MACD stands for Moving Average Convergence Divergence. It is a trend-following, trend-capturing momentum indicator, that shows the relationship between two moving averages (MAs) of prices. The MACD was created by Gerald Appel in the late 1970s. The MACD indicator formula is calculated by subtracting the 26-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) from the 12-day EMA.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD), invented in 1979 by Gerald Appel, is one of the most popular technical indicators in trading. The MACD is appreciated by traders the world over for its simplicity and flexibility, as it can be used either as a trend or momentum indicator.

Trading divergence is a popular way to use the MACD histogram (which we explain below), but unfortunately, the divergence trade is not very accurate, as it fails more than it succeeds. To explore what may be a more logical method of trading the MACD divergence, we look at using the MACD histogram for both trade entry and trade exit signals (instead of only entry), and how currency traders are uniquely positioned to take advantage of such a strategy.

You don’t need to download the MACD indicator separately, as it is already built into the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform. With the best MACD indicator settings for day trading, you can bring about great changes to your different day trading strategies.