Interested in trading on NADEX? Having a hard time figuring out how it works? This is my list of tips for trading NADEX binary options covering how to set up the platform for ease of use, picking strikes and expiry and using the features to their fullest potential. If you are new to NADEX or even not so new this is information you need. If you don’t know much about NADEX yet or if it is the right choice for you follow this link to the Geek’s Review Of NADEX.
The Geek’s Tips For Trading NADEX Binary Options
Setting Up Your Screen – The first thing you may have noticed about NADEX is that the trading platform and screen is a little busy, there is a lot going on. The first tip is to be sure you understand what you are looking at, and how to set it up for your use. What I want to make clear is that each section of the chart is an individual frame that can be added, removed or altered at will. You can change where each is located as well as it’s size. When you first pull up the platform it likes to display the “most traded assets” which I find to confusing to use. I like to pick an asset, in this example the EUR/JPY, and then click on the expiry I want to trade which will pull up a frame with just that asset and all the strikes available at that expiry. Other options for viewing are Open Trades and Working Orders which list which options you own, and which ones have orders yet to be filled.
Choosing Expiry At NADEX - Choosing expiry, and strike, are the two most important choices you can make when trading at NADEX. Expiry is a little less important because you can close your position whenever you want, if it is showing a profit you make a profit. However, if you want to hold the option until it expires and make the max profit the expiry time becomes more important. This will be dependent on your signal, and what time frame you are trading. I like to trade using end of week for daily chart signals, sometimes end of day, and I use the closest intraday for when I trade shorter term.
In the image you can see that expiry is listed as 11AM to 1PM, 12AM to 2PM and etc. This is the window in which the option trades, the 11 to 1 option opens for trading at 11 and closes for expiry at 1PM. There are also short term 5 minute and 20 minute expiry that open and close every 5 or 20 minutes. Each asset class has different expiry windows based on the open market times they trade, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the ones you like to trade the most.
Choosing Strike Price At NADEX – How to choose expiry at NADEX is the question I get most often. It can be confusing, there are a lot of choices, and if your screen is not set up for ease of use like I went over before it can be really confusing. As a rule of thumb, especially for those new to NADEX, I always suggest using the AT THE MONEY strike price when you take an active signal, be it one you derive yourself or one that you get from a service provider. Using the at the money strike most closely mimics trading spot style binary where your strike is the price of the underlying asset at the time of purchase.
You can find the at the money option easily by looking at the window of available strikes for the asset/expiration you are trading. See below. The price of the ATM option will be very near to $50 which means your return will be close to 100%, usually about 90%, much much better than the average 75% return of offshore brokers. If you feel strongly about the trade, you can pick an out of the money strike for a lower price, if you are less sure then pick an in the money strike for a higher price.
Buying And Selling At NADEX - You may have noticed by now that all options are listed with a bid and an offer price. When you are selling an option you get the BID price, it is what buyers are bidding. When you buy an options you pay the OFFER price, it is what sellers are offering their options for. The difference is what is known as the spread, actively traded strikes, expiries and assets have lower spreads, less actively trading have bigger spreads. In terms of NADEX trading the spread is not too important, important but not the end of the world for you profitability, but it is a need to know item.
One more thing, when you are bullish at NADEX you buy to open, when you are bearish you sell to open. When you buy, you pay, when you sell, someone pays you. In the first case your profit per lot is the difference between the price you paid and $100. In the second your profit is the amount you receive, depending on if the option closes OUT OF THE MONEY (expires worthless for the person who bought it, otherwise your loss per lot is the difference between what you received in premium and $100)
Understand The Order Ticket - There are a number of ways to pull up an order ticket. The order ticket is where you make the actual trade by choosing buy/sell, market or limit order and how much you want to spend. Regardless of where you click to get the ticket they all look the same, image below. Keep in mind that each ticket is for a certain asset, at a certain expiry time and a certain strike. If you want a different asset, strike or expiry you will need to pull up a ticket for that option.
Making A Watchlist – Making your own watchlist can be very helpful if you like to trade multiple assets, or multiple expiries of the same asset. To do this all you have to do is click on the tab shown in the image below and then click on Add To Watchlist. There are other options on this drop down menu as well such as links to quick charts and order tickets.
The Charts – The charts at NADEX are quite good. They are fully functional and provide a view of the market in lines, bars or candles. Time frames run from tick data, to 1 second, 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute, 5, 10, 15 and 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours and daily data. The charts also have drawing tools for support/resistance, Fibonacci and others. In all, there are over 30 drawing and technical tools. Tools include things like Ichimoku, MACD, Stochastic and moving averages. You can set up your charts however you like and save it for future use. Also on the charts, on the side of the screen, are listings of where available option strikes are in reference to asset prices, and quick links to order tickets for buying and selling.
NADEX Demo Accounts - To help tie all of what I am about to go over together NADEX has a demo account. It is completely free, all you have to do is sign up, and it is fully featured. Every asset, every strike and every expiry is available to trade. The account is set up with $25,000 and allows you to experiment with the tools, trading and set up. If you haven’t already I strongly suggest you sign up a demo account now