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!

Awesome Country Apple Fritter Bread!!!

Do you love Apple Fritters? 

Give it up my sweet friend! 

You cannot resist the temptation of Awesome Country Apple Fritter Bread!!! 

Once you start smelling that succulent apple fritter bread filling the house with that intoxicating, irresistible aroma while it’s baking. . .it’s pretty much over. 

You really never did had a chance. . . not even for a second…or two! Come to Mama! 
Have you ever had an apple fritter transformed into fluffy, buttery, white cake loaf with chunks of juicy apples and layers of brown sugar and cinnamon swirled inside and on top? 

Drizzle with some old-fashioned creme glaze and devour! It’s so moist, so delicious and full of home-made goodness straight from your heart, because why? Because YOU made it!

If you bake this, that’s exactly what you’ll get! *Lots of drooling and lots of happy smiles*

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What’s nice about making this bread is, you don’t have to be an expert baker.

All you need is a 9×5 loaf pan to bake it in and it only takes 15-20 minutes to prepare and 50-60 minutes to bake. Everyone will think you are an expert baker though, provided you follow the instructions as written!

Maybe it will inspire you to make some more breads, like this Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Pound Cake Loaf, this Lemon Limoncello Cake Loaf this Perfect Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread or even this Pumpkin Walnut Bread. 

Quick breads have a double meaning. They are called “quick” because they have to be baked or cooked immediately after being mixed or bad things happen and the major thing that identifies them is the fact that they are, as their name implies, quick to make.

My all-time best tip is to not over-mix quick breads. If you want more tips, check out these “Secret” Baking Confessions for Quick Breads!

Better bake 2, one for them and one for yourself! Trust me on this one. It’s the perfect fall bread and it’s super addicting and I can say I told ya so.

Wanna spice it up with the best? I use RawSpiceBar‘s freshly ground cinnamon. It’s sourced from Vietnam, naturally organic and best of all they grind it fresh each week and ship in small batches so I don’t end up using 3 year old, dusty cinnamon anymore :).

You can buy nearly any freshly ground spices direct from their shop or sign up for a spice subscription & get super fresh spices & blends quarterly, with plenty of recipe inspiration!

Go to Raw Spice Bar for more information!

AND…Did you know there is also a muffin version of this Awesome Country Apple Fritter Bread on the blog here? This video shows you a step-by-step tutorial how to make the Awesome Apple Fritter Bread, so check it out and see!


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