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!



Easy sheet pan baked shrimp and veggies, prepared Mediterranean style! 25 minutes start-to-finish!
This is probably not a very cool thing to admit, especially for a food blogger, but here it goes…I don’t like to sweat very much in the kitchen.

I’m all for fantastically easy recipes. And, you probably know this by now, I’m very much a one-pot, one-skillet, or one-pan kinda gal.
Enter my newest attempt to avoid working too hard in the kitchen: Mediterranean sheet pan baked shrimp and veggies.

Take your trusted sheet pan, and throw in some veggies (in my case, a bundle of asparagus that was begging to be used, along with some cherry tomatoes and onions), plus a pound of shrimp. Dress them with an awesome sauce. And bake!
Now, the kicker is in the secret sauce. A combination of my favorite Greek extra virgin olive oil, with white wine vinegar, and a couple of spices. Ah, but, since I’ve been on a fresh ginger kick at home lately, I decided a spoonful of freshly grated ginger will do the sauce some good. And it sure did!

This baked shrimp dinner comes together in minutes. If you like, add your favorite cooked grains on the side. I often do this Lebanese rice. Need more sauce on top? Drizzle a little tahini.
mediterranean sheet pan baked shrimp and veggies

Prep Time: 10 mins 
Cook Time: 15 mins 
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Easy sheet pan baked shrimp and veggies, prepared Mediterranean style! The olive oil and citrus sauce with fresh ginger and spices makes all the difference. Comes together in 25 minutes!

  • 1 lb asparagus, tough parts removed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, halved and thickly sliced
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
For Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ground sumac
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make the sauce. In a small bowl, add all the sauce ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  3. Place the vegetables on the largest sheet pan you have (like this one). Pour 1/4 cup of the sauce on top, and work with your hands to make sure all the veggies are well coated. Spread the veggies out in one layer. Bake in heated oven for 10-12 minutes or so.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add the shrimp. Pour the remaining sauce on top, and again toss to make sure all the shrimp is well-coated.
  5. Remove vegetables from the oven. Push vegetables to one half of the pan, and add the shrimp on the other half of the sheet pan. Shrimp should be in one layer, do not crowd.
  6. Place pan back in oven. Bake for 5 minutes or so until shrimp is done, do not over-bake.
  7. Remove from oven. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and parsley. Serve with a side of your favorite grain or this simple Lebanese rice.

Nutrition Facts
Serves 4

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.6g29%
Saturated Fat 2.7g
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 157.8mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 14.2g5%
Sugars 7.9g
Protein 27.5g55%
  • Vitamin A5%
  • Vitamin C37%
  • Calcium16%
  • Iron21%
  • Magnesium19%
  • Potassium25%
  • Zinc17%
  • Phosphorus36%
  • Thiamin (B1)15%
  • Riboflavin (B2)13%
  • Niacin (B3)9%
  • Vitamin B612%
  • Folic Acid (B9)21%
  • Vitamin B122%
  • Vitamin E5%
  • Vitamin K69%


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