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!

CHICKEN, BACON, AVOCADO RANCH LETTUCE WRAPS

CHICKEN, BACON, AVOCADO RANCH LETTUCE WRAPS
There’s something simple, flavorful, and fresh about these lettuce wraps. Even though there’s bacon in them, they taste light and fresh. My husband even said he felt like he was eating healthy.
If you wanted to omit the bacon and the ranch, you could. But why would you ever omit bacon from anything! A yummy vinaigrette would be a tasty and more healthy substitute for ranch dressing as well.
CHICKEN, BACON, AVOCADO RANCH LETTUCE WRAPS

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2 beefsteak tomato, diced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 lb bacon
Ranch dressing
  • Boston Bibb, romaine, or iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning (or chili lime seasoning if you have it)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Start by seasoning the chicken with salt and pepper, then grill them (you could do stovetop as well).
  2. Meanwhile, bake your bacon on a foil lined cookie sheet at 420°. Start checking for doneness at 15 minutes but it will likely take closer to 20.
  3. I had used ends and pieces so they came already chopped, but if you use regular slab bacon crumble it up after it's cooked.
  4. When the chicken is done, cut it up into bite sized pieces and mix the cilantro in.
  5. Wash the lettuce, and carefully remove each leaf so that it creates a boat, or cup to put the yumminess in.
  6. Now set all your ingredients out so people can build their own lettuce wrap. Squeeze the half a lime over the avocado, tomato, and chicken.
  7. Take the lettuce leaf, fill it with the bacon, avocado, tomato, and chicken. Then drizzle with ranch.
  8. Eat it like a taco and enjoy!

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