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!

20-Minute Skinny Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli

20-Minute Skinny Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli
A spicy, skinny take on Shrimp and broccoli. This healthy meal is ready to eat in just 20 minutes and is exploding with delicious flavor. Take-out // Fake-out strikes again!
Happy Sunday, my friends! Tomorrow I’m heading to New Orleans for a week long vacation with one of my best girlfriends. In preparation for this trip, I’ve been attempting to eat a little lighter when and where I can. <—- This because I plan on eating ALL OF THE THINGS once I land in NOLA. My flight hits the ground at 9 and there will be a stiff Sazerac and oysters in my belly by noon. Followed by beignets and pralines. But I digress! Back to the recipe 😉
Today’s recipe is one near and dear to my heart. It’s got shrimp! It’s got sriracha! It’s healthy, hearty, and even boasts a pop of green. Basically what I’m saying is this dish right here… it’s everything
This 20-Minute Skinny Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli is truly a 20 minute meal, which is great for days when you don’t want to be chained to the stove for very long (read: any day the temperature is over 75 degrees!). To keep the cook time as short as it’s intended to be, I recommend purchasing shrimp that have already been peeled, as indicated in the ingredient list below. If you prefer to use shrimp with shells, you’ll want to add an extra 7 minutes or so to the total time this will take you. Peeling shrimp ——>>> easy but time consuming.
Lately I’ve been serving this easy meal with a simple side salad, but rice or even lo mein noodles would make wonderful meal additions if you want to create something a little heartier 
A spicy, skinny take on Shrimp and broccoli. This healthy meal is ready to eat in just 20 minutes and is exploding with delicious flavor. Take-out // Fake-out strikes again!

Ditch the take-out tonight! This shrimp and broccoli is calling your name – and trust me, you want to answer. xoxo

20-Minute Skinny Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli
prep 10 mins
cook 10 mins
total 20 mins
author bakerbynature
yield 4 servings

Plump shrimp and crunchy broccoli are cooked in a delicious sriracha soy sauce. A quick and easy meal you're sure to love!

For the brown sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (fresh, preferably)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated (you may also use bottled ginger if you cannot find fresh)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Additional Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (try to buy them already prepared this way to save on time)
  • 4 cups (about 2 large heads) broccoli florets
For the Brown Sauce:
  1. In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, orange juice, sriracha, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and cornstarch; whisk well to combine; set aside.
To cook:
  1. Heat the sesame oil (1 1/2 tablespoons) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once warm, add in the shrimp and cook - flipping them once - until pink; about 3 minutes. Add in the broccoli and continue cooking the mixture, stirring frequently, until the broccoli is bright green and tender; about 3-4 minutes. Add in the sriracha soy mixture, stir well to coat the shrimp and broccoli, and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and serve at once! This goes great with a small salad, rice, or even pasta (like lo mein).
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