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!


My family loves these Crispy BBQ Chicken Wraps, and I love that they’re such an easy dinner to make! Think all of the yummy, cheesy goodness of a BBQ chicken pizza, toasted in a crispy wrap.

Who needs a super easy dinner idea for their busy week? I’ve got you covered with these BBQ Chicken Wraps! These are the simplest wraps. When your 4-year-old asks for “seconds” at dinner, it’s a total win!

I love these wraps for a few different reasons. First, they are pan fried, so you get that delicious crunch that you love from chimichangas, without the extra fat.

Second, you can easily use leftover chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken to make this meal come together even quicker.

You can use homemade or store-bought BBQ sauce too. The ingredients are super simple and hopefully ones that you already have in your pantry. I would serve them with a side of fresh cold vegetables or a simple green salad.

My family loves these Crispy BBQ Chicken Wraps, and I love that they’re such an easy dinner to make! Think all of the yummy, cheesy goodness of a BBQ chicken pizza, toasted in a crispy wrap.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 458kcal


2 cups cooked chicken , shredded (rotisserie chicken works great!)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup fresh cilantro , chopped
1/4 cup red onion , chopped
1/2 cup barbecue sauce , your favorite kind
4-5 large flour tortillas
2 Tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola oil)


Add chicken, cheese, onion, cilantro and BBQ sauce to a mixing bowl and toss to combine. Add more BBQ sauce if needed, to taste.
Layer tortillas with a 1/2 cup of the mixture. Starting at that end, roll the tortilla up, folding in the sides like a burrito.
Spray a large skillet generously with cooking spray and place the wraps seam side down on the greased skillet.
Gently brush the tops of the wraps lightly with oil, or spray them with cooking spray.
Turn the wraps every minute or two until they are golden and crispy on all sides. Serve immediately.
I love to serve these with Mexican Rice.


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