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The Death Cross Dummified

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Written by   527
6 months ago

Death cross.

I have seen this term once, twice, thrice, no. A lot of times especially during these times when the BCH market is down and a tad bearish. So obviously, my ever curious and speculating mind asked a lot of questions. Questions that alone, I could not even begin to interpret. What on fresh hell is this? What does it mean to my precious BCH? Shall I sell? Shall I buy more? What do I do?

Of course, I do not have a single clue so just like everyone else, I turned to my buddy to look for help and maybe some of the answers, my buddy internet has answers to everything, although some of its answers are not entirely true, at least he's got some idea.

What's a Death Cross?

So what the hell is a death cross? As I gathered from the internet a death cross is an X mark or pattern that appears on a technical chart of an asset. The cross is made when the asset's short-term moving average crosses below its long-term moving average.

Hold up! Wait a minute that makes a lot of sense, but only if you know what on Earth moving averages are. Okay maybe let's take a look at what moving averages mean first.

Moving Average

Moving average is a calculation tool in statistics wherein you calculate the averages of series of subsets from a full set of data. The tool is also used in technical analysis in finance as an indicator of an asset's trend. This moving average is represented by a line in a technical analysis chart. There are several types of moving average or MA, but to understand it better we'll just take a look at the simplest type of MA which is called Simple Moving Average. That's so easy right? It's in its name already, simple.

The formula for calculating the simple moving average or SMA is depicted below :

SMA

Where A means the average price in a certain period and n is the number of periods. With the context of Death Cross, the period of time that are often used are 50-day and 200-day moving averages. That means that the short-term is the 50-day and the long-term moving average is 200-day.

A death cross will appear when the trendline of 50-day moving average crosses below the trendline of the 200-day moving average. Just like displayed in the following image:

Crosses

The death cross is circled in red. As you can see, the green line which was the 50-day MA crossed below the 200-day MA (somewhat violet red).

What Does it Mean?

Alright, we can see the so called Death cross, now what? What does it mean? As you can see in the image above, a death cross may mean further downtrend of the asset's price. A lot of experienced traders look at Death cross as a strong indicator and signal of a pending and prolonged bearish market. As per observed from previous confirmed and noteworthy occurrences of death crosses, the losses incurred in the bearish trend following the death cross may prove to be severe. Some may even lose up to 90% of their investments.

Basically, a death cross may easily mean a signal to sell if you are looking for quick profit and would not like to suffer a significant amount in losses. But since, there is no definite indicator of any market's behavior, a death cross may also potentially be a false signal. It means that even though a death cross appeared, the market may even be bullish after that. Occurrences of such scenario has also been observed in the past, you may look up Facebook's stock chart in 2018 for reference.

Golden Cross

Golden Cross is the opposite of Death cross in visuals and in essence. If death cross means negativity in market's trend, golden cross spells out everything that is positive. This pattern occurs when a stock's short-term MA crosses above its long-term MA. Traders see this as a definitive signal for a stock's price uptrend. You may take a look at the image above, the golden cross is boxed in green.

Epilogue

Although indicators, patterns, signs, symbols in the universe may provide us an organized view of the data, the conclusion that may be drawn from them may very well be subjective. Our decision making skills are from time to time affected by our personal biases. Some signals that may indicate a sure buy or sell tell for some may be insignificant for other traders, and vice versa. I guess that there is really no surefire way to tell what would happen to an asset aside from inside trading, which is as we all know, illegal. So, using all the information available it is always up to us to go with our guts, to go with the flow or just play it according to our mood.

Hey there!!!

Thank you for joining me once again in learning a lesson in TA.. It's been a slow-paced kind of learning don't you think? But well, I really am not pushing to be a trader just yet because I don't think I have the heart. I am too emotional for playing with the market and my time is so limited to be a day-time trader, and not to mention my focus is all over the place. I just enjoy learning and studying new things. I may not be an expert on that field, but at least I know some things, and I am learning new stuff here and there, albeit slowly.

I would also like to send my gratitude towards @Meyzee who made this article possible. Thank you my friend for making my brain bleed. LOL

And also to you, I appreciate you hopping in on my journey, and as always...

Cheers!!!

Nothing beats learning with a cold bottle of beer. :)


References:

SMA : https://www.orderhive.com/knowledge-center/moving-average

Crosses : Binance Academy

Chen, James 2021, Death Cross Definition, Investopedia, accessed 5 July 2021, <https://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/deathcross.asp>

Fernando, James 2021, Moving Average (MA), Investopedia, accessed 5 July 2021, <https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/movingaverage.asp>

Moving Average n.d., Wikipedia, accessed on 5 July 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moving_average>

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What an informative article. I have seen and heard this term, but I had no idea what it meant. It was the first time I heard it. You did a good job on your research. Well done and thank you for that.

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6 months ago

Thaanks for the appreciation. :) glad to impart some information.

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6 months ago

Nakakadugo naman yang Formula haha may Calculation pa 😅 mahina ako sa ganito kaya pag aaralan ko ng mabuti ito. Galing mo . Salute ako sayo.

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6 months ago

Heheh thanks much. Yep pag aralan nating lahat, sabay sabay tayo.. :)

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6 months ago

It's always nice to learn new things especially just like this one, thanks for sharing this info. I learned new terms again though I'm not really into trading. 😊

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6 months ago

Thanks for the appreciation. Hey, I am not into trading too. hahah But it's never a waste of time to learn something. :)

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6 months ago

In fair.. i learned something with it 😂😂😂

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6 months ago

grabe sya ahhhh. parang ang dalang may mapulot sa akin.. :) haha

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6 months ago

Niceeee. Napaka informative and detailed niyaaaa. Curious din ako kung ano yang death cross eh, di ko alng masyado maintindihan sa google pero na expalin mo tu dito ng maayus at amliwanag. Thumbs up sayuuu

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6 months ago

Ayoowwn! Hahah thanks for such kind words. Buti naman at naintidihan mo ang explanation ko, ganyan ko lang din sya kasi naintidihan kaya ayun.. nirelay ko lang kung pano ko sya nagets. Hahaha

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6 months ago

Oo huhu, nakatulong din yung mga image na pinkaita mo

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6 months ago

Cool mabuti naman.. :) Thaanks. Sa uulitin. Haha

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6 months ago

kakanosebleed. haha. lalo may calculation. shemay. haha. basta and tanda ko my death cross at my golden cross then yung red circle at green rectangle or square?.haha

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6 months ago

Hahaha calculation plus tsaka dibay dibay lang eh Hahaha

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6 months ago

See! Haha I knew you would write it better! Fast learner af.

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6 months ago

Hahaha sabi kasi sayo hindi ko nagegets eh, ayan tuloy kung ano ano binasa ko... Thaaanks sayo. :*

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6 months ago

Hoping for golden cross to come.. 🙏

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6 months ago

Oh my... sana soon. Kahit hanggang 1500 lang ulit.. :)

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