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Trading Schedule Changes: What Holidays Are Important For You?

Adam Lienhard
Trading Schedule Changes: What Holidays Are Important For You?

The trading schedule can be affected by various holidays observed in different countries and regions around the world. The specific holidays that impact the trading schedule may vary depending on the exchange and the financial instrument being traded. There are some common holidays that you need to remember about: They all can lead to changes in the trading schedule.

The most popular holidays for traders

❄️ January 1st, New Year’s Day. It is a widely observed public holiday, and many exchanges around the world are closed on this day.

🙏 The Friday before Easter Sunday, Good Friday. Good Friday is a public holiday in many countries. Some exchanges close early or remain closed for the entire day.

🐥 Easter Monday. Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is observed as a holiday in some countries. It can affect the trading schedule in those regions.

☀️ May 1st, Labor Day or May Day. Labor Day is celebrated in many countries, and exchanges in those regions may be closed or have altered trading hours.

🗽 Independence Day. Different countries celebrate their independence on various dates, and exchanges in those countries may be closed or have adjusted trading hours.

🎄 December 25th, Christmas Day. This day is a public holiday in many countries. Exchanges are typically closed on this day.

🎁 December 26th, Boxing Day. Boxing Day is a public holiday in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and others. Exchange trading hours may be affected.

Trading holidays can vary by country and exchange. There may be additional holidays specific to certain regions. Some holidays may only impact specific financial instruments or markets, such as stock exchanges or derivatives markets. 

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How do holidays affect trading?

Holidays can affect trading in several ways. In many countries, financial markets are closed during public holidays. This means that no trades can be executed on those days, and orders may be processed the next day when the markets are back in action.

Before and after the holidays, financial markets can experience increased volatility. There could be an increase in trading and price changes due to factors such as the absence of market participants and expectations of important economic reports to be released after the holiday. These fluctuations may cause periods of temporary stability or increased pressure on prices.

Activity in financial markets may witness a slowdown during the holiday period as participants are busy with celebrations and personal holidays. This may lead to reduced trading volume and increased price volatility.

Holidays may have an impact on the economic and political news issued during that period. The publication of key economic data or company announcements may be delayed until after the holiday, which could lead to sharp movements in the markets when trading resumes.

Liquidity in the markets may be affected during the holiday period. There may be fewer market participants and lower trading volume, which may result in decreased liquidity and widening gaps between bids and offers. This can lead to difficulty in making large trades or executing them at desirable prices.

Managing trading during holiday periods requires advance planning and preparation. Review the updated trading schedule and know the details of holidays that may affect the markets you are interested in. For that, we regularly post about upcoming changes in our company news and on social media. Saty in the know with Headway!

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