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!

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks
1 red onion
2 green bell peppers
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
3 chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)

1 C of pineapple juice
1/4 C water
3/4 C apple cider vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp chicken bullion granules
1 C sugar
1 Tb brown sugar
2 Tb cornstarch
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp lemon pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 420 degrees.
2. Grab a (20 ounce) can of pineapple chunks. Pour as much juice as you can into a large glass measuring cup.
3. Chop 1 red onion, 2 green bell peppers, 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper into large 1-2 inch chunks. You'll want to be sure that they are all about the same size so they cook evenly.
4. Cut 3 chicken breasts into 1 inch chunks.
5. Place the chicken, veggies and pineapple chunks into a large bowl.
6. Drizzle 3-4 Tb olive oil into the bowl and toss to coat.
7. Sprinkle the chicken and veggies with garlic salt and lemon pepper.
8. Stir to combine.
9. Line two large baking sheets with tin foil and spread the mixture out evenly over them.
10. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are crisp tender.
11. While the pans are roasting away, make the heavenly sauce. Take the reserved pineapple juice (you should have about 1 C of pineapple juice, if you aren't quite there, add a bit of water to bring the measurement to a full cup) and add to it 1/4 C water, 3/4 C apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp chicken bullion granules, 1 C sugar, 1 Tb brown sugar, 2 Tb cornstarch, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp ginger and 1/2 tsp lemon pepper.
12. Whisk it together to combine, making sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved.
13. Pour the liquid into a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Allow it to boil for 2 minutes.
14. When the chicken has cooked through and the veggies are crisp tender, pour 1/3 of the sauce over the top of each pan (leaving about 1/3 of it in the sauce pan to drizzle over each individual serving).
15. Stir the sauce into the chicken and veggies so that everything gets nice and coated.
16. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the sauce bubbles up a bit and becomes nice and sticky.
17. Serve in individual bowls with white rice and the additional sauce poured over the top.

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