Trading Guide: The Smoothed Moving Average (SMMA)

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The Smoothed Moving Average (SMMA) is a technical analysis tool used by traders to identify trends and gauge price momentum in financial markets.

It is a variation of the Exponential Moving Average (EMA) but with a longer period applied, which gives equal weighting to both recent and historical prices. This results in a smoother line that reduces the impact of short-term fluctuations and provides a clearer view of the underlying trend.

What is the Smoothed Moving Average?

The Smoothed Moving Average (SMMA) is designed to smooth out price data over a longer period, making it less sensitive to short-term volatility compared to other moving averages like the Simple Moving Average (SMA) and the Exponential Moving Average (EMA). The SMMA takes into account all available data points, which means that older data points are never completely removed from the calculation but have a diminishing impact over time.

The SMMA is calculated using the following steps:

  1. Initial Period: Start with a Simple Moving Average (SMA) for the initial period.
  2. Subsequent Periods: For each subsequent period, the SMMA is calculated using the formula:
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Where:

  • SMMAprev is the previous period's SMMA.
  • CLOSE is the current closing price.
  • N is the number of smoothing periods.

 

This formula ensures that the SMMA incorporates both recent and historical data, providing a smoother trajectory.

How to Trade with the Smoothed Moving Average

The SMMA can be used in various trading strategies, primarily for trend following and identifying potential reversals. Here are some common approaches:

01. Trend Following

The SMMA is particularly useful for identifying and following trends. Traders look for the price to stay consistently above or below the SMMA line:

  • Bullish Trend: When the price remains above the SMMA, it indicates an upward trend. Traders may consider buying or holding long positions.
  • Bearish Trend: When the price stays below the SMMA, it signals a downward trend. Traders may consider selling or holding short positions.

02. Reversal Signals

Reversal strategies involve looking for crossovers between the price and the SMMA:

  • Bullish Reversal: When the price crosses above the SMMA, it may indicate a potential upward reversal. This can be a signal to buy.
  • Bearish Reversal: When the price crosses below the SMMA, it may suggest a potential downward reversal. This can be a signal to sell.

03. Current Price Concept

Traders also use the SMMA to gauge the current market sentiment by comparing the current price to the SMMA:

  • Overbought Condition: If the current price is significantly above the SMMA, it may indicate an overbought condition, suggesting a potential price correction.
  • Oversold Condition: If the current price is significantly below the SMMA, it may indicate an oversold condition, suggesting a potential price rebound.

Example Strategies

  1. Crossover Strategy: Use two SMMAs with different periods (e.g., a short-term SMMA and a long-term SMMA). A buy signal is generated when the short-term SMMA crosses above the long-term SMMA (Golden Cross), and a sell signal is generated when the short-term SMMA crosses below the long-term SMMA (Death Cross)14.
  2. Price Crossover Strategy: Buy when the price crosses above the SMMA and sell when the price crosses below the SMMA. This strategy helps in capturing the beginning of new trends and exiting before a trend reversal2.

Conclusion

The Smoothed Moving Average is a versatile tool that helps traders filter out short-term noise and focus on the underlying trend. By using the SMMA in conjunction with other technical indicators and trading strategies, traders can make more informed decisions and potentially improve their trading performance.

However, like all technical indicators, the SMMA is not foolproof and should be used as part of a broader trading strategy that includes risk management and other analytical tools.

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