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18. What Should You Know About Trading The New York Session


After the Asian and the London session, the big fishes enter into the market, i.e., the New York market. When London’s session is halfway through its trading, the New York markets make an entry into the market. Precisely, the New York session begins at 8:00 AM EST. This session is also referred to as the North American session. The liquidity during this session is pretty high.

As we have discussed the average pip movement in the Tokyo session and the London session, let us compare the pip movement by considering all the three sessions. The London session tops the table, which is then followed by the New York session and, finally, the Tokyo session.

Average Pip Movement

London session > New York session > Tokyo session

Now, let us see the average pip movement for some of the extensively traded currencies in the market.

How to trade the New York session

The New York session opens at 8:00 AM EST, which is during the London session. That is, there is an overlap between the two sessions. Since the world’s two largest markets are trading in the forex market, one can expect a high volume of orders flowing into the markets. Hence, this is an ideal time to enter the market as the spreads are quite low during this phase of time.

During the New York session, the economic news begins to drop. And as a matter of fact, 85% of the news is related to the US Dollar. So, news traders can keep a close watch on all the US Dollar pairs as the news typically moves the market drastically.

During the market open, the liquidity of the market is excellent, but as the noon approaches, it begins to drop. That is, during lunch hours, the market goes into a consolidation phase.

Another interesting fact to consider is, the market loses its momentum on Friday afternoon as the weekend begins for the Asian and the European markets. Hence, it is not a good idea to trade on Friday afternoons. Apart from momentum, it is possible for the markets to reverse its direction as the traders might look to square their positions off.

Which pairs should you have on your watchlist

The liquidity during the start of the session is excellent, as the London markets are open as well. So, during this time, you can choose to trade any pair. However, it is recommended to concentrate more on the major and minor currency pairs.

Several news events come in during this session. So, a news trader can take advantage of them, although a novice trader should stay away from pairs affected by such events, as it requires abilities unrelated to technical analysis.

Therefore, all in all, the New York session is a session that can be profitable for all types of traders. The volatility of the market during this session stands in between the London session and the Asian session. Hence, if you’re a novice trader, it is a good idea to start off with the New York session.

We have completed this short tutorial in the New York session. And in the next lesson, we shall go more precisely into when exactly to trade the Forex market. Let’s see if you have understood this lesson correctly by answering the questions below.

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14.The Different Sessions In The Forex Market


The forex market is traded all across the world. In fact, it is open 24 hours. And these markets are traded in countries when their national markets are open. There are about four major countries where vast lumps of cash flow in and out of the forex market and thereby keeping it very liquid and volatile. To trade professionally, having an idea of the different markets open and close is vital. Hence, in this lesson, we shall be going over the various sessions in the forex market.

Forex market trading sessions

Though all countries trade in the forex market, there are a few countries where the massive volume of trading takes place. The 24 hours trading in the forex market is divided into four sessions. These four sessions are given as follows:

• The Sydney Session 

• The Tokyo Session

• The London Session

• The New York Session

Moreover, the open and close of these sessions vary based on the season as well. One session falls between March/April to October/November, and the other starts from October/November and goes up to March/April. The former is the spring/summer session, and the latter is the Fall/Winter session.

Trade timings during Spring/Summer (in the US)

Trade timings during the Fall/Winter (in the US)

Note that the time represented is the local time (US) and the EST, and is different from every country’s standard time. However, the standard market timings for most countries lie within 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Furthermore, there is an overlap between sessions. That is, during the overlap, the Forex market is traded by two regions simultaneously. For example,

The New York and the London session has an overlap between 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

The Sydney and the Tokyo session overlaps between 7:00 AM and 2:00 AM

And the London and the Tokyo session overlaps between 3:00 AM to 4:00 AM.

These overlapping sessions are essential for traders because at that time is when more liquidity and volatility are created in currency pairs. This is so because traders from two markets operate simultaneously.

Hence, this completes the lesson on the different sessions in the forex market. And in further lessons, we shall discuss each one of the sessions in detail. For now, test your learning of this lesson by taking up the quiz below.

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