One of the advantages of forex trading is the ability to trade 24 hours a day, five days a week. As you circle the globe, one market opens as another closes. In Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) the markets open at 22:00 GMT on Sunday nights with the Asian Session (commonly referred to as the “Tokyo Session” as it represents the largest financial center in the region). The Asian Session covers a vast geographical area and carries into the European Session until 09:00 GMT. The European Session, or London Session as its commonly referred to, opens for trading at 08:00 GMT and closes at 17:00 GMT. The North American Session, or New York Session, opens at 13:00 GMT and closes at 22:00 GMT. Please note that you may experience wider spreads during unusual periods with extreme market conditions that have an adverse effect on liquidity.
The below graphic illustrates the hours when session opening times overlap with closing times. Session overlaps usually create the best trading opportunities as greater liquidity is available in the marketplace. Overlapping sessions generally experience higher volatility as this is when the largest volume of trading takes place.
The table below lists instruments and their corresponding trading hours in GMT to give a general idea of when to settle orders before a session closes. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is generally applicable in the autumn and spring, however it is not equally applied to all instruments. Please refer to your local time, any time changes, and note that regional holidays are not reflected in the table.
|Majors & Minors||21:00||Sunday / MT4 22:00||21:00||Friday|
|Wheat||WHT||00:00||Weekdays||18:10||Weekdays||12:40 – 13:30|
|Corn||CRN||00:00||Weekdays||18:10||Weekdays||12:40 – 13:30|
|Soybeans||SOY||00:00||Weekdays||18:10||Weekdays||12:40 – 13:30|
|Copper||CPR||22:00||Sunday||21:00||Friday||21:00 – 22:00|
|WTI Crude||OIL||22:00||Sunday||21:00||Friday||21:00 – 22:00|
|Heating Oil||HEO||22:00||Sunday||21:00||Friday||21:00 – 22:00|
|Natural Gas||NGS||22:00||Sunday||21:00||Friday||21:00 – 22:00|
|USD Index||USX||22:00||Sunday / 00:00 Tuesday-Friday||20:55||Weekdays|
|US 500||SPI||22:00||Sunday||20:15||Friday||20:15 – 22:00|
|US 30||DOW||22:00||Sunday||20:15||Friday||20:15 – 22:00|
|US Tech||NDQ||22:00||Sunday||20:15||Friday||20:15 – 22:00|
|EU Stocks 50||ESX||06:00||Weekdays||19:55||Weekdays|
|Australia||ASX||23:50||Sunday||21:00||Weekdays||06:30 – 07:10 and 21:00 – 23:50|
|Japan 225||NKI||22:00||Sunday||21:00||Friday||21:00 – 22:00|
|Hong Kong 40||HSX||01:15||Weekdays||15:30||Weekdays||04:00 – 05:00 and 08:30 – 09:15|
|China 50||CNX||01:00||Weekdays||18:00||Mon-Thu/ 07:55 Friday||07:55 – 09:05|
|India 50||IND||01:00||Weekdays||18:00||Mon-Thu/ 10:10 Friday||10:10 – 11:15|