December 03, 2021

In the last few years forex trading turned from an unknown investment opportunity to one of the most popular online career. Trading currencies is attractive due to the fact that it is open day and night. A 24 hour market allows you to join in any time for as long as you want to.

The Forex Trading Times

The international currency market is not actually dominated by a single market exchange, but instead, entails a global network of exchanges and brokers throughout the world. Forex trading hours are based on when trading is open in every participating country.

The 4 major Forex trading sessions are as follows:

  • London
  • New York
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo

Minor sessions are:

  • Wellington/Auckland
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore

how to trade american session

There are several time zones and therefore different trading sessions - European time zone (London), North American time zone (New York) an Asian time zone (Tokyo). The most exciting session is American, where main currency pairs are traded. 

Right as European traders are getting back from their lunch breaks, the U.S. session begins at 8:00 am EST as traders start rolling into the office.

New York opening hours are 14:00 GMT – 22:00 GMT

Chicago forex markets open at 15:00 GMT and close at 23:00 GMY

About 17% of all forex transactions happen in New York.  These include the EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/CHF, USD/JPY, USD/CAD, AUD/USD and NZD/USD. 

When you hear that forex is available 24 hours a day, your first perception is that traders trade nonstop. While technically it is possible, most traders prefer to stick with one or two time zones and seek trading opportunities there, especially when two time zones overlap.

When you select one specific session to trade in, you have to learn everything about it, especially which economic news influences it the most and when it is most active. 

What is a Trading Session?

  • A trading session is the primary trading hours for a given asset and locale.
  • The typical session for U.S. stocks is the most clearly defined trading session.
  • The working hours of the NYSE mark the most active period for trading within a 24-hour time period.

What is the best time to trade currency pair?

The week begins at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday and runs until 5 p.m. on Friday. Not all hours of the day are equally good for trading. The best time to trade is when the market is most active.

What should I trade during New York session?

The best forex pairs to trade during the New York session would be your majors, like EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, EUR/JPY, GBP/JPY, and USD/CHF.
The Most Profitable FX Pairs for Scalping
  • Nowadays, in this category we can include EUR/USD, USD/CHF, GBP/USD, and USD/JPY. ...
  • For the moment, the most important examples for the category are: USD/JPY, EUR/USD, AUD/JPY, NZD/JPY, AUD/USD, and EUR/AUD. ...
  • We can enumerate the pairs: USD/SEK, USD/ZAR, USD/TRI, NOK/USD, and BRL/USD or the Russian ruble.

Today I want to look at American session. During this particular session, the activity is most visible and allows traders to catch a lot of profitable opportunities during its time frame. Both activity and volatility presents plenty chances to make money.

American session is also filled with high liquidity and high trading activity, since almost 80% of all traders have dollar as a half of the preferred currency pair. The biggest currency movement occurs between 10:30 to 11:30 New York time. 

During American session some of the biggest economic releases come out. Below are just some of it:

US Home Sales

Unemployment data

Non-Farm Consumer



Trade Balance

Non-farm payroll (comes on on the 1st Friday of every month) 

Knowing when the market is active or slow is important to every trader: short-term day trader builds his career around positions during volatile periods of the day, while long-term trader prefers to engage in trading during quiet hours.