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!

Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant

Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant
I partnered with Pick ‘n Save to bring you this delicious recipe, but as always, all ideas and opinions are my own.
Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant makes the most of fresh summer produce by combining two classics in one delicious dish. Baked eggplant meets creamy lasagna and the result is pure comfort food that’s perfect for summer!
So I’ve decided that one of the worst punishments ever also happens to be something I’m forced to do on a very regular basis: grocery shopping with kids. I’m not sure what it is about kids and carts and food and grocery aisles….but for some reason, it feels like the most perfect storm. Every. Single. Time.
I’m pretty sure it has nothing to do with the grocery store and everything to do with my kids….which simultaneously makes it better and worse. Better because at least it’s not my grocery store that’s the problem….but worse because that means it’s my KIDS who are the problem! Which, come to think of it, is actually way worse.
And I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that we almost always shop at the same store, our neighborhood Pick ‘n Save, so the people there know us and know exactly what to expect. There are no surprises when the girls are playing hide & seek in the aisles or pulling Oreos off the shelves or begging for samples of salami and cheese. And no one gives a second glance when Myla is yelling because the horn on her car cart is (still) broken or throwing a tantrum on the floor because we can’t cut into the watermelon right then and there or insisting on pushing the cart herself and therefore bumping into shelves and walls and people.
No, there are no surprises, although I’m pretty sure the employees all brace themselves when they see us walking through the door. And I wouldn’t be surprised if they talk about us after we leave. We are, after all, quite a scene. And to be honest, I have to brace myself, too. Even though I seem to find myself at the grocery store daily, it’s still something I dread doing with kids. And still something that leaves me feeling a little bit like I deserve a reward.
Which is exactly where this Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant comes in. Made with fresh eggplant I found at Pick ‘n Save and stuffed with a creamy lasagna filling, it literally melts in your mouth and leaves you feeling so very much better. It’s summer comfort food at its best, and exactly what I need following an afternoon at the grocery store with kids. Or….an afternoon at home with them. Seriously, just bring on the Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant!

Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant
Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant makes the most of fresh summer produce by combining two classics in one delicious dish. Baked eggplant meets creamy lasagna and the result is pure comfort food that's perfect for summer!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Cathy Trochelman

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1/2 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 1 container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 c. parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 c. marinara sauce
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
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  1. Remove Italian Sausage from casings; brown over medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine & mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley, and garlic powder.
  3. Cut eggplants in half lengthwise and scoop out centers, leaving about 1/2 inch of flesh.
  4. Prepare a large baking pan by spreading 1 c. marinara sauce to cover the bottom of the pan.
  5. Place eggplant halves on top of sauce.
  6. Spoon ricotta mixture evenly into eggplant, then top with cooked sausage, remaining marinara sauce, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  7. Cover with foil.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.


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