Preschool>= Lesson Status ?
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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?
Moving Average Crossover Trading
By now, you know how to determine the trend by plotting on some moving averages on your charts. You should also know that moving averages can help you determine when a trend is about to end and reverse.
All you have to do is plop on a couple of moving averages on your chart, and wait for a crossover. If the moving averages cross over one another, it could signal that the trend is about to change soon, thereby giving you the chance to get a better entry. By having a better entry, you have the chance to bag mo' pips!
If Allen Iverson made a living by having a killer crossover move, why can't you?
Let's take another look at that daily chart of USD/JPY to help explain moving average crossover trading.
From around April to July, the pair was in a nice uptrend. It topped out at around 124.00, before slowly heading down. In the middle of July, we see that the 10 SMA crossed below the 20 SMA.
And what happened next?
A nice downtrend!
If you had shorted at the crossover of the moving averages you would have made yourself almost a thousand pips!
Of course, not every trade will be a thousand-pip winner, a hundred-pip winner, or even a 10-pip winner.
It could be a loser, which means you have to consider things like where to place your stop loss or when to take profits. You just can't jump in without a plan!
What some traders do is that they close out their position once a new crossover has been made or once price has moved against the position a predetermined amount of pips.
This is what Huck does in her HLHB system. She either exits when a new crossover has been made, but also has a 150-pip stop loss just in case.
The reason for this is you just don't know when the next crossover will be. You may end up hurting yourself if you wait too long!
One thing to take note of with a crossover system is that while they work beautifully in a volatile and/or trending environment, they don't work so well when price is ranging.
You will get hit with tons of crossover signals and you could find yourself getting stopped out multiple times before you catch a trend again.
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- Silky Smooth Moving Averages
- Simple Moving Averages
- Exponential Moving Average
- SMA vs. EMA
- Using Moving Averages
- Moving Average Crossover Trading
- Dynamic Support and Resistance
- Summary: Moving Averages