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!


Amazingly tender gnocchi are bathed in two of the best things in the world: bacon and cream, then sprinkled with cheese for one of the best dishes ever.
Gnocchi is a recent discovery for me, honestly.
Okay, so maybe not a recently recent discovery. I mean, I’d heard of it, I’d seen it, watched it be made, but never had it. I decided to make it after seeing a video by Byron Talbot, then seeing a gnocchi board at Sur La Table. It was fate telling me to make this gnocchi recipe. Finally.
Amazingly tender gnocchi are bathed in two of the best things in the world: bacon and cream, then sprinkled with cheese for one of the best side dishes ever.

  • 1 lb gnocchi
  • Water enough to fill a large pot 3/4 full
  • 4 strips smoked bacon chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or minced
  • 2 egg yolks beaten well
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley and more parmesan to garnish
  1. Bring water, salted heavily, to a boil in a large pot.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together egg yolks, milk and cheese with a fork or whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a large high sided saute pan over medium high heat, cook chopped bacon to desired crispness. At this point, you could remove or keep the rendered bacon fat, it's entirely up to you. Once done, turn heat to low and add garlic. Stir well, making sure garlic doesn't burn.
  4. Add gnocchi to the water and cook for 2-3 minutes, or as package describes.
  5. While gnocchi is cooking, add the egg mixture to the bacon in the skillet (heat still on low, or turned off) and whisk well. In a small bowl, whisk the chicken stock into the cornstarch, then add to the sauce, whisking well to incorporate.
  6. Drain gnocchi, then add to skillet and toss well with sauce.
  7. Serve immediately with parsley and parmesan as garnish.
Recipe Notes
If you want more sauce (because who doesn't love this stuff?) double the cream and broth, season a bit more with salt and pepper to taste at the end


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