What Are the Weekend Gaps in Forex Market?

 

The Forex market is a little odd in it’s opening hours. Unlike most financial markets that open around am in the morning and close around pm in the evening, Forex is open 24 hour per day. Since Forex lacks a central exchange, it moves from country to country during the week.

Swing traders sometimes hold their positions for months or even years. At the center of everything we do is a strong commitment to independent research and sharing its profitable discoveries with investors.

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Forex Market Hours. Forex Trading is available 24 hours a day from pm ET Sunday through pm ET on Friday, including most U.S. holidays. Please be advised of the potential for illiquid market conditions particularly at the open of the trading week. These conditions may result in wider spreads for some currency pairs based on market liquidity.

I trade based on what I see on the chart. I have to see a setup formed on the chart to enter the market. My other question from these people is that where should we place our stop loss? In many cases the price keeps on going against the gap before it turns around and fills the gap. And sometimes it never turns around to fill the gap. There is no rational and technical answer for this question. Therefore, I never trade the gaps. Yes, because you have to know that you should not trade based on the rumors like what people say about the gaps.

And no, because the most recent gaps that are appeared on the charts can create some strong candlestick patterns for us. Bullish Abandoned Baby has to be confirmed by the next candlestick.

If you like to read more about the gaps, there are already some articles on LuckScout. Many of them are not written by me, but I am sure you will learn a lot reading them:.

Two weeks ago I talked about the weekend gaps, because some of the currency pairs opened with a relatively big gap at that time. To know what the weekend gaps are and how some traders trade them, and whether I recommend you to trade the weekend gaps or not, please read this article: What Are the Weekend Gaps?

This weekend, the GBP cross currency pairs opened with an extraordinary big gaps. This unbelievable gap is related to GBP excessive weakness during the past several days. Whatever the reason is, fortunately the gaps were all in our favourite direction with the positions we already had. Click on the image:. There is an important question regarding the weekend gaps. Let me explain a little more what I mean by this question. If we hold our positions and pending orders during the weekend, and then the market opens with a gap either down or up , what will happen to our pending orders?

Will they be triggered exactly where they are set, or they will be triggered where the market opens on Sunday afternoon? Here I have explained that the currency market is closed only to retail traders during the weekend, but it is always open 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

That is why we see a gap on our charts, when the market opens on Sunday afternoon EST. If the markets was also open to us during the weekend, then instead of the gaps, we would have candlesticks on our charts. But this is not what we see on the platform when it becomes updated on Sunday afternoon.

But it is what it is. This is what everybody may think, if he reads the above bad news. If we hold our positions during the weekend, and the market opens with a big gap against our position, then our loss will be much bigger than our stop loss.

I showed you two examples at the beginning of this article, and you saw that the huge gaps we had this weekend, not only did not make any problems for us, but also made a lot more profit, because our positions were at the right direction.

This is because of nothing, but taking the positions based on the strong setups. I wrote such a long story to emphasize on the importance of following of the strong setups and ignoring the weak and questionable ones.

So pending orders will not be any problems. What if the market opens with huge gap against us, even if our position is taken based on a very strong setup? Everything is possible in this market and business. It is possible that the market opens with a huge gap against you, even when your position is taken based on the strongest trade setup ever. You can lose a lot. However, there are a few things you have to consider:. Thanks Chris… a very good analysis on gaps and candlestick pattern.

Your articles are really helpful especially in the CS because I also like CS analysis Hope can go along with the trend this coming month. First, let me compliment you on the way you are running this site. I find it to be the most educational site I have seen on internet. It would be a shame if you decide to quit. Regarding weekend gaps in I must admit that I strongly disagree with you. I think that it is a very profitable and high probability set up if it is outside bollinger band that can be used to close open positions as well as to trade countertrend.

It is true that you do not have levels to put stops but you can use AT R in such cases. Btw if you closed your AUDJPY trade at the open instead at the close as you probably did you would have a much better exit. This is really great that you are a gap trader also and you are very happy with it. I would be so thankful and glad if you could write a small article about your system and share it with the LuckScout followers.

I will be your first reader, because I have really interested in what you said. Hi Chris I can write an article but you must let me know if Word as a program is good enough and since I have never written anything longer then short letter I am not sure if I will know how to put any pictures.

So, in order to write an article I shall need your help. Thank you for your kindness. Yes, Microsoft Word is fine. Regarding the pictures, you can save the screenshot through your trading platform and attach it to the email that you will send me.

You can find it by clicking on the flag icon in the bottom task bar. An image comes into a popup. Now go to the word document and left click on it and then right click and paste — the image appears on the document. If you know how to out a text box into the document it is better to place the snip into the text box for ease of editing the document later.

Your trade setups and explantions gave a good understanding for me to trade in a better way. I reduced the number of indicators that I have been using and therefore have more clarity on what to focus. I shall remain thankful for the knowledge you are sharing. I have just joined your mailing list. The stuff I receive and read is awesome.

Today I received article about weekend gaps. I am hoping after getting proper knowledge on trading correlated pairs gaps, I will trade them. I see these gaps on 1H, 4H and daily charts. This handy clock shows you which markets are currently open, which are closed, and when the currently open market will close. This is important to know, as different sessions can be more or less volatile. You will learn more about volatility when you move on to the free course and my trading strategy.

Why is a 24 hour market awesome? One of the best features of Forex is that it can be traded at any time during the week. Well, imagine you want to day trade the stock market and you live on the U. You would likely wake up at 7: That would leave you with almost no time to trade. With the Forex market you could get home at 6: If one country has a bank holiday, there will always be another country in the same time zone with open banks.

This means that Forex transactions can still be processed. By Nick Bencino of forex4noobs. Click here to read the original article. Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. The high degree of leverage can work against you as well as for you.

Before deciding to trade foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite.