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When the 50-day moving average crosses the 200-day moving average, this crossing is know as a "death cross."

Sometimes this cross does not always indicate a long term downward trend.  What can be used with these averages to help indicate that the price will indeed be long term?

I thank you for your reply.

Hi Kenneth,

There are no "perfect" indicators or combination that will guarantee that you won't get a "false" signal. However, one way to help identify stronger moves is to use a combination of indicators to base your decisions.

As an example, I personally use MACD to identify the trend, Bollinger Bands to identify opportunities and signals, and RSI to confirm the move. This combination works well for me because MACD alone doesn't provide the best signals, but the combination in my opinion is pretty powerful.

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