3 Momentum Trading Strategies for Swing Traders

Momentum is the rate of change of an instrument’s price. We’re not concerned about the direction of price; we’re only concerned about the pace of the change itself.

Momentum Follows Price

As price increases or decreases in value, the swing trader should see momentum confirmation with a new high or new low.

Momentum can be a Confirmation Indicator

As price increases or decreases, the swing trader wants to see this change mirrored by momentum. Rising or falling momentum can be a box that’s ticked prior to the decision to trade.

Backtesting a Momentum Trading Strategy

Backtest #1: Momentum Trading Country ETFs

The basic principle of the first backtest was the premise that buying an ETF of a country’s equity index that had previously performed well would produce profits.

Backtest #2: Momentum in the Commodities Markets

The second backtest was done on the commodities market. It consisted of a portfolio 30 markets available on the CME and ICE futures exchanges.

Backtest #3: Diversified Trading Strategy for Cryptocurrencies

For the final test, I researched a cryptocurrency trading strategy which uses momentum, carry and value as three inputs as part of the algorithm.

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