How to Use SMA Indicator on IQ Option? With Bonus SMA10 Strategy Included

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How to use SMA indicator on IQ Option

Every trader at the beginning of his adventure with technical analysis wonders how to use SMA indicator. The Simple Moving Average (SMA) is a moving average indicator that’s calculated by adding the recent closing prices and dividing the result by the number of time periods covered by these prices. This indicator is used to determine whether the price will continue moving in the current trend or reverse.

This guide will teach you how to set up the SMA on IQ Option and use it to trade.

Key TakeawaysπŸ”‘

β†’SMA is a widely-used technical analysis tool to determine the direction of the market trend.
β†’Setting up and using SMA on IQ Option is easy and can be applied to various chart types.
β†’While SMA can be helpful in identifying potential trend reversals, it’s not suitable for predicting future price movements on its own.

How to use SMA indicator on IQ Option

The SMA indicator can be used in all charts offered by IQ Option. However, I recommend using this indicator on the Japanese Candles chart. The reason for this is that the candles chart is easy to read especially when used with the SMA.

Start by setting up the Japanese candles chart on your IQ Option trading account. Click on the charts feature on your trading interface and then select candles.

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Setting up Japanese candles chart on IQ Option

Next, click on the indicators feature on your trading interface. Select Moving Averages and finally click the Moving Average option.

On the moving average window, select SMA as type and set SMA indicator settings, specifically the period to 10.

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Setting up SMA on IQ Option

Your Japanese candles chart should have 1-minute interval candles. This makes it easy to analyze the price and SMA movements and enter trades lasting 1 minute or more.

What does the SMA line tell you?

The SMA is the average of the closing prices over n periods. Suppose we have an SMA3, or 3-period average.
The last 3 candles had the following closing prices: 3, 4, 5.
So the average equals: (3+4+5) / 3 = 12 / 3 = 4
Another candle appears and the closing price is 2.
The next point on our average line is: (4+5+2) / 3 = 11 / 3 = 3.66
And so the platform at the close of each candle counts the average of the last 3 candles. These points are combined into a line which is overlaid on the price chart.

This average shows us the market trend over the average period. As the indicator itself is calculated from past prices it belongs to the group of lagging indicators. The longer the average period, the later it reacts to current price changes.

What is the difference between simple and Exponential Moving Average?

EMA or Exponential Moving Average is the second most popular moving average among traders. The formula for calculating it is different and on a chart, it will take a slightly different course than the SMA. The EMA is considered to run a little closer to the price, as more weight is given to the nearest current prices when calculating the average.

The best part is that if you know how to use SMA indicator you also know how to use the EMA. The principles are identical.

Simple Moving Average trading strategy with SMA10 on IQ Option

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Trading with SMA10 on IQ Option

How do you enter trades using the SMA10 indicator on IQ Option? Let’s use the chart above to determine your trade entries.

If the SMA10 cuts the price from above and starts moving below it, you should enter a buy position. Note that the SMA10 must cut the prices on a bullish candle signalling an uptrend. Since the chart has 1-minute interval candles, your buy position should last anywhere between 2 and 5 minutes. Your trade entry should be at the close of the bullish candle that the SMA10 cuts through.

If the SMA10 cuts the price from below and starts moving above it, you should enter a sell position. The SMA should cut through a bearish candle. The close of this bearish candle should be your trade entry point and you should hold your position for 2 or more minutes.

Pros and Cons of Using SMA Indicator πŸ“Š

Pros πŸ˜ƒ Cons 😞
Simple to set up and use Lags behind current price movements
Helps in identifying potential trend reversals Not suitable for predicting future price movements
Can be applied to various chart types Less responsive than Exponential Moving Average (EMA)

Comparison of SMA and EMA πŸ“ˆ

SMA (Simple Moving Average) EMA (Exponential Moving Average)
Easy to understand and calculate More complex calculation method
Less responsive to recent price changes More responsive to recent price changes
Better for identifying long-term trends Better for short-term trading and analysis

Tips for using SMA for trading

SMA might help you to identify potential trend reversal points on your chart. However, this indicator experiences a lag. It’s therefore not very accurate at predicting any future price movements. Fortunately, you can use it alongside other technical indicators such as the Parabolic SAR and the RSI.

Set the SMA period depending on your trading preferences. For example, if you prefer entering short positions (not lasting over 10 minutes) your SMA period should be 10. For longer positions, increase the period value appropriately. However, the higher the period value, the larger the lag experienced.

SMA works very well in volatile markets. So if you anticipate that a news item is likely to affect your trading instrument, set up the SMA and use it to trade trend reversals.

Now you should know how to use SMA indicator. As you’ve seen, the SMAΒ is simple to set up and use on the IQ Option platform. Try it out today on your practice account. We’d love to hear your views about this indicator in the comments section below.

Good luck!

Short Q&A on SMA Indicator πŸ’‘

  1. Q: Can I use SMA for short-term trading?
    A: Yes, but it’s generally more suitable for identifying long-term trends. For short-term trading, consider using EMA instead.
  2. Q: Can I use SMA with other technical indicators?
    A: Absolutely! Combining SMA with other indicators like Parabolic SAR and RSI can improve the accuracy of your analysis.
  3. Q: How do I choose the right SMA period for my trading?
    A: It depends on your trading preferences. For short-term trading, use a lower period value (e.g., 10), while for long-term trading, use a higher value.
  4. Q: Can I apply SMA to all types of charts?
    A: Yes, SMA can be applied to various chart types, but it works best with Japanese Candles chart on the IQ Option platform.
  5. Q: Is SMA a leading or lagging indicator?
    A: SMA is a lagging indicator, meaning it’s calculated from past prices and tends to lag behind the current price changes.


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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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