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Overlaps of the trading sessions
periods of high liquidity and increase in market volume

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  • Asian Pacific Overlap on Market 24h Clock, Slider, Summer
  • Asian Pacific Overlap on Market 24h Clock, Slider, Winter
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  • European - Asian Overlap on Market 24h Clock, Slider, Summer
  • European - Asian Overlap on Market 24h Clock, Slider, Winter
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  • U.S. - european Overlap on Market 24h Clock, Slider, Summer
  • U.S. - european Overlap on Market 24h Clock, Slider, Winter
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Pacific - Asian Overlap displayed on the Market 24h clock
Asian Session and Pacific Session Overlap.

Green area is the Market Activity Sector for peak activity on Asian and Pacific markets.

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Economic Calendar

Asian - Pacific Overlap

12:00 am - 06:00 am

This Overlap is the period of intersection of the New Zealand (Wellington) and Australian (Sydney) markets with the Asian markets in Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Trading in Sydney and Wellington first overlaps with Tokyo from 12:00 am. Next, Singapore opens at 01:00 am followed by markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai at 01:30 am. The intersection lasts till the New Zealand Exchange closes at 04:45 am and then finally the Asian - Pacific Overlap ends with the closing of the Sydney at 06:00 am.

The most liquid period of this overlap would be the time, when Asian Markets are all open and pip fluctuation is higher. The most actively traded currencies are AUD, JPY, NZD and their crosses: EUR/JPY, AUD/USD, AUD/JPY, EUR/AUD, NZD/USD, AUD/NZD and NZD/JPY.

Asian - Pacific overlap offers medium volatility within the markets.


European - Asian Overlap displayed on the Market 24h clock
European Session and Asian Session Overlap with two major Middle Eastern Stock Markets in Riyadh and Dubai.

Green area is the Market Activity Sector for peak activity on European and Asian markets.

European - Asian Overlap

08:00 am - 09:00 am

The European - Asian Overlap starts with the opening of the London Stock Exchange, Zurich and Frankfurt at 08:00 am. Main trading in Tokyo ends at 06:00 am (you can see it on the Market 24h Clock).
The Night Session however, for Index Futures, Index Options and other Derivatives, starts at 06:30 am and continues till 05:55 pm. And this is where Tokyo and the European Trading Session overlaps, and the most liquidity is offered for the Japanese Yen and the European Yen crosses, EUR/JPY, GBP/JPY and CHF/JPY, as well as USD/JPY.

The intersection of the European and Hong Kong markets occurs only in Summer and lasts for an hour; Singapore has 2 hours for Summer and 1 hour of overlap for Winter: from 08:00 am to 09:00 am. Obviously, this will be time of high liquidity for European HKD and SGD crosses.

The least volatile of the three overlaps because of the short-term intersection and absence of the majority of U.S. traders (it is night in the U.S.).


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European - American Overlap displayed on the Market 24h clock
U.S. Session and European Session Overlap.

Green area is the Market Activity Sector for peak activity on U.S. and European markets.

Keep an eye on when and what economic data is released:

Economic Calendar

U.S. - European Overlap

01:00 pm - 04:35 pm

This overlap is often referred to as the best time to trade EUR/USD. It is the period of the highest liquidity for major European currencies, EUR, GBP and CHF, and their crosses. E.g. GBP/CHF and GBP/JPY have the broadest daily ranges.

It starts as New York opens at 01:00 pm and the heaviest trading begins both on American and European Markets. EUR/USD, GBP/USD or USD/CHF currency pairs will be the most active during this period.

European and American trading sessions overlap has 80% of the total average range of trading for all of the currency pairs during U.S. trading hours and 70% of the total average range of trading for all of the currency pairs during the European trading hours.

Intersection of American and European Sessions are the most volatile overlapping hours of all.



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