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Timing is Everything

Market timingĀ refers to an investing strategy through which aĀ marketĀ participant makes buying or selling decisions by predicting the price movements of a financial asset in the future. Investors following the strategy aim to outperform theĀ marketĀ by taking a long position (buying) atĀ marketĀ bottoms and a short position (selling) atĀ marketĀ tops.

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The forex market is open 24 hours a day during the weekdays which allows traders to potentially trade all day and all night.

Rule Number 1: No trading decision during trading hoursĀ 

Knowing the forex marketā€™s operating hours is essential for a trader. You need to know when the forex market opens and closes as well as the four main trading sessions.

You need also to pick the session you want to trade. Planning a session beforehand, also trading at the beginning or the very end of a session is key

The Forex Market Time Zone Converter displays which trading session(s) is open in your current local time.

Forex Trading Sessions

Just because youĀ canĀ trade the market any time of the day or night doesn’t necessarily mean that youĀ should.

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See baby pips for a great lesson on the various trading session and Forex trading hoursĀ 

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What are the forex market sessions?

There are four trading sessions in the forex market:

  • Sydney is open from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am UTC
  • Tokyo is open from 12:00 am to 9:00 am UTC
  • London is open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm UTC
  • New York is open from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm UTC

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