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!

Easy Weeknight Chicken Spaghetti

Easy Weeknight Chicken Spaghetti
Easy Weeknight Chicken Spaghetti – who says comfort food can’t be easy?
Like many of you, I am always on the lookout for easy weeknight meals to feed my hungry family. Who has the time (or inclination) to spend hours in the kitchen after a busy day of work and running kids around to activities?
Favorite comfort foods are usually relegated to the weekend menu due to weekday time constraints. But what if we crave (or need) a little comfort food during the week?
Just a few simple shortcuts have transformed Chicken Spaghetti into a weeknight option, without compromising the flavor of the dish.
The use of pre-cooked chicken is the key, lopping off about 30 minutes of cook time. I’ve used rotisserie chicken and Kirkland brand Grilled Chicken Breast Strips from Costco with good results.
And recipe-ready chicken broth makes up for the lack of flavored cooking water you would have it you were cooking the chicken from scratch.
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You can further simplify the process by preparing Easy Weeknight Chicken Spaghetti ahead of time. Prepping the night before or in the morning makes the after work scramble even less stressful.
Follow the steps up to baking, then store the assembled covered dish in the refrigerator until ready to bake (I love these casserole dishes with lids for storing in the frig or freezer).
Remove the casserole dish from the frig about 15 minutes before baking, remove the lid and pop the dish in the pre-heated oven.
Lastly, don’t be put off by the baking time – it’s all hands-off time, allowing you to prepare your side dishes, a salad, spend time with your kiddos or simply unwind with a glass of wine after a busy workday.
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Although initially posted over 2 years ago,the original Chicken Spaghetti remains one of the most popular recipes I have shared on this blog. And it’s still a family favorite.
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Easy Weeknight Chicken Spaghetti
Course Main Dish, Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Lori @

  • 1 pound dry spaghetti broken in half, then broken in half again
  • 2 cups pre-cooked chicken breast roughly chopped
  • 1 can 10 1/2 oz. cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can 10 1/2 oz. cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup green pepper finely diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 16 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese reserving 1/2 cup for later use
  • 1 tsp. Lawry's Season salt
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions until al dente. Drain.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, combine the pre-cooked chicken breast, 2 cans of soup, green pepper, onion, chicken broth, cheddar cheese (don't forget to reserve the 1/2 cup for later use) and Lawry's Season salt. Mix well.
  3. Add cooked spaghetti to chicken mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish and top with 1/2 cup of reserved cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Recipe can be assembled the night before or in the morning and refrigerated until ready to bake, making an even easier weeknight meal. Remove casserole from frig about 15 minutes before baking. Bake as directed, allowing for additional baking time.


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