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!


This made me a bit nervous because it’s not the typical super sweet pecan bar that resembles pecan bar, even though after making it three times in one week, I can tell you it’s very addicting.

It’s decadent and yet it’s a keto sweet, low-carb, and paleo friendly.

The only tricky part, although not difficult, is the almond flour crust. You have to press it in with your hands, (instead of rolling it). It doesn’t look like it’s going to work, but once you pre-bake it and you must pre-bake, it’s really good, not inferior in any way to other cookie bar bottoms.

When pecans and maple come together for a cheesecake bar with an almond crust.

Almond Tart Crust
  • 1½ cups almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • ⅓ cup Swerve Confectioner's sugar (can use their granulated)
  • 1 egg yolk
Tart Filling
  • 8 ounce full fat cream cheese
  • ½ cup Swerve Confectioner's sugar Order Here
  • 1 egg
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 cup pecans plus two tablespoons for garnish
  1. Almond Tart Crust Instructions
  2. Melt butter and mix with flour, vanilla and swerve.
  3. Mix in egg yolk.
  4. Put in tart pan, by pressing in with fingers.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  6. Make Filling
  7. Mix cream cheese with vanilla, maple extract, egg. Start with ½ teaspoon extract and taste.
  8. Chop pecans .Mix with a little sea salt.
  9. Put pecans in first (although you can reverse this is you want)
  10. Pour cheesecake mixture.
  11. Top with two tablespoons chopped pecans for garnish.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. or until cream cheese mixture is set.
  13. Cool completely.
  14. Refrigerate at least six hour, preferably overnight.
  15. Cut into 16 squares.
Recipe Adapted : GRAIN FREE MAPLE PECAN CHEESECAKE BARS @ spinachtiger


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