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 PUFF PASTRY ROLLS WITH FETA & RICOTTA

This flaky pastry stuffed with creamy spinach goodness is golden savory perfection!


The wonderful part about making them at home (unlike when I’ve had them at cafe’s) was getting to eat them fresh out the oven when the puff pastry is at its flakiest and lightest. And seeing just how simple it was to make the filling of  and these using pre made puff pastry.

Ingredients
  • 4 sheets of Puff Pastry (thawed according to instructions on the packet)
  • 2 1/2 cups Frozen Spinach
  • 1/2 Onion, finely diced
  • 1-2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Ricotta
  • 1 cup Feta, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper, according to taste
  • 1 Egg + 1/2 tbsp water for an egg wash.
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Start by finely dicing half an onion and mincing 1-2 cloves of garlic.
  2. Heat some olive oil in a pan on medium heat and sauté the diced onion until it turns soft and translucent. Then add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute or so.
  3. Add the frozen spinach in the pan, mix it with the onion and garlic. Cover the pan and let the spinach thaw and heat through for 4-5 minutes. Take the lid off and sauté the spinach till there's no more liquid in the pan. Turn off the heat and set the spinach aside to cool.
  4. While the spinach mixture is cooling, season the ricotta cheese generously with salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  5. Add the cooked spinach mixture to the ricotta mix it all well. Also mix in the feta cheese to the spinach and ricotta.
  6. Make an egg wash by whisking one egg and a little water together and set it aside for later.
  7. Pre-heat your oven to 425F.
  8. To assemble the spinach rolls. I cut the puff pastry sheets into three strips (they came folded that way, so I worked with it) and gently rolled them to widen them slightly.
  9. Spoon the spinach mixture in the middle of the pastry dough leaving about 1/2 - 3/4 inch on all sides. Place another sheet on top of the spinach mixture and using your fingers press down and seal the edges around the spinach, removing big air bubbles. Then using a fork crimp the edges to seal it further and also...it just looks prettier.
  10. Brush the top of the pastry with egg wash and lightly sprinkle the top with sesame seeds. Slash the rolls with a sharp knife to allow steam to escape while baking and cut the rolls however long you'd like them.
  11. Bake the spinach puff pastry rolls at 425F for 18-22 minutes until they are golden and puffy!
Recipe Adapted : SPINACH PUFF PASTRY ROLLS WITH FETA & RICOTTA @ picturetherecipe

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