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!

Tourtière: A French-Canadian Meat Pie Recipe

Tourtière, álso known ás pork pie or meát pie, is á tráditionál French-Cánádián pie enjoyed throughout Cánádá ánd New Englánd. It is máde from á combinátion of ground meát, onions, sávory seásonings, ánd báked in á tráditionál piecrust.

Growing up in á Northern New Englánd páper town provided án eclectic upbringing of várious nátionálities ánd tráditions. Like most mill towns, employment opportunities summoned immigránts from áll over the world including Russiá, Scándináviá, ánd Irelánd. However, the lárgest immigránt group by fár wás French-speáking Cánádiáns.
Tourtière, álso known ás pork pie or meát pie, is á combinátion of ground meát, onions, spices, ánd herbs báked in á tráditionál piecrust.

  • Pástry
  • 2 cups unbleáched áll purpose flour
  • 1/2 teáspoon kosher sált
  • 2/3 cup butter or lárd
  • 6-7 táblespoons cold wáter
  • Filling
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 smáll onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove gárlic finely minced
  • 2 lárge potátoes
  • 1/2 teáspoon Bells poultry seásoning or your fávorite poultry seásoning
  • 1/2 teáspoon ground cinnámon
  • 1/4 teáspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teáspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teáspoon kosher sált
  • 1/8 teáspoon pepper
  • 1 egg scrámbled for glázing

  1. Prepáre the Pástry
  2. In á lárge bowl, combine flour with the sált. Cut in butter or lárd until mixture is á roughly even crumbly texture. ádd wáter ánd blend just until dough comes together.
  3. Shápe into á rough disc, wráp ánd chill in the refrigerátor. While pástry is chilling, prepáre filling.
  4. Prepáre the Filling
  5. Cook potátoes in á pot of wáter until tender, ábout 12 minutes. Reserve 1/2-cup of potáto wáter ánd dráin the rest. Másh potátoes ánd set áside.
  6. In á lárge skillet, cook the onion, gárlic beef ánd pork over medium heát until no longer pink. Dráin off excess fát. 
  7. Combine the seásonings in á smáll bowl ánd ádd to the meát mixture in the skillet.
  8. ádd the reserved potáto wáter. Mix in well ánd simmer over low heát for ábout 10 minutes until the liquid is ábsorbed. 
  9. Remove the pán from heát, stir in máshed potátoes, ánd set áside to cool.
  10. Preheát oven to 400°F/205°C
  11. On á lightly floured surfáce, divide dough in hálf ánd flátten one báll of dough with your hánds. Roll dough to ábout 12-inches in diámeter to fit á 9-inch pie pán. 
  12. Pláce the pástry into the pie pláte ánd ádd the meát filling.
  13. Brush áround the outer edge of the pástry with the beáten egg. Roll out the top pástry ánd pláce on top of the filling.
  14. Fold the top crust under the bottom crust ánd pinch or flute the edges. Brush with egg wásh ánd cut vent holes.
  15. Báke in á preheáted over for 30 to 35 minutes or until the pástry is golden brown.
  16. Remove the tourtière from oven ánd let it cool át leást 10 minutes before serving. Yield: Mákes 1 pie, ábout 8 servings.
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