This page provides an explanation of the triangular moving average indicator in technical analysis.
What Is the Triangular Moving Average
The triangular moving average is a simple moving average that has been averaged again (i.e. averaging the average). This creates an extra smooth moving average line.
Triangular Moving Average Example Chart
This chart of the E-mini Nasdaq 100 futures contract shows the relation between a 10-day simple moving average and a 10-day triangular moving average.
Generally, simple moving averages are smooth, but the re-averaging makes the triangular moving average even smoother and more wavelike.
Potential buy and sell signals for the triangular moving average indicator are discussed on the simple moving average indicator page.
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For information on the other moving average indicators, you can check out the following pages:
- Adaptive Moving Average
- Exponential Moving Average (EMA)
- Simple Moving Average
- Typical Price Moving Average (Pivot Point)
- Weighted Moving Average (WMA)
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Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about moving averages.
Is moving average a good indicator?
Moving averages are the most common technical analysis indicator and very popular among traders to inform their trading strategies. The moving average is used as a technical analysis tool to smooth out prices by eliminating the impact of random, short-term fluctuations.
Traders rely on moving averages as a lagging – or trend-following – indicator because they are based on past prices.
Which moving average is best?
Determining which moving average is best depends on what you’re trading and whether you’re following short- or long-term trends. The two most popular moving averages are the simple moving average (SMA) and the exponential moving average (EMA).
Day-traders generally stick to EMAs for more and earlier signals. But while the SMA moves less and slower it also gives less wrong signals during periods of price volatility.