'Obviously trending' is at least as specific as "important swing lows", "usual reversal ops", and "find a point where longs are going to get rattled." To answer your slope question, since you apparently are not an astute reader, I used the phrase 'empirically measured.' I checked this thread out because the title was interesting. Once I saw it was you talking to you about you and none of it was simple, I decided to contribute a simple method that works and can be explained in two paragraphs. You prefer to go on and on about nothing. And you do a great job of that. This is the first time you have ever offered anything to anyone but non-specific rhetoric, and even this pales. Face it man, you finally have started making a few points with someone else's entry and you just can't wait to crow about it. I think that is great and congratulations. But stop with the attitude that you have all the answers because you and I both know that you are hoping like crazy that you might have finally turned the corner to consistent profits. Humility is a good thing db. Try it out. Btw, I'm going to bed now, so you are free to post more inanity without being challenged.