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!

Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie
Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is from scratch homemade pie recipe like your grandmas used to make. If you’re crazy for classic cream pies, this needs to be on your Easter table! A tender, flaky crust piled high with bananas and creamy vanilla pudding, topped with fluffy cloud of fresh whipped cream and more bananas and chocolate shavings on top
Full of old-fashioned flavor, Banana Cream Pie isn’t necessarily fancy, but it’s so inviting and besides Easter eggs and spring flower decoration, it will bring the nostalgic appeal at your Easter brunch table.
Don’t let the making of pie crust from scratch, crimping the sides for classic crust look and cooking homemade vanilla pudding terrifies you, it’s not that hard at all. I’m not a pie making expert by any means, actually I hate making pie crusts and sometimes buy a pre-made one, but homemade stuff is so much better, especially when it comes to family gatherings for the holidays such as Easter..
Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie RecipeOld Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is from scratch homemade pie recipe like your grandmas used to make.

For the pie crust:
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 sticks (1/2 cup) unsalted butter diced and chilled
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 egg yolks- beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3 bananas-sliced
For topping:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 banana-sliced
  • chocolate shavings-optional
To make the pie crust:
  1. Mix flour, salt and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Add pieces of chilled unsalted butter. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and using your hands knead until dough comes together , DO NOT OVERDO IT!!! (If it’s still crumbly, add water a tablespoon at a time, up to 2 more tablespoons, but don’t use too much water or the crust will shrink while baking).
  3. Flatten the dough into disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  4. Roll the dough on a floured surface into a 14-inch round, wrap around rolling pin and carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate and gently press into bottom and side of plate. Trim dough to a 1-inch overhang, fold under, and seal to form a rim, then crimp the rim with fingertips. Using a fork poke the bottom of the crust or use pie weights. Wrap with plastic wrap and set in the fridge or freezer. The dough must be well chilled before baking!!!
  5. Bake in preheated oven at 375 F until golden brown. Cool completely and set aside.
To make the filing:
  1. In a large saucepan, stir together sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly(about 8 minutes) then reduce heat and cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir a small amount of hot filling into eggs stirring well (be careful not to scramble the eggs) return all to pan and bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Spread half of the vanilla pudding into cooled pie crust. Slice bananas and arrange over filling. Pour remaining pudding over bananas, cover and set in the fridge until thicken (for 6 hours or overnight).
  4. Before serving, make the whipped cream. Beat the heavy whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form, adding 1/2 tablespoon of powdered sugar slowly during mixing.
  5. Top pie with whipped cream and banana slices. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings if desired.


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