If you intend to trade on the global markets, you need to know different exchanges’ opening and closing times. These reflect their respective time zones, so global trade execution relies on understanding what this means in relation to where you are located. 

An exchange is essentially a dynamic marketplace where stocks and other assets are traded throughout opening hours. It is a legal, regulated entity that ensures that trading is orderly, efficient and dependable. The price of shares will be available, offering traders instant data to inform their decisions. 

Closing times for different stock market exchanges vary across the globe. Generally, they close in the evening at the end of the traditional working day locally, except on local holidays, when stock exchanges will usually remain closed. 

Trading Hours Across the Globe 

Trading will usually take place from Monday to Friday, with a notable exception being the Saudi Stock Exchange, which is open from Sunday through till Thursday. Another quirk is that a small number of exchanges will close during their trading hours to allow for a lunch break. This practice is most common in some of the Asian markets. 

The London Stock Exchange also breaks for lunch, but this is a brief, token break of just two minutes allowing markets to draw breath. These can impact global trade execution, so it’s important to be aware of quirks that are particular to each exchange. 

What are the Opening and Closing times of the Major Exchanges? 

Here are some of the crucial times to consider if you’re looking for global trade execution services on key exchanges. If you have any doubts about times and time zones, talk to your broker, who will be able to offer advice and answer questions.  

Critical Times that Determine Global Trade Execution in North America 

●     New York Stock Exchange (NYSE),  New York, United States,  EDT 9.30 am - 4.00 pm

●     Nasdaq Stock Market, New York, United States, EDT 9.30 am - 4.00 pm

●     Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), Toronto, Canada, EDT 9.0am - 4.00 pm 

Critical Times that Determine Global Trade Execution in Asia

●     Tokyo Stock Exchange, Tokyo, Japan, JST 9.00 am - 11.30 am and 12.30 - 3.00 pm

●     Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) Hong Kong, HKT 9.30m - 12.00pm and 1.00pm and 4.00pm

●     Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), Shanghai, China CST 9.30 am - 11.30 am and 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

●     Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE), Shenzhen, China CST 9.30 am - 11.30 am and 1.00 pm - 2.57 pm

●     National Stock Exchange of India (NSE), Mumbai, India, IST 9.15 am - 3.30 pm

●     Saudi Stock Exchange, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, AST 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

●     BSE Limited, Mumbai, India, IST 9.15 am - 3.30 pm

●     Korea Exchange (KRX), Seoul, South Korea, KST 9.00 am - 3.30 pm

●     Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE), Taipei, Taiwan, CST 9.15 am - 1.30 pm 

Key Times that Determine Global Trade Execution in Europe

●     Euronext Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, CEST 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

●     London Stock Exchange, London, UK, BST 8.00 am - 12.00 pm and 12.02 pm - 4.30 pm

●     Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Frankfurt, Germany, CEST 9.00 am - 5.30 pm

●     Nasdaq Stockholm AB, Stockholm, Sweden, CEST 9.00 am - 5.25 pm

●     SIX Swiss Exchange, Zurich, Switzerland, CEST 9.00 am - 5.20 pm 

Key Times that Determine Global Trade Execution in South America/Australasia/Africa

●     Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Johannesburg, South Africa, SAST 9:00 am - 5.00 pm

●     Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Sydney, Australia, AEDT 10:00 am - 4.00 pm

●     B3 S.A., São Paulo, Brazil, BRT 10:00am - 5:55 p.m  

Effective Global Trade Execution  

At GIS HK, we have extensive experience of the Asia-Pacific region and the knowledge to help you trade in frontier markets. We provide global clearing and safe custody across equities, fixed income, FX and options. We offer full 24/5 coverage to our professional clients. 

To find out more about our comprehensive global trade execution services, call +852 3018 3009 or email info@gishkltd.com.

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