The Moving Average Convergence-Divergence (MACD) timing model, invented by Gerald Appel during the late 1970’s, has become one of the most popular of market technical tools, employed by short and longer term investors in stock, bond and other investment markets. MACD is a featured indicator on virtually every computer-based technical trading program and platform.



A Quick Tutorial in MACD: Basic Concepts

By Gerald Appel and Marvin Appel

The Moving Average Convergence-Divergence Indicator (MACD) has been a staple of technical analysis since Gerald invented it more than 30 years ago. We speculate that part of the reason why MACD has become so popular is its versatility: you can use it as an indicator with which to recognize and follow strong trends, and also as a tool for recognizing trend reversals. In this article, we will discuss how to calculate the MACD and some basic ways to interpret it. We will discuss more advanced ways of interpreting MACD readings in a later article. Click here to continue

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