How to chose the best time frame for binary options and why to avoid 1-minute

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best time frame for binary options

Have you ever wondered what is the best time frame for binary options? One of the reasons many traders choose binary options over other financial instruments is their simplicity. You only need to speculate which direction the price will take over a given period. If your prediction is correct, you’ll earn some profit.

In addition, options are set to expire at a predetermined time. Many options brokers will offer option expiry periods that last anywhere between 30 second to months. On the IQ Option platform, the shortest time frame an options trade can last is 60 seconds.

Now shorter time frame offers the opportunity to make money fast. But the opposite is true, shorter time frames will lose you money fast.

In many of my guides, you’ll notice that I always recommend that you enter trades lasting 5 minutes or more when trading currency pairs or options. This article will get into the reasons why it is important when you try to create the most accurate binary options strategy.

Key Takeaways๐Ÿ”‘

โ†’Longer time frames, such as 5 minutes or more, are recommended for binary options trading.
โ†’Shorter time frames can be beneficial in trending markets, but they also come with higher risk.
โ†’There is no guaranteed method for consistent profit in binary options trading, but using longer option expiry times can help improve results.

Small price fluctuations

Consider the EUR/USD chart below. I’m using a 1-minute interval candle chart. If you look closely at the support level (price at 1.1291) up to the close of the last bullish bar (price at 1.1292) the price has made a change of 0.0001.

If I decided to enter a 1-minute trade, I would actually be guessing where the price will end up at trade expiry. It’s almost impossible to determine where the price will end up given the 0.0001 fluctuation. But if I decided to enter a 5-minute buy position, it’s very likely that my trade would have been profitable.

small price fluctuations on 1-minute chart
Small price fluctuations on a 1-minute chart

This scenario isn’t restricted to IQ Option only. All other online options platforms will exhibit similar price movements over short time intervals. The only way to have a higher chance of predicting how the price will move is by trading longer time intervals where price fluctuations are bigger.

What is the best time frame for binary options?

As mentioned before, your trades should last at least 5 minutes. But this will largely depend on the candle time interval. For example, if you’re using a 1-minute intervals candle chart, your trades should last 5 minutes. If you’re using 5-minute interval candles, your trades should last 15 minutes or more.

One reason why I recommend trading longer time frames is that price fluctuations are bigger. This way, it will be easier to predict the direction the price will take by the time your trade expires.

Psychological aspect of transaction length

Another reason why taking long positions is recommended regards emotional pressure. Consider the EURUSD chart below.

You’ll notice that once the uptrend develops, there are several consolidation points. Here, bearish candles develop between the bullish candles. If you were to enter a 1 minute buy trade within the consolidation points, your trade would end up losing.

However, if you were to enter a buy position lasting 5 minutes or more, it’s very unlikely that it would end up losing. Why? Immediately after the price correction, the uptrend resumes.

using 1m for entries and 5m for expirations
Use 1m for entries and 5m for expirations

Although unverified, many traders believe that options brokers will try to manipulate prices over short time intervals. This means that you’re very likely to lose money when trading short positions.

Price manipulation over a long period is likely to be easily noticed. So rather than keep worrying about the broker manipulating prices over the short term, wouldn’t it be better to enter long positions without worrying?

How do you win every time in binary options?

There is no method to have a profit from a binary options trade every time. Even using long option expiry times will not change this. If someone tells you that they have a strategy that always wins on binary options, you can be sure that you are dealing with a scam. Increasing the option expiration time can certainly help improve the results, but it is not a guarantee of success in every single trade.

Pros and Cons of Binary Options Trading Time Frames ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“‰


  • Longer time frames provide more accurate predictions and better chances of success.
  • Trading during trends can result in higher returns with shorter time frames.
  • Less emotional pressure with longer time frames, allowing for more rational decision-making.


  • Shorter time frames can lead to more losses due to small price fluctuations and potential price manipulation.
  • Longer time frames might result in missed short-term profit opportunities.
  • Increased risk of losses in unpredictable markets, regardless of the time frame.

Trading Time Frame Key Considerations
Short-term (1 minute) Higher risk, potential for quick gains in trending markets, susceptible to price manipulation.
Medium-term (5 minutes or more) Lower risk, better accuracy in predicting price movements, less emotional pressure, potentially missed short-term opportunities.
Long-term (15 minutes or more) Even lower risk, increased predictability, reduced emotional pressure, requires more patience, may miss some profitable short-term opportunities.

When should you enter short-term trading positions on IQ Option?

There are instances when trading 1-minute time frames can be beneficial. This is when the markets are clearly trending. For example, in an uptrend, you’ll notice longer bullish candles forming.

This however requires a keen eye and the ability to act fast when you notice a trend. It also requires that you use additional technical indicators as well as support/resistance levels to be able to predict when a trend is actually developing. It also needs to be included in your binary options trading strategy.

Note that this also works when you’re trading long positions.

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How long do you hold your trade positions? Have you traded 1-minute time frames on IQ Option? We’d love to hear your views in the comments section below.

Good luck!

Q&A: Binary Options Trading Time Frames ๐Ÿ’ก

  • Q: Can I consistently make a profit with short-term binary options trading?
  • A: It is possible to make profits with short-term trading, but it comes with higher risk due to small price fluctuations and potential price manipulation. Long-term trading is generally recommended for better accuracy and reduced risk.
  • Q: What is the ideal time frame for a beginner in binary options trading?
  • A: For beginners, it is recommended to start with medium-term trading (5 minutes or more) as it provides a better balance between risk and reward, and allows for more accurate predictions.
  • Q: How can I improve my success rate in binary options trading?
  • A: To improve your success rate, focus on longer time frames, use additional technical indicators, and consider support/resistance levels to make more informed decisions.
  • Q: Can I trust a strategy that claims to always win in binary options trading?
  • A: No, there is no guaranteed method to consistently profit in binary options trading. Any strategy claiming to always win is likely a scam. Trading with longer option expiry times can help improve results, but it is not a guarantee of success.
  • Q: Is it possible to trade binary options with a 100% success rate?
  • A: No, it is not possible to achieve a 100% success rate in binary options trading due to market unpredictability and the inherent risk associated with trading. Using longer time frames and incorporating technical analysis can help improve your success rate, but there is no foolproof method.


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Niels Hammer

Trading and investing are lifelong pursuits for me, and I will most likely never stop learning about them. I started trading with IQ Option in 2014 and have been with them ever since. And I've seen the platform mature. Nowadays, I'm very interested in cryptocurrency and am attempting to learn and invest my time and money in it. On the other hand, I try to help you guys as much as I can with this blog. Happy trading!

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