- The Forex Market trades 24 hours a day 5 days a week
- The greatest amount of volatility happens during market open overlap.
- Forex traders can enter and exit trades at any time during the global business day
The 24 hour 5 day access afforded to Forex traders has many unique advantages not available to traders in other markets. Forex traders’ 24 hour access to the market allow them to manage trades any time in the face of impending risks, take advantage of global trading opportunities whenever they arise, and trade during market time overlaps.
Divided in to four trading sessions; Sydney, Tokyo, London/Europe and New York, traders have their pick of trading times to meet fit their schedules. However, when sensitive global markets are rocked by overnight news or the latest “flavor” of financial crisis, Forex traders can be comforted that they can exit a trade or enter 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Unlike their stock trading brethren who have to sit idly by while economic releases or other high impact news rocks the market, Forex traders can reduce risk by exiting positions without having to wait for an opening bell.
When the phrase “Money never sleeps” was created, the Forex market could have been the inspiration. Spanning across the globe through a vast network of interconnected banks, the Forex market provides many trading opportunities that happen around the clock. A scheduled interest rate announcement at 12 AM ET in Australia can be traded as easily as the US interest rate announcement at 2pm ET because the Forex market doesn’t close. Forex traders are not restricted by time when it comes to trading opportunities that happen after the equity markets have closed.
Learn Forex: Forex Market Overlaps
In addition, Forex traders can take advantage of the volatility generated during times when major markets overlap. The most volatile Forex market conditions occur when the Sydney and Tokyo equity trading sessions overlap, the Tokyo/London overlap, and the London/New York overlap. By not being restricted by a closing or opening bell, Forex traders can place trades during these very liquid and volatile market times. Remember that market volatility is a trader’s life blood. The search for liquidity and volatility end here with the 24-hour/5 day a week Forex market. Traders can manage risk with time restrictions, take advantage of trading opportunities at any time and trade during trade session overlaps.
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---Written by Gregory McLeod Trading Instructor