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!

Pumpkin Spiced Pecan Waffles

Pumpkin Spiced Pecan Waffles
The best of this pies; tasty pumpkin with the spices of clove, ginger and cinnamon with the crunch of toasted pecans. Plus a thick pat of butter and heavy bath of syrup
If you don’t want to coat these in butter and syrup, you could easily make a waffle sandwich with leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry! And both are totally acceptable – because well, they’re waffles and that’s breakfast food.

Pumpkin Spiced Pecan Waffles Recipe
The best of this pies; tasty pumpkin with the spices of clove, ginger and cinnamon with the crunch of toasted pecans. Plus a thick pat of butter and heavy bath of syrup

  • ¾ cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped, divided
  • ½ coconut oil
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 15 ounces pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • syrup and butter, for serving
  1. Preheat and grease waffle iron according to directions.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, egg yolks and milk together until smooth.
  3. And the pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract and stir.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture, just until combine and no dry patches are visible in the batter.
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat the egg whites until they are white and fluffy with soft peaks.
  7. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
  8. Stir in ½ cup of the toasted pecans.
  9. Scoop about ½ - ¾ cup (or what your waffle iron suggests) of the batter into the iron and cook according to desired doneness and darkness. See you waffle irons instruction manual for directions.
  10. Top with butter, syrup and remaining toasted pecans.notes
  11. **Extra waffles can be stored in an airtight bag in the freezer for up to two weeks. To re-heat waffles, just cook in a toaster until warmed throughout.


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