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!

Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs

Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs
Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs are the perfect addition to your game day feast! You’ll score the winning goal with these easy to make favorites!
I really love preparing a variety of foods when we’re homegating, something for everyone. Everything from dips, cold and hot (you know I love using my slow cooker) to finger foods. Today I’m sharing with you a fantastic addition to game day menus, Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs! Hot dogs and sporting events seem to go hand in hand, am I right? You’ll just love this twist on a traditional hot dog. Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs are easy to prepare and let me tell you, my sons devoured them.

  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 12 hot dogs
  • 3 T baking soda
  • water
  • 5 oz. French's Crispy Jalapeños, crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add hot dogs and boil for 3 minutes. Remove hot dogs and allow to cool.
  3. Roll out pizza dough and cut into 12 - 1/2 inch strips lengthwise.
  4. Spread crushed Jalapeños in pie dish.
  5. Place one cup of the boiling water from the hot dogs into a bowl big enough to fit hot dogs. Add baking soda and stir until dissolved.
  6. Wrap each hot dog with one strip of dough, twisting it around and back. Leave a 1/2 inch space at each end.
  7. When hot dogs are wrapped, carefully dip each into water mixture being sure to cover.
  8. Gently roll each hot dog in crushed Jalapeños and place on baking sheet.
  9. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until browned on top.
If you have leftover dough, make some easy breadsticks by simply twisting and baking on baking sheet.


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