How Asian Forex Trading Sessions Work

Although it might seem irrelevant to newbies, knowing when forex markets work is a very important part of an investor’s planning and strategy. Knowing that the market works five days a week, across the world is great, but that doesn’t mean you can trade any pair at any random time and expect to make a profit.

The truth is that, large as the forex market happens to be, it doesn’t move all the time. Even when the market is active, certain currencies see peak activity at certain times – with some being dead at other times.

This makes knowing when each session begins and ends extremely important, as these times will dictate your strategy regarding what to trade and when. In essence, the time of trade might be a constant for certain markets, but the dynamics of each trading session will differ. So, there are pointers to watch out for in segmented forex markets that can make a huge difference between profits and huge losses.

When is the forex Asian session open?

The forex Asian session is open when the Asian markets are open. However, you usually won’t want to choose just any random Asian market, so just making sure it’s daytime on a weekday on the eastern side of the world won’t cut it.

When people talk about the forex Asian session time, they usually refer specifically to the Tokyo market and its opening and closing hours. Alternately, some might refer to the Australian market since, although not an Asian country, Australia is on a close enough time zone that both sessions largely overlap – meaning a trader could well play both markets at the same time.

The Tokyo session, which is the main Asian session, opens Monday to Friday, from 9AM to 6PM Tokyo time. This trading period translates to a 12:00 – 9:00AM GMT or, in US/EST times, between 8PM and 5AM during spring and summer and between 7PM and 4AM during fall and winter.

The session as highlighted thus plays a huge role that is what the consideration of anyone who is trading forex and using Asian currency pairs for that matter. Otherwise, it will be better to avoid Asian currencies when trading forex if you are not ready to understand the time for its trading sessions.

Why does the specific time for forex sessions matter?

It’s easy to think of the global currency market as a massive mechanism where people exchange currency 24/7, a market that never sleeps and where there’s activity at any random hour.

That’s not entirely false, too. Indeed there are people all over the world performing currency exchanges at all times, in all currencies. However, that doesn’t mean markets move during all those times. While extreme, catastrophic events (such as the Brexit referendum) can make a currency take a tumble during off-trading hours, most of the time, currency values will go up or down only while their related market is open.

Due to this, it makes little sense to trade GBP when everyone in England is sleeping, or to trade AUD when it’s night over there. Forex markets move based on supply and demand, and this supply and demand is generally predicated on local developments. At night, it’s extremely rare for local developments to take place in the marketplace except it is a rather massive tsunami of some sorts.

That doesn’t mean you won’t find anyone willing to trade. There’s an after-hours market, one that’s open 24/7, so you should find someone lurking in the wings. But, since you’re in forex to make a profit from market movements, it won’t make any sense to trade at those hours – since the markets are quiet with little or no activity going on.