We love binary options, they are fascinating, fun and potentially profitable in both the long and short term.
We find it a bit disingenuous that proponents of binary option present them as a solid investment to be traded with professional institutions that take a commission % the same as financial advisors do. They call the customer service agents “financial advisers” and refer to depositing into your account as “investing”.
In fact when you trade binary options you are betting, and the brokers are as much like a sportsbook as they are like an investment house. They do not take a commission, they get your money if you lose and they lose money if you win.
We disagree even more with the way binary options are presented by opponents. That binary options are a form of irresponsible gambling with no skill involved offered to suckers by dishonest brokers.
Both of these characteristics are inaccurate and the truth is happily in between. Trading binary options is more like what we think of as betting than investing, but they can be really good bets with positive expectation for long term profits.
These are new wagering markets that are full of inefficiencies which smart traders can take advantage of. That does require research, patients and skill, not at all like games of chance such as craps.
Some of what Wall Street traders and stock brokers do is more like “gambling” than “investing” as well! On the other hand there are professional sports bettors and poker players who take a systematic, data based, business like approach and make long term profits which makes their “gambling” more like “investing”.
For more see our comparison of binary options to other types of investing and gambling.
Don’t get hung up on whether binary options trading is investing or wagering, they are all ways of taking an opinion about an uncertain future event and placing a monetary consideration on it, with the possibility of profit or loss.
What is more important is are they enjoyable and can I make a profit? The answer for us and many others is yes and yes! See how to be a winning binary options trader for how to make it happen!
In my career, I wrote for companies like Daily Coin or Crypto Banter while also writing social media content for a number of projects - including NFTs and tokens.