Can it be this simple? Only buy stocks that have ascending short term moving average and are above the average. And vice versa, shorting stocks that are below decling moving averages. I have had huge success so far this year and am up 7 figures day trading. I however had a huge blow up on friday, i averaged down in stocks that were falling (i.e. stock was below a moving average that was descending). This is really the only way you blow up. Size up against the trend. This has led me to analyze my success this year and make some changes. Starting tomorrow i'm going to start a new policy of not buying stocks that are trending down with any size. And absolutely will not average down until there is evidene of trend reversal. This should stop me from losing 100k in a day again. There are times when i will still buy a stock that is in a downtrend. I will do so when the stock begins to show positive relative strength versus the futures. Or i may buy a crazy gap down (i trade NYSE). Also i will buy if i see a big short seller stepping down and i think there arn't more sellers behind it. But i will use a mental stop in these cases. A false trend reversal is a very negative sign. Other than the above, i'm going to stick to what has made me 7 figures this year. That is playing with the trend. I will buy stocks displaying relative strength and short those showing weakness. Once you establish a trade, you pile on as it goes your way and monitor for signs of trend reversal. This is the best way i have found to make money. Best ways to lose money..... Bottom picking...Buying stocks making 52wk lows and shorting stocks making new highs. Anyone else concentrate on only going with the trend. What problems have you encountered?