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Synchronize Time and Place for Forex Trading
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Forex Trading Course
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    Forex Trading Hours

    The Forex market is global and open to action 24/5. Still, there are better and worse times to trade. There are times when the market rests and when the market rages like a fire. The best times to trade are when the market is packed with activity. At these times, changes are bigger, trends are stronger, volatility is higher, and more money is changing hands. We recommend trading in times of sizzling volume!

    There are four centers of market activity. They are introduced from east to west (chronologically, trade starts east and ends west): Sydney (Australia), Tokyo (Japan), London (Great Britain), and New York (USA).

    CityMarket Hours EST

    (New York)

    Market Hours GMT (London)
    Sydney5:00 pm – 2:00 am10:00 pm – 7:00 am
    Tokyo7:00 pm – 4:00 am12:00 pm – 9:00 am
    London3:00 am – 12:00 pm8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    New York8:00 am – 5:00 pm1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    The busiest trading hours are 8-12 am New York time (when two sessions work simultaneously – London and NY), and 3-4 am New York time (when Tokyo and London are simultaneously active).

    The busiest trading session is the London session (the European session).

    The Sydney session is more local and centralizes low activity. It is excellent if you live in this part of the world or are familiar with the socio-economic and political conditions in Oceania, but if you’re not, it is best avoided.

    Tokyo – The center of the Asian markets. The Tokyo session is an active one; approximately 20% of all global activity takes place at this time. The Yen (JPY) is the third most potent currency (after the USD and EUR). 15-17% of all Forex transactions include JPY. Major forces in Asia are mainly the central banks and gigantic Asian commercial corporations, particularly the ever-growing Chinese financial sector and traders. Popular currencies in the Tokyo session are JPY and AUD (Australian Dollar).

    The first economic news to be released during the day comes from Asia. That’s why opening hours usually encourage strong activity and set the tone for the following sessions. Impacts on the Tokyo session can come from the NY closing (the previous session), major news from the Chinese market, and events happening in neighboring Oceania. The Tokyo session starts at 7 p.m. NYT.

    London – The center of the European financial market in particular and the global market in general. Above 30% of all daily forex transactions occur in London’s session. Due to its high volume, London offers many options and opportunities but also higher risks. Liquidity is high, and markets can be volatile, which offers great winning potential if you know how to trade properly.

    Trends in this session can look like a roller coaster. News and events from all over the world feed into this session. Many trends, which begin in the London session, keep their momentum in the following NY session by moving further in the same direction. We recommend entering this session with positions on the majors and not on exotic pairs or currency crosses. Commissions being charged on the majors during this session are the lowest. The London session opens its doors at 3 a.m. NYT.

    New York – This is a very significant session due to its wide range of activity and because it is the center of trade for the USD. At least 84% of global Forex trading includes USD as one of the traded instruments that make up the currency pairs. The published daily news is extremely important, influencing all four sessions. This factor, together with the parallel European session in the morning hours, makes these hours (till lunch break New York time) the busiest hours in this session. Starting noontime, this session weakens, and on Friday afternoon, it goes to sleep for the weekend. Sometimes, we can still catch a lively trade because sometimes trends change direction just before closing.

    Remember: The busiest trading hours are when two sessions are simultaneously active, especially the intersection hours of London + NY (London’s closing hours are usually very volatile and characterized by powerful trends).

    Tip: The best days to trade are Tuesday – Friday, in NY early afternoon hours.

    It’s Time to Begin!

    Now you understand why Forex has become the most popular market in the world. You also understand how inviting and convenient it is for all kinds of traders, at any hour, in any place, and with any amount of money. Forex offers massive earnings potential for traders of all types.

    While one trader relates to Forex as an opportunity to earn additional income, a second trader may look at Forex as a great long-term investment opportunity to make nice returns on his savings instead of letting them rest in the bank. A third trader might consider Forex a full-time profession, studying market analyses thoroughly so he can make big returns systematically; meanwhile, a fourth trader, who is willing to take risks, may look for ways to leverage his positions to maximize his gains.

    Understand the Numbers

    Each day, more than 5 trillion dollars are traded around the globe! Think about it – more than 5 million traders worldwide can make 1 million dollars each! Small and medium traders execute more than 80% of Forex transactions!

    Tip: If you are interested in further investment channels beyond the Forex market, the commodities market offers excellent opportunities. Common objects are gold, silver, oil, and wheat (Prices of these goods have risen dramatically over the past few years, in tens and even hundreds of percentages!). In essence, commodities trading is similar to Forex, and today, almost all popular brokers offer commodities trading and Forex. We’ll look at this topic in more detail later in the course.