Binary option brokers


If there is a point where the gambling and forex worlds intersect, this would definitely be binary options. 


In their essence, binary options are nothing but bets on currency or stock price movement direction: when trading binary options, traders are basically predicting whether the price would go up or down - as simple as that. 


If the prediction is correct, trader get  paid certain amount of money, known as payout or return. The average return for EUR/USD, for example, ranges between 75% and 85% of the bet, depending on the broker. Here is an example: if you bet $100 and you win, you get paid $185 (your $100 + return of $85)


There a few different types of binary options offered on the market. The most popular type is most often called High/Low or Put/Call. With these options, traders need to bet on whether the price of a certain instrument would go upwards of downwards within a pre-determined time frame. Once that time frame is over, the option is deemed expired and the bet is settled. 


Another popular option type is One Touch. With these options, there is a pre-defined price level, and the price must touch that level for the trader to win. Again, a certain time frame is set for the expiration of the option; if the price of the asset reaches the pre-defined level, the bet is closed immediately and the traders collect their winnings. If the level is not reached at expiry, the bet is lost. These binary options are generally harder to win, therefore the return percentage for them is significantly higher - usually about 500%. 


60 Second binary options are regular High/Low options with expiry period of 60 seconds. Many traders tend to like these options because they can get you a quick payday if you manage to notice a short-term market trend. 


One thing that is still a grey area when it comes to trading binary options is regulation. As I mentioned, this is a mix between trading and gambling, therefore in many countries binary options providers are not obliged to register with regulators. Some binary brokers choose to register with gambling authorities; others – with financial regulators; and then there’s the ones that don’t report to anyone. 


The good news is that the increasing popularity of binary options trading has put it in the spotlight and binary option legislation implementation is already being considered. The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) was the first regulator that proclaimed binary options to be an investment instrument and added it to the scope of services it oversees. The Financial Services Authority in Japan is the next regulatory body taking steps in that direction.


Binary option brokers

Broker Country Regulation Min.deposit Max Payout Review
UK, Australia, Singapore FCA $1 0.0000 Review Website
Cyprus CySec $200 0.8900 Review Website
Ireland, Australia, Japan, South Africa ASIC, Central Bank of Ireland $100 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySec $100 0.8500 Review Website
Cyprus CySec €100 0.8500 Review Website
Cyprus CySec €200 1.0000 Review
Cyprus CySec €200 0.8600 Review
Cyprus CySec $200 0.8500 Review
$25 0.0000 Review
$100 0.0000 Review
$200 0.0000 Review Website
$100 0.0000 Review
Belize IFSC $200 0.0000 Review
Australia ASIC $200 0.0000 Review
Australia ASIC $100 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySec $100 0.8100 Review
UK FCA $20 0.0000 Review
$200 0.0000 Review
$10 0.0000 Review
250 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySec $250 0.8100 Review Website
$350 0.0000 Review Website
St. Vincent No $25 0.8100 Review
UK FCA £100 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySEC $50 0.0000 Review
Belize, SVG IFSC $1 0.0000 Review
Mauritius FSC $1 0.0000 Review
SVG N/A $10 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySEC $200 0.8700 Review
Bulgaria FSC No 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySEC $250 0.8300 Review Website
Italy Banca d'Italia €100 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySec $100 0.8000 Review
UK No $250 0.8100 Review
$250 0.0000 Review
$500 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySEC $200 0.8000 Review
Belize No $500 0.8100 Review Website
UK No $200 0.8500 Review
Romania N/A $250 0.8100 Review Website
SVG None $200 0.0000 Review
SVG FSA $250 0.0000 Review
SVG FSA None 0.0000 Review
Marshall islands None $100 0.0000 Review
British Virgin Islands None $10 0.0000 Review
Vanuatu N/A $1 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySec $250 0.8100 Review
Cyprus CySec $100 0.8000 Review
Cyprus No $200 0.7500 Review
Cyprus CySec $200 0.8000 Review
$100 0.0000 Review
Cyprus CySec $100 0.0000 Review
Anguilla No $200 0.8100 Review
Cyprus No €200 0.8500 Review
Cyprus N/A $250 0.8300 Review

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