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!

Make-Ahead Egg & Veggie Muffins

Make-Ahead Egg & Veggie Muffins
Sneak vegetable servings into muffins! Our Make-Ahead Egg & Veggie Muffins are light, fluffy, and pack in loads of nutrient-rich veggies. The gluten-free recipe gets the bulk of its texture from eggs and calls for a spectrum of tasty vegetables like juicy bell peppers and zucchini.
Clean ingredients are folded into muffin cups and topped with a sprinkle of cheese, which adds gooey deliciousness to the eggy delights. These highly-portable muffins make a perfect on-the-go breakfast or protein-packed workout snack. Grab and enjoy!
Make muffins ahead of time by freezing in a gallon ziplock bag or freezer safe container. Be sure muffins are cooled prior to freezing. Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge, pop in 350 degree oven for a few minutes, and enjoy!

Make-Ahead Egg & Veggie Muffins
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 2 mini muffins or 1 larger muffin per serving | Calories: 118 | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 196 mg | Sodium: 328 mg | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Protein: 9 g | Smart Points: 4

  • 6 large eggs (free-range recommended)
  • 1/2 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese, reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly oil a 12-cup mini muffin tin or 6-cup tin for regular size muffins.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, cheese, and salt and pepper, until light and fluffy.
  4. Pour batter into muffin cups, filling each tin about 3/4 full. Sprinkle an even amount of cheese onto each muffin. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until eggs are set. Enjoy!
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