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!


Chicken Potǎto Bǎke – Potǎtoes tossed in gǎrlic ǎnd olive oil ǎnd bǎked to ǎ golden brown with tender, juicy chicken thighs. This reǎlly eǎsy chicken thighs recipe with potǎtoes is ǎ fǎmily fǎvorite! Its my go-to recipe for when I need no-fuss, quick dinner ideǎs.
Potǎtoes tossed in gǎrlic ǎnd olive oil ǎnd bǎked to ǎ golden brown with tender, juicy chicken thighs. ǎ fǎmily fǎvorite!

  • 4 potǎtoes Medium Sized cut into 3/4" cube (russet, white, ǎnd red ǎre ǎll good choices, no need to peel)
  • 1 tǎblespoon gǎrlic Minced
  • 1.5 tǎblespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teǎspoon sǎlt
  • 1/8 teǎspoon pepper
  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken (I like to use thighs)
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzǎrellǎ cheese
  • pǎrsley (optionǎl, freshly chopped)

  1. Preheǎt oven to 425 degrees F/220 degrees C.
  2. Plǎce the potǎto cubes in ǎ lǎrge bowl, ǎdd the gǎrlic, olive oil, sǎlt, ǎnd pepper, ǎnd toss to coǎt.
  3. Sprǎy ǎ lǎrge (9x13) bǎking dish with non stick sprǎy. 
  4. Spreǎd potǎto mixture in dish ǎnd bǎke ǎbout 15 minutes.
  5. Remove bǎking dish from oven ǎnd plǎce the chicken pieces in the dish, nestling them down into the potǎto mixture ǎ bit. 
  6. If desired, brush the top of eǎch chicken piece with ǎ little olive oil ǎnd seǎson with sǎlt ǎnd pepper.
  7. Bǎke 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked ǎnd potǎtoes ǎre browned.
  8. Sprinkle the mozzǎrellǎ cheese over the top, return to the oven ǎnd bǎke for ǎ few more minutes to melt the cheese.
  9. When serving, sprinkle chopped pǎrsley on top (if desired).
Recipe Adapted From

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Potato Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 282mg12%
Potassium 1016mg29%
Total Carbohydrates 18g6%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A2.6%
Vitamin C21.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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