When to trade binary options and forex – Market Hours


Do you know when each of the global market centers throughout the world opens and closes? Prepare yourself for increased volatility during the day.


One of the most important aspects on which we should focus during our trading is when do we trade. Most brokers offer the possibility to trade 24 hours a day 5 days a week. Some brokers may even offer weekend trading, but that is usually limited to certain underlying assets. However, during regular trading/business days (Mon-Fri), we must be aware of opening and closing of different global market centers at different times, which represents a huge change in the number of currently trading people. But what exactly does it mean for the traders and what impact does it have on the market?

Because of these changes, there is a significant fluctuation in the value of assets (market volatility). The biggest changes are taking place just prior to the opening of a trading centre and then just after its opening. During this period of time, it is better to avoid trading for a while, because despite using a solid strategy, the volatile can be still too high for you to successfully trade. (The most critical are approximately the first 15 minutes before opening an exchange centre and 30 minutes after opening). The first stock exchange centre, which opens is Sydney, after 2 hours Tokyo joins the party, followed by London and New York.

Opening/Closing GMT + 1 (London)
Sydney opening 22:00
Sydney closing 6:00
Tokyo opening 24:00
Tokyo closing 8:00
London opening 8:00
London closing 16:00
New York opening 13:00
New York closing 21:00

As you can see, on business days we can very often get into a situation when there are more trading centers opened at the same time, and of course, we can use that to our advantage in trading. But watch out for broker’s time that you trade with, because they will most probability have different time (because they operate in a different time zone). For instance, when we visit 24option’s main page: www.24option.com , we click in the top menu on the trade button and then we can see in the top right corner, which time they currently use. If you trade with another broker, try to find this information on their home page. The United Kingdom is currently in GMT +1 time zone, but that will change on 30 October 2017 along with the change to Daylight Saving Time (DST) – GMT.

You can also watch opening and closing of the exchanges centers by using this plugin, which is provided by myfxbook.com.

Author: Michael
Hi, I'm Michael and my area of expertise is forex and cryptocurrency trading. I specialize in technical analysis, namely in chart pattern setups. I educate traders of all levels and I believe that prerequisite to successful active trading is always knowing risks of the game. My most current interest lays in cryptocurrencies, especially in Ethereum and in decentralized applications. I do not give investment advice, but for general inquiries please use the comment section under any article.

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