The impact of extended trading hours on traders and markets

20 Feb 2023

Extended trading hours for F&O will maybe signal the maturity of our markets. They also level the playing field for domestic traders against international traders and are also good for capital markets businesses in terms of revenues, but I’m conflicted.

I’m unsure how it will affect the mental health of active retail F&O traders in the long term. Tracking P&L for long hours is stressful & can affect life outside trading. Also, active traders don’t make money, primarily due to overtrading. Longer hours can accentuate this.

While it could boost revenues for the capital markets business in the short term, I’m unsure if retail investors will end up doing better. This could then potentially lead to lower participation and liquidity in the longer run, which will affect everyone.

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