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!

low carb lemon blueberry bread



INGREDIENTS
2.5 cups almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
2/3 cup Swerve Confectioner Sweetener
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon baking powder (Hain brand is grain-free)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp milk (or coconut milk)
1/4 cup olive oil (or oil of choice)
2.5 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries

Glaze (optional)
1/2 of an eight oz container cream cheese, room temperature (Kite Hill for dairy-free)
1 tablespoon butter, softened (Earth Balance Spread for dairy-free)
1/3 cup Swerve Confectioner Sweetener
1 tablespoon lemon juice
lemon zest (optional)
1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, Swerve, baking powder + baking soda. Add lemon zest overtop and whisk together again until evenly combined.
Add your eggs, milk, olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, vanilla and blend together with whisk until combined well and batter is smooth. Add blueberries into batter and incorporate evenly.
Pour batter into a parchment paper lined 1 pound loaf pan. We love this USA pan. Making sure your oven is preheated, bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. At 30 minutes in, cover completely with aluminum foil-this will steam the bread, allowing it to cook the rest of the way through while staying nice and moist! Keep in mind, oven times can occasionally vary, peek in at 45 minutes, if it is not cooked through, check back in at 55 minutes. And make sure to use oven mitts when securing the foil, that loaf pan will be hot!
Remove from oven and let COOL COMPLETELY before removing from pan and glazing. (If you’re in a rush, let it cool 10 minutes outside of the oven and then transfer the loaf pan to the freezer for about 25 minutes).
While you’re waiting for the bread to cool, go ahead and mix together your glaze. With a hand mixer, blend together your cream cheese and butter.
Add lemon and blend again. Finally, add in Swerve and salt, then blend one last time. Chilling the glaze will thicken it. You can also add more Swerve for a thicker texture or more lemon juice to thin it out.
Spread glaze over bread and serve. You can also place it in the fridge to chill, it’s excellent served cold.
Enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container and place in refrigerator.

NOTES
*These can also be made as muffins, keep in mind baking time will decrease to about 25 min.


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