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Course 306 – Best Days to Trade Forex

Course 306 – Best Days of the Week to Trade Forex

Now we’ve learnt that the London session is the busiest of all the sessions, it’s also notes worthy to know that there are also certain days in the week when all the markets tend to exhibit stronger movement.

Below is a chart of average pip range for the major pairs for each day of the week:


EUR/USD 69 109 142 136 145 144
GBP/USD 73 149 172 152 169 179
USD/JPY 41 65 82 91 124 98
AUD/USD 58 84 114 99 115 111
NZD/USD 28 81 98 87 100 96
USD/CAD 43 93 112 106 120 125
USD/CHF 55 84 119 107 104 116
EUR/JPY 19 133 178 159 223 192
GBP/JPY 100 169 213 179 270 232
EUR/GBP 35 74 81 79 75 91
EUR/CHF 35 55 55 64 87 76

From the chart above, it’s obvious that trading is best done during the middle of the week, since this is when it’s most active in the markets.

On Fridays, business is pretty much half day because it’s usually busy until 12:00 pm EST and then the market slows down until it closes at 5:00 pm EST. This means we only work half-days on Fridays.

You can say “Thank God it’s Friday” right after 12:00pm EST.

Because of these factors, we’ve familiarized ourselves with the busiest and best days of the week for trading forex.

The busiest times are usually the best times to trade since high volatility comes with more opportunities.


It’s important that every trader learns when to trade and when not to. Though the forex market is open 24/7, it doesn’t mean that the market is active at all times!

Even if it were, you would need time to sleep. Remember sleep is necessary for healthy living and you’ll definitely need to take time out to rest if you plan on becoming a successful currency trader.

Here’s a quick guide on the best and worst times to trade:


  • When two sessions overlap. These are also the times when major release of news reports that could start some volatility and set the next pace. Take note of the Opening and Closing times as well.
  • The European session has overtime proven to be the busiest out of the three.
  • Mid week usually shows the strongest movement, since the pip range widens for most of the major currency pairs.


  • Sundays– everyone is taking time out to rest!
  • Fridays– liquidity thins out after 12:00pm EST of the S. session.
  • Holidays– Nobody is working.
  • Major news events– you don’t want to find yourself between the devil and the deep blue sea.

And if you can’t seem to trade during the peak sessions? Don’t panic.

You can always be a swing or position trader. We’ll be learning about that later.


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