What is my MT4 time zone?
Wondered what time those candles on your MT4 charts refer to?
We explain how to find your MT4 time zone, and why is it usually GMT +3 (GMT+2 during non-daylight savings)
How to find your MT4 platform time?
- Press Ctrl+M to open up ‘Market Watch’
- Your broker’s time is underlined in red above. In most cases, it is in GMT+3 or +2 (during non daylight savings)
Why is my broker’s time GMT +3?
Seems quite random that a broker would choose Finland (A non-finance hub unlike London or New York) to base their MT4 platform time on.
There is actually a good reason for this.
Choosing GMT +3 would avoid the dreaded ‘Sunday Candle’ on your MT4 daily charts.
This means there would only be 5 daily candles per week, which is what it should be, since the financial markets are closed on Sundays.
The problem with Sunday candles
The problem with Sunday candles is messes up your indicators, and if your EAs are trading based on those indicators, you might have very different backtesting results.
Is it possible to change my MT4 time zone?
Unfortunately no, because it is a server side setting. It means only your broker can change it on their end. Perhaps you could create offline charts in MT4 with your preferred time zone, but I am not sure as to the process to achieve this.
There are two other solutions
In cTrader you can switch to any time zone you prefer
It would cost about USD100 per indicator. There are some good coders you can find on upwork.com, which I also use.
Most MT4 brokers now have switched to GMT +3 as their time zone, and in general most of them have fixed the issue of Sunday candles.
If you are trading manually, it may not be such a big issue, but if you trade using indicators and EAs, it may cause minor issues because of the differences in data.
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