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!


The thing I love most about the Bang Bang Tofu sauce, is that it is so spicy, yet not mouth burning. It has just the right amount of spice, and it blends with the tofu and crispy tofu crust perfectly.

I ended up serving this Bang Bang Tofu over rice, because I had lots of extra sauce, and then I added more sauce to the rice. It was amazing. Everything is just a vehicle for sauce, right?!

Copycat Bang Bang Tofu Recipe


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 3/4 cups white flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha
  • 1 TBS rice vinegar
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu
  • Canola or vegetable oil; about 1/3 inch deep in a large nonstick pot or skillet
  • Green onions, chopped


  1. First you need to drain the tofu: place a clean dish towel on a cutting board, folded in thirds. Place the tofu on top of the towel. Now, fold another clean dish towel into thirds, and place that on top of the tofu. Place something very heavy on top of the dish towel/tofu (I use a cast iron skillet), and let 'drain' for at least 20 minutes. The longer, the better.
  2. Cut the tofu into bite size pieces and set aside.
  3. Pour oil into a large stock pot (with tall sides)- it should be about 1/3-1/2 inch deep. Turn heat on medium/low.
  4. Place the egg yolks in a large bowl. Slowly add the ice water and using a whisk, blend well. Add the flour and quickly stir to mix- it should still have clumps.** Turn heat up to medium/high under the pot.
  5. Dip each tofu cube into the batter, and drop into very hot oil. Fry for about 2 minutes, flip and fry the other side; about 1 minute. Remove from the pan and place on paper towels to let some of the grease drain. Continue until tofu is all cooked. Do not overcrowd tofu while cooking.
  6. In a bowl mix mayonnaise, Sriracha, rice vinegar, and sugar. Toss the mixture with the tofu; coat evenly. Scatter green onions over the top.
  7. Serve with extra sauce for dipping, over rice or quinoa, and enjoy!

Recipe Source : Copycat Bang Bang Tofu @ domesticsuperhero


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