I think of MA's as oscillators. The location of price relative to its EMA "oscillates" and is sometimes "too far" from the EMA (i.e., overbought or oversold). Most oscillators use some type of MA in their calculation.
One way I use EMAs is to think in terms of "trade location". If you are going long and price is relatively far above its EMA, this is what I would call "bad trade location". Conversely if I'm going long and price is way below the EMA, I call this "good trade location". Near the EMA would be "neutral trade location". Not to say that I would not go long with price way above the EMA or, said another way, take any trade based on "Trade Location" - "Trade Location" is just one factor in my decision-making.
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That's funny but I understand your logic. I think of MAs as flexible trend lines......not sure if that is a valid way to look at them but its odd how many times they tend to line up with a solid hand drawn one.
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Agood insight imo...Something ive been doing lately, is to look for a trendline that will fit with the 21 ema.After 2 weeks on the 5 min, with the 21 ema, i believe the ema is solid enough...if it is backed up by a TL, it is very good.We draw our trendlines in real time, and sometimes realize later, that we missed a TL that did match well with the ema.Is this bending the TL to fit the ema?Darned if i know...its more like choosing different candles to use for the TL.(or, using tais/wicks vs bodies only.I dont think it matters...I think finding the correct TL is important,...and just like atm mgmt is a grey area(unique to every trader), maybe TLs are also.I watch PAT recaps on his es trades , and he is very good...to see him draw the TLs is good info, imo...By the way, great job Pandawarrior on the trading....something i was pondering this weekend, when away from the computer....you broke to the next level, profitability live.And had some very good weeks.I believe that some pf the days you have had these last few weeks were just part of the process.Markets change, sometimes easier/harder..whatever...it doesnt matter...at month end...youre green.
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i know you've been working on your trading with the trend lines for a bit and to offer a suggestion about them.. they way your are doing them is fine, but i would start your day out on a 15min chart(or whatever size, maybe 60) and mark up your lines on that for the big picture. draw in your wedge, channel single trend lines, etc.. make sure they are set to global and a diff color than your 5min trend lines.. then go about your business as you would normally..
if you get to the tops of wedges and channels look for sells.. look to sell on breakouts of those HTF patterns at prior swings in anticipation of channel/wedge reentries.. and then look for buys off those lines to continue higher if pattern reentry fails.. the revers is true for the opposite side of the patterns.. and stay out of the middle of the patterns as price is choppy in these areas..
i find this places are really prime areas to pick up trades that fall into your(anyone's) 'system' during the day.. this will also fall inline with keeping it simple and keeping the charts simple.. just some food for thought..
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