I assume all traders who use a trend following model have a criteria or rule that tells them when a market has entered an uptrend or downtrend. How important is it to catch a trend early. With 24 hour markets quite often when I get behind my desk in the morning there are already some established overnight trends in the markets that I trade (I use 2 minute intraday bar charts) Now this is what happens If I jump in the trend quite often it seems that I have entered the market at the end of the trend. Some times I refuse to jump in and the trend continues for what is a very worthwhile move. So the dilemma, do you jump in a trend even if it has been established for a while or if you have missed the beginning just leave it??