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!

Healthy Granola Cookie Dough Bars

Healthy Granola Cookie Dough Bars
Just make them. I’m certain you won’t regret it. Plus throwing a bunch of stuff in a food processor then layering is an epically easy way to make an epically delicious treat. I couldn’t not love these healthy granola cookie dough bars more if I tried.
Feeling adventures? You can also flip these and the granola layer the bottom layer too!
Cookie Dough Base
  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate or cacao chips
Granola Top
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup honey
  1. Drain the can of chickpeas and rinse with water
  2. Combine the chickpeas, almond butter, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a food processor and process until creamy
  3. Fold in the mini chocolate chips
  4. Line the bottom of an 8×8″ baking dish with parchment paper, then evenly spread the cookie dough mixture in the bottom of pan. Transfer the dish to the freezer and chill for 10 minutes
  5. Add the cashews, almonds, coconut flakes and honey to the (clean) food processor. Pulse a few times to break down the nuts, being careful not to over process
  6. Once the cookie dough is chilled and set, remove from the freezer and add the nut mixture over the top, quickly spreading evenly
  7. Press down slightly to pack the granola over the top of the cookie dough a bit, then transfer back to the freezer
  8. Freeze for at least 1 hour
  9. When ready to serve, remove the entire granola/cookie dough from the pan (using a knife to gently pull the sides away from the pan) and cut into narrow bars, roughly 4″x2″
  10. Serve immediately or return to the freezer to serve later. Bars must be served cold in order for them to stay together
These bars must be served cold and kept in the freezer


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