August in international financial markets is a month of uninterrupted trading. The minimum number of holidays and weekends, with ones only in certain countries and on some sites, creates a stable and predictable trading environment. However, August is historically a month full of geopolitical events and even shocks.
Fateful meetings of state leaders, the roll-out and end of world conflicts, OPEC meetings, and even the early effects of the Bretton Woods agreement - all this falls on the last month of summer. In this regard, it is worth focusing not on certain trading breaks but on the news calendar, which is packed with important releases in August. If you are among the first to price in these events on time, your profit will be pretty solid.
As for the trading schedule for August, it should be noted that the Canadian and Swiss stock exchanges will be closed for trading on August 1 due to national holidays. The Tokyo Stock Exchange will take a 24-hour break on August 11 as Japan celebrates Mountain Day. August 29 will be a non-trading day for the London Stock Exchange on the occasion of the so-called "Summer Bank Holiday".
Such trading instruments as currency pairs, CFDs, stock indices, and commodity options will be available for trading on all weekdays in August. In international trade, such periods are called No market holidays months.