4,9,18 Ma

Discussion in 'Technical Analysis' started by richk, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. richk



    I read several books but I found every writers wrote only about 20,50 or 200 MA (SMA,EMA) as a key MA's.

    And now I was informed that a lot of traders use 4 or 9 or 18 MA (EMA) for trading ? Why these numbers ? Where to find more about them ? What is your opinion on them ?
  2. Some traders believe they can get ahead of other traders who are using the more common 5, 10, and 20 period averages
  3. Ditch


    Read the book of Charles Le Beau, he discusses the 4,9,18 combination.
  4. I don't know if any traders would back me up on this or not, but in general the guys that trade the heaviest use the least amount of studies and MA's.

    The thought of some market maker or hedge fund not doing an order because they are waiting for a moving average cross or a pull back to the 18 ma, makes me laugh. I mean it could happen for all Iknow, but I just can't see it happening consistently.

    Usually my setup is to look at the stock in 3 time frames so everytime I pull up a stock three linked charts bring the stock up in three time frames, a five minute two day chart, a 30 min 5 day chart, and the daily. On the daily I have the 200, 50 and 20 SMA, on the others just one moving average and bollinger bands.

    Big beliver in the old theory that you should be able to look at any stock an within 2-3 seconds (if that) know whether it is a long, short, or nothing candidate.

    Spent hours and hours when I first started adjusting the parameters on ma's, stochastics, macd, etc...look back and consider it time wasted.

    everyone is different though.....that is what makes this profession so interesting indeed.


    I do think that most instutional traders are aware of the 200 and 50 though pretty much all the time. I am not positive but when I was in Denver I would occassionally shoot pool with some of the Janus traders who are notorious for blowing out of things with no finesse and one of their guys told me once he watched the 200 and the 50 but if they got a lot of money in the night before, the bottom line was they were going to put it to work (in nok or aol probaly LOL) one way or the other.
  5. just wondering what (eom) stands for?? been seeing that alot !!:confused: :confused:
  6. eom = end of message
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  8. sorry for duplicate...this might interest some....it was a study done by Yang over at astrikos.

    Don't think they would mind me posting it as it will probably drive a few page views over there. :p

    Speaking of moving averages, we've been conducting some studies recently
    that I think you might find interesting. Take the simple strategy of
    using a moving average's trend to determine buy and sell signals in the
    S&P500. If the moving average is trending higher, it's a buy signal,
    while a moving average trending lower is a sell signal. Using this
    simple strategy, we were interested in discovering which moving averages
    worked best when it comes to the S&P500. Common technical analysis
    usually pushes the 20 day, 50 day or 200 day as some of the 'best'
    moving averages. Our work says otherwise. In fact, if I were to ask you
    which moving average between 1 and 200 performed best using the simple
    buy and sell rules outlined above, which would you guess? I bet you'd
    never guess '1'. A 1-day moving average, of course, really isn't a
    moving average at all - it's simply the day's close. By going long the
    S&P500 whenever the 1-day average (today's close) is higher than the
    previous day's 1-day average (yesterday's close) and short the S&P500
    whenever the 1-day average (today's close) is lower than the previous
    day's 1-day average (yesterday's close), an investor would have amassed
    a staggering 70,000% profit (yes, 70,000%) since 1970. That outperforms
    any other technical strategy that we've ever come across, including the
    S&P Institutional Money Flow. Of course, a manic trading strategy like
    this one isn't for everyone - after all, there were 3,800 closed trades
    since 1970, meaning you'd be switching from long to short and vice versa
    roughly every two days. Still, profits of that magnitude would more than
    make up for transaction costs. Something to consider the next time
    someone touts the effectiveness of the 10, 20 or 50-day moving averages.
    What's really important, this study illustrates, is what's happening
    right now. The table below lists the top ten moving averages sorted by
    their overall profit trading the S&P500...

    1-day average: +70,148%
    2-day average: +14,834%
    114-day average: +1,305%
    123-day average: +1,266%
    3-day average: +1,265%
    113-day average: +1,117%
    111-day average: +1,088%
    117-day average: +1,079%
    125-day average: +1,069%
    112-day average: +1,057%

    Interesting to note from the table that five of top ten best performing
    moving averages were in the 110-120 day range, or roughly a six-month
    average on the daily charts. If you're looking for a longer-term moving
    average to incorporate into your work, one of these might fit the bill
    nicely. And just in case you're interested in how some of the more
    popular averages fared using the same buy and sell rules outlined above,
    here's a quick look...

    10-day average: +51%
    20-day average: +195%
    50-day average: +103%
    200-day average: +252%
    (remember, these figures are over a 32-year period)

    From Yang.. technical trader...
  9. So do you actually trade this way?

    Does this also work broken down to shorter term charts, such as:

    8 period on the 60 min chart

    30 period on the 15 min etc?
  10. To Avalanche,
    This is very interesting. If you were using 1day MA strategy, how would you initiate and exit trades? Just get in at the open?
    #10     Nov 22, 2002