Binary Options Money Management and Position Sizing

February 5, 2014 10:17 am

mone_management_forexHere you will learn the basics of money management and position sizing in binary options trading. Managing one’s money money is an important step towards developing a steady and long lasting flow of capital; especially when the transactions happen so loose and fast and it is quite possible to make a financial mistake while your at it.

Position sizing refers to dealing with your how much of your total account you risk with each individual binary trade. If you are not careful and spend too much money (and the market statistics go very differently from what you had predicted), there is a big possibility of a partial, if not complete bankruptcy for the trader.

Money Management

clock_moneyBut like the saying goes “You have to spend money to make money”. And this cannot be more true for binary trading, for if one doesn’t take the initiative and risk some capital, how can he then expect a big return? In the case of Forex trading, market shares etc. it is very difficult to keep an exact lock on your purse, seeing as the exact value of your stock is not predetermined as it is with trading binary options.

Before we can begin trading, we must inset some funds into our account. Some brokers would allow a deposit as low as $100 dollars, although from a purely practical reason, we suggest investing no less than $500, if just to make any potential profits seem more noticeable. Should one go a head and decided to deposit additional funds one they get acquainted with the mechanics behind these sorts of transaction, this is perfectly acceptable and even recommended for traders who are just stepping foot into the world of trading.

A very good idea is to split your funds between multiple brokers (2-3 at the same time). There is a good reason behind this, most important of which is that a broker can go out of business at any given moment; making the idea of investing all your capital in one place seem like an unnecessarily risky gamble.

Another reason is that different brokers each have their own set of rules, payouts, underlying asset options etc. And although some traits can be beneficial for the investor, others however might prove to be a weakness. So knowing all about the conditions by which your money is traded is very important for a successful chain of predictions should you choose to implement strategy.

So regarding proper position sizing, we would strongly recommend to divide the total of your capital into convenient portions (percentages), and invest each one to a corresponding binary option. For the purposes of explaining this concept, we will invest $500 between two unrelated/competing brokers.

If we decide to buy 5 binary options from each broker at a rate of 10% of the total per purchase, that would make a $50 dollar investment a piece. Beginners are not advised to go above the 10% mark, unless they wish to risk the majority of their capital. Only after a trader has gotten the feel for trading with binary options, should he increase the percentage or better yet, just add more funds. Of course everything must be calibrated and tuned to the utmost precision; like the optimum risk amount, risk of ruin and computing the Kelly Value.

A Few Steps to Profitable Trading

Step #1. Never rely on any super natural premonitions, including hunches, lucky clovers, coin tosses, mediums, fortune tellers, lucky guesses, talking guts, a sign in the clouds or anything else that doesn’t have any basis in reality. Find a strategy that would suit your particular taste and go with it until you figure out something better.

Step #2. Determine what kind of bet you are interested in (and hoping would turn out to be the most accurately predictable). As we recall, those can include the simple Call/Put method, or one of the four ‘touches’, as well as the time span they are traded in.
Step #3. Like with many things in life, choosing the initial conditions will determine the layout on which the play is developed. In this situation, choosing a competent and ‘seemingly stable’ set of brokers is the key to a secure investment.

Step #4. Never allow yourself to step over the boundary of what is considered a reasonable expense at the particular station. Getting carried away with your funds due to poor money management is probably the biggest mistake most beginner binary option traders make (and they reason they fail, obviously). Keep a close eye at all your expenses, be mindful and write everything down as you go along. You will need to draw some sort of statistic from your transactions later on.

Where to Trade

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