Moving Average

A technical indicator that analysts use to determine the direction of a trend and reduce the impact of unexpected price spikes

Author: Matthew Retzloff
Matthew Retzloff
Matthew Retzloff
Investment Banking | Corporate Development

Matthew started his finance career working as an investment banking analyst for Falcon Capital Partners, a healthcare IT boutique, before moving on to work for Raymond James Financial, Inc in their specialty finance coverage group in Atlanta. Matthew then started in a role in corporate development at Babcock & Wilcox before moving to a corporate development associate role with Caesars Entertainment Corporation where he currently is. Matthew provides support to Caesars' M&A processes including evaluating inbound teasers/CIMs to identify possible acquisition targets, due diligence, constructing financial models, corporate valuation, and interacting with potential acquisition targets.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in German from University of North Carolina.

Reviewed By: Hassan Saab
Hassan Saab
Hassan Saab
Investment Banking | Corporate Finance

Prior to becoming a Founder for Curiocity, Hassan worked for Houlihan Lokey as an Investment Banking Analyst focusing on sellside and buyside M&A, restructurings, financings and strategic advisory engagements across industry groups.

Hassan holds a BS from the University of Pennsylvania in Economics.

Last Updated:April 14, 2022

Moving Average is a statistical term used to show the average value of something over a changing period of time. This is frequently used in technical analysis by comparing different moving averages (20 day, 50 day, 200 day etc) to see long term and short-term trends.

The calculation for a moving average is simply the average of a period of time (i.e. 20 days) moving forward over different periods of time.

Moving averages are used along with MACD analysis to predict trends and momentum, for example when a short term moving average rises above a long term moving average, this is taken as indication of an upward trend.

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