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!


Blueberry Lush – a (nearly) no-bake blueberry layered dessert sure to delight everyone who tries it! Blueberry cheesecake meets blueberry fluff in this light one-pan dessert with a graham cracker pecan crust.
Cookout season has officially started! Barbecues are one of my favorite gatherings whether it’s a backyard BBQ or beach BBQ. They’re as fun and breezy as summertime. Part of the reason is that everyone brings a dish to pass so you get a feast without all the work!
You may have also heard this recipe referred to as Blueberry Delight or Blueberry Yum Yum. Lush recipes are all the rage right now, with so many options to choose from like our Lemon Lush, Mocha Lush, Coconut Cream Lush, or our Banana Cream Lush, this blueberry lush recipe will be topping the charts in no time.
I always like to have a go-to savory recipe like Tuna Pasta Salad and a dessert recipe like this Blueberry Lush in my arsenal. It’s almostno-bake, but the crust needs about 5 minutes in the oven to set up. It’s a graham cracker-pecan crust and I promise the toasty, nutty flavor is worth it!
If needed, you can leave out the nuts and use all graham crackers. You can even substitute another cookie for the crust such as vanilla wafers or shortbread cookies. It’s a very versatile dessert! Just be sure to let the crust cool completely before adding the next layer.
  • 1 sleeve graham crackers (9 crackers)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, well softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tubs (8oz each) whipped topping, divided
  • 2 cans (21oz each) blueberry pie filling
  • Chopped pecans, for garnish (optional)
Helpful kitchen tools:
13×9 pan
Electric mixer
Food processor (optional)
The middle layer is cream cheese based. Think no-bake cheesecake, but even fluffier. If you love the rich flavor of cheesecake, try my No-Bake Pineapple Cheesecake Bars instead. This blueberry lush has a very light texture and flavor, which lets the blueberries and toasty crust shine.
Use well-softened cream cheese so it will blend smoothly with the whipped topping. Homemade whipped cream will work as well if you prefer not to use cool whip. You’ll need about 3 cups whipped (approximately 1.5 cups of cream).
The third layer is simply blueberry pie filling (how easy is that!). Of course, you can use any flavor pie filling you like. It won’t be blueberry delight, but cherry or even lemon would be amazing!
Lastly, it’s topped off with a layer of whipped topping (or homemade whipped cream). I also like to add chopped pecans for extra crunch and to highlight the delicious crust. Let it all chill and you have a blueberry layered dessert for all your summer parties!
Be sure to check out more summer dessert recipes like our Mixed Berry Trifle perfect for Fourth of July parties or potlucks. Another crowd favorite is our Lemon Lush recipe. Bursting with lemon flavor, this one-pan dessert is always a hit at any party!


An easy blueberry layered dessert featuring a graham cracker pecan crust, cream cheese layer, blueberry pie filling and whipped topping. Light and fluffy dessert for a crowd!

  • 4.8 ounces graham crackers 9 crackers, 1 sleeve
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup buttermelted
  • 2 tablespoonssugar
  • 8 oz cream cheesewell softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces cool whip non-fat, 2 tubs, divided
  • 42 ouncesblueberry pie filling2 cans
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a food processor, blend the graham crackers and pecans until finely chopped. Stir in butter and sugar until well combined and press into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Bake for 8 minutes and let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Using 1 container of whipped topping, beat in about 1 cup so there are no lumps. Fold in the remaining whipped topping from the container and spread the cream cheese mixture over crust.
  3. Add the blueberry pie filling in an even layer. Top with remaining container of whipped topping. Garnish with chopped pecans if desired. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Delight
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 378Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 202mg8%
Potassium 196mg6%
Total Carbohydrates 57g19%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 44g
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A6.5%
Vitamin C0.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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