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Moving Average Strategy – Rules of Opening Orders

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:24
Moving Average Strategy – Rules of Opening Orders

This strategy is used for trading in the Forex market. As the name implies, it uses the Moving Average indicator, which is set by default in any MetaTrader terminal. Below we will discuss in detail the features of technical analysis and algorithm of the strategy.

Fundamentals of Strategy

When trading by this method, you should use two charts – weekly and four-hourly.

  • W1 is used for identifying a trend;
  • Н4 is used for searching a good opportunity to open a position.

When you have set a display of both timeframes, you should add two moving averages on them – exponential and simple. The period of the first moving average is 21, the period of the second one is 5. Both curves are built at an average cost.

Identifying the trend, compare the distance between the lines of this week and the previous week. At the same time, a bullish trend corresponds to the growing distance (the SMA should be higher than the EMA). The bearish price movement is determined by the strategy on the opposite principle. Separately worth noting that when the distance between the averages decreases, there is an increasing possibility of a trend reversal.     

When you estimated the direction of the asset price, you can move to the H4, where two SMA with periods of 55 and 8 are built, at average prices.

At this stage, you can start searching for signals to enter the market, considering a four-hourly interval.

Trading Algorithm by Moving Average Strategy

To increase your chances of getting a profit, we recommend opening orders only in the direction of a global trend. Do not open a Buy order in an upward movement, and vice versa.

In general, two methods of opening positions can be identified:

  1. When a fast MA crosses a slow one from top to bottom, a pending Buy order opens. It is set at the level of the slow curve. Then, it moves along this curve until it would be activated.


  1. At the similar intersection from the bottom up, the Instant Execution purchase opens, a Stop Loss moves at the level of a local minimum. The same method of limiting the losses is used for the first entering method.


To determine a suitable Take Profit, we recommend constructing an additional grid. This strategy uses auxiliary Fibonacci bands. (+/-1440, +/-2330, +/-3770).

The developers recommend entering with three orders at once. A target profit is marked on the following Fibonacci values: 1440, 2330 and 3770. We also recommend using a manual Trailing Stop. When the chart reaches the level of the first Take Profit, the remaining Stop Losses move to the opening point; when the second Take Profit “triggers”, the Stop Losses move to the position of the first Take Profit, etc.

In the case of opening a Sell order by this strategy, the target markers for taking profit will be 1440, -2330 and -3770. Otherwise, the sequence of actions is similar, open Sell orders trail in the direction of the asset price.

Advantages and disadvantages

Among the advantages of Moving Average Strategy is its simplicity, and also, a possibility to trade any currency pair. Thanks to this fact, you can increase a total amount of profit. Testing of this strategy shows very good results.

However, it is worth noting that any strategy implies a certain number of false signals. We recommend testing Moving Average Strategy on a demo account before starting real trading. Also, you can use additional indicators to confirm the truth of signals. For instance, it is possible to combine moving averages with oscillators.

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David Melton
David Melton

Financial expert. I work with investors and different companies. I write analytical reviews for newspapers and TV channels and I also manage researching projects