I thought I'd say hello and introduce myself to all of you. I'm new to binary options, in fact I've only known about them for a couple of weeks. I very much like the idea that trading these options appears to be somewhat easier to learn than many other trading modalities, doesn't require much starting capital, and can be done from anywhere in the world. My main problem is that because I've got an MBA and have spent several decades working in finance (although not within investments), I tend to think I'm a lot smarter than what is actually the case. I'm starting to believe that I'm actually a lot more naive than I thought. Let me give you a quick rundown on my first few weeks in binary options trading; maybe reading this might serve as a warning to other newbies:
I first read a forum post somewhere (not this site) by someone who recommended Nadex, and a signalling service sold through Clickbank called US Binary Signals. Compared to the other posters in that thread, this guy seemed very intelligent, and sincere. I figured that with a $14 day trial to try the service (and thereafter a whopping $97/month to subscribe), I had very little to lose by going for the trial. That was my first mistake; I assumed that I would have the discipline to just paper trade until I was absolutely sure that the signals worked before I did any real trading. After subscribing to this service, I paper traded for one evening, and the signals appeared to be working, so I funded my Nadex account with $350 and placed some real trades that same evening. I placed perhaps 6-7 trades, an it appeared that I would win a couple of trades for every one I lost. I finished my account with about a $100 profit, and I thought to myself, that was not bad for a few hours of trading. After all, I was still learning! That was not many days ago, and I cringe when I think about how naive I was. You guys can probably guess what happened next. The next day I kept following the signals, but this time around I would loose a couple of trades for each one I won, and I put another $200 into my trading account to make sure I had enough money to continue to trade; after all I had to recoup my losses! Well, after several days, my account went down from the total $550 I had invested to $179.75. I had lost $370.25! It was at this point I realized that every signal I received seemed to be wrong, and that the signalling service had to be bogus. After all, it appeared that a monkey would do a better job at picking signals than the software or trader providing these signals! I cancelled the signals service, and consider the $370 to be a relatively cheap education in the dangers of entering trading without having a clue what I'm doing.
Actually, the money I lost might have been worth something, because it brought my guard up. During the last few weeks I tried to educate myself and surfed a lot of web sites and watched a lot of YouTube videos on the subject. There seems to be a lot of gurus out there promoting their trading style, but I was determined not to commit to any of them without researching thoroughly. However, it amazes me how good some of the scam artists out there are! I'm sure many of you are familiar with the people I'm about to mention. I should preface this by saying that I'm not saying that all of them are scammers, just suffice it to say that I'm not sufficiently convinced that any of them are what they say they are!
First, I found the web site BinaryToday, run by a guy named John Kane. He seemed very sincere, and there were a lot of comments on his blog that gave me the impression that this guy is the real deal. The results he posted seemed impressive. He's currently promoting a strategy that uses a software named Binary5, and their sales site looked really good. I emailed their support with a question, and was impressed with how quickly they responded. I had already googled John Kane's name and site, and couldn't come up with any negative information. I decided to try the software at $179, and had even entered my credit card information; all I had to do was press the "buy now" button. This is when I remembered my promise to not be too naive, and I decided to do a deeper google search. What I found was several pages that accused this guy for being a fraud operating under a false name. I couldn't believe it! Fortunately, those pages "exposing" the supposed fraud had a link to a Facebook signals group that was "a true community," this one run by Michael Freeman. This looked really good! This guy didn't even require you to sign up with a broker account under him, all I had to do was donate $25 to his favorite charity! He had to be the Real Deal, right? Well, when I researched his name I found a lot of negative information, but I figured some of it might have been put out by his rivals. Then I watched a video of a piece of software he had put his name on, Neo2. It's supposedly an automatic trading software promising great returns based on satellite weather patterns! Weather patterns....WTF?!?! OK, I'm not saying the guy is not what he says it is, but this threw up a big red flag.
Next I allowed myself to be charmed by Julian Wong and his Binary Trading lab. The jury is still out on this guy, but when I googled "Julian Wong scam" I found a discussion thread on this site. I looked around on the binaryoptions.net site, and noticed that there's a lot of sound advice being offered. I realize that the site might be making money on referrals and affiliate commissions, but there's nothing wrong with that.
So my plan at the moment is to read the articles on this site and watch the videos. I'm doing the same on the Nadex site, as they also seem to be for real. It's not as easy as following some guru, but I've finally opened my eyes to the fact that if something seems to be too easy, it's probably not worth my time and money.
I hope reading about my short experience with binary options might help someone else, or perhaps at least make them feel less guilty for being too naive. Some of you that are more experienced may think to yourself what an idiot I am, but perhaps you've forgotten your own mistakes when you started out. The way I see it, it's OK to make mistakes as long as you can analyze them and determine where you went wrong and decide not to make the same mistake twice.
The takeaway lesson for me is that despite my good intentions to learn by demo trading, to develop a sound trading strategy and never loose more than $100 in one day....all that went out the window the moment I won a couple of trades in a row!
That's my story so far about my venture into binary options; I hope to be able to update this story in a few months time with some more positive reports. Feel free to comment and offer any advice you think might be helpful. I sincerely believe that if a person takes time to educate themselves, to develop and stick to a good trading strategy and practice good money management, that binary options trading can be profitable. If you're doing well with your trading and believe it's possible to achieve consistent results, I would very much like to hear from you!
Thanks for reading.