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!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce
I baked up this Parmesan Crusted Chicken this week and topped it off with a bacon cream sauce because we needed more fat grams that day. It was served alongside cheesy cauliflower mash! Mmmm…
Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce
Servings: 4 
Prep: 10 min 
Cook: 45 min
Total: 55 min 
Difficulty: Easy
By: Anna Hunley

Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (about 3 large breasts)
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • 4 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 slice bacon, fried and crumbled (reserve 2-3 tbsp bacon grease)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pat chicken dry. Use a silicone basting brush to spread mayo evenly on top of chicken.
  3. Top each breast with 1T parmesan cheese and place in baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered 40-45 minutes until internal temperature is approx. 160 degrees and juices run clear.
  5. When the chicken has about 10 minutes left in the oven, begin sauce.
  6. Using a non-stick skillet, warm up the reserved bacon grease over MED LOW heat. Be sure it does not start sizzling or bubbling.
  7. Whisk in the heavy cream until well combined. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to foam up on the edges of the skillet.
  8. Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Add last tbsp of parmesan and garlic powder and whisk until smooth.
  9. Toss in a few bacon pieces, making sure to leave enough for the top of the chicken.
  10. Each breast should be topped with 2-3 tbsp of sauce and a few bacon crumbles. Leftover sauce may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Notes
I like to serve this with mashed cauliflower! This recipe can easily be doubled for a larger crowd.
Please note that macros were calculated using My Fitness Pal and the brands referenced. Altering ingredients or brands can change the macros for the recipe. Please verify your macros in a tracker to insure accuracy.

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