Now, let’s look at how to trade with moving average ribbons.
When the moving averages start widening out and separating, also known as ribbon “expansion”, this signals that the recent price direction has reached an extreme and could be the end of a trend.
Think of each moving average as a magnet and they’re attracted to each other.
They do not want to be too far apart from each other for too long. So when they are, they will want to close that distance.
When the moving averages start to converge and get closer to each other, also known as ribbon “contraction”, a trend change has possibly started.
After an extreme move in price in one direction, you will notice shorter-term moving averages converge first. The longer-term moving averages will slowly converge.
When the moving average ribbons are parallel and evenly spaced, this means that the current trend is strong.
All the moving averages are in “agreement” since they are moving together.
Some traders make the mistake of only paying attention when the moving averages “cross over” or “twist”.
While it is important to monitor when the short-term moving averages cross above (or below) the long-term moving averages, it’s also important to monitor the SPACING between the moving averages.
The positioning of short-term moving averages relative to long-term moving averages shows the DIRECTION of the trend (down, neutral, up).
The spacing between the moving averages shows the STRENGTH of the trend (weak, neutral, strong).
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