Trading Hours

Trading hours are the time during which forex market participants can buy, sell, exchange and speculate on currencies. The forex market is open 24 hours a day, five days a week. International currency markets are made up of banks, commercial companies, central banks, investment management firms, hedge funds, retail forex brokers and investors from all over the world. Since this market operates in multiple time zones, it can be accessed at almost any time.
 

FOREX TRADING HOURS ARE BASED ON WHEN TRADING IS OPEN IN EACH PARTICIPATING COUNTRY:

New York 8am to 5pm EST
Tokyo 7pm to 4am EST
Sydney 5pm to 2am EST
London 3am to 12 noon EST

The trading session starts on Sunday 22:05 GMT and ends on Friday at 21:50 GMT.

OVERLAPS EQUAL HIGHER PRICE RANGES, RESULTING IN GREATER OPPORTUNITIES. HERE IS A CLOSER LOOK AT THE THREE OVERLAPS THAT OCCUR EACH DAY:

U.S./London (8am to noon): The heaviest overlap within the markets occurs in the U.S./London markets. According to Kathy Lien, more than 70% of all trades take place when these markets overlap because the U.S. dollar and the euro are the two most popular currencies to trade. If a trader is seeking the most optimal time to trade (when volatility is high), then this would be the ideal time.

Sydney/Tokyo (2am to 4am): This time period is not as volatile as the U.S./London overlap, but it still offers a chance to trade in a period of higher pip fluctuation. The ideal currency pair to target during this period is the EUR/JPY pair, as these are the two main currencies influenced.

London/Tokyo (3am to 4am): This overlap sees the least amount of action of the three overlaps because of the time (most U.S.-based traders are sleeping at this time), and the one-hour overlap gives little opportunity to watch large pip changes occur.

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