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!


Jakks Pacific Rim Chicken is a savory dish that magically turns boring old chicken thighs into a sweet heat explosion of island flavor!

There is plenty of sweet pineapple in this main dish, so all pineapple lovers should expect to fall madly in love with this recipe. For those among us who can’t get enough of this tropical fruit, let me recommend a couple of other favorites you should try. Pineapple Upside Down Monkey Bread is exactly as delicious as you think it will be. In a hurry? You’ll be glad you bookmarked this No-Bake Pineapple Dream Dessert. Easy peasy, but it looks like it took time to make.
Jakks Pacific Rim Chicken

Pacific Rim cuisine is a favorite of mine. It’s such an eclectic mix of tropical fruit, tangy sauces, and wonderful herbs and spices! It blends Asian and West Coast cuisines in a way that’s undeniably unique.


Chicken thighs aren’t given enough credit. I mean, chicken breasts get all the glory and we forget there is anything else. (At least I do.) That’s a shame because chicken thighs are actually very good – if prepared correctly.

They are also cheaper than chicken breasts so your dollar might actually go a little farther in your grocery budget.

Sure, breasts are leaner, but any cook will tell you that one wrong move and your family will be enjoying something akin to dried shoe leather. Chicken thighs are a bit moister.

There is more fat in a chicken thigh than breast, but it’s the good fat aka monounsaturated fat. Never let anyone tell you chicken thighs are unhealthier than breasts!


Pineapple isn’t like a tomato or an avocado in that it won’t get any riper once you bring it home. That’s why it’s important to get it right.

This is complicated, so get ready to take notes.

1. Pick up the most yellow pineapple in the grocery store bin.

2. Give it a little squeeze. If it’s as hard as cement, put it back. A little give is what you’re looking for. Not squishy. Just a little give.

3. Smell the bottom of it. If it smells like sweet pineapple, that’s exactly what it is.

4. Brag to your friends that you know how to choose a sweet pineapple. (This might be the most important step, so don’t forget it!)


For the chicken
6-7 chicken thighs
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. Sriracha sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup pineapple juice
6-7 pineapple slices fresh or canned


For the chicken:
Combine the soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, sesame oil, and pineapple juice, stir to combine.
Add your chicken into a container and pour your sauce all over it.
Seal and place in your refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours to marinate.
The longer it sits the more flavor the chicken will have.
Heat the stovetop to a medium.
Grill to a medium if grilling
Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook or grill for 6-7 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.
Place the chicken in a skillet or cast iron.
Add the pineapple to the chicken.
Add remaining sauce to the chicken.
Brush it on evenly.
Heat the oven to broil high.
Or if grilling - place a lid on top of the skillet and place it on the gill and close the grills lid.
Cook for 2-3 minutes if in the oven or 6-7 on the gill.
Arrange the pineapple and chicken on a serving plate or skillet.
Garnish with lime wedges, jalapeƱos, and green onions if desired.

Serves: 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


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