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!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Instant Pot Casserole

A fun twist on the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu dish we love so much. Done in the Instant Pot it makes a quick and easy weeknight meal that's full of creamy cheesy goodness.

1-lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 cup cooked ham, diced
16 oz small shell pasta (or your favorite)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 green onion diced for garnish

Toasted Bread Crumb Topping:
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
Dijon Cream Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tbsp parmesan cheese, finely grated

Preheat Instant Pot on Sauté setting; add oil. Season chicken with salt, pepper, granulated garlic and onion; add to pot and stir to coat. Sauté chicken 1-2 minutes.
Move the chicken to one side and add pasta, scoop the chicken over the top. Add the ham and cover with chicken broth. Place lid, lock and seal, and set to 10 minutes on high or poultry. When time is up allow 5 minutes then release the pressure. When you remove the lid, it might look a little wet at the bottom; just stir well and add the cheese. Set the lid over top of the pot to let melt for a minute or two.
Dijon Cream Sauce:
Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Add flour and cook for 1 minute.
Add half the milk and stir until smooth
Add remaining milk, mustard and cheese. Turn down to simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste.
Toasted Bread Crumb Topping:
When timer is almost ready, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and toast, stirring often, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
Remove chicken to serving dish. Top with Dijon Cream Sauce and toasted crumb topping and diced green onion for garnish


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