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!



These Curried Lentil Stuffed Peppers are Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Healthy. Plus they’re made in a Pressure Cooker for an even faster weeknight dinner.
Not only is this recipe made from only 10 plant-based ingredients, but it comes together in less than an hour and in only one pot!

It’s as easy as that, friends! This recipe is perfect for Meal Prep, but also comes together quickly enough to enjoy for a tasty weeknight dinner. The Curried Lentils and Rice combined with the crunchy Cashews and crispy baked Pepper tops makes for an all-around delicious, wholesome, and hearty meal.

curried lentil stuffed peppers (10 ingredients!) recipe
These Curried Lentil Stuffed Peppers are Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Healthy. Plus they’re made in a Pressure Cooker for an even faster weeknight dinner.

  • 4 Large Green Bell Peppers
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 8 oz. Baby Bella or Cremini Mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup dry Lentils
  • 1 cup dry Brown Rice
  • 3 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 ½ tbsp Salt-Free Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Ginger, minced
  • 3/4 cup Raw Cashews, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp Tamari
  1. First, wash and prep your vegetables. Core the Bell Pepper and finely dice the tops. Add all of the ingredients to the pot of the Ninja Foodi, except for the Tamari, Cashews, and cored Peppers; stir well.
  2. Close the Pressure lid on the Foodi, and set the pressure release valve to SEAL. Select PRESSURE and set to HIGH, then cook for 15 minutes; press START/STOP to begin.
  3. When pressure cooking is complete, naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure by moving the valve to the VENT position. Carefully remove the lid once all of the pressure has released; add the Tamari and Cashews to the pot and stir well, but save some Cashews to top the Peppers with.
  4. Equally stuff the mixture into the 4 cored Bell Peppers, and top with the remaining Cashews. Quickly rinse the pot out, place the Peppers in the Cook and Crisp Basket, and then place the basket in the pot.
  5. Close the crisping lid of the Foodi and select BAKE/ROAST. Set the temperature to 360ºF, and set the time to 15 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin.
  6. Once cooking is complete, serve immediately. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 7 days.
No Foodi? use a Pressure Cooker for the Lentil filling portion, and then bake the Peppers in the Oven instead.
No Pressure Cooker? If you don’t own a Pressure Cooker, simply combine all of the filling ingredients in a large Pot with an additional 2 cups of Water; bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 35-40 minutes, until the Rice is fully cooked.


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