#1 Tutorial on choosing the best trading hours on Olymp Trade


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Time is undeniably important. It plays a crucial role in your success because when trading currency pairs on Olymp Trade (whether it is CFD or fixed-time trades) you need to choose the time in conjunction with a currency pair. The trading hours of currency markets varies in different time zones. The main four financial centers are Sydney, Tokyo, London, and New York. Some are open in the mornings, some in the afternoons or evenings, according to your time zone.

When you know on which market you are going to trade, you need to define its opening hours. If you’d rather trade when the volatility is high you should choose hours when the connected country’s financial market is open. If you would rather trade on small movements, then you should choose less active hours for the chosen currency pair. You need to keep in mind that the currency pair as a financial instrument is always made of two currencies. Every currency is connected to their country’s economy. So, as a rule, you can expect higher volatility when the financial market in a particular country is open.

In this guide, you will find all the information you need in order to select the best hours for trading on Olymp Trade.

Keep in mind that I am using the 00 GMT time zone (London time.)

Key Takeaways🔑

Trading hours play a crucial role in currency trading success on Olymp Trade.
Four main financial centers (Sydney, Tokyo, London, and New York) have varying opening hours, impacting currency pair volatility.
Choose the best trading hours based on your preferences, strategy, and currency pairs’ volatility.


4 main financial centers and their opening hours

Every market is open for 9 hours. But because those 9 hours do not start at the same moment all over the world, as a result, currency markets are working 5 days a week, 24 hours a day. The European market (London) overlaps with both the American (New York) and the Asian market (Tokyo). Australian markets (Sydney) is open after American markets close. It gives many opportunities to make a profit for fixed-time trade and currency pair traders.

Here are the times when the main financial centers are open (we are using 00GMT time zone):

currency market trading hours Olymp Trade


currency market hoursTip! We have created a clever tool that allows you to detect the most suitable time to trade currency pairs according to the time zone. It is called the Currency Market Hours Tool.



currency market time zones

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Every person has his own rhythm of the day. Some function better in the mornings, some in the evenings. The traders are no different. Some prefer to work in the mornings, others late in the night. Look below and find out what currency pairs are best to trade according to day time.

If morning trading is something that suits you best (from 5 am to 12 pm) here are the currency pairs for you:

Currency pairs with high volatility: NZD/USD, EUR/JPY, GBP/USD

Currency pairs with average volatility: USD/JPY, USD/CHF, USD/CAD

If you would rather trade in the afternoon (12 pm to 7 pm):

Currency pairs with high volatility: EUR/JPY, USD/JPY, USD/CHF, USD/CAD, GBP/USD, GBP/JPY, EUR/USD, EUR/GBP

Currency pairs with average volatility: AUD/USD, NZD/USD

Pros and Cons of Trading on Olymp Trade

Pros 👍 Cons 👎
Wide range of currency pairs available. Requires time zone adjustments for global traders.
24/5 trading opportunities. Market volatility can be challenging for inexperienced traders.
Offers educational resources and tools. No trading on weekends.

Currency Pair Best Time to Trade (GMT)
EUR/USD 12:00 – 19:00
USD/JPY 00:00 – 06:00, 12:00 – 19:00
GBP/USD 07:00 – 19:00
USD/CAD 12:00 – 19:00
AUD/USD 21:00 – 05:00

If you are a night owl and late trading talks to you (from 7 pm to 5 am):

Currency pairs with high volatility: AUD/USD

Currency pairs with average volatility: EUR/JPY, NZD/USD, USD/JPY, USD/CHF, USD/CAD, GBP/USD, GBP/JPY, EUR/USD, EUR/GBP

Get familiar with the 10 charts below so that you have a deeper understanding of the volatility of various currency pairs in specific time frames.

volatility of AUDUSD

volatility of EURGBP

volatility of EURJPY

volatility of EURUSD

volatility of GBPJPY

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volatility of NZDUSD

volatility of USDCAD

volatility of USDCHF

volatility of USDJPY

Time is crucial. You ought to define a time period that matches best your trading strategy. So just to illustrate this, if markets with high volatility are something that suits your plan best, you should aim at the time period from 12.00 GMT to 19.00 GMT.

Now you know how to choose the right time for trading on the Olymp Trade Platform. Don’t wait too long to put the theory into practice. But better safe than sorry. Try your new skills on your demo account first. Then you are ready to make your real trade.

Wish you luck!

Q&A: Currency Trading on Olymp Trade

  • Q1: Is Olymp Trade a good platform for beginners?
  • A1: Yes, Olymp Trade offers educational resources and tools that can help beginners learn and improve their trading skills.
  • Q2: How does the Olymp Trade platform help me choose the best time to trade currency pairs?
  • A2: Olymp Trade provides a Currency Market Hours Tool to help you identify the most suitable time to trade currency pairs based on your time zone and preferences.
  • Q3: Can I trade on weekends with Olymp Trade?
  • A3: No, currency markets are open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, which means you cannot trade on weekends.
  • Q4: What are the best currency pairs to trade for high volatility?
  • A4: Some high volatility currency pairs include EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and USD/JPY. However, the best currency pairs to trade may change depending on your strategy and time of day.
  • Q5: Should I always trade during high market volatility?
  • A5: Not necessarily. Your trading strategy should determine whether you trade during high or low market volatility. High volatility offers more opportunities but also increases risk, while low volatility might lead to more stable, smaller gains.

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Bart Bregman

Full time day trading, and helping out with Olymp Trade wiki in my spare time to create an awesome platform for beginners. I'm a digital nomad that travels the world while working from everywhere!

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