Is the Stock Market Open on New Year’s Day?
The term “stock markets” refers to both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ. Like banks, stock markets observe most federal holidays, but not all. The NYSE and NASDAQ follow the same schedule when observing federal holidays. The bond market, also referred to as SIFMA, does not follow the same schedule as the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. You should note that SIMFA recommends bond market closings but does not enforce them.
The NYSE will be closed on New Year’s Day. You will not be able to make trades or follow the change in the value of your stocks and the New York Stock Exchange index on January 1, 2019.
Will NASDAQ be Open on New Year’s Day?
NASDAQ will be closed on January 1, 2019. If you trade within the NASDAQ market, you can make trades and monitor changes in the value of your stocks on December 31, but you won’t be able to touch them again until January 2.
Will the Bond Market be Open on New Year’s Day?
The bond market will be closed on New Year’s Day. The bond market (SIMFA) will not be open on New Year’s Day. If you follow bonds, it is important to keep track of the dates that the bond market may be closed.
What Days Do the Stock Markets Close?
The stock markets (NYSE and NASDAQ) close each year in observance of the following federal holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Washington’s Birthday
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Christmas Day
The stock markets also close the day before Independence Day.
The stock markets normally close at 5:00 PM EST, but there are two days during the year that the stock markets close early. On Black Friday and Christmas Eve, the markets are only open until 1:00 PM EST.
If you are an active trader or planning on making trades before the end of 2018, make sure you keep track of the stock market holiday schedule so you know when the stock market is open and closed. If you do have an urgent trade to make before the holiday, make sure you place your trade order far enough in advance of markets closing, to ensure enough time for execution before the markets close.