Saturday, March 4, 2017

Supplementing Your Income Utilizing the Online Options Trading Platform

“I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.” - Warren Buffett

Have you reached the pinnacle of your working career; furthermore, are you are starting to look at retirement options? If at all possible, it’s important to have saved enough to be able to retire comfortably. 

However, the fact of the matter is that, unless you are extremely wealthy, you will more than likely never have enough money to retire comfortably.

Why not?

Tough global economic conditions

We currently live in challenging socio-economic times where rising costs and stagnant wages are causing a phenomenon known as "the middle-class squeeze [which] is… where increases in wages fail to keep up with inflation for middle-income earners leading to a relative decline in real wages.”

Therefore, I believe that question that needs to be asked and answered is: "how do you go about supplementing your income in order to be able to retire comfortably"? 

Fortunately, there is more than one way to add to your retirement income; however, I believe that a good way to increase your retirement funds is to invest in financial market options.

Before we look at how to trade in financial options, let’s have a look at what they are: 

Financial market options?

According to Investopedia, a financial option is “a contract that gives the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset at a specific price on or before a certain date. An option, just like a stock or bond, is a security. It is also a binding contract with strictly defined terms and properties.’

Binary or financial options are versatile in nature, allowing you to adapt to changing economic market conditions. For example, you can adopt a short-term trading strategy; thus, opening and closing your position within a time frame of less than one day. When you are investing in options, you can be as aggressive or as conservative as you want to be. 

However, you need to take cognisance of the risk factor when you are placing trades. In a nutshell, the more aggressive your trading position is, the greater your exposure to risk and the loss of your initial investment will be. Conversely, the more conservative your trading strategy is, the less your exposure to risk and the loss of your starting investment will be. 

Trading in options

Much has been made, and continues to be made about the high levels of exposure to risk you could face when trading in binary options. This is true; however, the risk can be mitigated by following the following simple tips: 

Choose your broker carefully

It is common knowledge that we are living in an age where close on 50% of the global population has access to the internet through laptop/desktop computers or mobile devices, resulting in the rise in online financial market trading brokerage firms. 

Some of bona fide brokers while others are fly-by-night companies who have no intention of acting honourably towards their clients. Thus; it is vital that you investigate whether your choice of online trading partner has your best interests at heart or not. 

Educate yourself

The more you know and understand about options trading and how to trade successfully, the better chance you will have to set yourself up for success. 

Your online trading partner should have an extensive education centre consisting of a trading academy, advanced learning materials, FAQs, glossary, as well as daily market reports and a daily financial market analysis. 

Utilise this information that is provided to you to ensure that you are au fait with making sensible and sound investment decisions.

Research underlying assets

It's important not to guess which way you think the price of your chosen underlying assets will move, rather do the research and make an investment decision based on knowledge and not on conjecture. 

Ergo, research the price movement history of all the underlying assets you intend investing in. It is also important to take the current geopolitical and socio-economic climates into account when making trading decisions as it is a proven facts that the prices of financial market assets are impacted by external factors related to regional political and fiscal conditions. 

Final words

Turning 50 is often seen as a negative event by many people. If nothing else, it drives home the fact that you are getting old and you need to ensure that your finances are for when you retire; however, I believe that your 50th birthday is a momentous occasion. 

After all, you have lived for half a century! On the off-chance that you haven't saved enough for your retirement; all is not lost, there is still time to increase your investment capital.

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