Streamlining Exchange Holidays and Trading Dates for Hassle-Free Trading

The fast-approaching Eid al-Adha holiday, the second of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam that this year begins on June 14, is a timely opportunity to look at another essential element of financial markets reference data – exchange holiday dates.

To paraphrase Madonna, while holidays are a time to celebrate and have a good time, for those tasked with managing the processes and workflows that are essential to the function of the global trading ecosystem – from front end execution through to settlement and trade reporting – they may not always be a matter for celebration.

Taking the Eid al-Adha holiday as an example, while the official dates for this important event in the Islamic calendar are June 14 – June 20, there is an extended impact on trading activity in financial markets affected by this national holiday. For example, it impacts activity on the Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange from June 14 right through to the 22nd. Other exchanges that celebrate this event like Singapore, Egypt and Bahrain will each close during this period on different days.

When are stock markets closed?

In 2024, there are 8 ‘bank’ holidays in the UK; in the US, 10 national holidays will close or limit trading activity including President’s Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. In fact, a number of countries celebrate their own Independence, Memorial and Presidents’ Days at various times of the year, along with other singularly-celebrated events such as Tanzania’s Farmers (Nane Nane) Day, and China and Hong Kong’s Dragon Boat Festival.

Where are we going with this, you may be wondering? Well, this offers just a small glimpse of the complexity and challenge of keeping abreast of holiday dates in a global financial marketplace, both in terms of having absolute and accurate information, and with respect to understanding and managing the impact of national and business holidays on financial trading activities workflows, such as meeting settlement obligations.

Of course, every exchange and trading venue publishes its own detailed information about holiday dates, with specific information about impacts on trading and settlement. However, gathering and managing that information efficiently for scores of trading venues around the world presents quite the challenge.

Harmonising holiday dates across time zones

Tracking national holiday dates and details may appear at face value a fairly mundane activity, but the impact of these dates reverberates throughout the global financial landscape. Today’s financial world is truly interconnected, transcending borders and time zones. As such, understanding and harmonising holiday dates across diverse geographies is vital.

A holiday in one region can impact trading activity, settlement operations and even investment strategies across continents, underscoring the value of a comprehensive, unified, and accurate source of holiday date reference data. It is therefore essential that trading floors and all the associated actors in the end to end transaction lifecycle have reliable information to avoid missed deadlines, delayed settlements and operational workflow disruption.

Adherence to settlement schedules that could potentially be impacted by holiday observances is not simply a matter of convenience, but often an imperative for regulatory compliance.

Enabling certainty and predictability with accurate holiday dates reference data

Sound financial decisions must be based on certainty. With accurate and comprehensive holiday dates reference data, market participants can plan and execute trading and investment strategies with confidence, mitigating the risk of disruption due to unforeseen holiday observances.

By leveraging accurate and comprehensive reference data for holiday dates, financial entities gain the necessary foresight to anticipate and mitigate potential risks arising from holiday-related disruptions and impacts.

Market participants engaged in global trading must navigate a labyrinth of diverse holidays across jurisdictions, each one exerting a unique influence on trading hours, liquidity and transaction settlement processes. A comprehensive and accurate reference data source can be a valuable navigational tool, enabling market participants to traverse this intricate web with precision and confidence.

FOW already gathers, collates and curates the most extensive and comprehensive futures and options data sets you can get, covering more than 115 exchanges, execution venues and data vendors.

Our Holiday dates data, formatted to your own requirements, enable you to easily integrate and flow mission critical exchange and trading dates across trading platforms and adjacent applications and work streams so you can:

  • Predict and avoid missed trades
  • Ensure consistent trading dates across the enterprise
  • More effectively manage post-trade workflows including settlement and reporting
  • Enhance portfolio risk management
  • Enhance your own clients’ user experience.

As Madonna might have said, it’s the data that comes together to release the pressure – it’s time for the good times!