An explanation of uptrends and downtrends are as follows: an uptrend is a series of higher lows and higher highs, while a downtrend is a series of lower highs and lower lows. Simple enough, right? Very often a trader will use a moving average or two, or even a trendline to help them to determine their trend. When used properly, these tools can be extremely helpful. Traders need to choose one or twi indicators to use and learn them inside and out.
Using your trendline tool, you will need to draw in either an uptrend or a downtrend line. As you may know, a trendline must have at least three touches to be proven a valid, tradable trendline. Yes, this is in both up and downtrends. As long as you stick to your stop loss rules and manage your winning trades accordingly, this can help you get into trades much earlier perhaps even at the very beginning of a new trend. Bollinger Bands are great but you need to learn how to use them when trading.