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Forex Market Hours Map
I’m currently in the middle of creating a video-course for Traders who are just starting out into the unbound Forex Market. In one of the tutorials I talk about Forex Market Hours and I needed a World Map which would visualize Forex Timezones. I looked around but couldn’t find anything decent – all of them were either poorly made or in bad resolution. So I created my own forex market hours map which I want to share with you today!
The timeline at the bottom of the map is based on GMT time. More timezones are available at the bottom of this post.
To Download in HD scroll down and select your timezone
Forex Timezones Explained
You can check out this brief video and understand the essence of Forex market hours and time zones. This video is part of our course Forex Trading A-Z. Now you can watch this part for FREE!
What can we see from this visualisation of Forex Market Hours?
How can we use this information in our trading?
Let’s look at the sessions one-by-one and see what exactly happens over a 24-hour period on the Forex Market.
If we go from right to left (just as the sun rises – from East to West), then you will notice that the first session to open is the Sydney Forex Market session. Australians are the first ones into a new day*. It’s still 22:00 of the previous day in London when Sydney Banks open up!
*Actually, it’s New Zealand. Their Forex Market Hours are 20:00-05:00 GMT, however the associated trade volumes are very low so it’s better to focus on the Australian session.
The Tokyo session follows shortly after. This session is also called the Asian session, because right after Tokyo large economic hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong start waking up. The Asian session starts around 00:00 GMT time, when most of Europe is in a deep sleep. This is why you often hear European traders talking about waking up at 3am to trade the Asian session before going back to bed.
Also, you may have already noticed that some Forex sessions overlap quite significantly. For example, the Australian session and Asian session. You can use this to your advantage knowing that pairs like AUDJPY and NZDJPY will have the highest volatility during the Forex Market Hours of these two sessions.
Undoubtedly, London is the Economic Centre of Europe, and it’s just natural that the European sessions is also called the London session. Moreover, by the time the Brits wake up, other major economic hubs like Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Zurich have already started into their Forex Market Hours for the day.
An interesting observation is that the Forex Market Hours of the Tokyo and London sessions overlap for approximately 1 hour (varies for other European countries). You can (and probably should!) use this fact to your advantage. This means that all the crosses of European currencies and the JPY will have the highest volatility at the start of the European session. So if you are trading the GBPJPY you can simply carry out a few powerful trades between 8am-9am GMT, and then you are free for the day!
New York Session
Forex market hours of the US start with New York. This is because New York is one of the biggest financial centres in the world as well as being the East-most major city in America. The American session includes other major economic hubs such as Chicago (World’s largest derivative market), Toronto (Canadian financial hub), and others.
What happens when you put more firewood into a fire? That’s right! It burns even harder. Same thing here – New York and London are the two of the World’s biggest finance centres, and the American session starts when Europe is only half-way through. Of course, you are going to get an extremely fast-paced and volatile market!
You can profit from this! A lot of the major pairs like EURUSD, GBPUSD and USDCHF experience massive movements and specific patterns during this time. In fact, I created a holistic trading strategy for the GBPUSD just based on this one fact. The strategy is called Simple System v6.0 and you can find it in this course. It uses an extremely profitable pattern that I discovered for GBPUSD.
Forex Market Hours Summary
Finally, you can see that although the New York and Australian sessions don’t overlap, they follow each other back-to-back. This illustrates why the Forex market is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Whatever your trading strategy, it is always beneficial to keep in mind the Forex Market Hours of the Four Forex sessions. Different sessions are dominated by different types of traders, banks, governments and, as we saw, – currency pairs. Taking this into account will certainly give you a competitive advantage.
Your Forex Timezone
The Forex Market Hours Map is in HD (over 1920p) resolution, so you can even use it as your desktop background if you like!
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