Preschool>= Lesson Status ?
Kindergarten>= Lesson Status ?
Elementary>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 1 Support and Resistance Levels
Grade 2 Japanese Candlesticks
Grade 3 Fibonacci
Grade 4 Moving Averages
Grade 5 Common Chart Indicators
Middle School>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 7 Important Chart Patterns
Grade 8 Pivot Points
Summer School>= Lesson Status ?
High School>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 9 Trading Divergences
Grade 10 Market Environment
Grade 11 Trading Breakouts and Fakeouts
Grade 12 Fundamental Analysis
Grade 13 Currency Crosses
- What is a Currency Cross Pair?
- Crosses Present More Trading Opportunities
- Cleaner Trends and Ranges
- Taking Advantage of Interest Rate Differential
- Obscure Crosses
- Planning Around News and Fundamentals
- Creating Synthetic Pairs
- Euro and Yen Crosses
- How to Use Crosses to Trade the Majors
- How Cross Currency Pairs Affect Dollar Pairs
- Summary: Currency Crosses
Grade 14 Multiple Time Frame Analysis
Undergraduate>= Lesson Status ?
- Why Keep a Trade Journal?
- Benefits of Keeping a Journal
- What Should You Record in Your Journal?
- Potential Trading Area
- Entry Trigger
- Position Sizing
- Trade Management Rules
- Trade Retrospective
- Trading Journal Statistics
- Reviewing Your Trading Journal
- Difficulties of Keeping a Trade Journal
- Summary: Keeping a Trade Journal
Graduation>= Lesson Status ?
- Which Trading Style is Best for You?
- Which Currencies Should You Trade?
- What is Your Level of Trading Experience?
- Should You Be a Discretionary, Mechanical, or Hybrid Trader?
- What Kind of Mechanical System Suits Your Personality?
- What is Your Attitude Towards Risk?
- What Kind of Stop Suits Your Trading Style?
Lagging Indicators (Momentum Indicators)
So how do we spot a trend?
The indicators that can do so have already been identified as MACD and moving averages.
These indicators will spot trends once they have been established, at the expense of delayed entry.
The bright side is that there's less chance of being wrong.
On GBP/USD's daily chart above, we've put on the 10 EMA (blue), 20 EMA (red), and the MACD.
Around October 15, the 10 EMA crossed above the 20 EMA, which is a bullish crossover.
Similarly, the MACD made an upward crossover and gave a buy signal.
If you jumped in on a long trade back then, you would've enjoyed that nice uptrend that followed.
Later on, both the moving averages and MACD gave a couple of sell signals.
And judging from the strong downtrends that occurred, taking those short trades would've given huge profits.
We can see those dollar signs flashing in your eyes!
Now let's look at another chart so you can see how these crossover signals can sometimes give false signals. We like to call them "fakeouts."
On March 15, the MACD made a bullish crossover while the moving averages gave no signal whatsoever.
If you acted on that buy signal from the MACD, you just suffered a fake out, buddy.
Similarly, the MACD's buy signal by the end of May wasn't accompanied by any moving average crossover. If you entered a long trade right then and there, you might've set yourself up for a loss since the price dipped a bit after that.
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- Leading vs. Lagging Indicators
- Leading Indicators (Oscillators)
- Lagging Indicators (Momentum Indicators)
- Summary: Leading and Lagging Indicators