Binary Options, also known as Digital Options, all-or-nothing options or Fixed Return Options (FROs) have been available throughout worldwide markets for many years. In 2008, the United States introduced binary options trading to the traders’ portfolio of financial tools. In 2012, they were officially deemed financial instruments by the Cyprus Securitues and Exchange Commission (CySEC ) which would regulate and provide licenses for compliant brokerages.
A Binary Option is in essence nothing more than a prediction of which way the price of a stock, commodity, index or currency will move by a designated expiry time. With Binary Options, a trader never purchases or owns the asset – he is only predicting the direction that the asset will go. There are only two possible outcomes, up or down, and the price of the asset does not matter. For example, if the price of gold is currently 1500, will it rise or fall by 5:00 PM today? As far as a trader is concerned, all that matters is if his prediction was correct or incorrect. Binary Options are the simplest way to trade on the market.