The idea of trading Binary Options on IQ Option is to receive profits according to the difference between the buy and sell prices of an asset. However, Options trading is so simplified, that there is no need to actually buy or sell the asset — traders just acquire the Option for value change.
An Option is a contract, the subject of which is the direction of the asset price movement. Depending on the results of a deal, a trader receives a certain profit or loses the invested funds. The Option holder makes a prediction regarding the underlying asset price direction up or down or the strike price it will potentially reach.
If you want to learn a powerful binary options strategy, see this article: Vortex Strategy for Binary Options Trading. When trading Binary Options, a trader makes a prediction regarding the asset price movement and chooses the time of the deal execution.
Once the time is up, the trader receives a profit or loses the investment according to the result. Binary deals are easy to execute and the short timeframe makes this type of trading exciting and challenging. Here is a step-by-step of how to open a Binary options deal on the IQ Option platform. To open a deal, first choose an asset from the asset list. The platform allows to trade Options on currency pairs as well as stocks.
You can base your choice on your own preference or the profitability that is currently offered on the asset. The expiration time determines the payout percentage — normally the shorter the expiration, the higher the payout as it is more risky.
It is possible to choose an expiration from one minute to a week or even a month, depending on the availability set by the broker. When you click on a certain expiration time, you will see the expiration line red on the screen. The deal will automatically close once it reaches that line. The purchase timeline white shows how much time is left for opening a deal with this particular expiration time.
The investment amount will be deducted from your balance and returned with a profit in case the deal closes in the money. Once you have decided on the expiration and investment, you need to determine whether the price of the asset will grow or fall. Once the deal is opened, you will need to wait until the end of the expiration time to receive the result.
Binary Options are extremely popular due to their simplicity — all you need to do is just decide on the price direction of the asset. The payout percentage is known in advance so the trader knows their potential profit in advance. The expiration time of our choice is 2 minutes. We are utilizing the timeframe of 5 second for the candlesticks for such a short expiration time.
The market seems to be in a downward trend, however, it looks like a pullback is forming. Now it is just a matter of time to see the results. The price bounces up and down, however none of the candles close below the opening price. When a trader opens a deal on Binary options, there are two profit values displayed on the screen.
Moreover, these two values can differ between them, which could be quite confusing. So what do these values mean? A writer of a standardized option cannot create or choose a different expiration date. The writer cannot change or define any strike price, but for any given option, must select from a specific set of available strike prices. Similarly, not all expiration months are simultaneously available for all standardized option series. One convention that is central to the standardization of options is an agreed- upon scheme by which all options exchanges assign and attach symbols.
The convention allows for options to have symbols with a maximum of 5 characters. Each character has 26 possibilities, corresponding to the 26 letters of the alphabet. The first one, two or three characters known as the root symbol denote the underlying asset for the option.
In some cases this corresponds exactly to the underlying asset's trading symbol, in other cases there is no relationship between the two. These codes are listed in table I. The final character denotes the strike price for the option. The strike price codes are listed in table II. Generally, there are several expiration months available for each equity option.
Moreover, there are several strike prices available for each expiration month of each option. Therefore, for a single stock there are often several options series traded and it is not unusual to have 60 different options series available for a single stock or options class. Thus, it will be apparent that for each options class, there may be several option series, each of which are separately priced. For example, assume PQR Corp. Thus, by referring to the above symbology scheme, all interested parties recognize this symbol as denoting an option for the underlying asset PQR derived from the first three characters in the symbol - PQR , which is a call option expiring in October denoted by the "J" , with a strike price of 70 denoted by the "N".
This five 5 character symbology is an industry-wide convention for the processing of standardized exchange-traded options contracts. Options that cannot be made to fit within the 5 character symbology cannot be exchange-traded, because current industry systems only recognize the 5 character symbology.
All other option styles, including European-style binary options, have traded OTC, where systems and processes are more flexible and can be made to recognize and accept a vast scope of varying option contract terms, and where a symbology scheme does not exist to limit product scope. For current standardized options, at expiration a determination is made as to whether the option expires in-, at-, or out-of-the-money.
This is determined by establishing an agreed-upon definitive settlement closing price for the underlying security, which is compared to each strike price to determine if the settlement closing price was greater than, equal to, or less than the strike price. With current standardized options there are standardized procedures that are followed to determine the settlement closing prices.
For example, for traditional put and call equity options, the OCC determines the settlement closing price by taking the last reported composite trade at the close of trading, i. Eastern Standard time. For index options, the designated reporting authority i. The OCC then compares the settlement closing value to existing strike prices to determine which options are in-, at-, or out-of-the-money. In the case of some index options, this value is calculated not by looking at any one price of any one index or security at any one particular time, but rather is derived by taking a volume weighted average price NWAP of underlying securities over a designated period of time.
Standardized call and put equity options traded on the options exchange require a holder to tender exercise instructions in order for the option to be exercise or not exercised at expiration. For the purpose of convenience, the OCC, as issuer, has implemented an "Exercise-by-Exception" procedure which will exercise an option without specific exercise instructions if the option is in-the-money by the exercise threshold amount or more.
The exercise threshold amount effectively triggers an automatic exercise. The application of the "Exercise-by-Exception" procedure will occur in all cases except where a holder of an option delivers contrary instructions. This feature significantly differentiates FROs from traditional, exchange-traded options. It has long been recognized that in order for a market to remain viable, participants must have a level of comfort and trust that they are transacting in a "fair" environment.
Organized exchanges in the U. Since the adoption of the Securities. Exchange Act of , which created the SEC, particular focus has been paid to ensure that markets are not susceptible to manipulation. The SEC was created in part to stem the specific practice of "gaming" or manipulating stock prices such as was done by. Market fairness and integrity is a necessary underpinning of any market, as well as in the trading in any particular product or security upon any market.
The exact price at which any security closes on any given day can have important consequences. As discussed above, the closing price of an underlying security prior to expiration of an option has particular importance, as it is that value which dictates whether the option closes in, at or out-of-the-money. Accordingly, significant regulatory and surveillance efforts are employed by organized exchanges, self-regulatory organizations SROs and other regulatory bodies in an effort to detect, deter and eliminate potential manipulation of an underlying security that is near an option strike price at expiration.
Tremendous liquidity has been achieved in the exchange-traded options market, largely the result of standardization. The primary benefit of standardization and the reason for the tremendous liquidity is the interchangability or fungibility of option contracts regardless of where the option was originally executed. As a result, multiple contra-parties may exist.
In the OTC markets, this benefit does not exist. In the case of multiply-listed or multiply-traded options option classes listed and traded on more than one options exchange , standardization makes it possible to purchase an option contract on one exchange, and then sell it on another. Binary options have never been traded on a national securities exchange in a standardized form. There is a need in the art to provide liquidity in the binary options market, and there thus exists a need in the art for systems and methods for trading binary options on an exchange in a standardized form.
An embodiment of the invention generally relates to the unique use and adaptation of the five 5 -character maximum option symbology scheme, or any other adaptations of such options symbology scheme in the future, to allow for the recognition and differentiation of FROs or binary options from traditional exchange- traded options within that scheme, thus making possible the standardized trading, clearing, and settlement of FROs or binary options.
An embodiment of the invention generally relates to a specific method, uniquely applied, for calculating the closing settlement value of a security underlying a FRO or binary option, which method and application create necessary conditions for the trading of these instruments in standardized format on an organized exchange.
An embodiment of the invention is a method for trading fixed return options comprising listing a FRO in standardized form on an organized exchange, and clearing and settling the FRO using the same systems used on the exchange to clear and settle standardized, non-binary options. The method may further comprise the step of assigning symbols to the FRO that comply with the symbol conventions of standard exchange-traded options.
The method may further comprise the step of processing transactions involving the FRO using existing trading, clearance, margin, and settlement systems based on the symbols assigned to the FRO. The method may further comprise the step of calculating the closing settlement value of a security underlying the FRO using a volume weighted average price NWAP of the security.
In one embodiment, the NWAP of the security may be calculated over a pre-determined amount of time on the last regular trading day prior to expiration of the FRO. The method may further comprise the step of assigning a multiplier code for the FRO which provides information about the FRO for the systems used on the exchange to clear and settle standardized, non-binary options.
Another embodiment of the invention is a system for trading a FRO, comprising an electronic order delivery and execution system in an exchange-trading environment, wherein the same electronic order delivery and execution system used to execute transactions in and deliver the FRO is used to execute transactions in and deliver standard, non-binary options.
The system may further include a means for assigning symbols to the FRO that comply with the symbol conventions of standard exchange- traded options. The system may further include a means for processing transactions involving the FRO using existing trading, clearance, margin, and settlement systems based on the symbols assigned to the FRO. The system may further include means for calculating the closing settlement value of a security underlying the FRO using a NWAP of the security.
In one embodiment, the FRO may be traded through an on- floor auction in the trading crowd. The system may further include means for assigning symbols to the FRO that comply with the symbol conventions of standard exchange- traded options. In one embodiment, a multiplier code for the FRO provides information about the fixed return option for the systems used on the exchange to clear and settle standardized, non-binary options.
Another embodiment of the invention is a computer program product for listing FROs on an exchange, comprising instructions for assigning symbols to the FRO that comply with the symbol conventions of standard exchange-traded options. In one embodiment, the symbols provide sufficient information for existing trading, clearance, margin, and settlement systems to process transactions involving the FRO based on the symbols assigned by the computer program product to the FRO.
In one embodiment, a second computer program product computes a closing settlement value of a security underlying the FRO using a NWAP of the security. The second computer program product may include means for inputting data from an exchange or exchanges comprising the number of shares of the underlying security and the price of the underlying security for a predetermined amount of time before market close. The computer program product may comprise an instruction for assigning a multiplier code for the FRO that provides information about the FRO for the systems used on the exchange to clear and settle standardized, non-binary options.
For simplicity and illustrative purposes, the principles of the present invention are described by referring mainly to the embodiment as intended to be employed by the Amex. However, one of ordinary skill in the art would readily recognize that the embodiments of the invention are equally applicable to, and can be implemented in, many types of organized exchange processing systems, and that any such variations do not depart from the true spirit and scope of the present invention.
Moreover, while in the following detailed description, references are made to the accompanying figures, which illustrate specific embodiments, changes may be made to the embodiments without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. The following detailed description is, therefore, not to be taken in a limiting sense and the scope of the present invention is defined by the appended claims and their equivalents.
An embodiment of the invention generally relates to the trading of a FRO financial product, i. In one embodiment, the performance or payoff of the FRO financial product is based on the predicted performance of an underlying security over a predetermined amount of time. In various embodiments, the underlying security may be stock, security indexes, exchange-traded funds, bonds, commodities, or other types of financial instruments, assets or any other item of economic significance.
FROs are unique compared to existing standardized options trading on national securities exchanges due to their non-linear, fixed amount payout structure. No existing standardized option currently trading on organized exchanges has such structure. Instead, existing standardized put and call options on securities have a linear payout structure linked to the difference between the option's strike price and the value of the underlying security.
In some embodiments, the FRO financial products of the invention have three broad types or classes of products based on the predicted performance of the underlying security. First, as illustrated in Figure 5, "Finish-High" SM is a class of FRO financial products in which the writer pays a predetermined amount of cash when the settlement value of an underlying security exceeds a predetermined fixed value, i. If the settlement value is less than the strike price, the writer pays nothing On or before the purchase of the "Finish- High" FRO, the predetermined payoff value, the strike price, and the expiration date are set On or before the sale of the "Finish-Low" FRO, a predetermined payoff value, the strike price, and the expiration date are set A writer of the "Finish-Low" FRO financial product pays a predetermined amount of cash when the settlement value of an underlying security falls below the strike price on the expiration date If the settlement price of the underlying security is greater than the strike price, the writer pays nothing In this embodiment, the "Target" FRO financial product pays a fixed amount of cash when the settlement value of the underlying security is within a range of two strike prices at the expiration date.
On or before the sale of the "Target" FRO, two predetermined strike prices, a first lower strike price and a second upper strike price, are set, along with the expiration date If, on the expiration date, the settlement value of the underlying security is greater than the first strike price , and is less than the second strike price , then the writer pays the payoff price If either of those conditions is not met, however, the writer pays nothing , Such a limitation is practical to avoid creating options for which there would be very little demand because of the small likelihood that much greater price fluctuations would occur.
In one aspect of an embodiment of the invention, the OCC will issue and clear transactions in FROs as it currently does for all existing standardized options. In order to allow the FRO financial product to trade on secondary markets, one embodiment of the invention is a method for listing the FRO financial product, and having the product recognized by the various systems used currently for the listing, trading, transmitting, clearing and settling of standardized options, including those systems utilized by the OCC.
Systems used by the OCC and other parties to give proper routing and accounting treatment to particular financial products, such as systems that recognize various product types and calculate appropriate margin amounts for particular products, must be adapted to recognize the FRO instruments as separate and distinct.
To that end, a mapping algorithm may be utilized to create symbols that represent the underlying security, the fact that the option is a binary option or FRO as opposed to a typical put or call option, the expiration date and the strike price, where the symbols are then listed for trading on an exchange. In some embodiments, a computer means may be used to execute the mapping algorithm to create FRO symbols.
The root symbol may comprise up to three characters. The root symbol will be unique, and specifically must be different from the root symbol for the non-. FRO related to the same underlying asset. An expiration symbol is generated for the expiration date of the FRO product and concatenated to the root symbol Subsequently, a strike price symbol is generated for the strike price for the underlying security and concatenated to the existing combination of the root symbol and expiration symbol In one embodiment, the mapping algorithm may be implemented as a computer program module to be integrated with an existing exchange, e.
In other embodiments, the expiration symbol and strike price symbols utilize the existing option contract symbol library for their respective symbol. It is within the scope of the invention that other symbol libraries may be used for the root, expiration, and strike price symbols. For example, in the case of the "Target" FRO, a new library of barrier ranges may be defined to correlate to the 26 character choices for the last strike price character in the traditional five 5 character symbol chain.
More specifically, in one embodiment, the symbology scheme for the last two characters of standardized exchange traded options is set forth in Table III below and Table II above , respectively. In other embodiments involving a "Target" FRO, the root symbol may indicate that the option is a "Target" FRO, the identity of the underlying security, and the expiration month. This leaves the remaining two characters to indicate the lower and upper strike prices.
A benefit of the FRO financial product is that the purchaser and writer of the. FRO financial product know the expected return at the time of purchase if the underlying security performs as expected. In contrast, the "traditional" option does not typically have a known return at the time of purchase, i. In addition, because the return on the FRO financial product is a "fixed amount," a buyer of the FRO financial product does not need to determine the absolute magnitude of the underlying security's price movement relative to the strike price as is the case with traditional options.
A systemic benefit provided by the FRO financial product versus their OTC binary option counterpart is that standardized clearing and settlement systems may be programmed to recognize FROs based on their unique underlying symbols and segregation for particular treatment by systems used for calculating permissible margin as well as final payout amounts due at settlement.
Thus, existing clearing and settlement systems may easily be adapted to handle transactions in FROs without any structural changes to the systems, and with only minimal effort. In various embodiments of the invention, the fixed return amount for FROs may be set for all FROs at some standard price.
In some embodiments of the invention, the multiplier of the FRO may be as with traditional standardized options. With respect to traditional options, the multiplier indicates that shares of the underlying security are represented by a single option. As a result, the quoted price is multiplied by to derive the actual contract purchase price or premium in dollars. While the payoff amount of FROs will not necessarily depend on this multiplier like standard options' payoff amounts do, it may be convenient to adopt the standard multiplier in order to more easily adapt existing options trading systems to trading in FROs.
In other embodiments of the invention, the FRO financial product may employ a different multiplier that the existing convention of " In one embodiment of the invention, a different processing method may be utilized for calculating the "closing" or "settlement" price of the underlying asset than that used for typical exchange-traded options with the same underlying asset. Thus, whereas typical exchange-traded equity options have a settlement price determined by the OCC based on a "composite price," i.
Thus, in some embodiments of the invention, calculation of a volume weighted average price NWAP for the underlying asset over some designated time period e. This embodiment protects against any potential price manipulation that could occur at expiration motivated by the non-linear or "all-or-nothing" nature of FROs. Thus, whereas the standard composite pricing mechanism used by the OCC is subject to manipulation by unscrupulous options traders by last-minute, small volume trading, the VWAP pricing mechanism makes it much less practical to manipulate the price of the underlying securities in order to meet the strike price.
Calculation of the VWAP may be accomplished using the following algorithm, for example, a computer means with pricing inputs from one or more exchanges or markets. An amount of time prior to the market close at expiration is selected, for example, 15 minutes. During that time, each transaction involving the underlying security is recorded as a number of shares sold and a selling price for those shares.
For each transaction involving the underlying security during the preselected time, the number of shares is multiplied by the selling price for those shares to calculate a transaction price. The transaction price for each transaction involving the underlying security during the preselected time is added, and the total is divided by the total number of underlying securities sold during the preselected time:. In one embodiment, the VWAP settlement price may be disseminated by the exchanges that list the FRO as the official settlement price for the FRO, and may be made publicly available through various market data vendors as well as on the exchanges' websites.
In yet another embodiment of the invention, where processing systems have distinct fields for identifying product types, product classes; or product codes, or for identifying product sub-types, sub-classifications or sub-codes for segregating and various distinct processing of different products, a unique product type, class, code or any other unique identifier may be attached to FROs so that they may be recogmzed as such by systems and individuals for appropriate processing.
A method comprising: listing and trading a fixed return option in standardized form on an organized exchange, and clearing and settling the fixed return option using the same systems used on the exchange to trade, clear and settle standardized, non-binary options. The method of claim 1 , further comprising: assigning symbols to the fixed return option that comply with the symbol conventions of standard exchange-traded options. The method of claim 2, further comprising: processing transactions involving the fixed return option using existing trading, clearance, margin, and settlement systems based on the symbols assigned to the fixed return option.
The method of claim 3, further comprising: calculating the closing settlement value of a security underlying the fixed return option using a volume weighted average price of the security. The method of claim 4, wherein the volume weighted average price of the security is calculated over a pre-determined time period on the last regular trading day prior to expiration. The method of claim 1, wherein a multiplier code for the fixed return option provides information about the fixed return option for the systems used on the exchange to clear and settle standardized, non-binary options.
A system for trading a fixed return option, comprising: an electronic order delivery and execution system in an exchange-trading environment, wherein the same electronic order delivery and execution system used to execute transactions in and deliver the fixed return option is used to execute transactions in and deliver standard, non-binary options.
The system of claim 7, wherein the system includes means for assigning symbols to the fixed return option that comply with the symbol conventions of standard exchange-traded options. The system of claim 8, wherein the system further comprises means for processing transactions involving the fixed return option using existing trading, clearance, margin, and settlement systems based on the symbols assigned to the fixed return option.
The system of claim 9, further comprising means for calculating the closing settlement value of a security underlying the fixed return option using a volume weighted average price of the security. The system of claim 7, wherein the fixed return option is traded through an on- floor auction.
The system of claim 11, wherein the system includes means for assigning symbols to the fixed return option that comply with the symbol conventions of standard exchange-traded options. The system of claim 12, wherein the system further comprises means for processing transactions involving the fixed return option using existing trading, clearance, margin, and settlement systems based on the symbols assigned to the fixed return option.
The system of claim 13, further comprising means for calculating the closing settlement value of a security underlying the fixed return option using a volume weighted average price of the security. The system of claim 7, wherein a multiplier code for the fixed return option provides information about the fixed return option for the systems used on the exchange to clear and settle standardized, non-binary options.
A computer program product for listing fixed return options on an exchange, comprising instructions for assigning symbols to the fixed return option that comply with the symbol conventions of standard exchange-traded options. The computer program product of claim 16, wherein the symbols provide sufficient information for existing trading, clearance, margin, and settlement systems to process transactions involving the fixed return option based on the symbols assigned by the computer program product to the fixed return option.
The computer program product of claim 16, further comprising a second computer program product that computes a closing settlement value of a security underlying the fixed return option using a volume weighted average price of the security. The computer program product of claim 18, wherein the second computer program product includes means for inputting data from an exchange comprising the number of shares of the underlying security and the price of the underlying security for a predetermined amount of time before market close.
The computer program product of claim 16, further comprising an instruction for assigning a multiplier code for the fixed return option that provides infonnation about the fixed return option for the systems used on the exchange to clear and settle standardized, non-binary options.
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In March binary options trading within Israel was banned by the Israel Securities Authority , on the grounds that such trading is essentially gambling and not a form of investment management. The ban was extended to overseas clients as well in October In The Times of Israel ran several articles on binary options fraud.
The companies were also banned permanently from operating in the United States or selling to U. The CEO and six other employees were charged with fraud, providing unlicensed investment advice, and obstruction of justice. On May 15, , Eliran Saada, the owner of Express Target Marketing , which has operated the binary options companies InsideOption and SecuredOptions, was arrested on suspicion of fraud, false accounting, forgery, extortion , and blackmail.
In August Israeli police superintendent Rafi Biton said that the binary trading industry had "turned into a monster". He told the Israeli Knesset that criminal investigations had begun. They arrested her for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Smith was arrested for wire fraud due to his involvement as an employee of Binarybook.
This required providers to obtain a category 3 Investment Services license and conform to MiFID's minimum capital requirements ; firms could previously operate from the jurisdiction with a valid Lottery and Gaming Authority license. In April , New Zealand 's Financial Markets Authority FMA announced that all brokers that offer short-term investment instruments that settle within three days are required to obtain a license from the agency. The Isle of Man , a self-governing Crown dependency for which the UK is responsible, has issued licenses to companies offering binary options as "games of skill" licensed and regulated under fixed odds betting by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission GSC.
On October 19, , London police raided 20 binary options firms in London. Fraud within the market is rife, with many binary options providers using the names of famous and respectable people without their knowledge. In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved exchange-traded binary options in On the exchange binary options were called "fixed return options" FROs. To reduce the threat of market manipulation of single stocks, FROs use a "settlement index" defined as a volume-weighted average of trades on the expiration day.
Montanaro submitted a patent application for exchange-listed binary options using a volume-weighted settlement index in They do not participate in the trades. On June 6, , the U. The two agencies said that they had received numerous complaints of fraud about binary options trading sites, "including refusal to credit customer accounts or reimburse funds to customers; identity theft ; and manipulation of software to generate losing trades". Other binary options operations were violating requirements to register with regulators.
In June , U. Regulators found the company used a "virtual office" in New York's Trump Tower in pursuit of its scheme, evading a ban on off-exchange binary option contracts. The company neither admitted nor denied the allegations. In February The Times of Israel reported that the FBI was conducting an active international investigation of binary option fraud, emphasizing its international nature, saying that the agency was "not limited to the USA". The investigation is not limited to the binary options brokers, but is comprehensive and could include companies that provide services that allow the industry to operate.
Credit card issuers will be informed of the fraudulent nature of much of the industry, which could possibly allow victims to receive a chargeback , or refund, of fraudulently obtained money. On March 13, , the FBI reiterated its warning, declaring that the "perpetrators behind many of the binary options websites, primarily criminals located overseas, are only interested in one thing—taking your money".
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