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!

SPINACH, CHICKPEA AND SWEET POTATO SAUSAGE ROLLS

These sensational sausage rolls made with spinach, chickpeas and sweet potato are a fantastic healthy take on a classic. You honestly won’t miss the meat because these tasty pastry rolls are so full of flavour. Plus they’re a great way to sneak a truckload of vegetables plus protein and fibre packed chickpeas into the kids!


Being all vegetable goodness, the mix for these sausage rolls is very soft. I’ll confess that in the last 10 minutes of baking they did collapse a bit and the filling was poking out either side of the pastry in a most unattractive fashion.

Ingredients
  • 20g butter
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 200g orange sweet potato
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp tumeric
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • 400g can chickpeas
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 80g feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 sheets pre-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Finely dice the onion. Melt the butter in a large frypan over a medium heat and cook the onion for 4-5 minutes until very soft and translucent.
  2. Finely grate or crush the garlic and finely grate the ginger. Add these to the onion and cook for a further minute.
  3. Grate the sweet potato and add to the frypan. Cook for 8-10 minutes until softened.
  4. Sprinkle over the cumin, tumeric, nutmeg and water and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Roughly chop the spinach leaves and stir these through. Continue to cook the mixture, stirring regularly, until the vegetables are cooked well.
  6. Drain the can of chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Add the chickpeas plus 2 tbsp of the liquid from the can to a food processor and pulse to a rough puree.
  7. Stir the chickpeas through the vegetable mixture until well combined and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Set the mixture aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  9. While the mixture is cooling, defrost 2 sheets of frozen flaky puff pastry.
  10. Once the vegetable mixture has cooled, finely cube the feta cheese and chop the coriander and parsley. Stir these through the vegetable mixture.
  11. Lightly beat the egg and brush it all over the pastry sheets. Place half the vegetable mixture onto each pastry sheet about ⅓ of the way up the sheet. Using your hands form it into a sausage shape the length of the pastry sheet. Roll the pastry around the filling, as firmly as possible without stretching the pastry, until you have a roll shape with approximately 1 inch overlap of pastry. Trim the excess pastry if necessary.
  12. Transfer the rolls to the freezer for 30 minutes to set a little which will make them easier to cut.
  13. Preheat the oven to 180C Fan Bake. Line a baking sheet with parchment or greaseproof paper.
  14. After 30 minutes, remove the rolls from the freezer. Brush more beaten egg over the top of each roll and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  15. Using a very sharp knife, cut them to your desired length. Place the cut rolls onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden.
Notes
  • This recipe makes two large rolls, which can then be cut into 6-8 pieces. If you prefer for finger food or little hands you can make 4 smaller rolls by cutting each pastry sheet in half lengthways and dividing the mixture into quarters.
  • If the rolls collapse a bit during baking and the filling spills out, once the pastry is golden and they are out of the oven, use two dessert spoons - one of either side of the sausage roll - to gently push the filling back into the pastry into a roll shape
Recipe Adapted : SPINACH, CHICKPEA AND SWEET POTATO SAUSAGE ROLLS @ thefaresage

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