• What are binaries?

    Binaries are a form of limited-risk trading that allow you to speculate on whether or not an event will occur within or at the end of a set timeframe. The only possible outcomes are yes’ and ‘no’. If you think the event will occur, you buy the binary. If you think the event will not occur, you sell the binary.

  • Do you offer binary options?

    Binaries and options are two separate products. We do offer binary trading, but currently we don’t offer options trading.

  • Which instruments can I trade with binaries?

    You can trade binaries on a range of popular FX pairs, indices and commodities.

  • What are the timeframes that I can trade with binaries?

    We offer a range of timeframes, from five minutes to weekly . We offer two daily binary expiries for certain instruments. The earlier expiry will be displayed as D1 (for example FX expires at 3pm UK time), while the later expiry will be shown as D2 (for example FX expires at 8pm UK time).

  • What is the settlement price?

    The settlement price is the reference price for binaries, which determines whether a specified event has occurred. The outcome of a binary (whether you win or lose) is determined by whether the settlement price is higher or lower than your chosen strike price, or within a specied range, when the binary expires.

  • What is a strike price?

    The strike price is the target price against which a binary outcome is subject to settlement. So, if you buy a Ladder binary on the UK 100, the settlement price will need to be above or equal to the specified strike price at the end of the binary expiry to make a profit.

  • Can I set stop losses or take profits on my binary trades?

    No, with binaries your potential profit or loss is displayed on the order ticket before you enter into your trade. You can’t set stop-loss or take-profit orders, and it doesn’t matter how much above or below the original price the instrument's price is at the end of the binary expiry.

  • How are binaries priced?

    Binaries are priced between 0-100. If the price is closer to 100 then the event is more likely to occur, while if the price is closer to 0 then the event is less likely to occur. The outcome of a binary, that is whether or not a specified event has occurred, is determined against the reference price, known as the settlement price.

  • Can I access charts when trading binaries on the Next Generation platform?

    We offer our full advanced charting package, with over 80 technical indicators and drawing tools as well as pattern recognition.

  • Can I see a history of my past binaries trades?

    The history tab will display any closed or settled binary trades in chronological order, and separated by date. It will display the buy/sell price, units, settlement price, buy/sell time, binary expiry, binary type, and profit or loss.

  • Are my trades subject to manual execution?

    No, we offer 100% automated execution. We are completely transparent with the size available to trade.

  • What happens when I close my binary trade early?

    When you close a binary trade early, or it expires, an amount equal to your binary amount plus or minus any realised profit or loss will be credited back into your account.

  • How can I check the status of my open binaries trades?

    You can see the status of all of your open binaries under the 'Positions' tab within the binaries window on the platform.

  • How can I add to an existing binaries trade?

    You can do this by selecting the live streaming buy and sell prices provided next to the strike price.

  • How can I close or reduce an existing binaries trade?

    To close or reduce a trade, select the red ‘Close Out’ X to bring up an order ticket. To close ‘All’ select ‘X’ on the aggregate row, or to close an individual trade select ‘X’ on the individual position row. To partially close a trade, you will need to reduce the ‘Size’ of the trade. The wording at the bottom of the ticket will change to indicate that you are reducing your trade rather than closing it.

  • Who regulates binaries?

    Our binary product is classified as a CFD and is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. This is in contrast to Countdowns, which are licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission.

  • Where can I access binaries on the Next Generation platform?

    Binaries are accessed via an icon in the main toolbar or via an additional option within the product library.

  • Do I have to deposit money to open an account?

    You don't need to deposit any funds to open an account with CMC Markets but you will need to make a deposit of at least the minimum stake before you can place your first binary trade.

  • How secure is the web-based platform?

    We use the internationally accepted security system SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) for all account functionalities, including fund deposits and withdrawals. This system is automatic and you will receive an instant notification if your browser does not support it.

  • How can I contact CMC Markets if I have further questions?

    Our Client Management team is here to help if you have any questions, 24 hours a day, five days a week from Sunday night until Friday night.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 3003 8588
    Live chat: available under the 'Support' menu when logged into the platform

  • How can I apply for a binaries account?

    If you're new to CMC Markets, you need to apply for a live CFD trading account to trade binaries. Remember, losses can exceed deposits. Once your application has been approved and you’ve funded your account, you will be able to place your first binaries trade within the Next Generation platform.

    If you're already a CMC Markets client, just log in to the platform and click on 'binaries' on the top navigation toolbar.

  • What are the different types of binaries I can trade?

    We offer four types of binaries:

    Ladders: Speculate on whether the settlement price will be at or above a specified strike price at the end of the binary expiry. Choose from a number of pre-determined strike prices. If at the binary expiry the settlement price is at or above your selected strike price then the binary will settle at 100. All binaries have to settle at either 0 or 100 and unlike Countdowns, there can never be an outcome that results in a draw.

    Up/Down: Speculate on whether the settlement price will be at or above the previous period’s close at the end of the binary expiry.

    Up/Downs are a type of Ladder and the event outcome is  determined in the same way. Generally only one strike price is listed for an Up/Down and it is set to the underlying product’s previous closing level, which will vary depending on the timeframe and product.

    If at the end of the binary expiry the settlement price is at or above the strike price (the previous period's close) then the binary settles at 100.

    OneTouch: Speculate on whether the settlement price of a binary will reach a specific strike price before or at the end of the binary expiry. For example, will the US 30 reach 17,600 at or before 9pm?

    The settlement price only has to touch the strike price once for the binary to immediately settle at 100.

    If the strike price is not touched before or at the end the binary expiry, it will settle at 0.

    Range: Speculate on whether the settlement price will be within a specified range at the end of the binary expiry. In other words, will the US 30 settlement price finish between 17,600 and 17,700 at 9pm?

    For the outcome to be a ‘yes’ and the binary to settle at 100, the settlement price has to finish at or above the lower strike price and below the upper strike price. If the settlement price is outside the 'range', the outcome will be 'no' and the binary will settle at 0.

  • Do binaries only settle at 0 or 100?

    Binaries have a buy and sell price, which will always be set between 0 and 100. If the event occurs, the binary settles at 100 and if the event does not occur, it settles at 0. Your profit or loss is the difference between 100 or 0 (depending on whether you have won or lost) and the level at which you bought or sold your binary. Generally when entering a binary trade, if the price is closer to 100 the event is more likely to occur, while if the price is closer to 0 it is less likely to occur.

  • Can I close my binary trade ahead of expiry?

    Binary trades may be closed partially or fully prior to expiry. There are a couple of exceptions, however:

    • Binary trades can only be closed during binary market hours
    • Binary trades cannot be closed out during the ‘pre-close period’

  • What is the pre-close period?

    Binaries will become non-tradeable a short time before the end of the expiry, or the pre-close period. This period will vary between 30 seconds and two minutes, depending on the binary expiry and is displayed in the product overview, which is accessible in the top-left of the binary module. 

  • What is the maximum amount at risk when I place a binaries trade?

    The maximum amount at risk is displayed on the order ticket and will be deducted from the cash in your account at the point when the binary is opened. Therefore, you cannot lose more than your initial investment.

  • Can I open a long and short open trade on the same binary?

    Binary trades are netted by default (per product, type, timeframe and strike price); therefore it’s not possible to hold both a long and short open trade in the same binary type, expiry and strike price.

  • How can I see a chart for my binaries trade?

    To view a chart displaying the binary trade details, select a strike price area within the positions window. This will load a chart displaying details about that trade, including a trade triangle which shows where you have entered the trade and its direction, the strike price, binary expiry and current and historical settlement price. 

  • Can I practise trading binaries?

    Yes, binaries are available on our demo account.

  • Do I need to download software to start trading binaries?

    The CMC Markets trading platform is web-based, so there is no need to download any software and you can access the platform from any computer with one of the common web browsers. We also provide free mobile trading apps for iPhone, iPad and Android™ – just search for 'CMC Markets' in your relevant app store.

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