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What times of day can you trade stocks, currencies and crypto?

By Connor Freitas

From sunny Sydney to leafy London, the world’s financial centers are a busy place. But given their vastly different time zones, when exactly are the markets open for trading stocks, cryptocurrencies and forex?

From sunny Sydney to leafy London, the world’s financial centers are a busy place. But given their vastly different time zones, when exactly are the markets open for trading stocks, cryptocurrencies and forex?

To cut a long story short, this depends on the type of asset being traded. Generally speaking, wherever on the planet you may find yourself on a weekday, the odds are that trading is underway somewhere. That said, some times of day are busier than others – for reasons that’ll become apparent in our guide.

So, buckle yourselves in for a whistle-stop tour of the global markets – complete with a cut-out-and-keep guide to timings.

Stock markets trading hours

Before we jump into the schedule, here are a few fast rules to bear in mind:

· Business hours – and the duration of each session – vary from city to city

· Some stock exchanges in Asia take lunch breaks, but the rest of the world doesn’t (that’s one hungry continent)

· Markets often close on public holidays. As an example, the New York Stock Exchange will shut its doors on July 4, Independence Day

· Middle Eastern stock exchanges also have different business days because their weekends don’t fall on a Friday and Saturday

· Daylight savings time can put a spanner in the works – putting some countries an hour ahead (or an hour behind) for six months of the year

Now, without further ado, let’s take a peek at when the world’s major stock exchanges are open:

What times of day can you trade stocks, currencies and crypto?

As you can see, these exchanges provide continuous trading opportunities around the clock (we haven’t even covered smaller markets such as New Zealand, which opens at 10pm GMT.)

Stock exchanges have strict trading hours because they want to ensure that liquidity is highest between their opening and closing bells. Generally, the markets are busiest at the start of a trading session, as investors react to news from other parts of the world and digest financial results.

Forex trading hours

Forex markets are a different beast because they operate 24 hours a day for most of the week (from 12pm GMT on Sunday to 11am GMT on Friday.) This is possible because currencies are not traded through one particular exchange. However, don’t let this fact trick you into thinking that there’s movement all the time. The world’s financial centers still run their own trading sessions for a set time period on weekdays, which looks like this:

What times of day can you trade stocks, currencies and crypto?

Forex markets are busiest when two markets are open at the same time, and if you look closely, you’ll notice they all overlap. Sydney and Tokyo’s sessions share a five-hour window, and New York and London share three hours. This boosts volumes and makes it easier to execute trades.

Crypto markets trading hours

Crypto markets are fully 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but levels of liquidity can vary depending on the time of day. This means there is a slight difference for traders who are trying to assess market movements. Whereas stock traders would compare the current share price with its position at the close of trading the day before, crypto traders would look at the price exactly 24 hours ago instead.

Tokenised securities are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how tokenised securities and leverage work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Nothing in the above article should be regarded as a recommendation to trade generally, to trade on a particular platform or to trade in a particular asset. Asset prices can go down as well as up and past performance is not a guide to future performance. Investors and traders should thoroughly research an asset or strategy before making any trading or investment decision and if necessary seek professional advice.

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