IQ Option Review

IQ Option Information

IQ Option Europe Ltd Registered Office Address: Yiannis Nicolaides Business Center, Agiou Athanasiou Avenue 33,
4102, Agios Athanasios, Limassol, Cyprus

Phone #:They have support numbers covering 14 different countries 24/7 Click here to see full list of countries

IQ Option website: www.iqoption.com 

Minimum Deposit: $10

Minimum Investment:$1

Maximum Investment:$1,000

Currencies Accepted: United States, Australian, New Zealand & Canadian Dollar, British Pound, Euro, Russian Ruble and Chinese Yuan

Customer Service: Email: Support@IQoption.com and 24/7 online chat + phone line
Support Languages: English, Russian, Turkish, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Swedish, Korean, French, Italian, Arabic, Hindi
Trading Options: High / Low, 60 second and others
Assets: See below
Early close: Yes
Expiry Times: 60 second, 2minutes, 5minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour and End of Day
Deposits and Withdrawals: Credit Card, Wire Transfer, Skrill, Neteller, Boleto, Qiwi, WebMoney, iDeal, Fasapay, Sofort
Withdrawal Time: 1 working day
Demo account: Yes, free of charge, no time limit
Number of assets: 500+
Trading Platform: Web-browser, standalone app

Regulation: See list below

Awards: See list below

IMPORTANT UPDATE

On November 30, 2016, CySEC released a circular C168 that prohibits brokers from providing deposit bonus. It has been done in order to protect traders against financial losses caused by the attempt to fulfill the required trading volume, which applies to each bonus. Therefore IQ Option DOES NOT provide deposit bonus anymore and you need to ignore any website claiming that they do.

IQ Option Review & Credibility:

In this IQ Option review we discuss how IQ Option is one of the biggest and fastest growing platforms within online trading and therefore there is going to be a lot of people who have a lot to say, both good and bad, about IQ Option with people saying it is the greatest platform on the market and others saying it is a scam, so which one is it? We have taken an in depth look at the company and trading platform and have aimed to remove all personal opinion and simply report the facts. Like all products and services that are used on a high scale, you are going to get mixed views. Lets begin by looking at the positive facts concerning IQ Option’s credibility:

Please Note: As of 2nd July 2018 Binary options are prohibited within The European Economic Area (EEA) for retail traders. If you live within the EU and are not a professional trader you will not be allowed to trade Binary Options.

IQ Option Regulation

IQ Option are regulated, in a number of major countries and with major financial authorities. You can check out their full list on their website.

IQ Option Awards

IQ Option has won a large number of awards for their trading software, eleven in total, a full list of them is available via their website, but here are just a few: Best Binary Options Broker & Best Binary Options Broker/Trading Application – IAIR Awards; Most Innovative Binary Option Broker – Show FX World; World’s Leading Binary Options Broker – MasterForex-V, Best Mobile trading Platform – IFM Awards 2015

IQ Option Usage

According to IQ Option the following figures outline the usage of their binary options software in 2017.

  • Number of accounts in the system – 25,580000
  • Number of trades per day on average – 1,800 000
  • Trading volume per month – $380 million
  • Amount paid out to traders per month on average – $10,800000
  • Processing time for withdrawal requests – One working day
  • Response time from support team – 38 seconds by call, 16 minutes by support ticket
  • Number of countries IQ Option deals with – 178 countries (most countries except Australia, Belgium, Canada, Iran, Israel, Japan, Latvia, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey and the USA..)
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IQ Option on Mobile

IQ Option mobile app is one of the best mobile trading apps on the market.The apps user-friendly approach with its jargon free instructions makes it very easy to use. It has an full range of features that make trading easy to do on the go. You can analyze asset prices and generate signals at the touch of a few buttons. Plus of course there is the practice account available from IQ Option, a feature many other trading software’s don’t provide.

IQ Option Mobile App

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The IQ Option app is available in both IOS and Android operating systems. With mobile usage beginning to outperform desktop, even if you have never used a mobile app for trading before, it is very easy to use and of course comes with the practice trading account.

Download IQ Option App Here


“General Risk Warning: The financial products offered by the company carry a high level of risk and can result in the loss of all your funds. You should never invest money that you cannot afford to lose.Binary options are prohibited in EEA”

Trading Platform

The first thing you are offered when you open your IQ Option account is the chance to start practice trading with $10,000 virtual dollars (you can’t withdraw these funds they are simply there to allow you to practice before adding your own funds).

The platform is very clean and simple to navigate. You have a navigation bar to the side which allows you to check on things like your trading history, your earnings calendar, the latest market news, and access training videos as well as get help at any time 24/7.

As you will see from the image below, the IQ Option platform has a lot available at the one click of your mouse button. You can place trades from as little as $1 up to the maximum of $1,000 depending on the level of risk you are comfortable taking. It is highly recommended that when you open your IQ Option account for the first time, you opt for the practice account first, even if you are a seasoned pro at trading, so that you can take however long you want to familiarize yourself with the navigation. Placing a trade is very straightforward and uncomplicated. Simply select the asset option type you wish to trade in, be it CryptoCurrency, CFD’s, Forex, digital options or binary options  (see below for further explanation), select the expiration time of the option, the amount you wish to trade and then select whether you want to Call or Put.

Simply click on image to see full platform example.

IQ Option Trading Assets 

IQ Option have over 70 assets you can trade in and there are spread over the four main areas of assets that you can trade in.

Cryptocurrencies

With IQ Option you can buy,sell and even store some of the leading crypto-currencies.  There are currently 13 cryptocurrencies available for you to trader in. They are: Bitcoin;Ethereum;Ripple;Bitcoin cash;EOS;Litecoin;TRON;Dash;Etereum Classic; Qtum;OmiseGo;Zcash;Bitcoin Gold.

You can check out IQ Option cryptocurrency trading here.

Crypto-Wallet

IQ Option have created a wallet that enables you to buy keep and sell any and all the cryptocurrencies that we mentioned above.  The wallet, called Hodly, enables cryptocurrency investors of all levels of experience the opportunity to invest within the crypto market.

Users of the IQ Option Crypto-Wallet Hodly can store, send and receive crypto as well as buy and sell bitcoin, Ethereum and other altcoins with the help of an integrated exchange. In addition, cryptocurrency transfers between Hodly users are completely free.

Safety is paramount and so with the Hodly crypto-wallet 80% of all funds are stored offline, and your personal data is encrypted to keep it secure.

CFD Trading

CFD trading is a term used in trading markets referring to Contract of Difference, which is the agreement between two entities to exchange the entry and exit process of a trade. The contract of difference mirrors the underlying asset making it a tradeable instrument. Therefore as a CFD trader, you will make a profit or loss when the underlying asset moves in relation to the position you take even though you do not own the actual asset.

IQ Option offer over 500 stocks for you to CFD trade in, from companies within a wide variety of industries, and some of the best and well known industry leaders.

You can now trade the following commodity CFDs with an up to ×150 multiplier:

  • Gold
  • Crude Oil WTI
  • Crude Oil Brent
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Gasoline
  • Silver
  • Platinum
  • Copper

Please Note that CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Forex Trading

A forex trade occurs when you take one currency and trade it against another. For instance, you can buy the US dollar and at the same time sell the Euro, that’s a simple forex trade. With IQ Option Forex trading, you can trade in 60 pairs of currencies such as the well know ones like US Dollar and British pound, or the US Dollar and the Japanese Yen. Plus there are other pairings that are not so when known, such as the New Zealand Dollar and the Canadian Dollar.

Options Trading

With IQ Option options trading platform you can trade either in digital options or binary options. You have a facility to trade in multiple assets, in fact, there are over 10 million options available. With both option types the minimum investment is $1. With digital the expiration time is 60 seconds to 5 minutes and the return can be up to 900% on a successful trade. With binary the expiration time frame is 60 seconds to the end of the month and the return can be up to 95% on success trading.

You can only trade in binary if you live outside the EU

ETF Trading

ETFs work by tracking commodities, indexes and baskets of assets, and are traded in the same way as common stock on the stock exchange. Investors can sell short, buy on margin and buy as little as a single share of their chosen asset.

Binary Option Tournaments: (Binary options are prohibited in EEA)iq option tournament winners podium

One main feature to the IQ Option platform are the binary options tournaments. This is unique to IQ Option and is a great way to have a bit of fun with other traders. The tournament allows you to compete against other traders who have entered the tournament, which everyone enters for a set fee. The winner of a tournament is the trader who ends up with the most money in the account when the tournament ends. The prizes are divided up among the various traders and the position they finished in.

Not all tournaments are the same and therefore the rules, time frame of the tournament and the prize money available will differ from tournament to tournament. For example one tournament available recently was called ’72 hours’ because you had 72 hours in which to be the best trader among the participants to win the top prize. The prize fund was shared out among the top 15 performers. Whereas there was a very different tournament called ‘Winner Takes it All’ where literally the number one trader wins the entire prize fund.

By opening up a demo account first, you can practice trading as much as you want before entering any tournaments, thereby getting used to making trades before entering competing against others.

“General Risk Warning: The financial products offered by the company carry a high level of risk and can result in the loss of all your funds. You should never invest money that you cannot afford to lose.Binary options are prohibited in EEA”

IQ Option’s Binary Option Trading Patterns:

You should never really carry out any investment type without first deciding on what you want to achieve. Every person has there own desired outcome which is usually measured by their risk levels. Part of the risk management you will use must include much you are prepared to lose.

A major part of your trading in binary options is how you will actually carry out your binary options trading. There are a number of various patterns for trading that relate to the level of understanding and competency you have in binary options trading.

As has already been mentioned, the trading platform from IQ Option is a clean one. This makes using the platform easy to follow for most people. They also offer you training materials within the platform. You will find a full range of video tutorials that has over 20 videos to help you understand their platform. The videos start off by showing you how to start trading on IQ Option, right through to explaining a number of different trading patterns.

Please Note – Binary options are prohibited in EEA

IQ Option Demo Trading Account:

As we have already hinted at, IQ Option provides you with a demo account when you open an new trading account with them. The first thing you must note is that the demo account is not automatically given to you, you have to select it as your option, that you want to begin with the demo account first before trading in any of the various trading options properly.You can switch from the demo account to the live account whenever you want by funding your account with any amount of funds over the minimum deposit of $10. To open the demo account, you can sign up with your email.

So what do you get with the IQ Option demo trading account? – Well basically you get everything that is in the live account except for the fact that all your trades are virtual. All the charts are live and actual, so there is no fake charts or dummy accounts, it is as if you were trading for real. You are given $10,000 dollars virtual funds to practice with, so there is no need to add your own funds at all and if you start off trading with say just $10 a trade, you will be able to practice the various trading options available and refine your skills and strategies as much as you want, while your virtual fund has money in it. So not only does this IQ Option demo account enable you practice and improve your trading skills, but it helps you decide whether you like the IQ Option platform and want to use it going forward.

Click Here To Open Your IQ Option Demo Account

“General Risk Warning: The financial products offered by the company carry a high level of risk and can result in the loss of all your funds. You should never invest money that you cannot afford to lose.Binary options are prohibited in EEA”

Withdrawing Funds

Verification/Identification

You need to verify your account first before you can begin trading properly. The first thing you need to do is verify your email account, then your phone number. Then you need to verify your personal data – name, sex, date of birth, address and country of citizenship.You then give an indication of your financial status, source of income and trading experience. And finally you need to provide proof of identity. This can be a colored copy of your passport or copies of the front and back of your identity card showing clearly your full name, photo, date of birth, expiry date, official document number and signature. You also must provide a clear copy of a recent utility bill (any bill that is not older than 6 months and clearly shows your name and permanent address of residence, e.g. water bill, electric, gas, telephone etc…) or a bank statement showing clearly your full name, address and the issue date. These proof of identity and residence can be uploaded to your profile account on the IQ Option platform for verification.

Now to some people this may seem excessive, but it is needed for two main reasons; to protect you from identity fraud and to protect IQ Option from money laundering. Once you have carried out the account verification and the personal identification properly and fully, you wont have to do it again.

IQ Option Fund Withdrawal Methods

IQ Option offer six different methods for cash withdrawal. These are:

  • MasterCard or Visa Credit Cards
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • WebMoney
  • Cash U
  • Wire transfer

Once you have selected your method of cash withdrawal and selected the amount you wish to withdrawal (no minimum amount withdrawal restrictions, although if less than $2 you need to contact customer support. Maximum withdrawal amount is $1,000,000.), you typically get your earnings within 24 hours.

IQ Option Complaints

As we pointed out at the beginning, like all products and services that are used on a high scale, you are going to get mixed views. There are over 25 million accounts on IQ Option. When you consider this number, it is obvious that there are going to be issues and complaints from people who are not satisfied. We looked at a number of complaints on IQ Option’s Facebook page and at the website pissedconsumer.com, plus we did a Google search for IQ Option complaints and this is what we found.

At both sites, the complaints revolve around the same issues. People not making profit, having difficulty withdrawing funds, platform freezing and expiry strike being different than that of the market price. We went back to pissedconsumer.com 28th April 2017 to see the number of complaints and there were 43 in total. Our Google search found a small number of complaints, mostly covering the issues that we have already mentioned. Every complaint we found made directly to IQ Option was resolved. Errors can be made on both sides and so with their 24/7 support by phone and support ticket, there is every opportunity to get any complaint worked on.

Concerns /Things To Consider

The main things to consider when using the IQ Option trading platform is that it is not available to every country around the world. If you live in USA, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Syria, Sudan and Iran, then the platform is not available to you.

You will want to consider opening up a demo account first, to practice your binary options trading. Trading like anything in life, carries risk. You seriously need to consider that when dealing with financial trading of any sort or investing in anything, there will be losses. Never get involved in CFD, Forex, Binary Options trading, or carry out any trade, no matter how small, without being prepared to take a loss. You need to carry out your own risk assessment before carrying out any trade because losses will always be unavoidable in trading and it doesn’t matter how good you are at it, you will at some time take a loss. Never have the mind set that you can eliminate loss, you cant, but with effective risk assessment you can at least help yourself to minimize your losses.

Naturally we would recommend you carry out your very own due diligence and make the necessary checks you want to make in to IQ Option to be satisfied in your own mind as to whether they are a good trading platform to use, or they are a scam. Nothing we have seen has indicated anything to the latter. With the level of regulation that IQ Option has adhered to, it makes them far from a scam.

Also beware of online reviews that imply that IQ Option offer deposit bonuses. They don’t! And in fact as you will see in the notice we placed at the top of this review, no binary options platform provider is allowed to offer deposit bonuses.

Summary

If you are considering starting trading then IQ Option is a good place to start due to the demo account and virtual $10,000 offered, along with the extensive library of training videos. They have one of the lowest deposit requirements of $10 and the lowest minimum investment amounts in $1. One of the main factors we like about IQ Option is the quality customer support with its less than 45 second response time via telephone and its less than 20 minute response time by support ticket. They have some of the highest reviews available for their mobile app and their trading platform is one of the cleanest and easiest to use.

We recommend IQ Option as one of the leading trading platforms for CFD trading, Binary options and Forex on the market if not for their practice/demo account alone.

“General Risk Warning: The financial products offered by the company carry a high level of risk and can result in the loss of all your funds. You should never invest money that you cannot afford to lose.Binary options are prohibited in EEA”

Please Note: As of 2nd July 2018 Binary options are prohibited within The European Economic Area (EEA) for retail traders.

If you live within the EU and are not a professional trader you will not be allowed to trade Binary Options.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money

IQ Option Scores
  • 100%
    Platform Ease of Use - 100%
  • 90%
    Available Countries - 90%
  • 100%
    Number of Assets - 100%
  • 100%
    Regulation - 100%
  • 100%
    Fees - 100%
98%

Overall Score - Pros & Cons


Pros

  • Free Demo Account with $1,000 virtual funds added
  • Best satisfaction rate (96%)
  • 7BO Award 2016 winner – Best Broker
  • 24/7 Customer support with 46 second response time
  • Heavily regulated

Cons

  • Not available in USA, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Syria, Sudan and Iran
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