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!

BCT Bacon Cucumber Tomato Salad

BCT Bacon Cucumber Tomato Salad
This salad is absolutely delicious and really reminds me of the most delicious BLT sandwich. Minus the bread and minus the lettuce, but you won’t miss either.
This BCT Bacon Cucumber Tomato Salad is absolutely delicious and really reminds me of the most delicious BLT sandwich. Minus the bread and minus the lettuce, but you wont miss either. It is a creamy delicious salad that uses mayonnaise and can easily be replaced with ranch dressing. 
I love a nice cold summer salad to serve when we are grilling and especially one that contains lots of vegetables that my kids will just devour. This is the dish that everyone will devour. Having a bbq?! Check out my creamy coleslaw recipeand pasta salad recipes on the blog. 
I ran over to our local farmers market to grab some fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. I just love shopping at the farmers market and find so much inspiration for new vegetable dishes to make. I also find that when I let my boys come shop with me, they are more inclined to eat what I am serving without any hesitation at all. Mom WIN!
You can cut your tomatoes and cucumbers any way you like, I diced mine into nice small pieces. 

BCT Bacon Cucumber Tomato Salad
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins

Delicious Bacon Cucumber Tomato Salad that is reminiscent of the most delicious BLT with half the calories. 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 
Calories: 191 kcal

  • 2 Large Cucumbers
  • 4-6 Nice Sized Tomatoes
  • 1 Package Bacon
  • 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt to taste I put mine on my tomatoes
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Cut tomatoes and cucumbers to your desired shape and size.
  2. Cook your bacon (I microwaved mine in two batches)
  3. Salt your tomatoes and start combining the tomatoes, cucumbers and bacon crumbles. (save some bacon crumbles to sprinkle on top)
  4. Combine your mayonnaise, garlic powder and pepper.
  5. Combine your mayonnaise mixture with your tomato, cucumber and bacon mixture.
  6. Sprinkle bacon crumbles on top and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
BCT Bacon Cucumber Tomato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 506mg14%
Total Carbohydrates 8g3%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A22.7%
Vitamin C26.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet

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