I am going to base the following view with a certain definition of trend following: entering trades when the market start to go in a certain way, maintaining the open trades as long as the market still move in the same direction, and finally exit the trades when the expected trend discontinued. Purely following. The purest form of this strategy can be seen in Curtis’ white paper that was able to be downloaded freely in his website several years ago. Another form of a pure trend following system can be found in Michael Covel’s first book.
In my experience, trading intraday in the FX market by purely following the trend like that, wouldn’t work as good as when we do a pure trend following system in the daily timeframe. The volatility behavior of the intraday price movement would kill the system by producing too many whipsaws. Even if we used some advanced entry technique to exploit a running trend by using multiple entry like what the turtles do, the wild volatility in intraday FX market is a beast can not be tamed with that prescription.
Using a pure trend following system to trade the intraday FX market would be like asking Mr. Bean cleaning your office desk. It would be such a terrible mess. lol.
Intraday market has its own characteristic, thus need to be handled with different approach.
Would elaborate more into that in another posts next time.