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Bottom Line Up Front

  • Trading in foreign markets is a way to diversify your portfolio and getting familiar with the different markets is important if you want to start investing there.
  • The Hong Kong, Europe and UK exchange hours are different.

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May 1, 2022

Investors can trade shares on different exchanges, but that doesn’t mean they work the same way or that they’re open at the same time. 

Buying foreign stocks may help you diversify your portfolio, but it can have more risk than U.S. markets. Many of these markets don’t have the same level of oversight as U.S. markets. They may be more likely to be affected by things like sudden political change—which can devastate their economy. You’ll also need to account for differences between the value of the foreign money and the U.S. dollar. Other risks may include differences in legal or accounting rules.

Before you start trading, get familiar with the different markets and make sure you know their hours—and time zones. Here are the hours for some of the most popular.

For the U.S. and foreign markets, before you start investing, time zones, lunch breaks and daily available trading hours all matter more than you might think.

U.S. Market Hours

US exchanges (NYSE and NASDAQ) operate Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm EST. Most also allow electronic trading in the hours before opening and after closing, known as “after-hours” trading. However, the market is often more volatile (unstable) and less liquid (selling prices might not be what you hope) after hours.

International Market Hours 

A handy tool to help you convert the following markets’ hours to your local time is available at

Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm Hong Kong time, with a break for lunch between noon and 1 pm. 

Europe: The Euronext Stock Exchange operates stock exchanges in Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Milan, Oslo and Paris. It’s open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5:30 pm CET and doesn’t close for lunch.

UK: The London Stock Exchange is open Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm UK time, with a 2-minute break at noon.

Take Your Investing Knowledge to the Next Level

Navy Federal Investment Services wants to help you become a more confident investor. If you’d like more information about diversification or investing in foreign stocks, our financial advisors can help. 

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