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MQ Trader Strategy – Guppy MMA

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What is Guppy Multiple Moving Average (Guppy MMA)?

The Guppy Multiple Moving Average (Guppy MMA) is a technical indicator that is able to identify the changes in trends by combining two groups of simple moving averages (SMA) with different time periods.

Calculation for simple moving average:

Simple moving average (SMA) is the mean number of a given set of values.

Table 1: The price of a stock throughout the past 10 days.























There are 2 sets of moving averages used in Guppy MMA:

  1. Short-term: The first set of moving averages has a relatively brief time frame for assessing short-term trading activity. The number of days that is commonly used is 3, 5,8,10 and 12.
  2. Long-term: The second set of moving averages is computed based on longer time period for analyzing long-term investor activity. The number of days that is usually used is 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50.

The relationship between both sets of moving averages allow traders to determine their relationship with each other by identifying if the short-term trading outlook aligns with the long-term investment outlook.

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How to identify Buy and Sell signals with Guppy MMA?


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All of the short-term Guppy MMAs cross all of the long-term Guppy MMAs from bottom.

All of the short-term Guppy MMAs cross all of the long-term Guppy MMAs from the top.


Trend Direction

  • All Guppy MMA lines are separated by a uniform distance.
  • All lines are in upwards movement.
  • All Guppy MMA lines are separated by a uniform distance.
  • All lines are in downwards movement.


Trend Reversal

  • If 5 long-term Guppy MMAs start to flatten, long-term trend becomes vulnerable.
  • If short-term Guppy MMAs start to separate further apart from each other, the market is likely to experience changes in its existing trend.


Sharp Move Identification

  • When all 10 lines move very near to each other, there is a very high chance for a sharp move to take place.

For a clearer image of the statement above, different types of breakout are demonstrated in the Figure (a) & (b), (c) and (d) as shown below by using Supermax Guppy MMA Hourly Chart.


Figure 1: Guppy MMA hourly chart of (a) & (b) Crossover and trend direction demonstration, (c) Trend reversal demonstration and (d) Sharp move identification demonstration.

Advantages of Guppy MMA

  • The GMMA indicators enable traders to have a better understanding on the trend strength
  • Better analysis of trading activity and the trend environment can be determined
  • Effective evaluation of abnormal price movements including dips and spikes
  • Improves the selection of the proper trading strategies

Disadvantages of Guppy MMA

  • Not applicable for trendless stocks
  • Lagging effect


Guppy MMA trading strategy is a very useful tool to identify the trend strength of a stock. It can be used in conjunction with other technical indicators such as EMA 5 Crossover, MACD and RSI, ADX Crossover and OBV Breakout to maximize their odds of success.

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chengsk67 Good write up to intro Guppy MMA. Thanks! Hope to see more technical analysis cases on klse stocks.
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