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


excel 95 percentilemean standard deviation variance calculatorbull put spread calculatorcovariance calculator financelog formula excelmacd emakurtosis in statisticsvixy usvix futures settlement13f filings databaseiron condor riskblack scholes d1 d2skewness formula for ungrouped datahow to calculate sample standard deviation in excelrsi meaningmeasure of skewnessvixy.comoption skew explainedcomvixexplain skewness and kurtosiscalculating weighted percentagesavco accountingvix funds etfkurtosis definitionformula for stdevcalculate square root in excelcommitment of traders chartblack scholes with dividend calculatorexcel natural logarithmsample variance formula in excelweighted average cost of capital waccyahoo stocks dowmacd bullish divergenceeuropean put option calculatorexcel var formulaatr indicator explainedsample standard deviation formula calculatortrade the vixnatural logarithm excelformula of skewnessexcel option calculatorannualize daily returnsoption strategies straddletvix prospectusgeometric mean negative numbersskewness statisticcalculating option deltastandard deviation equation excelrelative value hedge fundaverage true range explainedapple stock history calculatormacd histogram indicatorcost accounting formulasdelta of option formulacalculate formula excelexponential function in excelvix futures optionsrange variance and standard deviation calculatorkurtosis examplevixy quotee-tracsdelta of put option formulawilder rsifinding standard deviation excelyield calculation excelpopulation calculator statisticshow to calculate variance excelvix futures term structuredefine skewnesssell straddlecalculating wacc formulafifo ending inventory calculatorrsi algorithmvelocityshares daily inverse3x etf listberkshire hathaway 13f filingannualized return formulacoefficient of skewness formulamacd histogram indicatorj welles wilderhow to calculate standard deviation excelcot cftchow to get historical stock prices in excel