The exact number of trading days each year depends on which financial market it belongs to, but certain common factors do influence its count. To maximize trading success and access more opportunities and strategies aligned with this knowledge, traders should consult official market calendars as well as brokers or financial institutions regarding trading day counts for each instrument they trade. Having this knowledge helps navigate complex terrain of financial markets as well as identify trading opportunities and strategies aligned with this knowledge.

Stock exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq operate on a five-day workweek schedule, with weekends and public holidays off limits for trading. This equates to approximately 252 trading days annually when taking into account weekends as well as national holidays observed by major economies whose stocks are actively traded on these exchanges.

However, other markets – notably the Forex market – operate on more flexible timetables due to being decentralized marketplaces that exist around the clock across time zones. Forex opens each Sunday evening in Sydney before moving through Tokyo, London and other European cities before closing again at 5 p.m. local time on Friday in New York at 5 p.m. local time; this cycle repeats daily; with periods when London and New York sessions overlap being particularly active on Forex trading floors.

This 24-hour trading schedule gives traders access and trading of some of the world’s most popular currencies at any time, day or night, regardless of daytime/nighttime trading dynamics. Furthermore, this 24-hour schedule enables traders to take advantage of dynamic market shifts within each session, contributing significantly to Forex’s reputation as an extremely liquid market with trillions of dollars changing hands daily.

One key element that can influence the number of Forex trading days each year is whether or not it’s a leap year. Leap years have an extra day, increasing trading days by one.

An additional factor that can significantly decrease trading days each year is when or if a country observes special holidays such as national holidays or events of major significance. When this happens, markets usually close until their reopening on the following business day and this can cause some loss in trading days; however, markets typically resume operations shortly afterwards to resume trading activity.

Forex traders’ number of trading days per year may also depend on the size and shape of pip ranges. When pricing currency pairs, their quotes usually include decimal places to the right of the decimal point with most platforms permitting four decimal places for quotes. A larger pip range leads to greater volatility which in turn makes trading days more active and potentially more profitable – some traders choose trading during high-volatility days in order to capitalize on such activity and reap its potential profits.