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!


Bibimbap is a Korean beef bowl with rice, marinated beef, an assortment of vegetables like mushrooms and zucchini, and sunny side up eggs. Everything’s tossed in a deliciously spicy-sweet bibimbap sauce.

Rice is absolutely necessary for bibimbap; in fact, some people refer to this dish not so much as a Korean beef bowl but as a Korean rice bowl. This is great for balancing the strong flavors in this dish and for adding extra nutritional value.

Let’s talk about the bibimbap sauce. Traditionally, gochujang is used, which is a thick Korean chili sauce made using red chilis and fermented soybeans. It’s a staple in Korean cooking and has a very distinct taste that makes bibimbap unique. You can find gochujang online or in specialty stores. If you’re wondering what else you can use gochujang for, I have plenty of ideas for you — it can work splendidly as a meat marinade, a glaze for chicken wings, a spicy dipping sauce, or as a tofu stir-fry sauce. If you don’t have gochujang, the next best thing to use is a mixture of sriracha and soy sauce.

Bibimbap (Korean beef bowl) Recipe
Bibimbap is a Korean beef bowl with rice, marinated beef, an assortment of vegetables like mushrooms and zucchini, and sunny side up eggs.


  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 10 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 5 ounces carrots sliced
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang
  • 3/4 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • For the steak marinade:
  • 3/4 pound flank steak thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


  1. Make the marinade: Rub corn starch onto sliced flank steak in a bowl. Drizzle soy sauce over the steak. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the rice: Cook rice according to package instructions. Distribute the rice among 3 serving bowls.
  3. Cook the toppings: Heat a pan over medium heat until hot, a few minutes. Cook each of the vegetable toppings in turn, until they just start to become tender, about 8 minutes for the carrots, 5 minutes for the mushrooms, and 5 minutes for the zucchini. Sear the steak until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Fry the eggs on one side until the whites are firm but the yolks are still liquid.
  4. Assemble the bowls: Distribute the toppings among the serving bowls with rice. Drizzle gochujang over the serving bowls. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Serve immediately


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