FOREX Session Time Zones
Forex Trading Hours in Your Area
At about 5pm New York time Sunday afternoon the Tokyo/Asian session opens and FOREX trading
starts non-stop going into the European trading session at about 3am EST and then on to the American session at 8am
EST time until it makes full circle back to the Asian trading session never stopping, trading over a TRILLION and a
half dollars every single trading day.
Actually the Federal Reserve has an even better description of the FOREX Time zones...
"Somewhere on the planet, financial centers are open for business, and banks and other institutions are
trading the dollar and other currencies, every hour of the day and night, aside from possible minor gaps on
weekends. In financial centers around the world, business hours overlap; as some centers close, others open and
begin to trade. The foreign exchange market follows the sun around the earth.
The International Date Line is located in the western Pacific, and each business day arrives first in the
Asia-Pacific financial centers— first Wellington, New Zealand, then Sydney, Australia, followed by Tokyo, Hong
Kong, and Singapore. A few hours later, while markets remain active in those Asian centers, trading begins in
Bahrain and elsewhere in the Middle East. Later still, when it is late in the business day in Tokyo, markets in
Europe open for business. Subsequently, when it is early afternoon in Europe, trading in New York and other U.S.
centers starts. Finally, completing the circle, when it is mid- or late-afternoon in the United States, the next
day has arrived in the Asia-Pacific area, the first markets there have opened, and the process begins again."
– Sam Cross – Federal Reserve Bank
The FOREX trading hours charts below are based on the twenty four hour clock. To determine which session is
currently trading, use the chart for the area in which you live and remember the times are approximate.