Established in 2015 and based in St Vincent and the Grenadines, ExpertOption is licensed by CROFR (Financial Market Relations Regulation Center). As a relative newcomer to the binary options arena they have used this to their advantage. This late entry has allowed them to learn and develop their platform based on information they have learned from other brokers.
The site is available in a large range of languages and open to almost all countries worldwide, they offer their services in the UK, China, India, Singapore, Indonesia and even Australia and many European countries. Their trading platform has been built in house using their own software with a platform that has been specifically designed to be intuitive and easy to use for both new and experienced traders alike.
As well as their easy to use and mobile friendly apps for traders on the move, other special features of the ExpertOption platform include a $10,000 dollar demo account and an education centre where potential traders, and those with more experience, can learn more about binary options trading.
In total there are 4 different account types with a range of benefits and requiring different levels of deposit. You can choose from a mini account with just a $50 deposit or, if you are looking to trade at a much higher level a VIP Account will require a $2,500 deposit. With the minimum trade starting at just $1 it is a great beginner broker.
With an ExpertOption Mini Account you are required to make a minimum deposit of $50. In return the broker offers a personal manager, 1 personal training session and a 50% bonus along with a weekly economic newsletter.
The Silver Account requires a deposit of $250. You will get a personal manager, 2 personal training sessions, a weekly economics analytics report and an 80% bonus.
With a Gold Account, as you would expect, the stakes are higher and so are the rewards. In exchange for a deposit of $1,000 you will benefit from a lead personal manager, 4 personal training sessions, daily as opposed to weekly economic analytics, priority withdrawal and a 100% bonus.
The VIP Account commands a much higher deposit of $2,500 but in exchange you will receive everything that a gold account trader receives along with a higher bonus of 125% and an individual trading history analysis.
Trade Types and Payouts
Forex pairs, currency pairs, gold, oil and stocks are all offered on the ExpertOption platform, in fact they offer in excess of 50 assets. Ranging from 60 seconds to 15 minute expiry times this broker offers two trade types.
60 Second Options
60 Second options are one of the most extreme of all the options in terms of expiry times and with only 30 second options beating them, they are the shortest expiry times you will find. These options allow you to make more money in a short amount of time.
Of course, by trading in 60 Second options you also run the risk of losing more in a short space of time. However, if you only have an hour a day where you have the opportunity to trade, these options mean you can get quite a lot of trading done in a short space of time.
Whilst there are brokers who offer binary options over longer periods of time the maximum expiry time available from ExpertOption is 15 minutes. Unlike 60 Second options these longer expiry times give you more flexibility and don’t require so much intense focus and quick action.
In terms of rewards ExpertOption claim to offer bigger payouts than most binary options brokers with up to 95% profits being rewarded.
Bonuses and Promotions
Most binary options brokers offer bonuses and rewards to incentivise you to open an account and make a deposit with them. ExpertOption are no different and they offer bonuses on a sliding scale which are based on the type of account that you open.
For those that open a Mini Account there is up to 50% bonus available. This increases to 80% with the silver, 100% with the gold and 125% with a VIP Account. The requirements of withdrawing any bonus funds are usually to trade with the bonus a certain amount of times before you can withdraw it.
If you read the bonus terms and conditions on the ExpertOption website they state that both no deposit and deposit bonuses “The value of the mandatory trading volume – bonus amount multiplied to 50”.
Upon launching the website from your mobile device you are immediately offered the app that is relevant to the particular device that you are using. If you are on an iPhone or iPad then you will be offered the chance to download the app form the App Store. Likewise if the device you are using is an Android device you will be offered the Android app from the Google Play Store. If you wish to ignore this and continue to the mobile site you are also given this option.
Even on the larger phablet phones it is difficult to navigate the mobile site as it is not fully responsive therefore many traders choose to use the app on the go. Whilst some aspects of the mobile site have been considered for mobile usage others require the user to pinch and squeeze the screen.
Deposits and Withdrawals
Making a deposit is quick and simple with debit and credit cards accepted along with other forms of payment such as Skrill and Neteller. You can simply open an account, deposit your funds and start trading. Whilst it is necessary to deposit $50 to open a Mini Account the minimum deposit required henceforth is $10.
For holders of Gold and VIP Accounts the priority withdrawal is a feature but ExpertOption claim to have a quicker turnaround than many other brokers. Withdrawals are commission free and made by the same methods as deposits, Visa, MasterCard, e-wallets and Skrill, Neteller etc.
Whilst they claim to offer a quick turnaround though they do not state exactly how long this is and for some the experience has been less than quick. As with many brokers the usual expected withdrawal period can be between 3-5 days. There is no explanation to the Gold and VIP priority withdrawal service. To test their service we made a sample withdrawal and the time it took was just 3 days, we did not encounter any withdrawal problems.
The $10,000 demo account allows you to use the platform without risking real money. Once in the demo account the “demo button” is highlighted at the top of the page with a link next to an “open real account” button.
There is a really useful and comprehensive education centre where you can learn the basics of trading as well as all the jargon in the glossary section. As well as the basics of trading, the centre also offers a list of other helpful topics all available by clicking on one of the relevant sections.
For those wanting to learn more about trading strategies there is a whole section dedicated to this and the various strategies (ten in total) explained.
“Best customer service is the most valuable asset of our company. Feel free to contact us” is the strapline that heads up their contact information page along with a variety of contact details for a variety of languages. There are 5 different contact options and languages displayed. These are English, Chinese, Thai, Russian and Hindi. Each option gives the user a phone number, and e-mail addresses.
In addition to the contact information, below this are the contact times and days of the week available. To give you an example the English helpline is available 24/7 whereas the others are available at specific times Monday – Friday. For enquiries in other languages you are given 2 options, a contact e-mail and an address for correspondence.
The recent entry of ExpertOption into the binary options market gives them the benefit of being able to offer what their traders want. With an offering that is tailored to both new and more experienced investors they offer not only a trading experience but also an education. Their demo account allows novices to dip their toe without risk and to learn the basics of trading before they start.
Their trading platform has been designed with you in mind and the apps allow you to trade on the move, an important criteria for many modern traders. With a range of account types and the ability to open an account with as little as $50 and make $1 trades, they aren’t out of reach for those who want to start of slow and get to grips with what they are doing whilst having enough to offer those bigger traders.