With so many indicators available on the market for establishing trends, it is difficult to know which one to use to achieve more consistent trading profits. I have been using a 20 period moving average on a 2 minute FTSE bar chart for some time and notice that it generates many false signals and,even worse, stops out many a good trade too early. I have been looking at varying the time period and it looks like the longer the period of the moving, average the more reliable the signal. and moore importantly, the bigger the move it captures. Would you agree that this is to be expected or is it just that the data that I have looked at that exhibits these characteristics.