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!


This Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread is a perfect side dish to your dinner! Serve it warm out of the oven in about one hour. No kneading, to rising, no fuss required.
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I’ve been in a baking mood lately, and it makes me happy. There’s just something about mixing together some simple ingredients and ending up with a delicious recipe. Baking is so simple to do, with the added bonus of eating food where all of the ingredients are recognizable. Just home made, real food. Love that. Not to mention how homey and mouthwatering the house smells when there is something baking.
One of my favourite home baked goodies to make are breads, but the funny thing is I haven’t learned the art of old fashioned bread making. In fact, I use my bread machine to make most of my bread doughs that require rising, and it works just great. But breads that take hours to make and require the dough to be kneaded and risen, are not the only option out there. It’s true. You can have fresh bread on your table in just over 1 hour using a quick bread recipe.
Quick breads are breads that don’t require yeast, and instead use leaveners, so there is no need for kneading and waiting for the dough to rise. So when you are in a pinch for time and just want a fresh, warm bread for your dinner you can have it. And quick breads that have buttermilk as an ingredient are perfect for using up that leftover buttermilk just sitting in your fridge!
This recipe for Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread is so easy to make, and is amazing with soups, chilis, or roasted chicken. It’s moist, tender and full of cheesy flavour. It’s divine served up warm smothered in butter!
And again, I have to show you a close up of the ‘new’ pan I just bought! I’m loving collecting vintage tins for my baking – they’re so beautiful! I used another great vintage find for my Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake.
Anyway, I hope you make this bread because it’s so easy and so delicious! You can tailor it to your tastebuds and add different cheeses (cheddar, Monterey Jack), herbs, green onions. Get creative!

mozzarella and parmesan buttermilk quick bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 60 minutes 
Yield: 1 loaf

This Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread is a perfect side dish to your dinner! Serve it warm out of the oven in about one hour. No kneading, to rising, no fuss required.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg.
  4. Whisk the melted butter into the buttermilk mixture.
  5. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mix, and gently combine. Don’t over mix the batter.
  6. Stir in the shredded cheese.
  7. Line a 9 x 5 baking tin with parchment paper and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean.
Recipe slightly adapted from The Kitchn


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