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Scalping with MACD (based on dailyfx article)
When a scalper begins their day, there are usually quite a few questions that need to be answered before ever placing a trade.
What’s moving the market this morning?
Which markets are most active?
What drivers (or news) might come out to push the market further?
Is my coffee ready yet?
These are just a few examples… but suffice it to say that those who are
day-trading in markets have quite a bit on their mind every single
trading day.The Setup
Before a scalper ever triggers a position they need to first find the appropriate market environment.
For fundamental-based traders, Multiple Time Frame Analysis can be
helpful; but more important is their outlook or opinion and the fact
that that outlook or opinion should mesh with the ‘bigger picture’ view
of what’s going on at the moment.
For scalpers, the hourly and 4-hour charts carry special importance, as
those are the ideal timeframes for seeing the bigger picture.
After that, traders should look to diagnose the trend (or lack thereof).
A great indicator for investigating trend strength is the Average
Directional Index (ADX). Also popular for investigating trends is the
Moving Average Indicator.
After the day-trader has found a promising setup, they then need to
decide how to trigger into positions, and MACD can be a very relevant
option for such situations.
Because the trader already knows the direction they want to trade in,
they merely need to wait for a corresponding signal via MACD to initiate
When MACD crosses up and over the signal line, the trader can look to go long.
After a long position is triggered, the trader can look to close the
position when MACD moves down and under the signal line (which is
usually looked at as a sell signal, but because you did the ‘bigger
picture analysis’ with the longer-term chart, this is merely a ‘close
the long signal.’)
Scalpers can trigger positions when MACD Signal takes place in direction of their bias
On the other side of this equation: If the trader had determined the
trend to be down on the longer-term chart or if their fundamental bias
is pointing lower, they can look for MACD to cross down and under the
signal line to trigger their short position.
And once MACD crosses up and over the signal line, the trader can look to cover their short position.
Scalpers can close positions when opposing MACD Signal takes place
The aforementioned approach can work phenomenally in a
day-trading/scalping approach. But the fact-of-the-matter is that
scalping profitably entails a lot more than just a trading plan, and an
Risk management is the undoing of most new traders; and day-traders and
scalpers fall victim to this susceptibility even more so than most.