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Moving Averages, MA - indicator for MetaTrader 4 The purpose of the SMA is to smooth out price movements in order to better identify the trend. Note that the SMA is a lagging indicator, it incorporates prices from the past and provides a signal after the trend begins. The longer the time period of the SMA, the greater the smoothing, and the slower the reaction to changes in the market. This is why the SMA is not the best Forex indicator for receiving advanced warning of a move. But here's a good aspect – it is one of the best Forex trend indicators when it comes to confirming a trend. The indicator usually operates with averages calculated from more than one data set – one (or more)within a shorter time period and one within a longer time period. Typical values for the shorter SMA might be 10, 15, or 20 days. Typical values for the longer SMA might be 50, 100, or 200 days. You might be wondering – when does it signal a trend? It signals a new trend when the long-term average crosses over the short-term average. If the long-term average is moving above the short-term average, this may signal the beginning of an uptrend. If the the long-term average is moving below the short-term average, this may signal the beginning of a downtrend. You can experiment with different period lengths to find out what works best for you.
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