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!


This quick and Easy Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta can be ready in 25 minutes, or less!  Al dente pasta tossed with broccoli and an easy sauce made with ricotta cheese, then finished with crispy lemon breadcrumbs.  This fast and flavorful pasta is a weeknight dinner winner!

These creamy noodles are super satisfying, yet lightened up.  Basically, this lemony pasta is a healthier and easier take on Alfredo with some spring/summer vibes thrown in for good measure.

Easy Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta Recipe
This quick and easy Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta can be ready in 25 minutes, or less! Al dente pasta tossed with broccoli and an easy sauce made with ricotta cheese, then finished with crispy lemon breadcrumbs. This easy pasta is a weeknight dinner winner!

  • 12 ounces Linguine or Spaghetti*
  • ½ pound Broccolini – roughly chopped*
  • 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil divided
  • ½ Cup Dried Breadcrumbs *
  • 1 Lemon – zest and juice, divided
  • 2 TBS Fresh Parsley – chopped, plus more for serving
  • 2/3 Cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese *
  • 2 TBS Pine Nuts toasted
  • ¼ Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan plus more for serving
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Optional for serving: Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Lemon Wedges
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta to al dente according to package directions. During the last 2-3 minutes, add the broccoli to the water.
  2. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain.
  3. While the pasta is cooking: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, straight-sided skillet over medium heat. Add in the breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Transfer to a plate and mix with lemon zest and parsley. Set aside.
  4. Toss the hot pasta and broccoli with the ricotta, lemon juice and enough of the pasta water to create a sauce*. Add the breadcrumbs and toss throughout.
  5. To serve:  Divide the pasta among serving plates. Serve topped with pine nuts and parmesan. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  1. While I used linguine in this recipe, you can use any type of pasta you prefer! Just make sure you cook the pasta to al dente according to directions on the package. Do not overcook your pasta!
  2. You can use any type of dried breadcrumbs you would like in the recipe below. I used panko breadcrumbs because I like their texture and size best.
  3. Make sure you use a good-quality, whole milk ricotta cheese! Since the ricotta cheese mixed with some of the reserved pasta water is what makes the sauce, do not skimp on the quality of the ricotta cheese.
  4. While you should always make a recipe your own, and I encourage you to add as little, or enough pasta water to create a sauce as thick, or thin, as you prefer. With that said, in case you need an approximation, I used about 1/3 cup of reserved pasta water.
  5. While the crushed red pepper flakes are listed as an option, I highly recommend adding at least a pinch! The heat from the pepper flakes cuts through the creaminess of the pasta and adds a little something special!
Recipe Source :  EASY CREAMY LEMON BROCCOLI PASTA @ nospoonnecessary


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