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!

SHRIMP AND CORN CHOWDER

Shrimp and corn chowder with lots of diced potatoes and loaded with smoked paprika for a New Orleans style chowder! This soup is perfect alongside a big hunk of crusty bread!


Creamy flavorful soup loaded with bits of shrimp, potatoes, and tons of sweet corn kernels making it the perfect soup for summer evenings with a big hunk of crusty bread. Dipping crusty bread into this soup.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken or seafood stock
  • 1 lb. yukon gold potatoes, mini diced
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • scallions, greens only, for garnishing
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. In a large dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat and cook the shrimp for 4-7 minutes or until they become completely opaque on the outside. Remove the shrimp to a plate, set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and cook the onions and celery for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and the flour and continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes. When the flour starts to brown, add the smoked paprika, bay leaf, chicken stock, and diced potatoes. Bring the soup to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Add the corn and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. While the soup is simmering, reserve 8 shrimp and chop up the remaining shrimp into bite-sized pieces. Add the heavy cream, old bay seasoning, and chopped shrimp into the soup. Stir until the cream is incorporated and allow the chowder to heat through. Adjust seasonings to preference. Serve warm topped with scallions and remaining whole shrimp.
Recipe Source : SHRIMP AND CORN CHOWDER @ littlespicejar.

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