Forex Basic Strategies

Trading The High Low Breakout ‘Asian Forex Session’

The significant advantage of the forex market is it opens 24 hours a day, which provides a couple of trading opportunities to traders around the globe. There are four major trading sessions that exist, the first one of Asia, followed by Frankfurt, London, and New York. All of these are the significant sessions that allow investors to trade even in opening sessions or even in the middle of the night. But not all the trading sessions are equally volatile; for example, London and New York are the biggest sessions where a lot of volume traded, and on the other hand, traders believe that the Frankfurt and Asian sessions are the least traded session in the market.

So this mentality stops the traders from trading the Asian session. Another reason might be that when the Asian session opens, half of the world slept, that’s why the price action is less volatile in the market. In a less volatile market, simply it is difficult for the traders to seize the more significant gains, and even in less volatile conditions, traders hate to trade the markets, and if you are the one who is always looking to make quick bucks in the volatile conditions. In this article, we will show you the strategy we created, especially to take advantage of the Asian markets.

We believe you know that London is the most significant trading session in the market, which provides where most of the traders around the globe, bankers, and institutions trade the market. In the London market, most of the currencies show a lot of volatility, and you can trade all of it, but it is advisable to give preference to the GBP, CHF, USD, and EUROS.

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First of all, we suggest you follow the link below and find out when the London session starts according to your country’s time.

After finding out the opening time of the London session according to your local time, the next step is to sit on your desk one hour prior to the London opening and find out which of the currencies performed better in the Asian session and mark the Asian session High and Low. The next step is to wait for the London opening and in London session when the price action breaks the Asian session high or low take trade in that direction. As you know, London is the biggest session, so always expect longer moves.  This strategy is specially created for intraday traders, so always trade the Asian high and lows on lower timeframes, such as 5, 15, or 30 minutes.

According to the GMT, the Asian session opens at Midnight and closes at Morning 08:00, and the London session also opened the morning at 8:00 AM, so before the London, opening finds out the Asian high low to take the trade. The image represents the opening, high, and close of the Asian session, the below image clearly represents that the GBPAUD forex pair, didn’t move much in the Asian session and even it turned into a range to give us trades in the London Session.

The major mistake most of the breakout traders made is they don’t wait to confirm the breakout, and sometimes price action came back into the range, and they end up losing side. So it is advisable to confirm the breakout first then only activate your trade. As you can see in the below image, when price action breakout the Asian high and low in the London session, it started holding below the breakout line, which confirms that the breakout is real.

The image below represents our entry, exit, and take profit in this forex pair; we took entry when the price action holds below the breakout line. The stop loss was just above the breakout; the reason for the smaller stops is that the holding below the breakout line confirms the stability of the breakout. Some traders like to trade only the London session, and they exit their positions as the London session closes. It is your personal preference. However, we recommend you hold your positions for the more extended targets because the London session overlaps with the US session, and the US is the biggest session in the industry, where the traders with deep pockets trade the markets. So just like London, if the markets allow you to hold your position for the US session, then go ahead and milk the market. The last green on the below image represents the London closing, but we decided to go for the deeper targets because the trend of the market was quite healthy, which is a sign for us to hold our winning position.

The image below represents the Asian, opening, high, low, and close on the GBPAUD forex pair.

The image below shows that the Asian session failed to make any move in this pair, and it just holds sideways because it was waiting for London to open so that the increased volatility moves the market. When London opens then price action immediately breakout the range, it started holding above the range, which was a confirmation to go long in this pair.

The below image represents our entry, exit, and take profit in this pair; we took entry when price action holds above the breakout line. The stops were just below the breakout, and for the take profit, we decided to lose our position at the major resistance line in the US session.


Asian session high low breakout is an intraday strategy; it helps you to trade all the sessions in the market. You can take data from the Asian session and use it in the London session to take an entry, and the volatility and strength of the US session help you to exit your position at more significant gains. This is the beauty of this strategy, which makes you active in all the sessions. The more you use this strategy, the better your trading will be, and the deeper understanding you will have of all the trading sessions.

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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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15. All About Trading The Tokyo Session!


Japan’s capital Tokyo, is the most majorly traded market in the Asian continent. That is, in Asia, the highest volume comes from the Tokyo market. In fact, it is considered the financial capital of Asia. Moreover, it is the third-largest trading center in the world.

The Tokyo session, also referred to as the Asia session, opens at 8:00 PM EST and is traded until 5:00 AM EST. In terms of Japan’s local time, the trading happens between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. As ‘Yen’ is the currency of Japan, 16.50% of all the Yen transactions take place during this time. And as far as all currency transactions are concerned, the value lies at 21%.

The one that matters the most during any session is the pip movement in different pairs. Below is a table which represents the average pip movement for some of the major currency pair.

Now, the average of the above currency pairs turns out to be around 53 pips. This number is less when compared to the New York session and the London session.

Some facts about trading the Tokyo session

During this session, the market is seen to fade away its momentum. That is, the market is seen to be quite flat. In technical terms, the market usually goes through a consolidation state. This session might not be the ideal session for the ones looking for large pip movement. However, this session can be great for scalpers.

Tokyo market typically is known to correct the overbuying and selling in the New York session. The market makes drastic moves during the NY session and comes to slows down its pace during the Tokyo session. Therefore, the liquidity during this session is quite feeble.

It is not just the central banks and hedge funds that move the market. Since Japan is the largest exporter in the world, a large number of transactions come from the exporters as well.

Also, the Bank of Japan is an active participant in the forex market during the Tokyo session. This is because it intervenes the curb appreciation in the Yen regularly.

Which currency pairs should you focus on?

The market conditions and situations tend to change from time to time, so it becomes uncertain to predict the exact movement of pairs. However, if we were to consider the average rates, we can keep an eye on the news from countries like Australia, New Zealand, China, and Japan. The news from these countries comes during the Tokyo session or just before its open. And the news usually pumps up the volatility and liquidity of the market. Hence, one can have a focus on AUD, NZD, and JPY pairs.

When the Tokyo session comes to an end, the London markets open, which causes overlap between the two sessions. So, to be part of the significant movements, keep an eye on GBP, EUR, and CHF along with AUD, NZD, JPY, and USD.

This is a brief review of the Tokyo session. We shall discuss the other sessions as well in the upcoming lessons. Take the below quiz to know if you have learned the concepts right.

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