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!

Instant Pot Lasagna

If you like lasagna, you are going to love learning how easy it is to make in the Instant Pot. This is one of my most favorite things to make in the Instant Pot so far. It is quick AND delicious! No more cooking the noodles first.


1 cup Large Curd Cottage Cheese
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning Mix Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram
1 cup Mozzarella cheese grated
Parmesan cheese 1 cup divided
1 egg
1/2 lb cooked ground beef or turkey sausage optional This turkey sausage is made from ground turkey and is so delicious!!!
No Boil lasagna noodles regular noodles can be used just add 3 minutes to cooking time. (You will not use the whole package).
1/2 jar spaghetti sauce 12 oz


Add everything, except noodles and meat, to a mixing bowl and mix together. (Reserve 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese for later)
You will need a 7 inch pan like this. I really like these spring form pans because they fit really nicely in the Instant Pot.
Place noodles in the bottom of the pan. (You will need to break and casually piece noodles together to cover the bottom of pan). It doesn't matter if the noodles overlap.
Pour enough sauce on top of the noodles to cover.
Sprinkle half of the meat on
Add 1/2 of the cheese mixture and spread evenly
Place another layer of noodles
Repeat process one more time
Cheese Mixture
Finish it off with another layer of sauce
Sprinkle Parmesan and more shredded mozzarella if desired
Place the trivet in the Instant Pot
Add 1/2 cup water to the pot
Cover lightly with aluminium foil
Lower the pan of lasagna into the inner pot on top of the trivet
Place the lid on and flip pressure valve away from you
Choose "MANUAL" and adjust time up or down to 22 minutes (25 minutes for regular noodles)
It will take approximately 4 minutes to get up to pressure
When the beeper sounds, do not remove lid, let the pot NATURAL RELEASE for 10 minutes.
If you want the top cheeses a little crispy like I do, place the pan under the broiler for a few minutes or until your liking.
Remove spring form pan and using a plastic knife or plastic utensil, cut into serving sizes. Metal knifes or spatulas will scrape the nonstick surface of the pan.

Recipe Notes

If you want the top cheeses a little crispy like I do, place the pan under the broiler for a few minutes or until your liking.


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