The Best Forex Trading Hours
One of the biggest plusses that the foreign exchange market offers traders consists of the fact that currencies trade twenty four hours a day, five days a week. The average trading volume of the forex market in a whole is estimated to exceed the figure of 4 trillion dollars which is several times larger than all the US stock markets combined and with the basic and primary difference that the large majority of this figure being speculative due to the high liquidity which is available in the foreign exchange.
The New York trading session gets underway at 8:00am EST, this is just about the time traders in London are getting back from their lunch breaks, and it also signals the start of what is on average the most active time period for forex trading; from 8am EST to 12pm EST.
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EUR/USD is such a popular currency pair that it has very low bid/ask spreads and there are always available units for even very large trades — moreover, the trading market is very unlikely to shift or influence the currency pair, making it easier to create analysis and strategies that will benefit the trader.
With a substantial gap between the close of the US markets and the Asian Forex market opening hours, an interval in liquidity establishes at the close of the New York exchange trading at 20:00 GMT, because the North American session comes to a close.
It’s good that you’re aware of your time zone, and you should always factor that into your trading: what scheduled news announcements occur around that time, what is the general liquidity in the currency pairs your trading likely to be during the time of day that you will be trading and so on.