Sunday, 15 November 2015

Global Market Hours and Binary Options Trading

Global Market Hours and Binary Options Trading
While there are always markets open for trading binary options, each market is open during different times during a 24-hour period. For example, Australian markets are closed during normal trading hours in the American markets. This means, that American markets cannot immediately react to a possible market-changing event in Australia until the market reopens and vice versa.
Depending on which markets and/or assets you choose to trade online, there will be different overlap hours and “peak hours” for optimal opportunities for gains. It is up the individual trader to decide on the optimal time to execute a binary option trade.
To help you to decide the best time to trade, we have put together an overview of the different tradable markets and their overlapping trading times.

Global Foreign Exchange Trading Hours (GMT)

When Should I Trade Binary Options?
While you can trade binary options any time of the day, different markets have different trading sessions. Therefore, knowing market opening and overlap hours when assessing a news event’s potential impact can be very important to your binary options strategy.
The four major foreign exchange markets are New York, London, Tokyo, and Sydney. These markets’ opening and closing times in can be seen below:
Tokyo opens at 00:00 to 09:00 (GMT)
London opens at 07:00 to 16:00 (GMT)
New York opens at 12:00 to 21:00 (GMT)
Sydney opens at 21:00 to 6:00 (GMT)
The overlap hours for the foreign exchange markets are as follows:

New York and London overlap for 4 hours – from 12:00 to 16:00 (GMT)
London and Tokyo overlap for 2 hours– from 07:00 to 09:00 (GMT)
Sydney and Tokyo overlap for 6 hours– from 00:00 to 06:00 (GMT)

The above overlapping market hours present optimal options trading opportunities, as the markets are most active during these times and the greatest gains from market volatility are possible due to the high volume being traded.
For example, the optimal time to maximize gains from trading EUR/USD, GBP/USD, or USD/CHF currency pairs is from 12:00 to 16:00 (GMT). As New York and London are both open at these times, the greatest changes in movement should be expected.
Likewise, if a trader is interested in trading EUR/JPY, 07:00 to 09:00 would most likely offer the greatest opportunities.
The least active time to trade, and therefore the time with the least potential for exploiting market fluctuations, is the period between 21:00 and 00:00 (GMT), when only the Australian market is open and no overlap with other markets exists.
While there is always a trade to be made, the best chances for price swings and therefore higher gains when trading binary options are during the hours of peak market activity.


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