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!


Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - homemade chocolate chip cookies with a cinnamon swirl inside! SO delicious! Great for a cookie swap. Can scoop dough and freeze to bake later.

These Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for any upcoming cookie swaps. The recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.You can make the dough and freeze scoops of dough until you are ready to bake them.  I love to freeze cookie dough! Chicken Legs loves to pull out scoops of dough and bake them for a midnight snack.

These cookies are SO delicious! We absolutely loved these cinnamon swirl in the cookie. YUM! We ate way too many of these! They are a fun twist to our usual chocolate chip cookies. Make some today! If you are feeling generous, share them with family and friends!

Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - homemade chocolate chip cookies with a cinnamon swirl inside! SO delicious! Great for a cookie swap. Can scoop dough and freeze to bake later.


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter, granulated sugar and 1 cup brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until incorporated.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Gradually add to butter mixture; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
  4. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 Tbsp butter and cinnamon. Drop mixture by spoonfuls over dough. Gently swirl through.
  5. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets 2-inches apart. (I used a medium cookie scoop - approximately 1-1/2 Tbsp)
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.


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