1. Lionstone was one of the first brokers to introduce binary options to the Russian & CIS market in 2010. What prompted you to take this step?
Lionstone did indeed introduce the Russian & CIS market to binary options 4 years ago. The fact of the matter is that back in 2009-10, the instrument was growing steadily in popularity throughout the globe. Additionally, we wanted to diversify our services offered to traders at the time and introduce something new and fresh. However, in Russia, as we found out was a different situation. Around binary options there was confusion and chaos in regards to classifying the instrument as they began to be compared to gambling games and roulette in particular. As a result of this, the popular opinion of binary options was, to put it mildy, one of distrust. In other words, the market was not yet ready for binary options. We put in a lot of time and effort to educate traders and interested parties to create a correct understanding and perception of the instrument.
2. How did your traders react to the new product? Also, what is the ratio of forex and binary option traders? Which product is more popular now?
Our clients reacted to binary options with enthusiasm, many have heard about them before and some had even traded them. When launching the product, our main goal was to make it reliable and easy-to-use for clients. Taking into account that to trade binary options our clients do not need to open a separate account, their familiarization with the new product is a process that takes only a couple of minutes. Regarding the ratios of binary option traders to forex traders, at the current moment, not less than 80% of our clients have tried binary options, with around 30% trading constantly. We also have clients who specialize on binary options trading.
3. Where can one find a demo version of the platform?
On our binary option site http://lisfx.com you can try trading in a demo environment with market pricing. Trading history is available with a live account.
4. Why do you think that forex traders have been increasingly choosing binary options? What trading instruments are currently available for them?
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I believe this is due to a few key advantages of binary options. First being the simplicity of opening a trading position and knowing beforehand when your trade will close (option expiration). In addition, traders know beforehand their potential profits and loss in case of an incorrect forecast.
Currently we offer most major currency pairs as well as gold. We are planning to add more instruments in the near future and we are basing what will be added on client demand. The amount of instruments available for binary options trading is directly tied to client interest and demand. If there is interest – we will add new instruments.
5. Alexandre, on lisfx.com there is only high/low binary options available. Will this be expanded, as there is one touch, range, no touch and many other types?
The main advantage of high/low binary options is in fact their simplicity, and being straightforward to learn and understand. The large variety of different types of binary options shows that the instrument has great prospects and possibilities, but again, the biggest appeal is still the simplicity and being easy to understand. The more complex an instrument is, the less popular it becomes. This is why we will be launching more complex features and offerings a little bit later, based on client inquiries and requests.
At the current moment, no we do not offer our PAMM account service for binary options. However, we are looking into add PAMM accounts to binary options, provided there is a significant demand for such a service, then it will be offered relatively quickly.
7. Why did you choose Binarystation as your binary option platform?
Our choice of Binarystation technology is largely due to the fact that it is certified by the Financial Commission for binary option trading, and this means that it went through all the necessary tests and checks. Taking into account that this is a complex technological solution, the guarantees of the Financial Commission play a very important role, especially since Lionstone has been a member broker from the organization’s inception.
Also, a large factor of our choice was the ability to install the solution on our servers, flexible configuration, regular and automatic updates of the system, and integration with MetaTrader 4, which we already offer.