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The 5-Minute Forex "Momo" Trade

Authors: Kathy Lien & Boris Schlossberg | 0 Comments
The 5-Minute Forex "Momo" Trade

The Five Minute Momo Trade looks for a momentum or "momo" burst on very shortterm (five-minute) charts. First, traders lay on two indicators, the first of which is the 20-period exponential moving average (EMA). The EMA is chosen over the simple moving average because it places higher weight on recent movements, which is needed for fast momentum trades. The moving average is used to help determine the trend. The second indicator to use is the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) histogram, which helps us gauge momentum. The settings for the MACD histogram is the default, which is first EMA = 12, second EMA = 26, signal EMA = 9, all using the close price.

This strategy waits for a reversal trade but only takes advantage of it when momentum supports the reversal move enough to create a larger extension burst. The position is exited in two separate segments; the first half helps us lock in gains and ensures that we never turn a winner into a loser. The second half lets us attempt to catch what could become a very large move with no risk because the stop has already been moved to breakeven.


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