Hey everybody. I'm a beginning trader and I'm trying to build a simple system that actually works for intraday trading. I'm not trying for a magic mechanical system that guarantees profits. Just something that follows proper principles (goes with trend...) and gives somewhat of an edge. I started off by looking at the best way to get a feel for the market. I decided to use realtimefutures.com's market squawk box combined with Esignal for charting. I decided to look at the two minute and five minute charts for my time frame. Right now I'm working on entry and exit. For my entry, I decided to use a simple moving average (9, 18, 27) for signs of a trend. When the three cross and create a "bowtie", I think it's a great sign of a strong trend either way. My question to you guys is, does this actually give me a positive edge? Is this a signal that pushes my odds above 50 percent? Next I'm thinking of adding an overbought/oversold indicator like stochastics to get an edge in sideways markets. After that, I decided to add some basic patterns I've noticed like if a market makes three "humps" at around the same support/ resistance numbers, and then it breaks through either one, it means a fairly strong trend. This is it so far. Hopefully, I can research enough to put something together. If anybody has any ideas or criticism, I'd appreciate it. Right now, I know that the moving averages will definetly fail in non trending markets. Are there any other weaknesses to them? And vice versa for momentum indicators. Anyway, have a good weekend.