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The schedule of trading sessions

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To know the schedule of Forex trading sessions means being able to allocate your efforts rationally. Use your opportunities and time effectively!

The Forex market operates around the clock. Trading sessions partially overlap one another, so traders can trade at any convenient time, except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

To know the schedule of trading sessions on Forex is useful because currencies behave differently during a particular session. For example, during the Asian session the most actively traded currency is yen (JPY) while euro (EUR) trading intensifies in the European session. The rest of the time sharp price movements of these currencies are unusual.


During these trading session the most intensively traded pairs are USD/JPY, EUR/JPY, EUR/USD and AUD/USD. Asia-Pacific trading sessions are the calmest. Strong movements rarely happen, only when important news are revealed.


The most active trading during the European session involves EUR/USD, EUR/JPY, GBP/CHF, GBP/USD, GBP/JPY, GBP/AUD, GBP/CAD currency pairs.

Changes in currency rates during the European session can be substantial. The highest volatility may appear at the opening of London market and in the evening.


The busiest trading starts with the opening of New-York session. Volatility may increase also after stopping the operation on the European market and before weekends. American session tends to be the most aggressive one.

The name of
the session
Financial centers UTC/GMT EET Local time
Opening Closing Opening Closing Opening Closing
Pacific Wellington 20:00 5:00 23:00 8:00 20:00 05:00
Sydney 22:00 7:00 1:00 10:00 22:00 07:00
Asia Tokyo 23:00 8:00 2:00 11:00 23:00 08:00
Hong Kong, Singapore 0:00 9:00 3:00 12:00 00:00 09:00
Europe Frankfurt, Zurich, Paris 6:00 15:00 9:00 18:00 06:00 15:00
London 7:00 16:00 10:00 19:00 07:00 16:00
America New-York 13:00 22:00 16:00 1:00 13:00 22:00
Chicago 14:00 23:00 17:00 2:00 14:00 23:00


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