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!

Healthy Blueberry Banana Muffins

Healthy Blueberry Banana Muffins
This is a simple, but delicious recipe for healthy blueberry banana muffins, made with whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and fresh blueberries. They are moist, healthy, fluffy and so easy to make!

Every time I think about blueberry muffins, I think about my grandma and how she used to send my dad home from when he would go visit with these MASSIVE, homemade blueberry muffins. He would then bring them back to my mom, brother, and I and we would savor each and every single one.
Each muffin was loaded with fresh blueberries, and they were often topped with a sugar crystal crunch, making the ‘muffin top’ the best part.
She stopped making them about ten years ago (she was baking way into her early 90s), so by the time I entered college, I was no longer getting to enjoy those muffins I had grown up with and honestly, just never found another blueberry muffin recipe that could compare to hers.

So while this muffin recipe won’t ever touch my beloved grandma’s recipe, I believe it gives it a good run for its money.
It’s also really hard to beat that full-stick-of-butter, old fashioned white flour, and traditional sugar recipe, but I was on a mission to create one that is a little lighter, but still gave me that same reminder of those delicious blueberry muffins.
These muffins are really simple to make, too. I bet that you already have most of the ingredients in your house, because like my grandma, she kept cooking and baking simple.
So these guys don’t call for any almond flour or coconut flour, no flax eggs, or interesting adaptogens, just real, wholesome ingredients that will make you want to bake them over and over again. Kinda like my healthy banana bread muffins that I can’t get enough of.

What you’ll need:
White Whole Wheat Flour
Ripe Bananas
Fresh Blueberries

I hope you enjoy these muffins as much as I did when I made them and shared with friends and family!

Healthy Blueberry Banana Muffins
Author: Erin Lives Whole
 Prep Time: 15
 Cook Time: 20
 Total Time: 35 minutes
 Category: breakfast, whole-wheat, healthy muffins

This is a simple, but delicious recipe for healthy blueberry banana muffins, made with whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and fresh blueberries. They are moist, healthy, fluffy and so easy to make!

  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (cooled)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (I used plain greek, but would be delicious with vanilla!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 cups fresh blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 375F and prepare muffin tin with spray or liners.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, mash bananas until smooth. Whisk in eggs, coconut oil, honey, yogurt, and vanilla until combined.
  4. Fold in flour, careful not to over- mix.
  5. Fold in blueberries and only stir a few times.
  6. Use an ice cream scoop or measuring cup to scoop into prepared muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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