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!

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast
Pumpkin French Toast-thick slices of bread dipped in a pumpkin spice mixture, cooked in butter, and drizzled with pure maple syrup
My boys requested French toast for breakfast on Sunday morning. I was ok with their request, but I was in the mood for something fall so I made Pumpkin French Toast. I tend to go pumpkin crazy every fall so I was worried they would roll their eyes and object, but they actually loved the idea of Pumpkin French Toast, especially after they tasted it.
French toast is my favorite breakfast splurge and my pumpkin version is worth every single bite. It is SO good!
I dip thick slices of Texas toast into a mixture of pumpkin, eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla.
I cook the French toast in butter until each side is golden brown. FYI-your house will smell amazing while the French toast is cooking. It is guaranteed to wake the entire house up. So if you need to get your family out of bed, make this French toast, they are sure to come running:)

To serve, I top the Pumpkin French toast with more butter, pure maple syrup, and dusting of powdered sugar. My boys devoured their French toast. I have a feeling they are going to be asking for Pumpkin French Toast every Sunday morning…and I am ok with that. I am already craving more of this heavenly Pumpkin French Toast!
This Pumpkin French Toast is perfect fall breakfast treat! Go treat yourself! Enjoy!
Thick slices of bread dipped in a pumpkin spice mixture, cooked in butter, and drizzled with pure maple syrup. This is the perfect fall breakfast!
yield: 10 SLICES 
prep time: 10 MINUTES 
cook time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 20 MINUTES

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Butter, for griddle or pan
  • 10 slices Texas toast or other thick-sliced bread
  • Maple syrup, butter, and powdered sugar, for serving
  1. Preheat electric griddle and set aside.
  2. In a 9×13 pan or a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Butter the preheated griddle.
  4. Dip both sides of each slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing the bread to soak up some of the mixture. Transfer slices of bread carefully to the griddle and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown. Repeat with all slices of bread until coating mixture is gone.
  5. Serve Pumpkin French toast warm with maple syrup, butter, and powdered sugar, if desired.
Note-We like to use a 9×13 pan to make the French toast because it is shallow, easier than a bowl. If you don’t have an electric griddle you can use a non-stick skillet. Cook over medium heat. French toast is best warm the day it is made, but you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Reheat in the toaster or microwave.
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