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!

Aloha Energy Bites – Pineapple Coconut Protein Balls

Aloha Energy Bites – Pineapple Coconut Protein Balls
lets pretend its not the middle of winter k? i may not be sipping a pina colada on the beach right now, but enjoying these sweet little bites make me feel like i’m halfway there! my aloha energy bites are made with toasted coconut, pineapple, macadamia nuts, and VEGAN protein powder. these protein balls are sweet but also vegan and packed with good stuff. while i make mine with honey, you could use agave and have these be fully vegan if you would like. my husband and i love them – he takes them to work and i have them as an afternoon snack or on the go during after school activities. it is a really great way to pack more protein in your diet – little bite sized protein balls! currently my most popular post on the site is the peanut butter oatmeal energy bites, followed not far behind by my nutella pretzel balls, and my oatmeal raisin granola bites. this recipe is another favorite around our house and definitely the most sweet of the bunch
  • 1 cup toasted coconut (divided)
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • ½ cup dried pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp honey (or agave)
  1. Combine ¾ cup of coconut and macadamia nuts into a medium bowl.
  2. Combine the dried pineapple and water into a small microwave safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds. Remove and allow to cool enough to handle.
  3. Add the reconstituted pineapple to a food processor and pulse into a paste.
  4. Add the pineapple paste to the coconut and macadamia nuts along with the protein powder, vanilla and honey.
  5. Mix to combine. The consistency should be sticky and form a ball.
  6. Roll 1 inch balls of this mixture and then coat with the remaining ¼ cup of coconut. Place in the refrigerator to set for a few minutes. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  7. Makes approximately 12 - 15 bites


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