How to trade CFDs using the EMA and the Momentum indicator on IQ Option

EMA and Momentum strategy IQ OptionIQ Option offers many technical indicators to help traders discover good entry points. Some work well in combinations. One example is the Exponential Moving Average joined with the Momentum. They give satisfying results for forex traders on 30 minutes timeframes and larger. Let's see what this strategy is all about.

Chart preparations

You have to be logged in to your IQ Option account. Choose the asset and set the timeframe. Then click on the Chart analysis icon in order to add the indicators needed. Find the moving average, choose the exponential type and set its period for 20. Next, do the same for the Momentum indicator. Its period should be also set for 20.

indicators use period of 20
Make sure that both indicators use a period of 20

You will be able to view the indicators attached to your chart under Added in the Indicators tab. You have also a possibility to save this template so it will be easier and faster to use the same strategy in the future.

The basics of the EMA + Momentum strategy

Your chart is set. Now you have to observe both indicators and wait for the signals to open a short or a long position. What are they?

GBPUSD chart with EMA(20) and Momentum(20)
GBPUSD chart with the EMA(20) and the Momentum(20)

Opening and closing a short position with the EMA + Momentum trading strategy

A signal to go short is produced when the Momentum oscillator crosses the 0 line on its way down. At the same time, a candle should close below the EMA line. When both conditions are met, you can open a sell position.

sell signal
Sell when price crosses below the EMA and the Momentum crosses below the 0 line

You can hold a position open as long as you don't receive a signal to close it. And you get it when the Momentum indicator moves back to the 0 line and the candle closes over the EMA.

Opening and closing a long transaction with the EMA + Momentum trading strategy

When the Momentum indicator's line crosses the 0 line on its way up, and the candle on the price chart closes over the EMA line, you should open a long position. It is best when both happen at the same candle but you can assume that the setup is correct if the Momentum and the EMA signals occur within 1-3 candles.

buy signal
Buy when price crosses above the EMA and the Momentum crosses above the 0 line

You can exit the long trade when the Momentum oscillator returns to the 0 line and the candle closes beneath the EMA.


There are many good combinations of indicators you can use in your trading. The strategy based on the Exponential Moving Average and the Momentum oscillator is quite simple and reliable. It works well when there is a clear trend. You should not use it during sideways movements of the price.

This strategy can be used by traders at any skill level. You do not need to have special knowledge. Just add both indicators to the IQ Option chart and wait for the signals to appear.

A signal is received when the two conditions are met. One is when the Momentum crosses the 0 line on its way down or up. The second one is when the candle closes below or above the EMA line.

With the EMA + Momentum strategy, you also get the signals to exit the trade.

Remember, there is a demo account available on the IQ Option platform. It is completely free of charge so feel free to use it as a training field. Check today's strategy there and tell us how it went in the comments section below.

Wish you high returns!

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