Firstly you need to sign up with a trading platform and make an initial deposit.
Once you are signed up play around with the demo system if the platform has one available. This will give you an insight to how the system works.
You now need to decide on which assets to trade on. The current choices are:
· Stocks (Apple, IBM, GE, Facebook etc)
· Commodities (Gold, Silver, Oil etc)
· Standards (FTSE100, DAX, NASDAQ etc)
· Currency Pairs (GBP / USD, EUR / USD, GBP / EUR etc0
When you have chosen your asset you need to decide whether to choose a call or a put on that asset.
· A CALL option is when you think that at the time of the contract expires, the asset will end higher than at the time when you opened the trade
· A PUT option is when you think that at the time the contract expires, the asset will end lower than the time when you opened the trade
To start, trade with small amounts and in an asset you are familiar with if possible. Carry out some research on the asset to see if there are any news updates or historical factors that may influence the movement of the asset price one way or the other.
The golden rule is never trade more than you can afford to lose.
TYPES OF OPTIONS
The most common type of option is the UP / DOWN option like the one discussed above. You simply need to the option to finish higher if you placed a CALL or lower if you placed a PUT.
The best time to use this type of option is in a trending market.
Another common type is ONE TOUCH or NO TOUCH option. With ONE TOUCH you predict that the price will reach a particular level but may not sustain that level. All you need is for the price to touch that level before the option expires, it does not matter what happens after the level is reached, the price may fall again and you still win. The opposite is the case for a NO TOUCH option, you get paid if the price does not reach a predefined level before the option expires.
Use a ONE TOUCH if you believe a level will be reached but you do not believe that the price will remain above / below that level. A NO TOUCH option is best used in a quiet market.
Until next time – Have fun and good luck!