# Sloping MA

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I'm reasonably new to this, therefore it may be staring me in the face, but as of yet I've had no luck finding the information.

What I want to do is have Moving averages 8, 20, 50, 200 have crossover signals for the 8, 20 - but I only want the trade to take place IF the MA(200) and the MA(50) are sloping upward (if long) and downward if short.

Love any suggestions on this one.

Thanks

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So assuming you have used the iMA call to get a handle to your Moving Averages. You might end up with something like:

double ma200[2];

double ma50[2];

CopyBuffer(iMa200Handle,0,0,2,ma200);

CopyBuffer(iMa50Handle,0,0,2,ma50);

//Get the slope of ma200

double slopeMa200 = ma200[0] - ma200[1];

double slopeMa50 = ma50[0] - ma50[1];

Now that you have the slopes you should be able to continue.

Alternatively if you have used CiMA and the associated Create method like in the How to Create a Module of Trading Signals then you might have something like:

protected:

CiMA m_MA200;

CiMA m_MA50;

protected:

double MA200(int index){return (m_MA200.Main(index));}

double MA50(int index){return (m_MA50.Main(index));}

Initialize like in the article mentioned above

Then in your logic checking for open or close you would use something like:

MA200(1) > MA200(2) //Increasing

MA50(1) < MA50(2) //Decreasing

In the appropriate logical spots.

Hope that helps.