Global Market Schedule
These are the trading hours (GMT) for all the major global markets:
The Forex Market
The Forex market is the only 24-hour market, opening Sunday 10:00 PM (22:00) GMT, and running continuously until Friday 10:00 PM (22:00) GMT. If you live in New York (GMT-5) daily trade starts at 5:00 PM (17:00) local time, and ends at 5:00 PM (17:00) the day after. Please be advised of the potential for illiquid market conditions particularly at the opening of the trading week. These conditions may result in smaller returns for some currency pairs based on market liquidity.
The Forex Day
The Forex day begins with the opening of Sydney’s Forex market in Australia at 10:00 PM GMT, and ends with the closing of New York’s market, a day after at 10:00 PM GMT, the market then immediately reopens in Sydney. The primary Forex markets, in the order of their opening times, are Sydney, Tokyo, London and New York. The Forex Market provides 24 hour access to trading opportunities, but the best time to trade is in those periods when different market trading hours overlap, as liquidity increases significantly. This tool allows the trader to know which are the periods when two Forex trading sessions are overlapping.
The opening and closing times impact when you must close your day trades, and it is important to remember that a Forex day does not correspond to a calendar day. For example, if you are living in London (GMT), open a position at 9:30 PM then close it at 10:30 AM, your trade goes from one to another Forex day and a rollover/swap will apply. If you open a position at 10:30 PM and close it the next day at 11:00 AM, your trade is closed within the same Forex day and no rollover/swap will apply.
Stocks Trading Times
Stocks are only available to trade when the exchange that they are traded on is open. So for example if you wish to trade Apple stock that is traded on the NASDQ exchange in New York it can only be traded when the NASDAQ is open for trading.