Dual Moving Average indicator

Technical analysis: the dual moving average.

The Dual Moving Average consists of two separate Moving Averages.

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This means it is possible to indicate the point at which a rising trend reverses into a falling trend and vice versa. This MA displays the price trend in a smooth line as it filters out short-lived fluctuations. The use of two MAs in a chart means that both short-term and long-term trends can be displayed. The crossing of a short and a long MA is considered a buy/sell signal.

The Dual Moving Average (DMA) produces fewer signals than the single Moving Average. The disadvantage of lagging the price applies even more to the Dual Moving Average. It is therefore also a lagging indicator. 
In powerful trend markets, the Dual Moving Average usually provides excellent signals. In sideways markets, this indicator is largely useless.

The Dual Moving Average with 10-day and 26-day settings is also known as an EB indicator in some publications. In this context, a 10-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) is sometimes taken for the short MA.

The Dual Moving Average is just as sensitive to curve fitting as the MA when it comes to optimization. Using crossing MAs, it is possible to find parameter pairs that generate a return in just about any market.



  • Short MA period (30).
  • Long MA period (90).


The crossing of a short-term and a longer-term MA is considered a buy/sell signal. 





This example shows the Dual Moving Average indicator on a day chart in the NanoTrader trading platform. The fast moving average (1) is set to 5 periods i.e. days and the slow moving average is set to 20 periods.

Trading with Dual Moving Average indicators.


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