Forex Market Hours
As one major forex market closes, another one opens. According to GMT, for instance, forex trading hours move around the world like this: available in New York between 01:00 pm – 10:00 pm GMT; at 10:00 pm GMT, Sydney comes online; Tokyo opens at 00:00 am and closes at 9:00 am GMT; and to complete the loop, London opens at 8:00 am and closes at 05:00 pm GMT. This enables traders and brokers worldwide, together with the participation of the Central Banks from all continents, to trade online 24 hours a day.
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.
LONDON SESSION – open between 8 am GMT – 5 pm GMT; EUR, GBP, USD are the most active currencies;
US SESSION – open between 1 pm GMT – 10 pm GMT; USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY are the most active currencies;
ASIAN SESSION – opens at about 10 am GMT on Sunday afternoon, goes into the European trading session at about 9 am GMT.
Stock Market Hours
There are several stock exchanges that everyone knows — NYSE, NASDAQ, and the London Stock Exchange. These are the biggest exchanges in the world. In fact, there are hundreds of stock exchanges around the world that let you buy and sell the shares of publicly traded companies.
Each exchange sets trading hours during which shares are actively bought and sold. Stocks cannot be sold when the markets are closed (See After Hours Trading for an exception). This is especially important if you are a day trader. That is why we suggest to use StockMarketClock.com — the only complete resource for tracking stock exchange trading hours and market holidays around the world.
Commodities Market Hours
Commodity prices are linked to local and global weather, plus industrial events. Weather changes and their impact on crop harvests, and oil’s influence on the industrial markets, may affect the distribution and pricing of these commodities. When trading commodities, these are some of the things you should consider before you decide your next trading moves. There are commodity markets around the globe, which enable you to trade from the Asian session through to the US session, 5 days per week.
CFD Trading Hours
A CFD is a derivative financial instrument that mirrors the movements of the underlying asset, such as an index, or the energy or commodity markets. As it is a derivative, traders do not actually own the underlying asset, they just use them to speculate on the price movement. Most CFDs are a contract between you and your broker and can be traded virtually 24 hours a day.
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