Thank you for learning about options trading in 2017 with Optiontradingpedia.com! How time flies, before I knew it, its been 11 long years since I started writing about and teaching options trading through Optiontradingpedia.com and I am honored to have made many great friends and students through this options focused website through which I continue to be able to share my knowledge and experience in options trading with the world. Yes, Optiontradingpedia.com was first started back in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength indeed. If this is the first time you are reading about options, please read my Options Trading for Dummies 2017 tutorial.
So much have changed in the options trading scene over the past 11 years since I started Optiontradingpedia.com; from regular vanilla options that expire every third Friday of the month to the appearance of quarterly options and now even weekly options so there are now options that expire every single week of the month and every single month of the year. So literally, options traders have a lot more "options" now than before in 2017. Options brokers also went from full service options brokers with commissions too expensive to profit from options spreads with, to online discount brokers such as the great Optionsxpress.com. In the near future, there might even be free, no-commission options brokers, based on a trend started by Robinhood, a no commissions stock trading broker. A lot of new options education websites and options mentors also rose up to provide more quality options training, helping options beginners get started even quicker and easier than before, and most importantly, be profitable options traders. Things have truly moved and improved greatly in the options market. The past two years also saw stock options trading started in China, which is another huge addition to the world of options trading. I also spent the bulk of my 2016 in China teaching about the basics of options trading.
However, one thing rocked the options trading world strongly and unexpectedly over the past one year from 2016 to 2017. To date, it continue to create alot of confusion amongst beginners who wish to learn about trading real stock options. What are real stock options? Real options are options traded in a regulated public options market with real equities behind each contract, the kind that I teach and trade over the past 15 years. And that source of confusion and chaos is what is known as, "Binary Options". The so-called "Binary Options Trading" has spreaded vigorously all over the world especially over the past one year as "binary options brokers" aggressively market themselves in order to cash in on this super lucrative niche. In fact, it worries me when I see that the first two links on Google when I searched under "Options Trading" turns out to be "Binary Options Brokers". In doing so, they create a lot of confusion amongst beginner traders who wish to learn to trade real options. These options beginners frequently confused these "Binary Options" with the trading of real put and call options in a real stock and options market and inevitably, when they get burned on these products, they walk away thinking options trading is a scam, and that really hurt me alot as a veteran options trader of 15 years.
Why do I called it "So-Called" Binary options? Well, that's because most of these aggressively marketed "Binary Options Brokers" are not brokering real regulated options that are listed and traded on a public options exchange at all. The so-called "Binary Options" that they created, borrowing the name and features of real binary options (Learn about what real binary options are), are merely a way of quickly betting on one of two possible outcomes, frequently under extreme short and unrealistic time spans, sometimes as short as the time it takes to roll a dice. If you do win, you win 80% to 95% of the total amount you betted with and if you lose the bet, you lose 100% of the bet money... doesn't this sound familiar? Yes, these are nothing more than private online casinos dressed up to look like financial institutions through the use of financial terms and jargons on their website and their materials. They are simply allowing "options traders" bet on an outcome that is too short for any form of real fundamental or technical analysis (yes, if you are not performing any form of analysis on an "investment" before committing, its no more than just a "bet", right?) and if you win, you only win a fraction of what you bet while losing the whole amount if you are wrong, while they play as the banker with no real interactions with the real financial and options market at all. Under those odds, even on a 50/50 basis, you are really losing because each win is guaranteed to be smaller than each loss... if I tell you of such an online casino, would you bet on it? But they are clever enough to disguise their true nature well and has caused considerable harm to the options industry overall in my opinion. (Read about Can You Really Get Rich Trading Binary Options?)
However, the good news is, many countries are already stepping up to it and clamping down on these "Binary Options Brokers" in 2017. As such, I advise caution to all of you who are currently considering opening an account with one of these "Binary Options Brokers" because they may get clamped down with your money in it and you may get back nothing. I advise all of you reading this to take heed and really take time and effort to learn about what real options trading is, rather than fall for these hyped "Binary Options" products (S*cam). So, what exactly is the difference between binary options trading and real options trading? Read my article on Differences Between Binary Options Trading and Real Options Trading.
Apart from the rampages of "Binary Options", the options industry as a whole in 2017 has grown considerably and has truly improved tremendously since the first day I started trading options. Options trading on the whole has become much more regulated than its early days of horror stories. It has also become a much more stable and matured form of investment due to widespread options trading and options strategies education, as well as the implementation of an options proficiency test when opening an options trading account in most countries. Even though this options proficiency test has raised the barrier of entry, it has also directly filtered out people with completely no knowledge of what options are and who would eventually lose their money, create volatility in the market and also give options trading a bad name. This directly contributed to the more matured and stable options market that we now know in 2017 and also increased the level of knowledge and investment saaviness of options traders on the whole as new options traders have to seriously learn about options trading in order to pass the options proficiency test before they are able to open their options account.
2017 is a very unique year. This is the year of President Donald Trump and all of the uncertainties that he brings to the table. Even though I am of the opinion that overall, President Donald Trump is good news to the US economy and that the stock market has loved him since the very next day he got elected, most investors and options traders has also become more cautious. In 2017, one cannot deny the need for more complex investment techniques in order to hedge against unexpected risk and also to profit if the market continues sideways just like it has since December 2016 to the time of this writing in January 2017. Good news is, options allow you to do just that; to protect your porfolio from risk using protective puts (Learn about the Protective Put options strategy) and to profit from sideways markets like this one using Neutral Options Strategies (Learn more about Neutral Options Strategies). Indeed, in a year like 2017, it is becoming more and more important for modern investors to learn about options trading and options strategies in order to profit from more than one direction at once in more diversified trading outlooks (Read about my top Options Strategies For 2017!). It is my sincere hope that Optiontradingpedia.com would play a bigger part in this emerging trend.
Optiontradingpedia.com would also need to move with the time in this year 2017! This year, I hope to upgrade the site to a responsive web design which adapts to options traders reading using PC, mobile or tablet. So much is on my mind regarding the design of Optiontradingpedia.com; should I keep this fun and happy style that I have established from the start in order to make the topic of options trading less intimidating to the layman or should I cater to the common expectation of a serious looking financial website? This is one question I continue to struggle with today. I also hope to create a more vibrant and interactive community on our Optiontradingpedia.com Facebook Page (Join our Optiontradingpedia.com Facebook Community!) and maybe also go into making more options videos as well as to write one new eBook on my secrets of how I consistently predict market trend changes (read my 2017 US Market Outlook Report). All in all, options trading in 2017 looks to be really exciting and I look forward to really making Optiontradingpedia.com better, more informative and more useful for options traders of all levels this year of 2017!
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