How to Generate Strong Trading Signals Using a Simple Trick

Using the Moving Average Testing Ground Technique

Sofien Kaabar, CFA
4 min readNov 21, 2023


Moving averages can also have many trading techniques applied on them in order to generate directional signals. This article discusses a technique called the testing ground which relies on a successive test of the moving average line.

Introduction to Moving Averages

Moving averages are a commonly used statistical tool in finance, economics, and data analysis. They are used to analyze time series data and identify trends or patterns over a specific period of time.

A moving average calculates the average value of a data series over a defined number of previous periods. As new data points become available, the oldest data point is dropped, and the newest one is included in the calculation. This creates a “moving” average that adjusts over time.

Moving averages smooth out short-term fluctuations and noise in data, providing a clearer picture of the underlying trend. They are particularly useful for identifying the direction of a trend, determining support and resistance levels, and generating trading signals in financial markets.

There are different types of moving averages, including simple moving averages (SMA) and…