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Market Hours

The forex market is open 24/7, five days a week. Successful traders move with the market. The more exchanges that are open mean more activity and better trades.

Forex Market Hours

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The forex market opens on Sunday 5:00 pm EST and remains open until 5:00 pm EST Friday. Due to the nature of global business currency is always in high demand as well as the need to convert currency for international trade. The banks make sure that these needs are filled by being connected globally on a network that allows for the exchange of these currencies resulting in a 24 hour trading network that is now available to the smaller speculator.

Each day is opened by the Australia - Asia area followed by the European area and then lastly by the North American area. In forex trading the best opportunities for making money is when the various markets overlap trading hours. While the London Market is coming to a close the New York Market is opening, during this overlapping time frame the forex is very active and allows for much more profit potential.

Forex Trading Hours by Trading Center

Asian Session opens 7:00 pm - 4:00 am EST

Australian Session opens 5:00 pm - 2:00 am EST

London Session opens 3:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

New York Session opens 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

The Best Forex Trading Times

The best trading time is during the overlapping of 2 major market areas

Australian - Asian overlap 7:00 pm - 2:00 am EST

Asian - London overlap 3:00 am - 4:00 am EST

London - New York overlap 8:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Outside of the overlapping trading times you will likely notice a significant decrease in trading volume and relatively inactive currency pairs.

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