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!


Breakfast Bars, DRINKS, Fruit, Smoothy Drink, Sweet Drink, VEGETARIAN
This simple Green Smoothie started off as an attempt at making my own version of something I enjoy from one of Australia’s most popular smoothie stores. Except, I make it in half the time and I’m not a scowling teenage attendant who looks like she’d rather be washing public restrooms than standing in front of a counter taking smoothie orders. I digress… anyway, my super healthy Green Smoothie is Vegan and loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables like Pineapple, Spinach, Banana, Kiwi, Green Grapes, and then blended with some Coconut Water and Ice. It makes 2 servings at a measly 95 calories each, so I guess it can also be considered a wealth loss smoothie.
I made this delicious Green Smoothie recipe in my Vitamix in under a minute, but fret not if you don’t have a blender – you’ll still be able to make this by placing all your ingredients on the floor and then stomping on them – but I warn you, it may end up being a not-so-smoothie. It may also taste like your feet. Don’t say I didn’t mention that!

All in all, this Green Smoothie is vegan, delicious, light and healthy. It’ll keep you full and will most definitely give you an instant boost of energy – very similar to the effects of Crystal Meth, sans the rotting teeth. *Insert chuckle* Till next time, my fellow crazy people!
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Water
  • 10 Green Grapes
  • 1/3 cup diced Fresh Pineapple
  • 1/2 a Green Kiwi
  • 1 Small Banana
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Ice
  1. Place everything in a blender and blend till smooth.
  2. Don't over-blend your smoothie as you don't want the banana to oxidize too much.
  3. Enjoy!


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