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FounderJohn Nafeh[2]
United States
Area served
United States
Key people
Ian Peacock, Interim CEO
ProductsBinary options and Spreads
ServicesDerivatives exchange
OwnerIG Group
Number of employees

Nadex (Northern American Derivatives Exchange), formerly known as HedgeStreet, is a US-based retail-focused online binary options exchange. It offers retail trading of binary options and spreads on the most heavily traded forex, commodities and stock indices markets.


Nadex originally was known as "HedgeStreet" and was based in San Mateo, California. The Exchange was launched in 2004 offering an electronic marketplace that offered trading in financial derivatives to retail investors. HedgeStreet shut down its business in late 2007.[3] Shortly thereafter, UK-based IG Group Holdings plc. agreed to purchase HedgeStreet, Inc. for $6 million and began restructuring the exchange, its technology, and its products. In 2009 HedgeStreet was renamed as the North American Derivatives Exchange (Nadex).

HedgeStreet was the first Internet-based event futures/derivatives exchange to be regulated in the US by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).[2] The company operates the HedgeStreet Exchange, which launched in October 2004 and provides traders with a place where they can hedge against or speculate on economic events and price movements.[1] The reasoning behind the creation of HedgeStreet was that with the rise of individual private investment in stocks, there might be a similar appetite for individuals to invest in derivatives.[4] This focus on small investors created sufficient confusion that John Nafeh, founder of HedgeStreet, created the term "hedgelet" to help explain the company's business model.[2]

In 2007, UK based IG Group announced intent to acquire HedgeStreet[5][6] and later in the year completed the purchase of the company. Subsequent to the purchase, Nadex began to offer binary options similar to those already available on IG's platform.



Nadex binary option and spread contracts span a range of underlying markets, from commodity futures and spot forex rates to economic indicators and equity index futures. Contracts are available for a wide range of strike prices with intraday, daily and weekly expirations.[7]


Nadex is regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Unlike many binary options providers, Nadex does not take the other side of member trades or engage in trading of any kind. Member funds are held in segregated accounts in US banks.[8]


Individuals can become members to trade directly on the exchange with access to a trading platform including order entry, market depth, historical data services, cash accounting and position reporting. Membership is free, and members can trade with a minimum $250 initial deposit.[9]


Nadex requires traders to fund the maximum risk of any trade before the position can be opened. Trades are not done on margin and do not involve leverage. Because all trades are fully funded at the outset, Nadex does not issue margin calls. Furthermore, no matter how far the market goes against a trader's position, the trader is not stopped out.[10]

For spreads with a wide floor/ceiling range, the underlying market will generally be trading between the floor and ceiling values. In the case of spreads with a narrow floor/ceiling range, the closeness of the floor and ceiling levels means that the underlying market might be trading near (or outside) these levels.


Members pay trading fees on each side of their trades: once to open and once to close. The fee for each contract is $1.00 with a maximum charge of $50 per order. For trades that expire in the money (and thus receive a payout), the trading fee is replaced by a $1.00 settlement fee per contract. Nadex does not charge settlement fees on trades that settle out of the money.[11]

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  1. ^ a b Steven Smith (2004-11-25). "Hedging for Small Investors". TSCOptions column. Archived from the original on 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2007-12-26. The site, which launched in early October .... operates as both an exchange and clearinghouse, is a licensed operator, in this case by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  2. ^ a b c d Laura Counts (2006-05-26). "HedgeStreet has opened up derivatives trade to Main Street". Print Edition. Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal. Retrieved 2007-12-26. I'd spend the first half of every conversation saying 'no,'" said Mr. Nafeh, chairman of the San Mateo company. "I had to come up with the term 'hedgelet,' so I could explain what it was, instead of what it wasn't.
  3. ^ "Nadex binary options". Binary options strategy. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  4. ^ Daniel Nasaw; Ian McDonald (2004-10-22). "Firm Offers Hedging on a Small Scale" (Preview). The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2007-12-26. Now a new online market wants to bring derivatives to the masses, albeit in small doses and not in the speculative form that critics contend can pose financial ruin.
  5. ^ Regulatory News Service (2007-11-19). "IG Group Hldgs plc - Acquisition". Ipreo. Retrieved 2007-12-26. IG Group Holdings plc ('IG' or 'the Group') agreed on Friday 16th November to purchase the entire issued share capital of HedgeStreet Inc ('HedgeStreet') for $6.0m, approximately £2.9m.
  6. ^ Regulatory News Service (2007-12-07). "IG Group Hldgs plc - Acquisition Update". Ipreo. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  7. ^ Cory Mitchell (2014-06-11). "A Guide To Trading Binary Options In The U.S." Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  8. ^ Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2013-06-12). "CFTC Fraud Advisories - Binary Options and Fraud". Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  9. ^ "Legal US Binary Options". 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  10. ^ Darrell Martin (2014-04-21). "How To Calculate Profit And Loss On A Nadex Binary Option Contract". Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  11. ^ Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2012-08-15). "North American Derivatives Exchange Rule Submission" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-04.