What holidays affect my trading schedule for Live Accounts?

Understanding CME Protocol for Holidays:

When preparing your trading sessions around the Holidays, the first thing is to understand if your data provider follows the “CME Protocol” for Holidays.

Tip: Check the table below to see if the Trading Platform you are using Follows CME Protocol

What does it mean to follow the CME Protocol for Holidays?

CME may merge multiple calendar days into one trading day on recognized holidays where there are abbreviated trading hours. For example, if a holiday falls on a Monday, and there are shortened trading hours on that Monday, the exchange may count all P/L from Sunday’s Open through Tuesday’s Close as a single trading day.

What does it mean if the platform I am using does NOT follow CME Protocol?

This means that each day, including holidays with abbreviated trading hours will count as individual days. P/Ls and drawdowns will be reset each calendar day.

CME Protocol Y/N

Trading Platform Data Provider
No

TSTrader

TradingView

CQG
Yes

NinjaTrader
Sierra Chart

Jigsaw daytradr

MultiCharts

R|Trader

Rithmic
T4 CTS

Understanding the Abbreviated Hours around Holidays and Flattening Requirements:

Below are the holidays observed by the CME. The list includes holiday market closures as well the holiday abbreviated trading hours and a note if Funded Traders will be unable to trade. Depending on the holiday, Topstep may allow or prohibit trading on holidays with shortened hours. You will receive an email with more information about each specific holiday as they get closer.

On days where Topstep permits holiday trading, Topstep requires any trader in a LIVE account to flatten their positions 30 minutes before the early close. Failure to exit all open positions by 11:30 AM CT will be considered a rule violation and result in the closure of your Funded Account. Anyone in a Swing Funded or Swing Premium Funded Account can continue to hold open positions normally unless Topstep has prohibited trading on a specific holiday.

This information applies to Live Funded Accounts and Premium Funded Accounts. If you are trading in the Trading Combine or a Pro Account, please see this article for Holiday Trading.

For example, on February 21, 2022, Topstep permits holiday trading. The markets stopped trading at 12:00 PM CT; Funded Accounts & Premium Funded Accounts needed to be flat 30 minutes prior, or 11:30 AM CT.

Account Type:  Close Positions on (2/21/22)
Step 1 Before 12:00 PM CT**
Step 2 Before 12:00 PM CT**
Pro Account Before 12:00 PM CT**
Premium Funded Account Before 11:30 AM CT**
Funded Account Before 11:30 AM CT**

 

Tip: Trading days with early closes are the ones you will want to consider the CME Protocol mentioned above.

2022 Holiday Trading Hours:

  • President’s Day
    • Monday, February 21: All positions must be closed by 12:00 PM CT. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT.
  • Good Friday 
    • Friday, April 15: Markets Closed. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT on Sunday, April 17.
  • Memorial Day - NO TRADING ALLOWED FOR FUNDED TRADERS
    • Monday, May 30: All positions must be closed by 12:00 PM CT. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT. 
  • Juneteenth 
    • Monday, June 20: All positions must be closed by 12:00 PM CT. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT. 
  • Independence Day - NO TRADING ALLOWED FOR FUNDED TRADERS 
    • Monday, July 4: All positions must be closed by 12:00 PM CT. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT. 
  • Labor Day - NO TRADING ALLOWED FOR FUNDED TRADERS 
    • Monday, September 5: All positions must be closed by 12:00 PM CT. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT.
  • Thanksgiving - NO TRADING ALLOWED FOR FUNDED TRADERS 
    • Thursday, November 24: All positions must be closed by 12:00 PM CT. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT.
    • Friday, November 25: All positions must be closed by 12:00 PM CT. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT on Sunday, November 27.
  • Christmas 
    • Sunday, December 25: Markets Closed
    • Monday, December 26: Markets Closed. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT.
  • New Year’s 
    • Sunday, January 1: Markets Closed
    • Monday, January 2: Markets Closed. You may reopen positions after 5:00 PM CT.

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