A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
After making an extensive study of moving averages, we would be remiss not to adopt a different strategy. A crossover moving average (CMA) captures the difference between two moving averages with differing durations. This popular indicator has us subtracting two simple moving averages. Although there are numerous variants, we will begin with a simple 3-8 day combination.1
The calculation for a 3-8 crossover is
Score = 3-day simple moving average − 8-day simple moving average
The 3-day SMA provides a faster ...