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Three Moving Averages

The Three Moving Average system attempts to identify ranging markets which are then avoided as they tend to be unprofitable when traded with trend indicators.

Trading Signals

The system features three moving averages: fast, middle and slow. Entry points are determined by the middle moving average crossing the long moving average and exit points by the fast moving average crossing the middle moving average:

Go long when:

Close long when fast moving average crosses to below middle moving average from above.

Go short when:

Close short when fast moving average crosses to above middle moving average from below.


Intel Corporation chart with fast EMA 5 day (fast), middle EMA 21 day (middle), and slow EMA 63 day (slow) exponential moving averages.

Intel Three Moving Average System

Mouse over chart captions to display trading signals.

  1. Close previous long trade as the fast moving average has fallen below the middle moving average.
  2. Go long as the middle moving average has risen above the slow moving average (and the fast moving average above the middle moving average).
  3. Close long trade - fast moving average has fallen below middle moving average.
  4. We are whipsawed in and out of a long position as the fast moving average crosses to above then back under the middle moving average.
  5. Another whipsaw.
  6. Go long as the fast moving average crosses to above the middle moving average (and the middle moving average is above the slow moving average).

Whipsaws are not entirely eliminated. Using trailing stops to time entry and exit points may further reduce unprofitable trades.

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