Forex Market Hours

It is important to know the Forex Market Hours when deciding which currency to trade. There are four main trading sessions: London, New York, Singapore, and Tokyo. The map shows the open and close times for the Asian, European, and North American trading sessions. Remember Institutional traders trade their own currencies and what’s in their pocket. The most active and most volatile times are during their trading hours.

Note: You may select the currency you wish to trade to get estimates of the volatility, volume, and spreads of that particular currency in that trading session.

Why are Forex Market Hours so important to forex traders?

Forex traders need volume in the market to enable them to execute their trades. If there is no volume there is no liquidity. When there is liquidity and volume then the markets are at their most active and the spreads (the difference between the buy and sell prices) are at their smallest. This is the optimum time to enter a trade.

There is no point trading forex when there is no liquidity ie other traders trading. Also, it is important to focus on the currency of the specific trading session. For example, if trading within the European Session then the focus currency pairs are the EURUSD, GBPUSD, and the USDCHF. Institutional bank traders generally trade ‘what is in their pocket’!

Whilst the Forex Market is a 24 Hour market the best liquidity can be found during the hours of the specific session hours and the overlaps. The overlaps of a trading session have the most volume. The best trading session overlap is the European and North American overlap.

Forex Trading Session Times

(Times in Eastern Standard Time)

New York | Opens 8am EST – Closes 5pm EST
Tokyo | Opens 7pm EST -Closes 4am EST
Sydney | Opens 5pm EST – Closes 2am EST
London | Opens 3am EST – Closes 12:00 Noon EST

Forex Market Hours Session Overlaps

Overlap Forex Trading Session Times

(Times in Eastern Standard Time)

New York & London | 8am EST – 12 Noon EST
Sydney & Tokyo | 7pm EST – 2am EST
London & Tokyo | 3am EST – 4am EST

Other Forex Resources

Learn how bankers trade forex?

Watch our 5 part webinar series about how bankers trade forex. This webinar is presented by Brad Gilbert a former FX Cheif Trader at Citibank.

Part 1 – How the bankers prepare and use forex market hours

Part 2 – Capital Management protecting their cash

Part 3 – Understanding the Fundamentals

Part 4 – Entering the market

Part 5 – Putting it all together


How bankers trade forex and use Forex Market Hours