These averages don’t necessarily have to be in days, either. For example, you can trade off of a five-minute chart using a 20-period moving average in which case the average is determined by the last 20 five minute
periods. A moving average (MA) crossover strategy is very popular and very simple. One of the most common MA crossover strategies is the 9 and 18 crossover.
It goes like this:
When the 9 period moving average crosses above the 18 period moving average, look for longs or exit shorts. When the 9 period moving average crosses below the 18 period moving average, look for shorts or exit longs. This simple, yet effective…
The idea here is that the short MA crossing above or below the long MA will give you a good idea on near-term trend. Having a clear picture of the near-term trend can potentially help you stay on the
right side of the trade.
Of course; if trading were this easy everyone would be day trading from the comfort of their own yachts in the Caribbean or Mediterranean.
This strategy simply provides a good basis from which to work. A solid risk management and trade management plan must also be considered. The moving average crossover can be utilized with different average lengths such as 5/10, 10, 20 etc. In addition, it can also be utilized with different types of moving averages such as simple or exponential.