Binary Options Trading is an emerging investment opportunity that is being touted as an investment scenario wherein the risk and reward are fixed, leading to a situation where the probability of getting a return is much more as compared to traditional derivative or equity investment options. But, just like any other investment option, to succeed in binary option trading you need to analyze how the market is performing and when is the best time to invest in the market as such.
This is where charting comes into play. Charting relates to the use of various different types of price charts for the purpose of performing a technical analysis of the underlying market with a view to find opportunities which may result in profit. In case of binary options trading, analysis needs to be performed on the underlying asset which forms the basis of the binary option. For example, if you have bought a binary option whose underlying asset is the S&P Index, then you need to analyze the S&P Index in order to ascertain whether the option would generate a profit or not.
Most of the binary option brokers out there provide very few charting options. They generally provide the investor with a few charts that provide a general idea of the price movement of the underlying asset but do not give any information about how the price of the asset is going to move in the future when your option is going to expire. So what is required is advanced charting options and the ability to understand specific chart patterns which depict sudden movement in prices.
But, before we can understand charting scenarios for binary options, we need to be clear about the concept of charting. Charts in trading can be of several different types. The most common ones include line charts, bar charts and candlestick charts. Line charts are used to display the price information about an asset at a specific time. Bar and candlestick charts on the other hand are capable of providing much more information than conventional line charts. They can provide information about the opening and closing prices; and about movement in prices i.e. whether the price went up or down.
Apart from this, there are modern charting options wherein several different types of lines can be drawn to find out about trends, support level, resistance levels, etc. Also tools such as average indicators or stochastic indicators can also be used to predict price movement.
In case of binary options, the focus is on the short run because these options are designed to expire relatively quickly. Also the asset to be tracked is the asset on which the binary option has been based. Charting and technical analysis is used to predict how the price of asset is going to move in the near future and based on that prediction the binary option that needs to be bought can be decided.
Analysis for binary options is similar in every way as the analysis for traditional equity based or derivative investment options. The only difference is that in binary options trading you are actually not investing in the underlying.