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!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake
That’s right. A freaking CAKE.
So this cake is kinda sorta ridiculous in the best way possible. Two brownie layers sandwiched around chocolate chip cookie dough, and covered in chocolate ganache and chocolate chips. Heaven help us all.
I feel kind of silly talking about ridiculous cakes after everything that’s happened in the last couple of days. Outrageously gooey cakes just seem so trivial, you know?
There is so much I want to say and even more that I want to do, but my hands are tied. But what I will say – without making a political mess out of all of this – is that we need more love and compassion in this world. Desperately. Between our next-door neighbors and our far-away neighbors. Between humans and animals. Between us and the climate. Sometimes I feel like we as humans just like to destroy everything in our paths, but that’s clearly not successful for us. If we all just stopped, took a deep breath and refocused our hateful energies into positive ones, the world would be a happier, safer place.
But because we’re human, this won’t happen. And so for that reason, I want to say I’m sorry to the people of Orlando who experienced such horror and tragedy recently. I’m sorry that you couldn’t feel safe in your own community. I’m sorry that you were let down. I’m sorry that a great deal of you lost your lives, your friends, your sons & daughters, boyfriends & girlfriends, brothers & sisters, and beloved members of your tight-knit community. I’m sorry, and I’m sending every sugary, positive thought your way.
On a lighter note, I feel like anyone & everyone will enjoy this cake. What’s not to love? It’s fabulous in the best way possible, and it’s surprisingly simple to make, too!
So to begin this mishegas, you’ll want to whip up two boxes of your favorite brownie mix. Whatever brand you’re loyal to, or whatever’s on sale – doesn’t matter. You could even use your own homemade recipe, as long as it produces really fudgy – not cakey – brownies. Whip up those batters and distribute ’em among two well-greased and parchment-lined springform pans.
NOW. I am gonna go ahead and say it, but the springform pans are kinda essential to this recipe. You could absolutely try lining and greasing a regular 9″ round cake pan, but I found that brownies are tackier and have more of a crusty edge to them than cakes, which makes them SO much easier to remove from a springform pan than a regular one. If I were you, I’d experiment with one box of brownie mix in a 9″ round cake pan and see if it works. If so, proceed! If not, ask your neighbor if she has a springform pan (or 2!) you can borrow.
This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb CAKE is such a fun twist on my signature dessert!

  • 2 boxes fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of packages
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease two 9" springform pans with cooking spray. Place a parchment circle in the bottom of each pan, and spray that with more cooking spray. Seriously, you cannot use enough cooking spray here! Set aside.
  2. In two large bowls, prepare each box of brownie mix according to package directions. Pour each bowl of batter into each springform pan. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with clean or moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely before releasing the outer rim of the pan.
  3. Once brownie "cake" layers have cooled, make your cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until combined, about 1 minute. Add in the heavy cream and vanilla, beating well. Lastly, add in the flour and beat until combined. Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  4. Place one brownie "cake" layer upside down onto a cake stand or serving plate. Spread the cookie dough in a thick, even layer on the brownie layer. Top with the second brownie layer, right side up.
  5. In a medium microwaveable bowl, add in the 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and the heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth and glossy. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides. Sprinkle with the miniature chocolate chips. Store covered in the fridge for 3 days or at room temperature, covered, for about 1 day.


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