The CCI EMA strategy. A simple ready to use trend following method

EMA and CCI strategy IQ OptionThe CCI EMA strategy you will learn about today is a simple structure that will allow you to effectively take advantage of an existing trend in the market. Trade with the trend, you can often hear. This is a good piece of advice, really, because trading along with the trend can not only provide many profitable opportunities but it is also a safer option than trading against the current trend. In order to open a position, you have to identify the trend first and then find the good point to open a transaction. Today I will present a method of doing it which combines two indicators, the Exponential Moving Average and the Commodity Channel Index.

Key Takeaways🔑

The CCI EMA strategy is a simple and effective method for trading with the trend.
It combines two indicators, the Exponential Moving Average (EMA) and the Commodity Channel Index (CCI), for trend identification and trade entry signals.
Experiment with different settings and timeframes to optimize the strategy for your trading style, and practice on a demo account before trading with real money.

Chart preparations for CCI EMA strategy

The first thing you have to do is to log in to your IQ Option account. Next, you should consider what type of asset you are going to trade during the session. Choose the type and the timeframe of your chart. Then, add the indicators needed.

Click on the Indicators icon and add moving average and CCI. The moving average will need some adjustments. The CCI will use default settings.

The EMA period should be set for 50 and the CCI for 14.

50 period EMA
MA should be set as 50 period EMA

The CCI EMA strategy

The EMA is used for trend identification. The CCI oscillator provides signals to enter the trade. How to trade with the strategy that combines the EMA and the CCI?

Ready to trade chart with EMA50 and CCI14
Ready to trade chart with EMA and CCI strategy

Opening the long position with CCI EMA strategy

You are trading along with the trend. That is why you will look for opportunities to open a long position during the uptrend. To identify the uptrend you should look at the candles and the EMA. The candle should cross the EMA line and close above it. This gives you a hint there is an uptrend in the market.

Now, you are waiting for the signal from the CCI oscillator. Its line should cross the line of value 100 to the top. Hold the position opened for the length of 3-4 candles.

You do not open a new position until another crossing of the candle and the EMA takes place even if the CCI is above the 100 line.

The price is above MA and CCI crosses above 100
The price is above the MA and the CCI crosses above 100 – buy signal

Opening the short transaction with CCI EMA strategy

To open a short transaction you want the market to be in the downtrend. To assure this is the case, check whether the candle crosses the EMA and closes below it.

The signal from the CCI is obtained when the line of the oscillator crosses the -100 line on its way down. Enter the short trade and keep it open for 3-4 consecutive candles.

The price is below MA and CCI crosses below -100
The price is below the MA and the CCI crosses below -100 – sell signal

How do traders use the CCI?

Most often the CCI is used to identify overbought or oversold zones. The market is said to be overbought when the indicator line is above 100 or 200. Conversely, the market is said to be oversold when the indicator line is below the -100 or -200 line. You will have noticed that our strategy gives a sell signal when the indicator line enters the oversold area. This is how it should be. The market is never oversold to the extent that it cannot continue to fall and never overbought to the extent that it cannot continue to rise.

In addition, it is also possible to detect divergences on the CCI. Our strategy today does not use it, but it is worth observing this phenomenon on the CCI because divergences give additional information on possible future market scenarios.

Which indicator works best with CCI?

The Commodity Channel Index is an oscillator. Oscillators generally work well with moving averages. We chose the EMA, but similar results can be obtained by combining the CCI with the SMA or other moving averages.

Pros and Cons of the CCI EMA Strategy👍👎

  • Pros:
    • Simple to understand and implement, making it suitable for traders of all skill levels.
    • Combines two widely used and reliable indicators for improved accuracy and effectiveness.
    • Trades with the trend, increasing the likelihood of successful trades.
    • Versatile and adaptable to different timeframes and market conditions.
  • Cons:
    • May produce false signals in choppy or range-bound markets, leading to potential losses.
    • Relies heavily on the accuracy of the EMA and CCI indicators, which may not always be reliable.
    • Requires discipline and patience to wait for proper setups and signals.
    • Not a standalone strategy; best used in combination with other technical analysis tools.

Trading Tips for CCI EMA Strategy Explanation
Use the EMA for trend identification The EMA helps determine the overall trend direction, enabling you to trade with the trend for higher probability setups.
Watch for CCI signals CCI signals help identify potential trade entry points by indicating overbought or oversold conditions.
Combine with other technical analysis tools Using the CCI EMA strategy alongside other technical analysis tools, such as support and resistance levels, can improve the overall effectiveness of your trading approach.
Practice on a demo account Test the CCI EMA strategy on a demo account before trading with real money to gain experience and fine-tune your approach.

Final words

The trading strategy with the use of the EMA and the CCI is quite simple. You just need to observe the EMA in order to identify the trend and then wait for the signal from the CCI which comes when the 100 (or -100) line is crossed.

You can experiment with different periods settings. You should increase the EMA period when using the shorter timeframes. The best is to leave the CCI period at 14, however, you can also try different ones. Do not exceed, however, the value 24.

IQ Option has a free demo account in its offer. You can practice there any new strategy or new settings for the well-known method. Come back whenever you need to. This is the place where you cannot lose your money because this account is supplied with virtual currency. Nevertheless, you cannot earn real money either. So shift to the live account when you feel ready.

Have you already used the CCI EMA strategy in your trading? Share your experience with us in the comments section below the post.

Good luck!

Common Questions About the CCI EMA Strategy💡

  • Q: How do I identify an uptrend with the EMA?
    • A: An uptrend is present when the price crosses the EMA line and closes above it.
  • Q: How do I identify a downtrend with the EMA?
    • A: A downtrend is present when the price crosses the EMA line and closes below it.
  • Q: What are the recommended settings for the EMA and CCI?
    • A: Set the EMA period to 50 and the CCI period to 14 for optimal results.
  • Q: How long should I hold a trade open?
    • A: Keep the trade open for the length of 3-4 candles, depending on the timeframe.
  • Q: Can I combine the CCI EMA strategy with other indicators?
    • A: Yes, combining the CCI EMA strategy with other technical analysis tools and indicators can improve its effectiveness and provide additional confirmation for trade signals.


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Bart Bregman

Author / IQ Option expert: "My name is Bart Bregman, I have 9 years of full-time professional trading experience. I've been trading with IQ Option for more than 7 years, mainly on the shorter time frames doing technical analyses, and have many experience with Binary Options, CFDs, Options, and Crypto trading. There is no such thing as a bad trade! As a digital nomad trader, I'm mostly traveling all over the world. Follow my journey on Instagram at "

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