Trading Strategy Using The MA ALMA

Trading Strategy Using The MA ALMA

The Arnaud Legoux Moving Average(ALMA) is an indicator that you can use to identify the direction of the trend.

Here, I’m going to explain what the indicator does and how you can use it in trading strategies.

So, let’s get into it.

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WHAT IS ALMA?

WHAT IS ALMA?

The ALMA indicator is one of the more refined moving average indicators.

Many traders use it in their trading strategies. 

Without wasting any time, let’s explore it.

Arnaud Legoux developed the ALMA indicator in 2009 as a modification of the moving average (MA) indicator.

The goal was to reduce the latency prevalent with moving averages.

The ALMA trading indicator often provides more reliable signals than other types of MAs.

How does it do this? By removing (or smoothing out) small price swings.

small-price-swings

ALMA on the chart

In other words, the indicator highlights up trends and down trends.

You may wonder, “Why is ALMA is better than the MA?”?

Well, there’s a simple explanation!

Moving averages imply that the most recent price is more important than the value of previous periods.

However, they do not account for more price uncertainty in the present.

By assigning less weight to the most recent price and providing a smoother price trend, the ALMA aims to convey a more accurate and complete picture.

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HOW TO CALCULATE ALMA?

HOW TO CALCULATE ALMA?

Oh! So, you wonder how ALMA is calculated?

Of course, algorithms can be quite difficult to understand.

But we are here to help..

Let’s make this calculation easy to understand.

HOW TO CALCULATE ALMA

The ALMA uses two methods of calculation: Gaussian filter offset and standard deviation.

There are three factors to consider when interpreting these formulas.

Window: The quantity of pricing data examined is indicated by a window.

The default time for representing time is nine intervals.

According to the calculations, you can adjust these levels.

Offset: The Gaussian filtert is applied to the pairing line.

The default setting is 0.85.

Setting the offset to 1.0 makes it entirely synced with the market valuation; the indicator will follow the price perfectly if the offset is 1.0.

But if it’s closer to 0, there will be significant latency.

Sigma: The combination line’s standard deviation is calculated via Sigma.

This parameter sharpens the combination line.

The default value of Sigma is 6.0. by default.

default value of Sigma

The ALMA method performs well on longer timeframes, such as the 4-hour timeframe.

The indicator emphasizes the price trend’s tendency to determine whether a trend is bullish or bearish.

The trend is bearish if the ALMA value is higher than the candle on the price chart.

If the ALMA value is below the current price ,the trend is bullish.

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HOW TO USE ALMA?

HOW TO USE ALMA?

At this point, you know what the indicator is and how its calculation works.

Now, let’s move to the juicy part.

Here, I’ll show how to use ALMA.

Let’s get started.

The indicator serves you in various ways.

You can combine it with many other technical indicators to get a complete picture.

Here’s how you can use the ALMA.

THE GOOD OL’ SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE

To begin with, you can use ALMA to determine support and resistance levels.

When the gap between price and ALMAwidens or narrows, you may trade breakouts and retracements from the trend.

gap between price

TRADING WITH MA

When used alongside MAs, the indicator can help find entry signals.

We’ll talk about ALMA with MA later in detail.

FINDING MOMENTUM WITH THE RSI

Another option is to combine ALMA with the relative strength indicator (RSI).

The RSI is used to detect momentum.

If the RSI indicates an asset price is overbought and the ALMA goes above the price, the chart indicates a strong sell signal.

Conversely, if the RSI is oversold and the ALMA is below the price, it would be a powerful buy signal.

RSI indicates

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ALMA TRADING STRATEGY WITH MA

ALMA TRADING STRATEGY WITH MA

In the previous section, I mentioned that we’ll discuss an ALMA and MA trading strategy in detail.

Three cheers to those who have made it this far!

Here’s the main part of our guide.

So, let’s begin!

You can use the ALMA with MA in various ways.

ALMA TRADING STRATEGY WITH MA

ALMA AND MA CROSSOVER

We select a longer period ALMA and a shorter period MA for this strategy.

You can also select a shorter ALMA and a longer MA.

Here, we’ll apply a 200-period ALMA and a 50-period MA.

Why, you ask?

Because at longer timeframes, price is less impacted by short-term changes.

Hence, it is more effective for judging long-term market sentiment.

The timeframe for this strategy is D1.

You can select longer or shorter timeframes according to your trading style.

I must add something here.

The day trading market is incredibly volatile and difficult for even experienced traders.

So, instead of 15-minute ALMA and 50-minute MA, tracking a 50-day ALMA and a 200-day MA is best.

15-minute ALMA

ALMA with MA bullish crossover

Look at the chart above to get a better understanding.

The 200-day ALMA is much lower than the 50-day moving average.

This means that the market’s average performance over the last 50 days was much less than over the previous 200 days.

However, when the 50-day moving average crosses the 200-day ALMA moving average, it indicates that the market is rebounding and that a bull run is imminent.

Because this is a bullish crossover, we can enter long positions.

Conversely, when the ALMA goes above the MA, it’s a sign of a downtrend.

sign of a downtrend

ALMA with MA bearish crossover

In the chart above, the 50-day MA falls strongly and collides with the 200-day ALMA.

This means the market has performed better, on average, in the last 50 days than in the previous 200 days.

A downtrend is inevitable once ALMA intersects the 200-day moving average and drops even lower.

KEY TAKEAWAYS 

Here are some of the important points you need to remember when trading ALMA with MA:

  • Using short-term ALMA (5, 10, 12, 20, and 26 periods) will result in early detection of a trend, but with the potential for many false signals.
  • Using long-term settings (30, 50, 100, and 200 periods) will result in recognizing a trend later, when it is more established, but with less potential because you are jumping on the trend later. However, you should receive fewer false signals and have a greater win rate.
  • You can also combine ALMA and MA with momentum indicators like the RSI or MACD for further signal confirmation.
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WHAT ARE SOME LIMITATIONS OF THE ALMA?

WHAT ARE SOME LIMITATIONS OF THE ALMA?

Although the ALMA can be effective and useful, it has shortcomings.

You need to remember these when using ALMA in your trading strategies.

I’ll mention some of the pitfalls of the indicator below.

Let’s take a deep dive!

WHAT ARE SOME LIMITATIONS OF THE ALMA?

ALMA enhances the shortcomings of traditional moving averages by utilizing past data.

While ALMA predicts trends based on past data, it cannot predict future events.

As the indicator is based on pricing, it is very important to combine it with a volume-based indicator that provides an additional class of data to give you a better view of the current pricing performance.

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FAQs

FAQs

What is offset in ALMA?

The offset setting is used to modify the ALMA to be more responsive or smooth.

The offset can be specified in decimals ranging from 0.0 to 1.0.

Setting the ALMA to 0.99 makes it incredibly responsive, while setting it to 0.01 makes it quite smooth.

Does ALMA work for crypto?

ALMA has become a popular indicator among cryptocurrency traders.

In crypto trading, ALMA lowers the noise of small price swings by averaging the price in both directions, from the past to the present and vice-versa.

Is ALMA available for popular trading platforms?

Yes, ALMA is available for MT4 (mql4 website), MT5 (mql5 website), and TradingView (TradingView website).

Why is the ALMA/MA Strategy useful for traders?

ALMA providesreliable and clear price signals while indicating the price direction.

This is very helpful for traders to choose the right time to open and close trading positions in an asset.

FINAL THOUGHTS

So, there you have it!

Simply put, ALMA is a refined version of the traditional MA.

It effectively filters surface noise, smoothing out price swings.

The MA/ALMA trading strategy helpsfind bullish and bearish crossovers.

The strategy works best on longer timeframes.

You can add other indicators with MA and ALMA to confirm the signals further.

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