How I started as a day trader.

Day Trading Stocks Online

As many people I was looking for a career to create a life with more pleasure working for myself and more free time. I come from a family that believes in long term investing and I had a long term account. In 2013 I was lucky to make an investment at the right time. I bought AAMRQ at 2.51 and within 8 months it came out of bankruptcy and the stock moved up to $40 with a profit of $225K. This allowed me to fully enjoy my year of maternity leave (Quebec is amazing and allows women a full year off). In that time I was actually trying to gain my real estate license in Quebec as I love real estate sales.  Well I passed all my licensing exams with just the French exam to pass according to french language laws. Forget all my history in the States I had to take a foreign language exam to even attain my license. Well I had complications with my daughter that did not allow me the free time I anticipated to study to pass the exam. I received 60% and not good enough to acquire my real estate brokers license in Quebec.

How to Turn A Negative into Positive

I felt defeated end of January 2015. I thought what on earth am I going to do. Well my husband said you are so good with long term stocks why don’t you look more at that. So I began researching and I ran into this page and listened to the video. I thought I now have another 6 months of maternity leave left and I have some extra cash so I want to apply for the challenge. I went through the phone interview to screen if I had the financial ability to participate. It was roughly $6k for the whole program including Stocks To Trade. More DVDS than you can imagine and a wealth of resources online and via email. Contact to Tim Sykes and Michael Goode and more. I was diligent and set up time to watch my dvds after dinner once my daughter went to bed. I was so excited I opened a day trading account. This was end of February 2015

How to Blow Up a Trading Account

Well I was learning through the DVDs and I wanted to apply what I thought I knew to the action daily. 1. I way overtraded and didn’t realize the fees involved. 2. I didn’t have the experience so I blew through another 5k pretty quickly. I had some winning trades and I tried to do it all while watching a 7 month old baby. Once my daughter was 9 months, I was in a winning trade and had a stop limit order in and the stop triggered the limit and I missed my trade due to not being in front of the computer, so I stopped real cash trading.

Reset Your Mindset

I continued to study for the next 4 months. Watching the live webinars and watching DVDs and watching the market action at open with watch lists that I had created the night before. Once my daughter went to daycare in September I now had my mornings baby free to dedicate the time to watch my trades. So I set up my watch lists and paper traded to become consistent. I played around with trying to find trends that worked for me as well.

Paper Trading Stocks

In Nov 2015 my paper trading became consistent and I thought its time to try with real money. I was scared with my past where I had just burned through money. So I played small until I became mostly profitable with my real trades. If you check my profit chart you will see I was in the red up until about Jan 2016. It seems like it just started to click. After watching the charts every day you start to see trends and you start to see setups. You understand how to read level 2 and understand the price action. It definitely did not happen overnight. It took time. It took dedication and perserverance. I have some bad losses too, but start each day  with a fresh clean slate so that mentally I’m in todays trades. Please let me know via Twitter @AirplaneJane  or  here if you have any specific questions I can help you with. I know I had a lot when I started and I found the online help invaluable. I want to help and give back. Thinking maybe one day to set up a streaming channel to help once I’m really profitable. We’ll see…. I’m no expert but as my brother says he thinks I’m in the 10% that get it. I love hearing feedback from you. It makes my trading more personal and I like to hear how I can help you. If you would like to be in Training Pit with me sign up here or if you want one on one training you can email me You can contact me here or Twitter (@ItsAirplaneJane), Instagram (missairplanejane), LinkedIn and Facebook (@sugarairplanejane) or YouTube The tool I use for scanning and alerting is Trade Ideas who offer an always free trading room. You can receive 5% off with Promo code CARPEPROFIT15 all caps when you sign up here for your first year or month Trade Ideas will be offering the quarterly full access test drive of their software their software in Nov 2019 for the cost of data fees $9. Another amazing software is Trendspider that has a new innovative rain drop candlestick that shows the volume for the morning session and afternoon session as far as the weight of it in price action. You can try them for free for 7 days here and receive 20% off with MTS20 My book is available at Amazon FMJ Trust Transition Trade: How Successful Traders Said It, Did It, and Lived It . As well as  Barnes and Noble, IndigoChapters,and more. For my charts I use which offer free charting and paid services. Also Stocks To Trade that has a 2 week $7 trial This blog is for informational and educational purposes. I am not a registered securities broker-dealer or an investment adviser. The information here is not intended as securities brokerage, investment or as an offer or solicitation of an offer to sell or buy, or as an endorsement, recommendation or sponsorship of any security or fund.

26 thoughts on “How I started as a day trader.”

  1. Hi Jane,
    Do you have any recommendations for a complete beginner on where to start? I find it interesting that like you were, I’m currently studying for my real estate license, so maybe there’s a genetic disposition towards certain activities! However, I don’t have much of a trading background of any kind, and your blog seems like it’s written in code! Help! 🙂 Thanks.

    • Pedro the best thing I can say is are yourself with the right tools to study hard. Practice on paper with fake money until you turn profits then use real money.

    • With $RJETQ I believe there is good value in the company. I know ceo is similar to Doug Parker and did this bankruptcy to restructure the pilot contracts to lower the costs to become even more profitable. I see it going to 4-5 but the timeframe might be less or more than 1 year. For me it’s more of a long term holding

  2. Hi Jane,

    You are such an inspiration – Im an aspiring day trader myself – what is the best way to better myself as a trader. What would you consider your top AHA moments?

    Also with regards to your style can you please describe it? are you solely technical or fundamental as well?
    If both – do you mind sharing resources to help?

    • Kevin, I would say the best way to become better at trading is to paper trade until you see things clearly and then you can use real money. Why would you practice until you see everything in a winning way right? SO Definitely paper trade until you are consistent. Then I would say read books and study charts and dvds to learn. The more knowledge you have the easier it is to be profitable. I definitely still make mistakes but I try to learn from them.

      I guess I would classify myself more as a technical trader because I assess the charts first to see the price action and then find the catalyst for the reason. I would say to be a technical trader it took practice in just watching charts to see patterns. Sure you can study them for free on the internet but seeing in live action in regards to time of day will make you understand the patterns more than just memorizing a chart.

  3. I’m Just getting into looking into trading and starting to paper trade. What tips can you give me?
    What broker do you use?

  4. Hi Jane,

    I’m a newbie as well. I was wondering is it really worth paying all that tuition for the challenge, rather than just paying for a monthly silver?

    • It is not only the money but also the time commitment to the challenge. If you are able to commit a year to study and watching the market it is worth it. If not then the silver and individual dvds might be better.

  5. Hi Jane! I am on the fence of scanning tools. I just finished my trial demo of Stocks to Trade and I think that is a work in progress. Having discovered all your social media sites a couple weeks ago I discovered a few different mentions here of Trade Ideas and Equityfeed. I downloaded both this week which each both have there very slick parts. I am not ready to trade due to full time business but have buried myself with 60 plus Tim Sykes DVD’s along with all my YouTube viewing of the last couple months. The more I learn the more I feel I need to learn! You obviously seem to use two scanners and I want to use and sign up for at least one to learn and use paper tradeing. Not that I would not sign up for two….But that is expensive. Trade Ideas has a discounted offer through tomorrow. Not much in the way of reviews on either to latch on to so I wonder of your recommendation? Thanks for reading this and keep up the great work and energy!! ;))

    Kevin Scalley @kevin_scalley

    • Kevin I would say take a look at the trade ideas free trading room as well. You can ask Barrie questions. Equityfeed I use more for my charting and level two however it is basically Stocks to Trade 1.0. You can set up alerts filters watch lists news alerts and more. I would say if starting part time and you need something that gives you level 2 charts and alert options Equityfeed is your winner. Then once you make your first $500 invest monthly in Trade Ideas. You can’t beat 19 different pages of scanners. I will post a photo on Twitter for you to see. With 4 different views.

  6. Thanks very much Jane! I thought a couple comments I made here disappeared into cyberspace. Must be an auto delay in system… Equityfeed emailed me early Fri with a one day offer on North Atlantic bundle for three months at $100 per month vs $270. I gladly took that! I have the Trade Ideas demo and had checked in about three days this week to Barrie. Very attentive and nice staff there. Still need to look closer on Trade Ideas demo. I have a two week trial to Tim Sykes Silver I want to trigger and have his complete DVD set I found on Ebay I want to watch as well. Held off on the Challenge student offer due to my business schedule. Been steady at this a couple of months basically nights and weekends as I buried my self with even more info and want to do my homework before I open a trade account. We seem to have the same likes…
    Enjoy your family!

  7. Hi Jane,

    I’m also a Tim Sykes Challenge student and am in the process of choosing a scanner. I’ve read the post from Kevin Scalley and wanted to ask you, if it’s not too much trouble, which of the 3 you would recommend (StocksToTade (STT), Equity Feed (EF) or Trade Ideas).

    I’ve been studying for some time now and also started trading however put it on hold to improve my knowledge.

    Are there any features that one software has over the others? I’ve heard that the charting in SST and EF is quite poor? Have you used maybe version 2 of STT?

    I’d be grateful for your insight!

    Kind Regards,

    Bart Puszko
    (aka Kopboy on

    • Bart,
      I did try STT 2 but I saw a lag in the level 2 so I stuck with equityfeed. Equityfeed was where the data feed used to come from for the first Stocks to Trade. They still have the filter capacity and news Alerts from then. I use Equityfeed for the level 2 rice action and the charts. Trade Ideas I use more for scanning and alerting of stocks. They have so many different pre-made scanning pages and the ability to create your own custom alerts. Trade ideas also has the ability to set up your own custom alerts and the customer is amazing.

  8. HI Jane, I’m so thrilled to have found you. A female trader. Someday I’m going to say a fellow female trader! I’m in Calgary & am researching trading platforms. Which one or ones do you prefer?

  9. Hi Jane,
    I found your page through Tim’s blog, I have barely had time to have a deep reading to it but I feel that will really make a change in my trading study process. I guess you’ve read it thousands of times but is just admirable how you’ve built up your trading career. I don’t even know you but I can say you must deserve it because I can guess how much effor you’ve put on it. People like you & Tim are the ones that can help people in changing their lifes. Keep up the good work!

  10. Hey Jane,
    I just finished reading this blog post of yours. I have a question you said it cost about $6000 to start with Tim Sykes what program is that? Where you chosen to be one of his students ? I went to profitly and watched a short video and I’m totally lost what do you choose? He has tons of books,ect. I just don’t know where to start any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Dannette I did apply and paid the $6k for being a challenge student. If you don’t have the capital available for the I would recommend buying How to Make Millions, Trading Tickers and Triforce Traders DVD. Those 3 encompass a lot of learning material. Then I would suggest the silver subscription as a monthly charge instead of $6k up front. Just a matter of perspective on getting started.

  11. could you please tell me how much you decide to buy share wise at a time. And what is your stop loss or percentage you are willing to lose. Let say you started out with 50k do you divide that up or go all in and take a small loss if you are wrong your do you divide that up into 4 equal parts to limit you exposure. I’m just curious as to how you go about how many shares you want to buy. Maybe I’m not making any sense, but that is a hurdle I’m at right now. I’m good at finding the stocks and chart set ups. I’m just wanting some help on position size. Trying to pick your brain a little,

    • Chris, I use position sizing based on how much I’m willing to lose. For me that is part of the reason why I don’t trade super large amount of penny stocks because each cent against you could deplete your account quickly. So I tend to try to time my entry properly to really limit my risk and look to take a position that will give me a nice gain with 40-1.00 move.

  12. Hey Jane. Thanks for the post, read it a few times. Would like to know your favorite broker. Is it still IB? Which broker is the best for small accounts due to having the lowest commissions?


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