DEFINITION of 'Nadex'

Nadex stands for the North American Derivatives Exchange, a regulated Chicago-based exchange where retail traders can buy and sell binary options directly on the exchange without a broker. Nadex, which is subject to oversight by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, offers binary option contracts and spreads in equity indexes, commodities, forex and economic events.

BREAKING DOWN 'Nadex'

Nadex is the first and largest regulated U.S. exchange for binary options, which are simple yes/no trades with limited downside risk. Unlike OTC derivatives, there is no counter-party credit risk. Nadex clears and guarantees all trades done on the exchange. Pricing is transparent and all positions are fully collateralized at all times. Member funds are held in segregated U.S. bank accounts.

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