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!


These Peach Pie Bars are creamy, crumbly, and full of fresh peaches! They’re also whole grain and refined sugar free, but you’d never know from the taste that these peach bars are a healthier treat!

The peach filling is a combination of fruit and a creamy yogurt custard, sweetened with honey.

For the crust and topping:
  • 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter cold, cut into cubes
For the peach filling:
  • ¼ cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt I used full fat
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds fresh peaches about 4 large or 6 small, pitted and chopped into ½-inch pieces (no need to peel)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line with a sheet of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides.
  2. To make the crust, place the white whole wheat flour, coconut sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Alternatively, the crust may be made in a food processor or even mixed by hand with a pastry blender.) Mix to combine. Add the butter cubes and mix on low speed until the butter pieces are small and evenly distributed. The mixture will still look crumbly but should hold together slightly when pressed between your fingers.
  3. Reserve 1 cup of the crust mixture for the topping and press the rest of it into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Bake for 14-15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the peach filling. Place the ¼ cup white whole wheat flour, egg, Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Gently fold in the chopped peaches. Pour the mixture over the bottom crust in the pan.
  5. Sprinkle on the reserved 1 cup topping.
  6. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until filling is bubbly and topping is golden. For best results, let cool completely in the pan and then refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting into bars. For easier slicing, carefully run a knife along the edges of the pan and then use the parchment overhang to transfer the bars to a cutting board.
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Recipe Adapted : Peach Pie Bars @ kristineskitchenblog


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