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If I want to compare the S&P 500 or the D.J.I.A. with a 50 day and 200 day moving average, what time frame on the chart should I use?

I thank you for your reply.

ANSWER: Hi Kenneth,

If you're trying to compare the 50 day moving average vs. the 200 day moving average, this would be done on a DAILY chart with the 200 day moving average signifying the long term trend.

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I'm still somewhat confused.  If I want to determine how these two indexes (S&P 500 & D.J.I.A.) are performing, use a 50-day and 200-day moving average on a daily chart, correct?

I thank you for your follow-up reply.

Sorry Kenneth...I didn't catch this follow up question earlier!

The idea beyond the 50/200 moving average crossover is to identify changes in the long term trend. YES, they would be applied to a DAILY chart.

A 50 day cross below the 200 day is called a "death cross.' The 50 day cross above the 200 day is called a "golden cross."

In theory, "institutional" traders follow these crossovers to determine the long term trend. Like any trading idea, I would suggest that you do some testing to see if the idea actually helps YOU and your trading.  

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