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Binary Option Strategies

The MACD-based 60-second strategy is a great way to take advantage of the quick, instant-gratification focused option-types that most binary option brokers feature these days. This strategy is based on the Moving Average convergence and divergence indicator, which is the only technical indicator used for this approach. The MACD has to be used with certain settings for this strategy to work, and it will show up as a blue line following the white line of the price signal. Whenever the MACD line crosses the price signal line, we have a trading signal. The MACD is essentially showcasing the momentum of the price-change, so its fluctuations represent a sort of prediction in this regard. If the MACD line crosses the price signal from below, we have an impending reversal of a downtrend into an uptrend. If the MACD line crosses the price signal from above, we’re looking at the impending reversal of an uptrend into a downtrend.

This strategy can be combined with various candlestick patterns that offer further confirmation of the upcoming reversal, and with other indicators too. For short-term options like 60-second options though, keeping the setup simple should always be a priority.

Using various candlestick patterns, like the pin-bar (also known as Pinocchio) is also a viable strategy for identifying various upcoming trend-reversals. The pin-bar is a very peculiar candlestick, featuring a small body and a long wick. Depending on which side of the candlestick body the long wick forms, we have a bearish or a bullish pin-bar pattern. In theory, when there’s an uptrend underway and a bearish pin-bar suddenly forms, we’re looking at an impending price-drop, which should obviously be traded through a PUT option. By analogy, bullish pin bars call for CALL trades.

With this strategy, timing is of the essence. Missing a beat here and there will definitely defeat the Pinocchio.

The straddle strategy is a damage-control oriented approach, the primary purpose of which is to tide the trader through some highly volatile market conditions which may strike out of the blue. Straddling is a bit like hedging, but there are considerable differences between the two. In light of the fact that hedging doesn’t work with binary options, that is indeed quite a blessing. The Straddle approach is about the placing of two trades, some time apart, to counteract the effects of unexpected volatility. Additional indicators are used too, in order to foresee the up and down movements induced by volatility. In certain cases, the Straddle strategy may in fact lead to the doubling up of one’s profits, but again, its primary mission is to limit one’s losses.

Support and resistance levels have been used for the trading of binary options since essentially the very beginning. The concept of support and resistance draws its legitimacy directly from the actual trading moves made by the institutional and retail traders involved in the trading of a given asset. Support levels are essentially price-levels from which the price repeatedly bounces off when headed downward. Resistance levels are similar ceilings, from which the price bounces off when headed upwards. This strategy is looking to cash in on these bounce-offs resulting from these support and resistance levels.