disciplined Trading

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:09:27 -0600

The best way I know how to make money in stock market investments is to observe three fundamental rules: invest briefly, defensively, and with maximum leverage. Today's retail trading environment is vastly different from the world of value investors Graham, Dodd & Buffett.

Using Leverage to Invest

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:23:53 -0500

Using leverage to invest is the only true way to make money in the world of finance or business. The ability to essentially borrow enormous amounts of money and use that additional buying power to amplify return on investment is the difference between making it and missing out in investing.

Carry Trade Explained

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:03:49 -0500

The carry trade explained as it relates to interest rate differentials between countries is the most common use of the term in actual market practice. The concept begins fairly straight forward like any other investment. Raise capital (either borrowed or equity) and then lend it at a higher rate somewhere else.

Easy Options Trading - The Binary Option

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:29:43 -0500

One easy options trading method is to use a security called a binary trade. Although this type of contract is traded only on a very limited number of securities it offers several advantages over traditional trades, including lower capital requirements, shorter holding period, and a high fixed yield.

Day Trading the Forex Market As a Small Capital Investor

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 19:23:10 -0500

Understanding the forex market is important to day trading success. Given the vast amounts of money that move in the foreign currency markets it only makes sense that currency movements have a major impact on stock prices. Day trading on any exchange successfully therefore requires at least a rudimentary understanding of how the forex market impacts asset prices.

Learning to Trade Options - The Fastest Way to Make Money in Volatile Markets

Fri, 21 May 2010 06:49:20 -0500

Something not covered when learning to trade options typically is economics and the fundamental forces that move markets. Although many traders are getting excited about buying and selling in the stock market they often times get too focused on the individual securities and lose sight of the big picture.

Make Money Trading Online - Will it Be Swing Trading, Gold, Or Forex For You?

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:04:35 -0600

Simple investors try to make money trading online usually in one of three ways. The most hyped method is forex (or foreign currency) but in reality that is a losing proposition more than a winning one for average traders. The second most hyped method of making a big splash in the market is investing in gold. This too is more pyrite than bullion however because the devotion to the shiny metal is more of a world-wide religious zealotry than fundamental truth. The other recent really popular movement has been a phenomena called swing trades.

Commodity Options Trading on a Budget - Low Capital Option Trading

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 15:32:44 -0600

Making money by commodity options trading requires much less capital than most people think. These days a number of the most popular commodities are changing hands on a different kind of option exchange called binary options.

Cheap Stock Trading - Why Smart Day Traders Choose Options Instead

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 13:40:19 -0600

Cheap stock trading may seem like a great idea until you realize the rewards are paltry compared to the level of risk involved. Long time investors have known for some time that investing in the equities market is a woefully inefficient means of deploying capital. The notion that days of day traders directly playing in the equities market are over.

A Put Option Payoff in the Future? Down is the New Up in Options Day Trading

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 20:41:25 -0600

Getting access to a lucrative put option payoff will be difficult for traders not fortunate enough to have a full access margin account. The rest of the traders in the stock market who do have the ability to act on put options may have some significant opportunities ahead given the continuing shocks to the economy.

Day Trading - The Dips - How a Put Contract Binary Option Broker Can Enhance Trading Results

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 14:17:51 -0600

Day trading on the dips with a binary option broker can be risky when done as a stand alone trade but using a binary option broker to hedge against intra-day market movements can greatly improve day trading results. Traders who take long equity positions on dips in the market but can't gauge for certain whether the market has bottomed can use binary put options to get back some of the money left on the table.

Online Stock Option Trading - 3 Ways to Make Money on the Internet Day Trading

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 09:23:36 -0500

Online stock option trading is one of the easiest ways to make money on the internet. Now there can be no question that online stock option trading can also be one of the easiest ways to lose money on the internet. Having said that, here are three ways a person can take advantage of options opportunities in the market.

Option Trading Strategies - The Secret Power in Trading Binary Options

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:03:46 -0500

One of the least known option trading strategies involves the use of a fixed yield, hourly expiration binary option. Although these options are virtually unknown to most traders, they have the ability to create powerful short term returns with no associated transaction costs.

How to Make a Lot of Money Fast When You Haven't Got Any

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:22:16 -0500

People always ask me how to make a lot of money fast. I usually tell them I only know the legal ways - and learning how to make a lot of money fast requires at least some bit of intelligence, at least some money to start with, and the right opportunity.

Binary Option Trading - Scenario For a Successful Binary Options Strategy

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:57:50 -0500

Binary option trading varies from broker to broker but the basic concept is the same: each trade has only one of two possible outcomes. Binary option trading calls and puts turn over extremely quickly - either hourly or daily. Fortunate day traders find their investments landing consistently in the money - and reaping huge rewards as a result.

Trading Binary Options - High Yield, Quick Turning Trades a Dream For Day Traders

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:18:53 -0500

Day trading binary options is one of the fastest growing investments of preference amongst day traders. The high yields and rapid turnover associated with this relatively new investment has created quite a stir a day trading desks all over the world.

Simple Investment Yields 60 Percent Or More For Hourly Investments

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 17:40:42 -0500

One simple investment that is catching on these days is called a binary option. The name may sound a bit scary but the beauty of this investment is that it is as simple to understand as a coin flip, and if you have enough money to open an checking account, you have enough to open a binary options account - it's that cheap.

High Leverage - Getting From Rich to Wealthy With High ROI Investments

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 16:53:47 -0500

Using high leverage at the right time can make returns from marginally high ROI investments gigantic. The development and general availability of a number of different high leverage investment vehicles has created an entire mini-economy run and financed by day traders. While day trading honestly saw its heyday back just before the dot-com crash, you can rest assured the practice is still alive and well long afterward.

High ROI - Improving Investment Performance by Managing How Long Your Money is at Risk

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:52:28 -0500

People with money want a high ROI on their invested capital. What that entails differs if you are an investor rather than a small business owner. The small business owner needs to manage his business to achieve a high ROI. A savvy investor on the other hand wants to get as much gain from his or her investment as possible while minimizing risk.

Easy Investment For Day Trading

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:46:19 -0500

One easy investment popular in day trading circles these days is the binary option. There are a couple of things that make binaries particularly well suited for day trading activities - namely the extremely short holding period (typically an hour), the high rate of return (typically upwards of 60%) and the ability to trade freely without commissions or pricing spreads to worry about. It really is as though someone out there designed these securities specifically for short term traders.

High Rate Investments That Have Consistent Yields and Short Duration

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 16:05:49 -0500

One of the less known high rate investments is the binary options trade. With a typical payout in the sixty to seventy five percent (60-75%) range and a holding period in many cases of less than an hour it is among the highest yielding investments ever created. I can't even begin to try to compute what the compounding rate of return on a binary option would be.

Day Trading Options For the Highest Return Investments

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:08:26 -0500

If you are day trading and looking for the highest return investments one often overlooked alternative is the binary options trade. In its simplest form the binary option pays out typically at least sixty percent return on investment. Given the holding period on these trades is less than an hour the equivalent annual yield on such a trade is not even calculable. There are risks associated with these investment positions, such as the possibility of an entire loss of capital on a trade - but then again what stock doesn't pose that risk these days?

Day Trade Margin - The Basic Definitions of Purchasing Stock on Margin

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 13:51:32 -0500

No discussion about day trade margin would be complete without taking the time to quickly define margin as it applies to trading accounts - be it stock, treasuries, or leverage forex accounts. To those new to trading with a leverage forex account or other amplified trading account: trading with leverage is extremely risky and can provide very high returns if executed well.

Highest Return Investments - Need a Bigger Return? Get a Bigger Lever

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:34:46 -0500

The highest return investments in the financial world always involve leverage. Whether an investor chooses to go with options, stocks, bonds, treasuries, or forex - the biggest winner in any trade will always have the biggest lever. The reason this is true is because investing is a percentage game - the larger your purchasing power, the more income you will produce from the same percentage gain. Multiply your purchasing power, and you multiply the gains (and losses).

Leverage Forex to Send Your ROI Skyward

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 10:55:10 -0500

Traders who leverage forex make the most amount of money with the least amount of capital. Currency speculators get the benefit of very high liquidity combined with very low margin requirements when they leverage forex transactions. Some accounts require a margin as little as 0.5% of the borrowed amount, a staggering 200:1 ratio. For those not familiar with this concept, this means that an investor with ten thousand dollars in his account could purchase two million dollars worth of foreign currency.

High Rate of Return With Minimized Risks - The Only Way to Survive a Fraud Plagued Market

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 10:33:58 -0500

Whenever I want to get a high rate of return (read: always) with a minimum amount of risk I inevitably look for a small, but 99% sure thing gain in the market, then I borrow as much money as I possibly can to increase the amount of purchasing power I have (I use leverage) to buy as many units of that small gain transaction as possible. Perhaps an example will help.

Margin Trading Accounts - Investors Buying on the Margin to Amp Up Gains

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 09:30:20 -0500

Margin trading accounts are used by savvy investors to turn small allocations of capital into enormous profits by using leverage to turn a small amount of purchasing power into a substantially larger purchase. There are a number of ways this type of account is used, but do not let the examples here close your mind to other types of trades using margin trading accounts.

What is a Margin Account? First Steps to Buy Stocks on the Margin

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 08:08:46 -0500

What is a margin account? I get that question a lot from intermediate traders who want to amplify their stock market gains but have not really figured out which direction to go. All investors want better returns with reduced risk, but not all investors have the financial background to know what all of the alternatives are, let alone know which type of leveraged investment will suit them best.

Margin Stock Regulation - Understanding Leverage and the Importance of Protecting Financial Markets

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 07:51:05 -0500

Margin stock regulation is extremely important to the efficient and consistent functioning of financial markets. Many rules have been developed over the years to protect financial institutions and investors from themselves and each other as people try to make money in financial markets. One of the most dangerous areas for the financial system as a whole is leveraged trading, hence the importance of margin stock regulation. Although it is not specifically covered in this article, unregulated trading of this type had a great deal to do with the collapse of financial markets in 1929.

Buying Stocks on Margin - What it is and Why You Probably Shouldn't Do It

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:13:23 -0500

Buying stocks on margin is a highly risky endeavor typically only done by highly experienced, highly capitalized investors who are many times looking to throw their weight around in the market. Investors new to the concept may not be aware that leverage forex, leverage treasury, and leverage corporate bond accounts.

Purchasing Stock on Margin, Why Take 2-1 Leverage When You Can Get 200-1?

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 08:33:36 -0500

Purchasing stock on margin was very common before the advent of options trading but now the market for leveraged trading is done primarily in the forex and treasury bill markets where the leverage ratios are significantly higher and the transaction costs are small relative to the average size of trades made. Unlike purchasing stock on margin, these days retail traders are increasingly trading on margin in forex leverage accounts. These accounts offer very high leverage ratios with low transaction costs and narrow spreads.

Auto Forex Trading Sweeps Up Retail Investors - But Will it Be Another Dot-Com Bust?

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 14:04:34 -0500

Auto forex trading began just a few years ago but did not really become mainstream until the development of high speed programs and the opening of the foreign currency trading markets to the general retail investor. Given the trading leverage afforded to retail investors and the availability of auto forex trading software is it any wonder that the foreign currency market has taken off this year?

Forex Trading Software For Mac - Automatic Trading Software Works Independent of Platform

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:32:35 -0500

Finding Forex trading software for Mac has always been a thorn in the side of Apple users wanting to play in the foreign exchange market. Actually getting a lot of different financially related programs to run on the Mac OS can be a bit of a challenge - requiring emulators and such. While programs specific to the Mac OS is required for people wanting to handle personal financial matters such as bookkeeping and what have you, specific code is not required when it comes to Forex trading software for Mac.

Make Money Fast and Easy Online - Binary Options Or Forex Trading Are Your Best Alternatives

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:25:20 -0500

Someone wanting to make money fast and easy really has few alternatives in a harsh economy like this but if you do have a few dollars to work with, it is possible to earn a considerable amount of cash in a short amount of time. What might work best for you depends on your background, whether you have good market sense, or perhaps you are a little bit tech savvy, or you just plain old have a little bit of moxie in you.

Forex Binary Option Broker Makes Simple Forex Investments Pay Big For Day Traders

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 16:48:12 -0500

A low cost Forex binary option broker has the ability to open the world of high yielding returns to day traders with lower capital than you would have to come up with to trade standard options. Foreign exchange is an extremely fast paced investment market, in which daily investor transactions are expected to top $110 billion dollars per day on the open exchanges...

Binary Option Trade With Call and Put - Hedge Risk While Retaining High Return Potential

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:34:58 -0500

A carefully executed binary option trade with a call and put can substantially mitigate the risks associated with these high flying, fast paced contracts, and traders stand to benefit from this strategy in this rapidly expanding market. Like most hedging related strategies, a well placed binary option trade with call and put positions can have a dramatic impact on the risk reward profile of your net holding.

Binary Option Hourly Expiration - Fast Paced, High Return Trading

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:17:43 -0500

What people are doing is trading binary option hourly contracts. With just $100 people are able to open accounts, buy call and put options just like the highly collateralized traders do, and clean up in the market. It's a stunningly simple concept - and the low barrier to entry ($100) is opening up a whole new market of investors hungry for higher returns.

Currency Option Trading Opened For the Small Investor

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:58:29 -0500

Currency option trading has been opened up to a whole new field of investors with the creation of a new type of transaction called a binary option. In days past the only people able to take advantage of the movement of currency option trading were big fish investors with millions of dollars in capital to trade and use as collateral. Not so any more.

Forex Option Trading Comes to Main Street - It's Not Just For the Big Boys Anymore

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 08:44:32 -0500

Forex option trading has suddenly been opened to the world of small investors through an emerging new market called binary options trading. Investors who have longed to take advantage of their knowledge of economics and investing but couldn't pony up the millions of dollars needed to play in the forex option trading game now have the ability to take part via these new binary securities.

Options Trading System - Binary Option Trading Simplifies and Shortens Outcomes

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:31:27 -0500

The binary options trading system is designed to both simplify the investment outcomes and shorten the investment time horizon. How it achieves this is by fixing both elements rather than permitting open ended results. Consider the standard options trading system - how while it does offer a fixed expiration of the contracts, it does not fix the payout outcomes.

Binary Options Trading is Emerging As a Cheap Way to Play With the Big Boys

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:15:01 -0500

Binary options trading is an exciting emerging field in the world of investing. As the name implies, there are only two potential outcomes in a binary options trading contract - win or lose. The way most contracts are structured there is a fixed payout for win (typically 75% profit plus return of initial investment).