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!

Amazing DIY Bathtime Elegance Idea

Amazing DIY Bathtime Elegance Idea

Amazing DIY Bathtime Elegance Idea

It’s easy to dress up inexpensive plastic bath accessories to look like those from expensive specialty stores. 


  • • Krylon Fusion for Plastic Metallic Shimmer ‐ Blonde  
  • • Krylon Fusion for Plastic ‐ Black
  • • Plastic wastepaper can  
  • • Plastic tissue box cover  
  • • Plastic or ceramic hand lotion dispenser  
  • • Embossed leaf wallpaper border (prepasted)  
  • • Sharp scissors  
  • • All‐purpose white household glue (optional)  
  • • Ammonia‐based cleaner or paint thinner 


1. Using ammonia‐based cleaner, wipe down plastic pieces to remove any dust or particles. If the  plastic is new, wipe down with paint thinner for best results.   

2. From the wallpaper border, cut out each leaf motif carefully.   

3. When all motifs are cut out, immerse the leaves into water. Then carefully match the leaves up  two by two so they can be placed pasted side together to activate the adhesive. This is known as  “booking.” Allow leaves to book for 5 to 10 minutes (refer to individual manufacturer’s  instructions for exact time).   

4. Arrange leaves in a random pattern around wastebasket, tissue box cover and hand lotion  dispenser (remove pump mechanism). Press all edges down firmly to secure.
Allow to dry  completely.

Please Note: If, after the adhesive has dried you notice edges lifting, add some  white household glue to these areas to secure again in place. Allow to dry.   

5. In a well‐ventilated place, spray the entire surfaces of all three items with Flat Black. Allow to  dry. Repeat if necessary to achieve full coverage.   

6. Lightly spray in spurts the Blonde Shimmer; you just want a mist of gold applied over the black  to create a brass‐like appearance. Allow to dry completely. Replace pump mechanism on hand  lotion dispenser.   

7. If you get a little heavy‐handed with the Blonde Shimmer, simply mist the Flat Black over the  heavy area to soften the look.   

By: Donna Babylon for Krylon 


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