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!


Mini Salted Caramel Cheesecakes – creamy bite-sized cheesecakes with a graham cracker crust and topped with a delicious salted caramel.
My obsession for mini cheesecakes continues with these adorable salted caramel cheesecakes. A few weeks ago while I was shopping in Canmore I found this jar of salted caramel sauce in one my favorite little stores there. I knew then that I had to make something special to use it on.
While I’m all about making things from scratch, I won’t go as far as making my own salted caramel, at least not yet. Why waste time when I can find it in stores and it’s really good. Probably better than I would make it, since I’d never made it before. I know, shocker.
Let’s be serious here, I’d rather spend the time eating these cheesecakes. You probably all know by now that cheesecake is my favorite dessert, any kind of cheesecake. This is why I when I saw this salted caramel, I just knew mini cheesecakes was the way to go.
The bottom crust is a very simple crust made with graham crackers, brown sugar and butter, but it’s my favorite way to make crust for cheesecakes. The cheesecake itself is my recipe I use all the time for cheesecake, I just adjusted the quantities. If your cheesecake top cracks like mine, don’t worry about it, you’ll cover it up with the salted caramel and nobody will know. However, if you’re a perfectionist and would like to avoid the cracks, you can either create a water bath while baking the cheesecake or avoid over baking, I think that’s why mine cracked, I might have baked them a little too long. Still getting used to my oven.
I would let the cheesecakes cool completely before topping them with the salted caramel, otherwise the caramel might melt too much, but that’s ok with me too, I love it when it gets all gooey. I then sprinkled them with a bit more kosher salt, I really love the salt and sweet combination here. These are the perfect dessert, they literally are 2 bites each, or one big bite, depends how hungry you are. They’re perfect for any special occasion but if you’re like me you’ll make these on a Wednesday afternoon, just because you’re craving cheesecake.
Mini Salted Caramel Cheesecakes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Mini Salted Caramel Cheesecakes - creamy bite-sized cheesecakes with a graham cracker crust and topped with a delicious salted caramel.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru

For crust
  • 2 1/4 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted, 1 stick
  • For cheesecake
  • 16 oz cream cheese 2 packages
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
For Topping
  • 18 tbsp salted caramel
  • kosher salt
US Customary - Metric
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. In a food processor add the crushed graham crackers, brown sugar and melted butter. Pulse a few times until fine crumbs form. Pat mixture into ungreased mini cheesecake pan in each individual cup.
  3. Add the cream cheese, sugar to the bowl of your mixer and mix until smooth. Add the sour cream, eggs, flour and salt to the mixer and mix until well combined and smooth.
  4. Add about 2 to 3 tbsp of the cream cheese mixture to each cup. The mini cheesecake pan has 12 cups, there will be crumbs and cheesecake mixture left over for another 6 mini cakes, so if you only have one pan, refrigerate the crust and cheesecake mixture until the pan is free to continue.
  5. Bake the cheesecakes for about 15 to 20 minutes. Let the cheesecakes cool and come to room temperature.
  6. Melt the salted caramel in the microwave until you can spoon it out. Top each cheesecake with about 1 tbsp of the salted caramel then sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes
Make sure to let the cheesecakes cool completely before topping them with caramel to avoid melting.
If you don't have a mini cheesecake pan, you can use a mini muffin tin with cupcake papers.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition Facts
Mini Salted Caramel Cheesecakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 290mg12%
Potassium 110mg3%
Total Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A7.2%
Vitamin C0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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