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Okane’s 15-30 Minute Strategy

A Binary Options Strategy That Works

“With no knowledge of trading I spent months studying, I read everything that I could find and tested various indicators and strategies. Finally I’ve put together everything that I’ve learned into a strategy that if followed correctly should keep you profitable. It’s important to see the whole picture and remind
yourself of what you are trying to achieve with the strategy you are currently using.

As a newbie this is difficult, suddenly you no longer know what you are looking for and you are simply lost! That’s when you start losing. So keep in mind what you are looking for when you are analyzing your charts. Hopefully with my strategy getting confirmations and spotting a possible trade is simplified. And that is the whole point!”

≈ Okane ≈

Mr. Okane is one my fellow traders over at Communitraders. He first described this strategy for trading 15-30 minute binary options in a forum post that has become on of my favorite on the site. The strategy is based on the RSI indicator, uses two time frames and is trend following.  Originally intended for taking signals on charts of 5 minute candle sticks I think it can also be used with success in longer time frames as well. Okane is trading CySEC style digital options but this strategy will also work well with Nadex and 0-100 options. This is how it works.

The Trading Tools

  • Chart Time Frames – This strategy uses two different chart time frames; 15 minute and 5 minute. The longer term is for determining trends and setting trade direction, the shorter term is for pin pointing entry.
  • Moving averages – This strategy uses three moving averages to help determine the trend. The moving averages are used on the longer term 15 minute chart and are the 50 bar, 21 bar and 5 bar Exponential Moving Averages. 
  • Support and Resistance – This strategy uses support and resistance lines. Lines should be drawn any where and in any time frame that they appear to be important. This tool is not restricted to the 15 and 5 minute charts. Okane uses a support and resistance tool that automatically seeks out potential areas. You could also use Fibonacci Retracements.
  • RSI(4) – This strategy uses RSI (Relative Strenght Index) to pin point entry. It is a fast RSI, set to 4 bars, and is only used to produce signals that follow the underlying trend as set on the 15 minute chart. Signals are only taken on the 5 minute charts.
  • Candlesticks – This strategy uses candle stick charts in both time frame. The candlesticks are used to help identify trends and entry points.
  • Stochastic – This strategy uses stochastic as a coincident indicator. Okane uses it to help determine underlying trend and to confirm his entries and exits.

The Strategy

For this strategy you will start with charts of 15 minute candlesticks. Of course, I recommend using a chart of daily or at least hourly candlesticks first to draw some support and resistance lines first. Once that is done begin with the 15 minute charts, if the current price is near one of the support/resistance lines it could be a negating factor for any signals you get in that direction. Use the moving averages to determine the trend in this time frame. If the shorter term averages are above the longer term 50 bar moving average then the trend is up, if they are below it then the trend is down. Also look for higher highs/higher lows in the case of an up trend and lower highs/lower lows in the case of a down trend.  It is best if both conditions are met as Okane does not recommend using this strategy in a sideways trending market.

Chart of 15 minute candlesticks

Chart of 15 minute candlesticks

Once you have identified a clear trend it is time to wait for the signal set up. The set up begins when the RSI reaches over bought or over sold levels. In the original posting a bearish example is given but this strategy works equally well in both directions. So, assuming a down trend, wait for the RSI to reach over bought. This will happen when the asset price bounces higher before resuming the current trend. Once RSI reaches over bought levels it is time to move down to the 5 minute charts to pin point an entry.

On the 5 minute chart you will need to wait for a confirming signal. This can be a variety of things but will be a signal continuing the underlying trend on the longer term 15 minute chart. Let’s look at the buy signal in the example below. Just prior to the signal the chart is bullish but prices are extended, waiting for a pull back is recommended. Once prices pull back to the moving averages a series of candlesticks confirms support and signals an entry. Once an entry is confirmed binary options with 15 to 30 minutes of expiry are used.

Chart of 5 minute candlesticks

Chart of 5 minute candlesticks

Before entering a trade you need to take support/resistance into consideration. If the asset’s price is close to S/R and your signal is in the same direction you may need to await a break through before opening a position. If the asset prices have already broken through S/R or are in between two S/R levels then trend following signals have a high rate of success. Stochastic is also used at this point. A trade may be indicated by RSI

Some Words Of Caution

This strategy is based on very short term charts. Even though currency pairs are very active in these time frames it is still harder to predict than longer time frames like hourly or daily movements.  You have to be really quick to catch some of the trades. News events can also have a big impact on this strategy and should be avoided until you get a handle on using it. In addition, Bogdan (one of the other Pros at BOTS.com) advises using a longer RSI than the (4) suggested in order to smooth out the line and help reduce false signals. Okane himself will caution you to use stochastic as a coincident indicator when timing entries. RSI may be signalling you to open a position but if stochastic says the move is already played out then you should stay away. An example would be is RSI indicated buying a call position but stochastic was already overbought.

Bonuses To Using Okane’s Strategy

  • Currency pairs with like denominations can also produce similar trades. For example, if a trade on the USD/JPY is working then a trade on the EUR/JPY may work as well. Likewise, if a trade on the USD/JPY is working then the opposite trade may also work on the EUR/USD. In order to take advantage of this you will need to be extra quick.
  • This strategy relies on two time frames to confirm signal. This helps to weed out false signals and even more importantly, pin point the right entry. It really sucks to take a good signal only to get in at the wrong time and have a potentially great trade lose.
  • This strategy has the approval and support of the trading community at BOTS.com and Communitraders.com.

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Binary Option Updates!

I apologize for the delay in adding this to the page. Okane has been updating his progress and trading account regularly on Communitraders forums but also has been keeping an update on his Google+ page. To check in for the latest results click here. 

How do you choose the right binary options expiry?

Choosing Binary Options Expiry

This post is a follow up to one I recently wrote about choosing binary options expiry. The previous posting was focused on measuring your charts and logging the information in a table so that you would know the average movement of a chosen asset for a given time frame. If you don’t know what I am talking about I suggest you read that post, there will be a link later. This post ties into that one but focuses more on stronger signals and weaker signals. For example, with a strong signal I may choose an option with expiry towards the short end of the expected time it would take for the option to move into the money. With a weaker signal I may choose to use an expiry at the longer end of the expected time frame.

Statistical Analysis And Your Charts

Example of chart data that can affect expiry choices

Example of chart data that can affect expiry choices

This is what I mean. In the previous article I described a method of measuring the length and magnitude of rallies and declines. These measurements are entered into a table and an average is given. This average can be used to help determine appropriate expiry’s. What I did not hit on the last time were the other important statistical points that can be gleaned from the data. For one, the median. The average and the median are not the same thing, one or both could be skewed. For another are the extremes and that is what this post is about. The extremes tell you what to expect when the unexpected happens. Let’s think about this from the perspective of the trade and signal. There is a sample amount of signals, some extreme and some average. The strong signals will correlate to the short extreme and the weak signals will most likely correlate to the long extreme in terms of the average amount of time it takes for a signal to produce a winning trade.

What constitutes a strong and a weak signal will depend on your trading system. I use a variety of different indicators and can get strong and weak signals in a number of ways. For this example I want to use a trade I made on Communitraders as part of my weekly column, Tips From The Geek. The trade is on gold. At the time the tip was made I was getting bearish signals but they were weak. I couldn’t discount them, and since the longer term trend was down I wasn’t about to risk a bullish trade, so I had to act. I was sure my analysis was right but was unsure of the time frame, a perfect time to look at my tables and see just how long it might take for a weak signal to develop. Based on my data and analysis I chose an expiry of one month.

communitraders order screenIn between the time that I opened the trade and closed it the price of gold fluctuated wildly. Economic data, Quantitative Easing and global recovery were playing havoc with expectations and demand. At one time this trade moved more than $60 out of the money. I had written it off on more than one occasion. Losses are part of the game so I wasn’t too upset. However, I wrote it off too soon. My analysis had been correct. Near term noise had a negative impact on my analysis but the longer term trend held true and it eventually did close in the money.

This chart shows entry and expiry.

This chart shows entry and expiry.

Choosing The Right Expiry Can Make All The Difference

Let’s take a quick look at the charts. At first glance you would think that playing a call may have been better at this time but my analysis was bearish. I was just uncertain of time frame because of the weakness of the signal. Based on my tables I knew I could expect it to take 4 weeks or more for this kind of signal to develop. I choose to use a one month expiry and managed to squeak out a profit. Just a week later the price of gold dropped again, breaking a major support and confirming my long term analysis. I could have trade calls in the interim but with bearish technicals I judged it to be a bad idea. By using my data tables  I was able to pick an expiry appropriate to the signal and was able to make a profitable trade if barely. Trusting your analysis can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, I readily admit being worried this trade was going to lose. Choosing the right expiry can be the difference between a winning trade and a losing one.

Click here for more on how to Measure Your Charts and choosing the right expiry.

Market tides can be predicted.

Ebb And Flow Strategy For Binary Options

Like an ocean, the markets are also affected by tidal factors, ebbing and flowing along with the trend. The trend is like the tide of the ocean itself, surging ahead as another wave crashes onto the beach, then pulling back, only to get ready for another advance. So is the motion of the markets. As the trend advances it does not do so in a straight line. The market tide surges forward on good news and then draws back as fear mounts or bad news is delivered. Timing these ebbs and flows of the market is one way binary options traders can profit.

I try to avoid the ebbs and to focus only on the flow of the market. The ebbs, which are the pullbacks during a bull market or the bounces during a bear market, are too short term when compared with the flow and much harder to predict. The flow of the market is the longer term movements that are in line with the underlying trend. Since the trend is your friend I always trade with the trend.

Benefits of this strategy include:

  • This strategy is appropriate for all types of trading including spot binary, NADEX binary options, 0-100  binary options and forex binary options.
  • This strategy seeks to weed out the noise of shorter term corrections, pullbacks and relief rallies focusing instead on the longer term trend following moves.
  • This strategy uses multiple time frame analysis
  • This strategy uses more than one indicator
  • This is a binary options strategy that works! I know because it is how I trade.

One Theory Behind Market Movements

One basic theory behind market movement is that for every rally there is a correction and for every bear market there is a relief rally.Another theory is that no trend moves in a straight line; there will always be pull backs and corrections. Technical analysis assumes that the rallies and correction are repeatable and predictable but what does this mean and how can binary options traders profit from it? It means that during any rally there will be peaks and troughs, rallies and declines that traders can profit from. The key is to time the markets and profit from the ebb and flow of the market as it moves through the peaks and troughs.

In this first chart (S&P 500 weekly price candles) we can clearly see that the long term primary trend is up. This is the tide and flow of the market. We can also clearly see that there are periodic dips, or ebbs, in the flow of the market as it moves higher.  Recognizing the pattern of ebb and flow is the key to using this strategy properly. Any time there is a dip in the assets prices is a good time to enter into long term positions. It is important to remember that not all assets will behave in exactly the same way, especially if they are range bound, so it is useful to add a couple of other indicators to your analysis to time your entries.  Two tools that I find useful to help pinpoint the dips and my entry points are the MACD and stochastic indicators. Notice how they both make dips in synch with price action.

Ebb and flow strategy for binary options

Ebb and flow strategy for binary options


How To Apply The Ebb And Flow Strategy To Binary Options

You can trade off of the monthly charts but the signals take a long time to develop, usually a month or more. Not all broker offer options with enough expiry to cover the time needed and you most likely don’t want to wait a month, two or more for a trade to close.  So, how to apple Ebb and Flow strategy to short term binary options trading. First, start with the charts as shown above. Use candlesticks of weekly price action with stochastic and MACD set to the standard settings. Any time that you can confidently say that the market is ebbing or flowing it is time to look for a signal. To find a signal move down to a chart of daily prices. This is where you will find entry points for trades with one week to one month expiry horizons.  When the market is in a flow period on the weekly charts you will look for bullish signals on the daily charts, any time the market is in an identified ebb period bearish trades will be taken on the daily charts.

Using the chart above as an example we can see that the asset is in a period of flow. The long term trend us up and the indicators are currently bullish so that means that only bullish signals will be taken. To find a signal move down to a chart of daily prices, shown below. The chart  shows that the asset is in a short term ebb period. Take note that this ebb is not a full blown pullback but a sideways consolidation; not all ebbs will result in a pull back or correction. Since the market is in an ebb the ideal thing to do is to wait for the MACD to cross or at least come to the zero line, indicating that market flow has begun again. Once the flow of the shorter term daily charts synchs up with the flow of the longer term weekly charts it is safe to begin entering positions. The ebb in early October shown on this chart resulted in a bullish flow with 15 days of trading where positions opened with the market open profited at days end.

spx daily ebb and flow


This technique can be taken down to a shorter time frame than the daily charts. If you use charts of hourly prices then hourly and end of day expiry are more appropriate. The caveat is that the shorter the time frame you are using the less reliable the signals. This is because short term movement is more susceptible to random market noise than longer term movements. To do this use charts of daily prices to set the ebb and flow of the market, then move down charts of 60 minute or 30 candlesticks to find a signal.

Limitations Of This Strategy

There are some limitations for this strategy. First, if you wait for the MACD to hit zero or to actually cross back over to the bullish or flow side before taking the signal the move has already begun. At this time you may have missed up to half of the really good entry points. In order to catch a higher number of profitable entries you have to anticipate the flow before it really starts. If you look at the chart of daily prices you can see that when prices begin to flow back upward the bearish MACD is declining. Watch the bearish MACD for peaks when the underlying market is rallying. The decline in the bearish peak can be used as an early signal that market flow is reversing back to trend.

Another limitation is resistance. Without some form of resistance analysis this strategy is left open to potential losses from unanticipated market reversal. This can be avoided by simply drawing potential resistance lines on a chart at least on time frame higher than the one on which you are taking your signals.  Fibonacci Retracements are another great way to predict potential areas for resistance and support that could adversely affect trades made using this system.

 Additional Resources For Using The Ebb And Flow Strategy