Smoothing Price Action [10 MA Tips]

Does your trading strategy include moving averages? Laying a moving average like the standard combination of a 50 and 200 period MA to a chart can be very fascinating. You’ll start seeing trends emerge. Each stock or asset has a unique interaction with the different moving averages. Knowing the key moving averages for what you’re trading can really help you find support and resistance levels.

Here are 10 tips that will help you with Moving Averages:

  1. The 20-period moving average usually represents the short-term trend, 50-period is the medium trend, and the long-term market trend is the 200-period moving average.
  2. The 5-period and 10-period EMA as entries and exits have significance in rapidly shifting markets that better monitor the trend when the long-term moving averages are too far behind.
  3. Exponential moving averages add greater weight to recent price adjustments, while each data point is treated uniformly by Simple Moving Averages.
  4. SMAs allow you to see where many big and small participants are buying and selling. The importance of moving averages as support and resistance points on charts relies upon how other traders behave as they are more impacted than the current technical or candlestick patterns.
  5. General market sentiment can be determined by the location of the current price to the 200DMA. Bulls like to stay above the 200, while Bears prefer below. Bulls buy pullbacks to the MA, while Bears short rallies to the MA.
  6. When the moving average of 50 periods crosses the moving average of 200 periods in either direction, a significant change in trend is anticipated. The 5- day rising above the 200-day is considered a Golden Cross, while the bearish breach is called a Death Cross.
  7. For the specific stocks chart, a great second chance entry is buying the retest of a 50-day moving average. Most strategic investors are waiting to add to their long-term positions at the 50 D
  8. Buying a blue-chip stock like MSFT or AAPL at the 200 DMA is a gift. If the 200DMA is lost it could be very dangerous and begin a fall with little support.
  9. Many investors use a simple trend following signal that triggers when a shorter-term moving average crosses a longer one. Trading expert Richard Donchian used a five and twenty-day cross-over method.
  10. Many analysts notice when a moving average starts to move up or down and see it as a symbol of a cycle beginning, progressing, or shifting.

Every trader has to determine how moving averages can be integrated into their own framework and time frame.


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