Forex trading strategy #43 (1H Swing Strategy)

submitted by Hessel van der Hoeven

Hi there,

I have been working on a 1H swing strategy past weeks and I would like to share it with you.

Currency: EUR/USD
Time Frame: 1 Hour

Indicators: EMA 50 & SMA 3 on chart. Full Stochs (50, 60, 30) with an EMA 8 attached. MACD (65, 75, 35) with an EMA 8 attached.

Stop Loss: 50 pips, or use a trailing stop.. Still figuring out what's best.
Take Profit: 100 pips, or just wait for a new signal. My personal target is about 100 pips, price could go even higher/lower but I'm happy with 100 pips per trade.

Enter a position when the SMA 3 has crossed the EMA 50 on chart, and MACD or Full Stochs has crossed the EMA 8! It doesn't have to cross the original signal line yet, this will happen a few moments later. I don't want to miss accelerations in price movement, so that's why I decided to add an EMA 8 to the indicators, just to get trade signals a little earlier.

So, enter a trade when EMA 50 and SMA 3 have crossed AND Full Stochs OR MACD have crossed their EMA 8. Remember, you don't have to wait for the MACD or Stochs to cross their own signal line, just crossing their EMA 8 is enough, but never enter a trade before the EMA 50 and SMA 3 have crossed too!

This is a simple system, but it has worked very well for, making over 100 pips a week which is totally fine for me. It filters many bad trades and the risk/reward is okay (1:2).

Happy trading!

Hessel van der Hoeven

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hi hessel, can youu share macd indicator that you use? thank you very much.


can you make atemble of strategiy ;please

Full Stochs (50, 60, 30) with an EMA 8 attached. MACD (65, 75, 35) with an EMA 8 attached.

Sir, Please tell me how can we attach EMA 8 with full stochs or MACD ?

Hi hessel, hope all is well mate.

Could you tell me if this strategy works for any currency pair, and also do you have any past results? Most grateful mate.


Anyone using this yet?. I like the look of this type of system. Have managed to get my 8ma onto stoch and macd but a bit more guidance on entries from the regulars would be appreciated. I cant really see how the crossovers on macd/stoch work from the charts provided. cheers.

SMA is Simple, I believe. I usually use Close when coding as the default. (But I'll leave confirmation of these to the real experts on this excellent site!)

sma and ema setting at close,open,high or low? sma Stand for smooth or simple moving average.?Thank u.

Hi, an indicator for the MAs is easy enough for me to code for MT4. However, for the MACD and Stoch I'd need someone to define the range of bars. E.g., if it crosses within 2 or 3 either side of when the MSa cross, show an arrow, etc. (Make sense)? I'm assuming it would just need to show an arrow, comment or something when a set up was found. Will await further guidance on this from you guys.


Hey Hessel wasnt your Bollinger Band strat working well?

This strategy seems quite simple and easy... let me try it for one week
can some one make alert for this strategy.. ?

Hey all,
Can somebody post a zip file with all the indicators in use of this system as they are hard to find!!! The strategy looks promising!

it's better to not trade during important news...
Trading is about minimizing risks, while during news your risks only increase.

hi good idea but it work at imoprtant new?

hey Hessel van der Hoeven,

how do avoid false signals?

Read the end of the website below then you know how to add EMA8 to MACD & Stochs:


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