1-Hour Strategy

Updated: Jan 31


Binary options can make you a profit of 70 percent or more within only 1 hour. Compare that to stocks, and you understand why binary options are so successful. To trade 1-hour strategy with binary options, there are a few things you have to know. This article explains them.


In detail, you will learn the three crucial steps to trading a 1-hour strategy with binary options, which are:

Step 1: Finding the right indicators

Step 2: Finding the right time frame

Step 3: Finding the right binary options type

With these three steps, you will immediately be able to create and trade a successful 1-hour strategy with binary options.

Step 1: Finding The Right Indicators

The first step to trading a 1-hour strategy with binary options is deciding which type of indicator you want to use to create your signals.


To find the right indicator for you, there are a few things you have to consider:


  • Your skills. Some strategies are ideal for traders with great pattern matching skills; others are ideal for traders who are great with numbers. To create a successful strategy, you have to match your strategy to your skills.

  • Your character. Some indicators create many but risky signals; others create reliable but few signals. Depending on your risk tolerance, you should pick the type of indicator that helps you sleep at night and not get bored.

  • Your daily schedule. Some indicators require you to trade during a specific time of the day. Traders of closing gaps, for example, can find the best signals during the slow market environment of the ending trading day. Additionally, some indicators require more time to analyse than others. Make sure to choose an indicator for which you have enough time, and that fits your schedule.

With these criteria clearly defined, let’s take a look at a few indicators for each type of trader. To keep things simple, we will focus on strategies that you can trade during the entire day. We will later mention a few strategies that you can only trade during special times.


As our main criteria, we will divide strategies into pattern-matching and numerical strategies.

  • Pattern-matching strategies require you to find certain patterns in the movements of an asset’s price,

  • Numerical strategies require you to interpret numerical values.

Additionally, we will distinguish strategies into high-reward and low/risk strategies, and into quick and detailed strategies.

  • High-reward strategies are risky but have a lot of potential, low-risk strategies are safe but have a limited potential.

  • Quick strategies require less time, but you have to blindly trust your indicators, detailed strategies leave more work to you, but it will be easier for you to trust your signals.

Let’s see how different strategies match these criteria.

Step 2: Finding The Right Time Frame


Once you have found the right indicator, you have to think about which time frame to use. We are creating a strategy with an expiry of 1 hours, which gives you the first indication. Depending on which indicator you are using, however, you should trade a very different time frame.


The time frame of your chart defines the amount of time that is aggregated in one candlestick. When you are looking at a chart with a time frame of 15 minutes, for example, each candlestick in your chart represents 15 minutes of market movements. When you are looking at a chart with a time frame of 1 hour, each candlestick represents a 1 hour of market movements.


When you create your signals in a chart with a time frame of 15 minutes, you create different signals than in a chart with a time frame of 1 hour. To trade a successful 1-hour strategy, you have to find the type of signals that is perfect for your indicator.


For a 1 hour strategy, every indicator requires a specific time frame that matches the expiry to the time for which the indicator’s predictions are valid. Let’s look at our pattern-matching examples:

  • Simple candlesticks work best with a time frame of 1 hour. Simple candlesticks consist of only one to three candlesticks, which is why their predictions only apply to the next candlestick. After that, other influences are likely to override the candlestick, and it loses its predictive power. Therefore, you have to make sure that you only trade predictions that expire within the next candlestick. With a 1 hour expiry, this means using a 1-hour time frame.

  • For swing trading, keep your time frame around 5 to 10 minutes. Swings need some time to develop. When you trade a chart with a time frame of 5 minutes and an expiry of 1 hour, you give the swing 12 candlesticks to develop. This is a good value for most trends. If you find that your timing is a little off, you can try a 10-minute chart, too.

  • Three moving average crossovers work best with a time frame of 1 to 5 minutes. When you trade three moving average crossovers, you are looking for a movement that contains many candlesticks. It is probably best to trade three moving averages on a 5-minute time frame, too, but if you want to give your movements more time, you can also switch to a 1-minute chart. Everything else would be too long or too short, respectively.

  • Reversal and continuation patterns provide plenty of opportunities. You can trade continuation and reverse patterns by trading the long movement they indicate or by trading the short breakout that occurs after the completion of the pattern. In the first case, you should use a time frame of 5 to 10 minutes to give the movement enough time to develop. In the second case, you should trade a time frame of 4 hours or even 1 day to make sure that you are truly trading the breakout and not a lot more.

As you can see from this list, the type of indicator predetermines the time frame you have to use for a 1-hour expiry. Some indicators predict where the next candlestick will go, in which case you need a long expiry to adjust the length of one candlestick to your expiry. Other indicators predict long movements, in which case you have to trade a shorter time frame to give the market enough time to develop an entire movement.


This rule also applies to the numerical strategies:

  • Trading the MFI’s extreme areas works best with a time frame of 5 to 10 minutes. This strategy allows for two trading styles. Some traders like to invest when the MFI enters an extreme area; some invest when it leaves the extreme. The first type has to use a shorter time frame to give the market more time, ideally 5 minutes. The second type can trade a longer time frame, ideally 10 minutes.

  • For MFI divergences, use a 1-minute or 5-minute time frame. When the MFI diverges from the market, it can take a few periods until the market catches up. To create these signals in an environment that is ideal for a 1-hour strategy, keep the time frame short. 1-minute or 5-minutes charts provide the ideal environment for this strategy.

  • For multiple technical indicators, use a 15-minute chart. When you combine multiple technical indicators, you create signals short to medium signals. These work best with a time frame of 15 minutes. Of course, your ideal time frame depends on your final strategy and the technical indicators you use. If necessary, adjust your time frame.

These recommendations are a good place to start for each strategy. Please remember, though, that they are only recommendations. Every trader is different, and if you should find that you can achieve better results with a different time frame than our recommendation, use whatever works. There is no right and wrong aside from what makes you money or loses you money.

Step 3: Finding The Right Trade Type

After you have matched your indicator to a time frame, you have to match it to a binary options type. Binary options offer many different types, and each type has its unique relationship of risk and reward.

To explain how binary options types relate to your strategy, let’s take a closer look at the different option types. You will see that it is difficult to give general recommendations, but some binary options fit some strategies better than others.

  • High/low options are the classic option type with which you can predict whether the market will rise or fall over a period, in our case 1 hour. Because high/low options can win you a trade with the smallest possible movement in the right direction, they are the low-risk way of trading that works for all of these strategies. Executed well, each strategy should win you a high enough percentage to make a profit.

  • One touch options define a target price, and you win your option when the market reaches this target price. The market does not have to remain at this target price, which is a great advantage, but you need a stronger movement because the target price is further away. One touch options are a good fit for trading the breakout of continuation and reversal patterns and those simple candlesticks that predict strong movements, for example the big candle. The might also

  • Ladder options define multiple target prices and allow you to define whether the market will close above or below each target price. They allow for risky predictions that can create the highest payouts of all binary options and for secure predictions that allow a high winning percentage. Especially traders of pattern-matching strategies might be able to profit from this premise disproportionally.

  • Boundary options are one touch options with two target prices, one above the current market price and one below it. Obviously, boundary options are ideal for trading the ATR and the ADX. Boundary options are the only options type with which you should trade this strategy. For all other strategies, boundary options are a bad fit. These strategies all provide clear predictions for where the market will go. Boundary options do not require you to predict a direction, which means that you waste a part of your prediction. If you traded a one touch option, you would get a higher payout and win just as many trades.

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