Correction Strategy


It is not a secret that all options trading carry an inherent risk. The amount of risk presented in each individual trade depends on a number of factors, such as the volatility of the market and economic news that may affect an asset. When a trade, however, seems particularly risky, a trader can choose to utilize trading strategies, such as the Risk Reversal, also known as the “Correction Trading,” Strategy to control the outcome of the investment. Although Correction Strategy can limit risks involved in binary options trades, it should also be noted that it cannot eliminate risk completely, and it could even place a limit on the trade’s profits.

Options trading strategies are especially popular in commodities options trading. Correction Strategy is one of the advanced binary option strategies employed by professional traders who have a strong grasp on the movements and sentiments of the market. As such, the strategy should be used with caution by new traders, for its mastery requires a good amount of practice and experience. Correction Strategy is useful when the price of an asset shows constant fluctuation, leaving the trader uncertain of its sensitivity in the market. Having an idea on which way the price will go based on impending economic or political events, traders may wish to limit the risk of their trades and keep their options open in case the asset’s volatility takes an unexpected turn against them.

The Execution of the Strategy

Let’s look at an example of when and how to place a Correction Strategy to further clarify the specifics of this binary options strategy in the market. Let’s say a trader believes that a scheduled economic event (such as the release of the NFP) will affect an asset positively (the USD), driving its value up. Current volatility in currency markets, however, leaves the trader feeling less confident than usual about the actual outcome of the event, leading them to a risk-minimizing approach for their trade. Thus, instead of placing only a “call” option on the trade, the trader also places a “put” option with the same expiry. Regardless of which way the market goes, the investor stands to profit from the return of at least one of the investments. As the expiry date draws nearer, however, and the final outcome of the event becomes clearer, the trader can choose to sell one of his options which is not doing well and use that money to buy another option in the opposite direction which appears to be doing better, thus increasing his profit margins without an actual further investment in the trade. As an example, assume that market signals indicate a positive impact of the NFP, as the investor had originally thought. The investor can now sell his out-of-money “put” option and use the money to buy another “call” option that he assumes will move in-the-money before the expiry date. Conversely, if the outcome looks pessimistic, the investor could sell his “call” option and buy another “put” option to reverse the risk and remain in the money.

To trade a correction, first wait for the price to change direction. When it reverses direction, wait one minute to make sure it’s really a genuine reversal correction, then trade in the opposite direction of the original trend. Trade for the next possible expiry. This strategy is also known as “trading the trend,” and can earn traders large potential profits.


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