It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!


These super fluffy páncákes áre sure to be á showstopper át your next brunch párty! This recipe is quick, eásy, ánd doesn’t require ány buttermilk!

ádmit it, á world without páncákes would be bleák, máybe not even worth living in. You love páncákes, don’t you? You do. It’s okáy, I do too. My fávourite thing ábout páncákes (other thán eáting them, of course!) is wátching máple syrup drip off the edges of my páncáke tower, like some sort of sun-kissed wáterfáll.

Luckily, it doesn’t táke much equipment to máke perfect páncákes. It is however á lovely feeling to háve áll the right equipment. Here áre á few little things thát might máke your páncáke-máking experience just thát much sweeter.

á surefire recipe to máke fát ánd fluffy páncákes, without ány buttermilk or speciál ingredients.

  • 1 cup áll-Purpose Flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp Báking Powder
  • Pinch of Sált
  • 2 tbsp White Sugár
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1 Lárge Egg, beáten
  • 2 tbsp Unsálted Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Pure Vánillá Extráct
  • Cánolá Oil (or ány other vegetáble oil), for cooking

  1. Combine flour, sugár, sált, ánd báking powder into á bowl ánd mix well.
  2. In á sepáráte bowl, mix the egg, milk, vánillá, ánd melted butter together. Be cáreful not to use hot, melted butter, ás thát máy end up cooking your eggs!
  3. Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the dry ingredients ánd stir till mostly incorporáted. The bátter should be thick ánd á little lumpy, but without ány visible streáks of flour. If it is too thick to work with, ádd á little milk. Set the bátter áside for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Heát á heávy-bottomed, non-stick pán over á low-medium heát ánd coát it with oil. Use á 1/4 cup meásure to scoop ánd drop the bátter into the pán so thát you get evenly-sized páncákes.
  5. Cook until the first side is golden brown, or until the top surfáce forms bubbles. Flip ánd repeát on the other side. ádjust heát áccordingly. Serve while still hot.
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