Trade the versatile vanilla options 

What are vanilla options?

A vanilla option gives you the right to buy/sell Bitcoins at a predetermined price on a predetermined date

Why should I trade vanilla options?

Limited risk but unlimited profit

You lose no more than the premium you pay. Your profit is unlimited. 

Leverage

You pay much less to buy an option than directly buying a Bitcoin.

Volatility trading

Instead of betting on the hard to predict market direction, you can trade volatility.

Risk Hedging (Insurance)

It can insure your Bitcoins because it gives you the right to sell them at the current price in the future.

How to trade vanilla options?

Simply specify

 

  • Expiry time
  • CALL/PUT
  • Strike price

Expiry time

 

When the contract expires, you know you profit/loss.

CALL/PUT

 

If you believe the price is going up, buy CALL;

otherwise buy PUT.

Strike price

 

If you choose CALL, you expect the price will be higher than the strike price. 

 

If you choose PUT, you expect the price will be lower than the strike price.

Example

 

 

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CALL

expiry time: 20150606 19:00 

strike price: 225

You buy a contract:

Suppose the contract costs you 0.0003 BTC

 

(The price depends on the market)

You wait until June 6th, 19:00

And you find the BTC/USD price is 240, which is higher than your strike price 225.

You get payoff

0.01*(240 - 225) USD

or equivalently,

0.01*(240-225)/240 BTC

(Our contract size is 0.01 BTC, so you saw 0.01 above)

So you make profit

0.01*(240-225)/240 BTC - 0.0003 BTC

= 0.000325 BTC

But if the price is lower than the strike price 225, 

you get nothing back and thus lose 0.0003 BTC.

Profit graph of a CALL option

Profit graph of a PUT option

What's the profit graph of a CALL and PUT together?

You make profit no matter the direction of the market

How to buy a vanilla option contract using the interface?

Choose binary option

Choose expiry time

Click

Choose CALL

Focus on 

Choose CALL

Click the row (except the strike column) with the strike price you need.

Or select here

Choose strike price (continue)

There are so many strike prices. Which shall I choose?

For CALL

the higher the strike price,

the harder the final price will be higher than that,

and the less chance you make profit,

and thus the cheaper the contract.

Choose order type

What is a market order?

A market order let you buy immediately at the current market price

the best market price you can buy at

What is a market order (continue)?

Click to see the market depth

To see the full orderbook

What is a limit order?

A limit order let you buy at your specified price. 

You may need to wait until another user takes your price.

specify your own price here

choose limit order

What is a limit order?

When your limit order has not been filled, you can keep waiting or cancel it.

Click to cancel the order

Input the number of contracts you want to buy

Click buy

Click

Wait for the result

You can see your balance changes

Check your detailed trading history

Close your position before it expires

If you don't want to hold your position anymore, you can also close it.