Intraday System Setup:
- Set the chart pattern to filled candle.
- Set the timeframe to 30 minutes
- Set up a moving average line period to 11 days.
- MACD set 2, 10, 4
How to trade
What you are looking for is the moving average line, where the MA crosses the price line. You don’t need to care about it crossing the thin peaks of the high/low lines on the candle, but you have to concentrate on it crossing through the middle of the wide, filled part of the candle, the open close prices. And further yet, it must cross in around the middle of this center section. If it crosses at the top or bottom of the candle centre area, than you can pretty much disregard the trade. It may be profitable, but not worth the risk. Stick with the center of the central region and you will be much safer.
Now to determine direction. If the MA moves from above the price line to below it, the trade is going to be long. And likewise, if the MA moves through the candle from below the price line, the trade will be short. This can be verified by checking your indicators that you have set up to corroborate with your MA. To better clarify this direction idea, if after the cross the price is below the MA, the price is most likely dropping or SHORT. If the after the cross the price is above the MA, the price is considered to be rising and the trade is LONG.
When the MA crosses the price line through the center of the l wide part of the candle. You should try and wait at least one more candle before entering a position just to ensure that the cross wasn’t a blip on the radar and its not about to recant its previous move. The chart is set to the 30 minute timeframe, so generally wait 30 minutes or so, unless the market suddenly takes a quick shift in that direction. Then you can open the position to catch the swing.
Another important factor to consider. If the MACD average lines are above the zero line, then you can expect a large climb. If the trade was reported as short, and the average lines on the MACD screen were below the zero line, you could expect to a see a rather large drop.
Stop Loss and Profit
When I say large drop or gain, I am speaking of 75, 100, 150 point gains. This is not to say that if, on a long trade for instance, the average lines on the MACD are BELOW the zero that you will NOT see a gain. It generally will provide a gain, but of 20, 30, or maybe even 50 points. Where you exit the trade is up to you and how much you can tolerate and are willing to risk. If you feel comfortable taking 30 points and are okay with yourself if it does end up going to 150 points above your buy price, then good for you. If you are a thrill-seeker and go for the 150, I wish you all the best of luck! You may or may not need it.