The Moving Momentum trading strategy comes from the ChartSchool at StockCharts.com, where you can find comprehensive information on most technical indicators. This strategy goes through a three-step process to find corrections in trends.
Trading Rules – Moving Momentum Strategy
Long Trading Strategy
- 20-period simple moving average (SMA) is above 150-period SMA
- Slow Stochastic (14,3) falls below 20
- MACD Histogram (12,26,9) moves above zero
Short Trading Strategy
- 20-period SMA is below 150-period SMA
- Slow Stochastic (14,3) rises above 80
- MACD Histogram (12,26,9) moves below zero
Moving Momentum Trading Examples
Winning Trade – Long Trading Signal
- The 20-period SMA rose above the 150-period SMA to signify a bullish bias.
- Slow stochastics fell below 20. It lingered around the lower values as price pulled back substantially.
- Finally, the MACD histogram went above the zero line and gave us a long signal. This long signal came after price bounced off from a 61.8% retracement of the previous upswing.
Losing Trade – Short Trading Signal
- The bearish SMA crossover defined a down trend according to the trading strategy. However, price started to rise immediately after the bearish crossover. Furthermore, a trading range (dotted lines) was forming.
- Stochastics rose above 80 and highlighted the pullback. This pullback is deep and went beyond the 150-period SMA. The winning trade example had a deep pullback as well. However, in the winning case, the trend was firmly established. In this example, the trend was in its early stage when deep pullbacks are unusual. Hence, the bearish bias was in doubt.
- We went short when the MACD histogram fell below zero. Price shot up and made a higher high shortly after.
Review – Moving Momentum Trading Strategy
This trading strategy’s merit lies with its systematic approach to finding trading opportunities. The process and logic of this trading strategy is sound.
It uses moving averages to find the long-term trend before using stochastics to find pullbacks. Then, it uses MACD as a trade trigger.
MACD is a reliable trade trigger for complex pullbacks. However, for simple and shallow pullbacks, the lagging nature of MACD gives slow signals with bad reward-to-risk ratio.
(Learn more: MACD Basic Trade by Gerald Appel)
The Moving Momentum trading strategy is not a simple trading strategy. It uses four indicators. The orignal article at ChartSchool correctly pointed out that you will need to calibrate the settings of the indicators according to your trading instrument’s volatility. Adjusting 4 different indicators is not an easy task.
Instead of optimizing the parameters and risk the dangers of curve-fitting, you can use this trading strategy to find trading opportunities before observing the price action to see if the trade is worth taking.
Remember that this trading strategy seeks to find corrective moves within a trend. Look at each chart and assess if there is a corrective move within a trend. (Compare the winning and losing examples.)