A Beginners Guide To NADEX Binary Options
The biggest complaint about NADEX that I hear is that it isn’t easy. Well, to that I say suck it up, anything worthwhile in life isn’t. With that out of the way I can admit that NADEX is not as easy as trading at an offshore, EU or CySEC style digital binary options broker. At one of those places all you need to do is trade is know which direction you want and how much you want to risk. When you hit enter the price of the underlying asset at that time is your strike price, if the asset prices moves in the right direction from there you are a winner and paid the percentage indicated when you bought the option. At NADEX it isn’t quite so simple but believe me when I say that it is far superior to any other form of binary trading I know.
There are three things you need to know when it comes to trading at NADEX. The first is that options are priced in the 0-100 method. Because they are binary in nature there are only two possible outcomes at expiry, either $0 or $100. If the option closes out of the money you get $0, if it closes in the money you get $100. The detail that makes trading work is that while the option is live, before it expires, the value will fluctuate between $0 and $100 based on the movement of the underlying asset and market pressures. If the option is out of the money it will cost less, if it is in the money it will cost more. Your profit at expiry is the difference between what you pay and what you receive. If you pay $45 and receive $100 because the option expired in the money you profit $55 or 122%. Please note that I said 122%, far better returns than what you will find elsewhere. What is important to note, you do not have to hold NADEX options until expiry, they can be bought or sold at any time. If your trade moves in the money and your option shows a profit you can sell but you will probably not get the maximum return.
The second thing to know is that NADEX binary options trade in lots and the lots are priced by the market. Things affecting price include the price of the asset, the strike price of the option and the amount of time until expiry. At an offshore broker there is no market pressure affecting prices, if you wanted to trade $500 you enter $500 in the amount box click enter and the trade is done, you have one position for $500. With the lot system if you want to trade $500 and 1(one) lot cost $50 you would need to buy 10(ten) of them. If the lot cost $65 you would only be able to buy 7(seven) without going over your limit.
The third, and possibly most confusing for new traders, is the strike prices. Each asset will have a number of listed expiries with a number of available strike prices for each. The strike price is the price level at which the option will be in/out of the money. When it comes to pricing the At-the-money options will always trade near $50 which shows a roughly 50/50 chance for the option to move up or down. When the strike price is in-the-money, that is the asset price has already surpassed the strike price, it will cost more because there is a higher chance for it to close profitably. The strikes will get more expensive the deeper in-the-money you go until they are fully priced. When the strike price is out of the money, that is the asset price is below the strike price, it will cost less than $50 and will get cheaper the further OTM you go until they are completely worthless. In terms of standard, directional style trading, an ITM or ATM option is a less risky trade while an OTM option is more risky. Of course, with a strong signal an OTM option that costs only $30 or $40 will return 150% to 230%.