4 Trading Strategies With Moving Averages
4 Trading Strategies With Moving Averages

4 Trading Strategies With Moving Averages

شائع کردہ Apr 25, 2024اپڈیٹ کردہ Jun 12, 2024

Key Takeaways

  • Trading strategies with moving averages can help traders gauge market momentum, analyze trends, and spot potential market reversals.

  • Some trading strategies with moving averages include the double moving average crossover, moving average ribbon, moving average envelopes, and MACD.

  • While trading strategies with moving averages can offer valuable insights into market action, their signals may be interpreted subjectively. To mitigate risks, traders often combine these strategies with fundamental analysis and other methods.


Moving averages (MAs) are popular technical analysis indicators that smooth out price data over a set time period. They can be used in trading strategies to identify potential trend reversals, entry and exit points, support/resistance (S/R) levels, and more. This article explores various trading strategies with moving averages, how they work, and the insights they can offer.

Why Trading Strategies With Moving Averages?

Moving averages can filter out market noise by smoothing out price data, helping traders effectively identify market trends. Traders can also gauge market momentum by observing the interactions between multiple moving averages. In addition, the flexibility of moving averages allows traders to adapt strategies to different market conditions.

1. Double Moving Average Crossover

The double moving average crossover strategy involves using two moving averages of varying lengths. Traders generally employ a combination of a short-term and a long-term moving average, such as a 50-day MA and a 200-day MA. Typically, the moving averages are of the same type, such as two simple moving averages (SMAs), but you could also use different types, such as an SMA coupled with an exponential moving average (EMA). 

In this trading strategy, traders look for a crossover between the moving averages. A bullish signal occurs when the shorter-term moving average crosses above a longer-term moving average (also known as a Golden Cross), indicating a potential buying opportunity. Conversely, a bearish signal occurs when the shorter-term moving average crosses below the longer-term moving average (also known as a Death Cross), signaling a potential selling opportunity.

2. Moving Average Ribbon

The moving average ribbon is a combination of multiple moving averages of different lengths. A ribbon can consist of four to eight SMAs, but the exact number may vary depending on individual preferences. The intervals between the MAs can also be adjusted to suit various trading environments. For instance, the default ribbon consists of four SMAs, with 20, 50, 100, and 200 periods. 

This trading strategy involves tracking the expansions and contractions of the moving average ribbon. For instance, an expanding ribbon, where shorter moving averages are moving away from the longer ones during price increases, suggests a strengthening market trend. Conversely, a contracting ribbon, where moving averages converge or overlap, suggests a consolidation or pullback.

3. Moving Average Envelopes

The trading strategy with moving average envelopes utilizes a single moving average, which is surrounded by two boundaries (envelopes) set at a specified percentage above and below it. The central moving average can either be an SMA or an EMA, depending on how sensitive the trader wants it to be. Common setups use a 20-day SMA with envelopes set at 2.5% or 5% away from it. The percentage is not fixed and can be adjusted based on market volatility to capture more price fluctuations. 

This trading strategy can be used to determine overbought and oversold market conditions. When the price crosses above the upper envelope, it indicates that the asset might be overbought, suggesting a potential sell opportunity. Conversely, if the price drops below the lower envelope, it implies that the asset might be oversold, indicating a potential buying opportunity.

Moving Average Envelopes vs. Bollinger Bands (BB)

Bollinger Bands (BB) are similar to moving average envelopes, both typically utilizing a central 20-day SMA and two boundaries set above and below it. Despite their similar approach, these indicators have some differences. 

Moving average envelopes use two boundaries set at a specified percentage above and below the central moving average. In contrast, Bollinger Bands utilize two bands set two standard deviations away from the central moving average.

In general, both BB and moving average envelopes can be used to identify potential overbought and oversold market conditions, but visually, they do so in slightly different ways. Moving average envelopes provide signals when the price crosses above or below the envelopes. Bollinger Bands can also suggest overbought and oversold conditions as the price moves closer or further from the bands. However, BB offers extra insights into market volatility as the two bands contract or expand.

4. Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD)

The MACD is a technical indicator composed of two main lines: the MACD line and the signal line, which is a 9-period EMA of the MACD line. The interactions between these lines and the histogram, which represents the difference between them, make this trading strategy effective for analyzing shifts in market momentum and potential trend reversals. 

Traders can use the divergences between the MACD and price action to spot potential trend reversals. Divergences can either be bullish or bearish. In a bullish divergence, the price forms lower lows while the MACD forms higher lows, signaling a potential reversal to the upside. Conversely, in a bearish divergence, the price forms higher highs while the MACD forms lower highs, indicating a potential reversal to the downside. 

In addition, traders may utilize MACD crossovers. When the MACD line crosses the signal line from below, it indicates upward momentum, signaling a potential buying opportunity. Conversely, when the MACD line drops below the signal line, it suggests downward momentum, signaling a potential sell opportunity.

Closing Thoughts

Trading strategies with moving averages can help traders analyze market trends, shifts in momentum, and more. However, relying solely on these strategies may be dangerous due to their subjective interpretation. To mitigate potential risks, traders may combine these strategies with other market analysis methods.

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