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!

Pumpkin Pie Twists




If you are craving pumpkin flavors for your Fall taste buds, this Pumpkin Pie Twist recipe is perfect for your needs!

Fall is here! Fall is here! Fall is here! Psstt…did you know? Fall is here!

And with the lovely weather of Fall comes some of the best flavors around. I LOVE anything pumpkin.

If I could eat it for every meal, I would. (and honestly, who says I can’t? I’m an adult, right?!)

One of the latest and greatest pumpkin recipes that I’ve created are these Pumpkin Pie Twists.

I seriously cannot get enough.

They’re light enough to enjoy and not have the heavy feeling in your tummy and they’re easy enough that literally, anyone can make them.

Sounds like a winning combination of flavor and fun to me!

The next time you’re craving something pumpkin, but also something a bit different, give these Pumpkin Twists a go.

You’ll be hooked, just like me!

And now that “everything pumpkin” is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to make up a batch or two!

Have them in the morning with your coffee as a treat anytime throughout the day!

However you decide to have your pumpkin fix and eat it too is entirely up to you!

PUMPKIN PIE TWISTS INGREDIENTS

To make these pumpkin pie twists, you will need:

● CRESCENT ROLL DOUGH: one can (8oz) of original refrigerated crescent roll dough, you can use the buttery flavor too.

● PUMPKIN PUREE: 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, not PUMPKIN PIE FILLING.

● MELTED BUTTER: just 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter.

● PUMPKIN SPICE: the best part..I used about 3 teaspoons but feel free to use more!

● UNSALTED BUTTER: 1/4 cup but make sure it has softened to room temperature before you make the icing.

● CREAM CHEESE: you only need about 1/4 cup of cream cheese.

● POWDERED SUGAR: 1 cup of powdered sugar.

● VANILLA EXTRACT: just a 1/2 teaspoon.


HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PIE TWISTS

To make these easy Pumpkin Pie Twists, simply:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat. Set aside.

STEP 1: Unroll crescent dough and lay down as 4 rectangles on prepared baking sheet.

STEP 2: Spread pumpkin onto 2 of the rectangles.

STEP 3: Place the other 2 rectangles on top of the pumpkin. Press edges together.

STEP 4: Brush melted butter on top of rectangles. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.

STEP 5: Using a pizza cutter, cut both rectangles into 6 strips.

STEP 6: Twist each strip a few times and sprinkle with remaining pumpkin pie spice. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

MAKE CREAM CHEESE ICING:

STEP 7: In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

STEP 8: Fill a zip-lock bag with cream cheese icing, lock it shut and snip off a corner of the bag. Ice tops of each pumpkin pie twist and enjoy. Simply throw the bag away when finished.


ADDITIONAL BAKING TIPS

PUMPKIN: Again…just a reminder, make sure you use 100% pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.

MAKE YOUR OWN PUMPKIN PIE SPICE: All you need is, 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl.

CREAM CHEESE ICING: You might have some extra cream cheese icing leftover if you do you can put the leftover icing into a bowl and use it as a dip. Because you can never have enough cream cheese icing!


BAKING TOOLS NEEDED

BAKING SHEET: You will need a large 16×11 inch baking sheet.

SILICONE BAKING MAT OR PARCHMENT PAPER: If you don’t have a silicone baking mat…YOU NEED ONE!

PIZZA CUTTER: Using a pizza cutter makes cutting the dough into strips so much easier.

PLASTIC SANDWICH BAG: I added the cream cheese frosting to a plastic sandwich bag, cut a small hole on one corner of the baggie and drizzled the icing on top of the pumpkin pie twists. Or you can just dunk each twists right into a bowl of icing…yummy!




PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME 20 minutes

Ingredients
PUMPKIN PIE TWISTS:
1 can (8 oz) crescent rolls
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
CREAM CHEESE ICING:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat. Set aside.
Unroll crescent dough and lay down as 4 rectangles on prepared baking sheet.
Spread pumpkin onto 2 of the rectangles.
Place the other 2 rectangles on top of the pumpkin. Press edges together.
Brush melted butter on top of rectangles. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.
Using a pizza cutter, cut both rectangles into 6 strips.
Twist each strip a few times and sprinkle with remaining pumpkin pie spice. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

MAKE CREAM CHEESE ICING:
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Fill a zip-lock bag with cream cheese icing, lock it shut and snip off a corner of the bag. Ice tops of each pumpkin pie twist and enjoy. Simply throw the bag away when finished.

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