WASHINGTON. The original reason for establishing America’s Memorial Day holiday was to set aside a day of reflection and remembrance of all those brave men and women who died for our freedom in this country’s wars. Many Americans today seem to forget that reason. For most Americans today, Memorial Day 2018 will mark the traditional annual kickoff day for beach season and summer vacations.
But, since this coming Monday is a national holiday and day of remembrance, Wall Street and the banking business come to a temporary halt on Memorial Day.
So, as a public service for those active traders and investors out there, here’s this year’s:
Memorial Day 2018 Trading Schedule
Friday, May 25, 2018: The bond market will close early at 2:00 pm ET. Fixed income orders placed after 2:00 pm ET will be entered for the next business day, Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
Since other markets trade as usual, equity and option markets are open for normal trading hours.
Monday, May 28, 2018: All U.S. markets (including equity, option, and fixed income) will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no Pre-Market or After Hours trading sessions.
Keep in mind that as a Federal holiday, Monday does not count as a normal stock settlement day. So plan any deposits and/or withdrawals from your account or accounts accordingly.
A CDN salute to our armed forces
Finally, this columnist and all writers, columnists and staff at CDN offer a grateful salute to the American men and women who have served so bravely, faithfully and well in this country’s armed forces. They have performed the invaluable service of protecting this country’s exceptional freedoms for nearly 250 years.
May America’s civilian population follow their lead by continuing to protect our crucial freedoms, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to free assembly and free association. Like all freedom-loving countries, America must always be fortified against attacks from abroad. But let us also remember that attacks on our freedoms from within can prove just as devastating.