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!

SPICY ETHIOPIAN LENTIL STEW

SPICY ETHIOPIAN LENTIL STEW
This Ethiopian lentil stew is made with veggies and hearty potatoes simmered in berbere-spiced red lentils, for a healthy and flavor-packed dish that’s totally doable on a busy weeknight.
If you go to an Ethiopian restaurant you should find something on the menu that looks something like this dish, but it would be called misir wat, and it would be incredibly delicious. I had no idea when I first tried that dish how easy it was to make at home, but here it is, something very no-fuss that you can easily cook up on a weeknight in one pot.
I threw some extras into my stew, just because I like extras. The potatoes, tomatoes and spinach wouldn’t be found in traditional versions of the dish, at least as far as I’m aware, but who doesn’t love potatoes, tomatoes and spinach?
This Ethiopian lentil stew is made with veggies and hearty potatoes simmered in berbere-spiced red lentils, for a healthy and flavor-packed dish that's totally doable on a busy weeknight.

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1-2 tbsp. berbere spice blend, to taste, I went with 2 tablespoons but I like lots of spice
  • 1/2-1 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste, optional
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils
  • 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 medium red potatoes, about 3/4 lb. total, diced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves, sliced and lightly packed
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with oil and place over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, berbere spice and cayenne and sauté 1 minute more.
  2. Add broth, lentils, tomatoes and potatoes. Stir a few times, raise heat and bring to a simmer. Lower heat and allow to cook until lentils are very soft and potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in spinach and continue to cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a bit more berbere and cayenne, if desired.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Source:connoisseurusveg.com

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