MACD Settings

MACD Parameters

With MACD you need to set three parameters:

Popular MACD Settings

The most widely used values for these three are: 12, 26, 9:

This is what you will most likely find as default in your charting software.

Best MACD Settings

People often ask which particular MACD settings are the best / most profitable. The answer can’t be anything else than: It depends – on the market you are analyzing or trading with the MACD, your time horizon, and trading style. However, changing the 3 MACD parameters does generally not play very significant role (unless you change it to something like 3, 100, and 40 of course).

Sensitivity of MACD to Different Settings

Changing the difference, or rather the ratio of the first two parameters (longer and shorter price EMA period) usually has the biggest impact on the looks of the MACD, as it directly affects the behaviour of the distance between the two exponential moving averages (the MACD line value). The greater the difference between the two periods, the more volatile the MACD will look.

Try Different MACD Settings and See Lots of Charts

The best way how to become familiar with MACD and its looks and behaviour with different settings and in different market environments is to spend some time playing with it, changing the settings, and looking at lots of charts.

Related pages

vixy prosharesiron butterfly optionsmeasure of skewness and kurtosisstdev sweighted average cost calculatortrading option greeksoption calculator excelhow to write pi in excelvar parametricblack scholes formulawhats a good sharpe ratioweighted average formula accountinghow to find population mean in excelrumus black scholesvix yahooarithmetic return formulavolatility etfsinterpreting skewness and kurtosissynthetic straddlecalculate volatility excelhow to calculate variance in excelcalculate std deviationcalculating volatility of a stockfinding the sample varianceoptions futures hullblack and scholes model formulastandard deviation and variance for grouped datapi formula in excelcalculate population mean from sample meansvxyformula to calculate variance percentagecftc cotsum of x squared calculatoravco definitionskewness meanswhat is negative three squareddeviate defhistorical var calculationstandard deviation formula for excelstatistics skewness and kurtosismacd buy signalubs etnstandard deviation of differences calculatoroptions yahoo financersi indicator explainedvix futures pricingwhat is skew in statisticshow to calculate coefficient of skewnessexcel normdist function13f databasenegative and positive numbers calculatormoving average chart excelcalculate historical volatilityvix option pricesexcel stock spreadsheetannual rate of return formula excelprofit and loss formulasskewness valuesstandard deviation and variance calculatorinventory purchases formulaformula for median in excelcalculate veganorm s distblack scholes formulasput straddlenatural logarithm excelstdev calculatorrsi calculatorgreek calculator optionsoptions calcsec filings wikid2 calcstandard deviation computational formulastatistics skewaverage standard deviation calculatorn d1 black scholesfx volatility calculationultra short vix etf