Trading Hours

Markets Trading Hours

One of the advantages of forex trading is the ability to trade 24 hours a day, five days a week. That’s because the markets open on Monday Sydney time and close on Friday New York time.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) is generally applicable in autumn and spring, however it is not equally applicable to all instruments. There will be instruments that apply DST to USA times, with the EU or APAC times, while others may not apply DST at all.

ProductStart TradingClose TradingTrading Break
AUDUSDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURGBPSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURUSDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPUSDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
NZDUSDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDCADSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
AUDCADSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
AUDCHFSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
AUDJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
AUDNZDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
AUDSGDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
CADCHFSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
CADJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
CHFJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
CHFPLNSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
CHFSGDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURAUDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURCADSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURCHFSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURNOKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURNZDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURSEKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURSGDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPAUDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPCADSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPCHFSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPNZDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPSGDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
NZDCADSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
NZDCHFSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
NZDJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
NZDSGDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
SGDJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDCHFSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDDKKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDNOKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDSEKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDSGDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
AUDDKKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
AUDPLNSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURCCKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURDKKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURHKDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURHUFSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURMXNSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURPLNSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURRUBSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURTRYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
EURZARSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPDKKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPNOKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPPLNSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPSEKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
GBPZARSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
NOKSEKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
PLNJPYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDCCKSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDCNHSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDHKDSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDHUFSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDILSSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDMXNSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDPLNSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDRUBSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDTRYSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
USDZARSunday 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 PM-
ProductStart TradingClose TradingTrading Break
GOLDSunday 11:00 PMFriday 10:00 PMDaily between 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
SILVERSunday 11:00 PMFriday 10:00 PMDaily between 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
WTISunday 11:00 PMFriday 10:00 PMDaily between 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
NAT.GAS11:00 PM10:00 PMDaily between 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
BRENT01:00 AM10:00 PMDaily between 10:00 PM - 01:00 AM
XAUUSDSunday 11:00 PMFriday 10:00 PMDaily between 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
XAGUSDSunday 11:00 PMFriday 10:00 PMDaily between 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
ProductStart TradingClose TradingTrading Break
#AUS20001:00 AM08:00 PMDaily between 08:00 PM - 01:00 AM
#Euro5007:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#France4007:00 AM09:00 PMdaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#Germany3007:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#Japan22501:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 01:00 AM
#Portugal2008:00 AM 04:30 PMDaily between 04:30 PM - 08:00 AM
#Spain3508:00 AM07:00 PMDaily between 07:00 PM - 08:00 AM
#Swiss2007:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#UK10007:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#US3007:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#Belgium2008:00 AM04:30 PMDaily between 04:30 PM - 08:00 AM
#USSPX50007:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#USNDAQ10007:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#ChinaA5001:30 AM07:00 AMdaily between 03:30 AM - 05:00 AM & 07:0
#ChinaHShar01:30 AM08:00 AMDaily between 04:00 AM - 05:00 AM & 08:0
#Denmark2008:00 AM04:00 PMDaily between 04:00 PM - 08:00 AM
#Finland2508:00 AM04:30 PMDaily between 04:30 PM - 08:00 AM
#France12008:00 AM04:30 PMDaily between 04:30 PM - 08:00 AM
#Germany5008:05 AM04:30 PMDaily between 04:30 PM - 08:05 AM
#GerTech3008:00 AM04:30 PMDaily between 04:30 PM - 08:00 AM
#Greece2508:30 AM03:20 PMDaily between 03:20 PM - 08:30 AM
#HongKong5001:30 AM03:45 PMDaily between 04:00 AM - 05:00 AM & 03:4
#Holland2507:00 AM09:00 PMDaily between 09:00 PM - 07:00 AM
#Nordic4008:00 AM 03:30 PMDaily between 03:30 PM - 08:00 AM
#Norway2508:00 AM03:30 PMDaily between 03:30 PM - 08:00 AM
#Sweden3008:00 AM04:30 PMDaily between 04:30 PM - 08:00 AM
#Poland2008:00 AM03:50 PMDaily between 03:50 PM - 08:00 AM
#Hungary1208:00AM04:00PMDaily between 04:00 PM - 08:00 AM
#UK_Mid25008:00 AM04:30 PMDaily between 04:30 PM - 08:00 AM
ProductStart TradingClose TradingTrading Break
#3M02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Ab&Fitch02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Adobe02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#AIG02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Alcoa02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Alibaba02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#AltriaGrp02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Amazon02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#AmericanEx02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Apple02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#AT&T02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Baidu02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Boeing02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#BofAmerica02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#BristlMyer02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Caterpilar02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Chevron02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#ChinaMobil02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Cisco02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Citigroup02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#CocaCola02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Comcast02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#ConPhillip02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Costco02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Disney02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Dupont02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#E.bay02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#ExxonMobil02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Facebook02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#FedEx02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Ferrari02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Ford02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#GenElec02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#GenMotors02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#GoldmSachs02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Google02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Groupon02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Haliburton02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#HarleyDav02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#HomeDepot02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Honeywell02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#HPackard02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#IBM02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Intel02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#J&J02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#JPMorgan02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#KraftHeinz02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#L.V.Sands02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#M.Stanley02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Mastercard02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#McDonalds02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#MerkCo02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#MGMResorts02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Microsoft02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Mondelez02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#MoodysCorp02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Motorola02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Netflix02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#NewsCorp02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Nike02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Novartis02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Nvidia02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Oracle02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#P&G02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Pepsico02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#PetroleoBr02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Pfizer02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#PhilMorris02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Qualcomm02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#RalpLauren02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Schwabb02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#ShakeShack02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Sony02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Sprint02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Staples02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Starbucks02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Symantec02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#TeslaMotor02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Tiffanys02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#TimeWarner02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Toyota02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Travelers02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#TrpAdvisor02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Twitter02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#U.P.S02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#UnitedTech02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Vale02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Verizon02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Visa02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Walmart02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#WellFargo02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#WestUnion02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#WholeFoods02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Yahoo02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Yandex02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Y.E.L.P02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#YumFoods02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#Zynga02:31 PM09:00 PM-
#3I08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Aviva08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#B.P.08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#BAESystems08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Barclays08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#BarratsDev08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#BTelecom08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Burberry08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Easyjet08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#GlaxoSmitK08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Glencore08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#HSBC08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Ladbrokes08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#LloydsTSB08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#LondonExch08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#ManGroup08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Next08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Prudential08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#R.B.S08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#RioTinto08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#RollsRoyce08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Sainsburys08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#SportDirct08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#StanLife08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#StdCharter08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Tesco08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Vodafone08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Shell08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#A.X.A08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Airfrance08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#BNPParibas08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#LouVuitton08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Peugeot08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#SocGeneral08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Total08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#LOreal08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Vivendi08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Adidas08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Allianz08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#B.M.W08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#BASFN08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Commerzbnk08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Bayer08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Daimler08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#DeutscBank08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#DeutscPost08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#E.ON08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Lufthansa08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#PUMA08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#S.A.P08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Siemens08:01 AM04:30 PM-
#Volkswagen08:01 AM04:30 PM-

Trading Opportunity

Other forex trading hours to watch out for are the release times of government reports and official economic news. Governments issue timetables for when exactly these news releases take place, but they do not coordinate releases between the different countries.

It is thus worth finding out about the economic indicators published in the different major countries, as these coincide with the most active moments of forex trading. Such increased activity means bigger opportunities in currency prices, and sometimes orders are executed at prices that differ from those you expected.

As trader, you have two main options: either include the news periods in your forex trading hours, or decide to deliberately suspend trading during these periods.

Trading Sessions

For day traders the most productive hours are between the opening of the London markets at 08:00 GMT and the closing of the US markets at 22:00 GMT.The peak time for trading is when the US and London markets overlap between 1 pm GMT – 4 pm GMT.

The main sessions of the day are the London, US and Asian markets.

Holiday and Weekend Execution

Shortly prior to the open, the Trading Desk refreshes rates to reflect current market pricing in preparation for the open. At this time, trades and orders held over the weekend are subject to execution. Quotes during this time are not executable for new market orders. After the open, traders may place new trades, and cancel or modify existing orders.

Please be aware that during the first few hours after trading open, the market tends to be thinner than usual until the Tokyo and London market sessions begin. These thinner markets may result in wider spreads and may increase the likelihood of orders being filled at a different price than the requested price, as there are fewer buyers and sellers. This is largely due to the fact that for the first few hours after the open, it is still the weekend in most of the world.

Trades and orders held over the weekend are subject to execution at the next available market price based on available liquidity. After the open, traders may place new trades, and cancel or modify existing orders.