DAX opening and closing times: when can you trade?
The DAX is one of the most popular indices in the world, and you get exposure its constituents via the Germany 30, which tracks the price of the index. Find out how you can trade or invest in the index with IG.
What are the opening and closing times of the DAX?
The DAX opens at 11am and closes at 7.30pm (Dubai time), Monday to Friday. Deutsche Börse (the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) also calculates the late DAX (7.30pm-1am Dubai time) and early DAX (10am-11am Dubai time) for out-of-hours prices. Note, these hours may vary as the UK and Germany shift to and from daylight savings time.
IG offers longer hours on our Germany 30 market, depending on how you want to trade.
With us, you can trade the Germany 30 non-stop between 2.02am on Monday and 1am on Saturday (Dubai time). You can also access exclusive weekend trading hours for the Germany 30 on Saturday and Sunday. We’re the only UK trading broker to offer this service.
|Germany 30 exchange hours||Germany 30 futures hours||IG Germany 30 hours|
|Market hours (Dubai time)||11am to 7:30pm, Monday to Friday||3am to 12am, Monday to Friday||2.02am Monday to 1am Saturday, non-stop1|
|Weekend hours (Dubai time)||Not available||Not available||11am Saturday to 1.40pm Monday2|
The above table gives an overview of the Germany 30 trading hours. The index’s hours are based on the DAX opening times. The DAX is the stock exchange where the Germany 30 constituents are listed. These hours are most relevant to investors looking to buy Germany 30 ETFs or shares.
Germany 30 futures continue to trade outside of the exchange’s hours and allow traders to get greater exposure to the index through derivatives. They are priced according to the spot value of the underlying market, plus any spread or commission that you pay for executing your trade.
IG’s Germany 30 hours and pricing are derived from corresponding futures elements, but the hours are longer. This gives traders even more opportunity to realise a profit. Note that the market is priced differently if you trade Germany 30 futures compared to trading the index out of hours or on weekends.
If you want to trade or invest in shares of the companies that are listed on the Germany 30, you could consider trading hours for a specific stock. Go to the IG trading platform, select the shares you’re interested in and check the ‘market data’ tab for each.
Germany 30 pre and post-market trading hours
IG is one of the only UK trading providers to offer pre and post-market trading hours for the Germany 30. You can trade the index from 10.02pm on a Sunday to 9pm on a Friday, and also on weekends – from 11am on Saturday to 1.40am on Monday (Dubai time).
If you have any open positions on a Monday at 1.40am, they will roll over into weekday positions at 2.02am on that same day. Your stops and limits (if placed) will remain in place during the roll-over.
Weekend trading explained
The benefit of weekend trading is that you can speculate on markets over the weekend when you can’t close or adjust your weekday positions. It also gives you the opportunity to trade any news announcements that happen over the weekend without delay.
Take note that the Germany 30 weekend market is called ‘Weekend Germany 30’, and the weekday equivalent is called ‘Germany 30’. The weekend prices for the index are quoted separately, meaning you can use these markets to hedge against weekday positions.
When is the best time to trade the Germany 30?
When you trade the Germany 30 is up to you, but there are certain times when the market is more active. This is when volatility and liquidity may be higher. Activity increases just as the market opens (2am Dubai time), when company news is released, or when there is an overlap in trading hours of different locations.
When you trade the Germany 30 will depend on your personal preference and risk tolerance. You should always follow your personal trading plan, which should include an risk management strategy.
How to get exposure to the DAX and Germany 30
If you want to gain exposure to the DAX and Germany 30, you can use CFDs to speculate on upward or downward price movements of index futures or cash indices.
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