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!


As I’ve said many times before, there is nothing better than Mom’s home cooking. Because of that, over the last year, I’ve been sharing my mom’s recipes on my blog. It’s a great way to save them and of course to share them with all of you.
Some of my favourites are her Akni, Chicken Biryani, and Kuku Paka. Today I’m sharing her really delicious and pretty simple Chickpea and Chicken Curry, or as we call it Kukra Vari Daar. 
Ingredients for Chickpea and Chicken Curry:
– 1.5 tbsp of oil, olive or canola
– 1/3 – 1/2 of a 28fl oz can of crushed tomatoes
– 1 tsp of dhana jeeru (a ground cumin and coriander mix)
– 1/4 heaping tsp of haldi (turmeric)
– 1 tsp minced garlic
– 1 tsp minced ginger
– 1 tsp salt (you can add more or less to taste)
– 2 full chicken breasts cut into 3 or 4 pieces each
– 4 fistfuls of fried onions (you can buy in in the ethnic isle of a grocery store)
– 2 – 3 tbsp of fresh chopped cilantro
– 1 can of chickpeas
Instructions for Chickpea and Chicken Curry:
  1. In a large pot, add the oil, crushed tomatoes, dhana jeeru, haldi, garlic, ginger and salt. Heat it on high and mix for a few minutes until well combined.
  2. Add all the fried onions and then reduce the heat to medium.
  3. Put in 2 tbsp of fresh chopped cilantro and mix it well. Then let it cook for a couple minutes.
  4. Add in the pieces of chicken. Cook it until the chicken is no longer pink and make sure to stir occasionally.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, blend up your chickpeas with a can of water. My moms says the chickpeas need to be totally runny so if you need to add a little more water to get the right consistency, go ahead.
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, add the blended chickpeas to the pot and stir. If the consistency is really thick, you can add up to 1/2 a cup of water. Bring it to a boil and then reduce heat to medium/low. Let it simmer for 10 minutes and then the Chickpea and Chicken Curry or Daar is ready to serve. You can garnish with another tbsp of fresh chopped cilantro.


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