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!

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Steak & Balsamic Vinaigrette

This delicious strawberry arugula salad is packed with fresh berries, almonds, feta and arugula, topped with seared steak, and drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette!  A fast and easy week-night dinner.

I really enjoyed all of the comforting winter dishes I cooked this year.  But I’m ready for a change, and I’m so excited for all of the produce that summer has to offer!

This strawberry arugula salad is one of my favourite salads of all time…there is just so much flavor packed in there: sweet berries, peppery arugula, tangy balsamic, and salty feta.

Also a delicious array of textures: soft berries, crunchy almonds, creamy feta.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Steak & Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

This delicious salad is packed with fresh berries, almonds, feta and arugula, topped with seared steak, and drizzled with a simple and delicious balsamic vinaigrette! A fast and easy week-night dinner!



  • 4 steaks of your choice I used beef sirloin tip, 1 inch thick
  • steak seasoning I used Montreal Steak Spice, but simple salt and pepper will also do
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • 6 cups arugula
  • 6 oz 1 cup raspberries
  • 6 oz 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper



  1. Season steak and allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Wait until the oil is very hot, it will be shimmering.
  3. Add the steak to the pan, do not touch it. Cook for 5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer the steak to a plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into strips.


  1. While the steak rests, combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Shake together all vinaigrette ingredients in a small shaker, then pour over the salad and toss to coat evenly.

To Serve

  1. Divide the salad into 4 bowls, and top with steak.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Arugula Salad with Steak & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 batch)
Calories 506Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 273mg11%
Potassium 567mg16%
Total Carbohydrates 23g8%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 14g
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A16.8%
Vitamin C49.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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