So how do we spot a trend?
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.
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.
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.”
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.