Trend-following is perhaps the most elementary of all binary option trading strategies. Price-action always goes through various up-trends or downtrends, regardless of the type of asset we’re looking at. The market seldom if ever flat-lines, so there are obviously all sorts of trading opportunities in these trends. All one needs to do is to spot up-trends and downtrends and to draw the trend-lines. Experienced traders don’t even really need the trend-lines to be able to trade the trends.
What this strategy boils down to is: what is an up-trend and what is a downtrend? An up-trend is a general upward movement of the price-signal, characterized by higher and higher lows and higher and higher highs. A downtrend on the other hand features lower and lower highs and lower and lower lows. The trend lines can be drawn up by linking two of the successive highs in the case of a downtrend, an two of the successive lows in an uptrend. The trades that have to be placed, are self-explanatory. In case of an uptrend, the Call option is in order. In case of a downtrend, the Put option needs to be purchased.
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.