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Binary options and forex trading strategies: Can you migrate from one to the other?

As you may know and, as many times mentioned, binary options and forex are two different things. Yet, despite some clear differences you can find a few elements the two have in common. These allow us to migrate from the trading of binary options to forex.  How to achieve it? And what are the risks?  Read on to find out!

From binary options to forex

In theory, migrating from binary options to forex is easier than vice versa. As a trader of  binary options you must analyse markets and have an idea of which direction the market will move in. Trading orders used in forex are very simple because you can either buy or sell (there are no more options except you speculate whether to place your order instantly or once some specific conditions  are met e.g. limit order).

call and put

Well-known buttons in binary options trading: CALL and PUT

In most cases, it is easy to swap strategies used for binary options trading into a forex strategy. For instance, you can use trend lines and formations normally used in binary options.

The CALL option in binary options would in forex translate into buying a given asset. (.. to be later sold once you feel that the profit is worth it)  However, if you don’t reach the profit level you must close the position soon.

In the PUT option, the procedure is the exact opposite; you must sell.

TIP: The main advantage of migrating from binary options to forex is that you are no longer bound by a fixed expiration time.

From forex to binary options

While a forex trader only knows BUY or SELL, binary options offer more types of trading. Some of the basic types of binary options include: high-low (price going up or down), one touch (speculating on touch), no touch (market not reaching the price level) and ladder (price remaining within a range or beyond).

TIP: All types of binary options currently available for trading are described on page: Types of binary options

As a forex trader, you must get rid of your black-and-white thinking and exploit all trading opportunities. Understanding trading all types of binary options is nothing difficult. What may be difficult, however, is to choose the right one.

A typical forex trader is used to closing trades whenever he or she feels comfortable, or with a fixed take-profit. After you have migrated to binary options, you will lose this advantage.


Easy forex strategy described in article: Developing your first forex strategy

Binary options and forex: trading differences

We have focused on this issue many times before. The trading systems are quite different. Binary options trading is somewhat safer, because you set a maximum loss before opening a trade. Seeing from the opposite side, your gains are limited.

When trading on forex markets you will not see such limitations, which requires more discipline from the trader. The types of trading orders are different but the market is the same. It’s always the same market regardless of what currency pair and what instrument you trade – you trade the same things and see the same things. Having this in mind, the majority of trading strategies can be easily turned from forex into binary options and vice versa.  

You may oppose that on forex, by using stop-loss and take-profit you can make your forex trading a kind of binary options trading i.e. with a risk (100% X) and a potential gain (90% X) without any time limits. Yes, you’re right. But I know many traders who move their stop-loss hoping that one day the trend must revert or, on the contrary, close their trades before reaching the take-profit level. I know what I am talking about. I was no different…


J. Pro

More about the author J. Pro

Unlike Stephen (the other author) I have been thinking mainly about online business lately. I wasn't very successfull with dropshipping on Amazon and other ways of making money online, and I'd only earn a few hundreds of dollars in years. But then binary options caught my attention with it's simplicity. Now I'm glad it did because it really is worth it. More posts by this author

2 Responses to “Binary options and forex trading strategies: Can you migrate from one to the other?”

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