I've been successfully pairs trading for a while but my natural inclination is for a faster style of intra-day trading. I've read as much as I can in both books and forums (particularly this one) and seem to think that a combination of threads by Anekdoten, Geez and NoDoji best suit my style. Its basically trend following with a strict 2:1 reward:risk stop system. I've been using it fairly successfully with the FTSE Future and I like the action I'm getting with 10 or so trades a day. However, as I'd like to quantify the system as much as I can and be a little more specific in catching in points, it got me thinking about how the concept of 'trend' is defined. It seems to me that 'trend' cannot be separated from timescale. In other words, I think there are numerous 'trends' all working at the same time and it very much depends on what your trading timescale as to what you're calling the current 'trend'. For instance, if I'm trading on 1 min charts the trend may appear to be down but if I were to look at the 30 min chart the trend may be up. So, my question really is this - do I decide what timescale I want to use and then totally ignore what's happening on other timescales, or do I abandon time as my x-axis altogether and use a tick chart instead ?