Causes of losses in binary options
Now, to the issue of traders losing their money, brokers are always the first people to receive the blame, and in more times than not, they are the guilty party. Nonetheless, while we admit that the presence of scams in the market is to blame for most of the (suspicious) losses made by traders, it is imperative to note that there could be a bunch of other things that could lead to one losing their investment. These include:
Lack of experience – Quite frankly, most of the complaints we’ve seen are from new traders. These traders don’t know much about financial markets and probably got into binary options because they read/heard that the profits are huge. When getting into the trade, most people don’t care about doing comprehensive background research on the best brokers and trading strategies to use to ensure not only one-off success, but consistent results. Such traders are so blinded by the huge amounts of money they hope to make, or were ‘guaranteed’ by some deceptive broker that they can’t see anything else. One of them being the need for dire preparation and knowledge about how financial markets behave and why they do so. In addition to that, money management skills are very crucial to ensure the investment per trade is proportional to the possible losses and expected profits.
You don’t want to put in $150 on a trade with a 65% payout while the risk of losing the whole amount is higher. Also, lack of experience affects how effectively one uses the (usually) provided analysis tools like technical graphs, indicators and charts to know which option(s) to buy. Thus, before pointing fingers at the broker or your auto trader for your losses, first ask yourself if your lack of experience is to blame. And five out of ten times, it is to blame.
Poor money management – This is directly connected to the above paragraph but not really the same thing. See, you could be an expert analyst in financial matters and even succeeded as a trader in other instruments but still fail to replicate the same when it comes to binary options. In this case, there is a high chance that your money management skills are poor, which translates to poor money making potential. Binary options, just like gambling, requires a clear and focused mind that can make decisions that are free from emotional responses. For most traders, this is extremely difficult to achieve and they find themselves to have invested a lot in a trade that promised extra high payouts only for it to end up out of the money. Similarly, you may invest a very low amount in a trade that had low payouts that had an In The Money (ITM) finish.
Say you placed the two trades together; the profit you realize from the second trade won’t be enough to make up for the loss you made in the first. Eventually, if the same trend continues, your trading account will contract to levels dangerously close to sub zero, and you might as well be applying for bankruptcy. And of course you will point fingers at your broker, like everyone does. As a matter of fact, a good trader uses the first deposit (in addition to the bonus) to make money for all his future trades, plus withdrawals. If the only thing you’re doing is making deposits and not withdrawals, we suggest you audit your trading strategies before thinking of blaming, or changing, your broker.
Greed – Admittedly, brokers take part of the blame for this, for “adding wood to the fire” so to speak. See, human beings have an inborn greed for wealth and success that has puzzled scientists up to this day. This greed usually overwhelms logic and common sense which makes it easy for con men to easily get their daily bread, and wine, and pizza. All they have to do is bait their prey by using statements like ‘Sign Up Today to earn $50k per week’ and they are sure to catch some fish. We are not trying to defend the actions of the numerous predators waddling in the binary options pool but rather encouraging you to use your common sense just a little bit more and you’ll never find yourself a victim.
Now that we have established the secondary causes of loss in binary options, it is time to focus on the main culprits – scam sites. These are in both the brokerage and auto trading sector and are pretty advanced in their scheming. As it were, the number of legit brokers can be counted with the fingers in both hands and still leave room to give a stunning middle finger salute to the scams. To better understand the intricacies of these scams, it is important to first understand how they work.
Don’t get fooled