Moving Average Trading Strategy

I hope you will allow me to teach you a simple trading strategy that any trader can use, even beginners in the seemingly never-ending quest for profitability.

Moving averages have pretty much been around since the dawn of trading and there is a lot of hate on them for being lagging indicators and it’s late signals but I have some good news for you. You can still be late to a trade and profit in the long run. So long as you play for the RIGHT TEAM.

 

Moving averages, like any indicator, are just simple mathematical equations that plot lines onto your screen. That’s not what’s important, what is important is that you use them in context. Any indicator should be used in context. What do I mean by IN CONTEXT?

In the direction of the trend. The path of least resistance. The right team. The current of the river.

Any way you want to slice it. It has and will always be easier to trade in the direction of the trend. Now that we know the context, let’s get to the method.

ENTRY (Buy position)

1. Identify Bullish Trend by drawing a trend line across two points with at least one Confirmed higher low

2. Wait for 12 EMA to cross 26 EMA upwards.

3. Initiate BUY

Confirmed* means the higher low has now extended upwards and broken the previous high, Thus confirming it.

 

EXIT (Buy position)

1. Place a stop after the swing low of entry

2. Exit trade if EMAs crosses back the other way

3. Move stop to B/E After new highs have been created.

It’s important to know what NOT TO DO as well in any strategy. So DO NOT:

  • Buy an upward cross of the EMAs in a down-trend
  • Sell a Downward cross of the EMAs in an up-trend

 

EVER! Got it? Good.

 

Example BUY

(Source: TradingView)

 

And so the opposite is true for a Sell position. Literally, reverse the instructions for a Buy and Bob’s your uncle.

 

Example SELL

(Source: TradingView)

 

Voila! Asi Me Gusta! That’s it. The power of this system is in your ability to follow these rules to the Tee. Swing after swing, no pun intended.

 

Don’t bet the farm.

Don’t lose your shirt.

Cut the L.

Keep the W.

Happy Trading.

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