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These Female Traders From My Challenge Are on Fire!

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 4/17/2022 30 min read

I’ve been saying it for years … “Where are all the female traders?”

The trading world has been male-dominated for too long … I’m happy to say that’s changing. I’m extremely proud to say that I now have a seven-figure female student and a six-figure female student, with many more rising up the ranks.*

I don’t want to get greedy here, because I know it’s a marathon, not a sprint … But I want more female traders to see this kind of growth!

But I won’t get ahead of myself.

Mainly, I’m proud to say that women are no longer outliers in the world of day trading. There are more and more female traders joining my Trading Challenge … I want to share a few of their stories here.

Read. Learn. Get inspired by these fierce female traders!

(*Please note that these kinds of trading results are not typical. Most traders lose money. It takes years of dedication, hard work, and discipline to learn how to trade. Individual results will vary. Trading is inherently risky. Before making any trades, remember to do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.)


I love saying this: Mariana is my first seven-figure female student!* She’s currently up over $1 million in profits* as of February 25, 2021. Just look at her beautiful profit chart.*

(*Please note that Mariana’s trading results are not typical. Most traders lose money. Individual results will vary. Trading is inherently risky. Before making any trades, remember to do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.)

Mariana’s Trading Story

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Mariana’s dad helped guide her toward her current trading career. He’d always had an interest in finance, and he wanted his daughter to be able to fend for herself in the world. He urged her to research potential jobs that would allow her to be self-sufficient.

In her research, she found me. Mariana applied for and was accepted to my Trading Challenge in 2018.

But her career didn’t get going until after she attended my Trader & Investor Summit in 2019. That was what got her hooked. She tells me, “I then became VERY inspired by the amount of successful young guys who were trading … I thought it was a great fit for me since I knew I would put in the time like they all did and try the best I could to succeed.”

Turns out, that 2019 conference wasn’t just great for her career — it was great for her love life, too.

That’s where she met Jack Kellogg, another Challenge trader who’s currently up over $5 million in profits as of mid-February.* They’re now dating! Mariana was even part of my top-secret mission to surprise Jack a few months ago…

After the conference, Mariana got serious about the Trading Challenge.

She started trading with a $15K account. She started small and focused on studying … But she still faced challenges early on.

She lost $3,000 early in the game. It helped her realize she needed to switch up her strategy and get more conservative. She talks about it in this video:

She started studying her own trading, getting more screen time, and seeing how she could do better.

She scaled down her positions, trading small while she invested in her knowledge account…

How Mariana Studies and Trades

Once Mariana resolved to double down on her studies, she continued her trading education with my “PennyStocking Framework” DVD and top trader Tim Grittani’s DVD “Trading Tickers.”

She also narrowed her focus to a few key setups. It was when she really zeroed in and started refining her process that she started to see exponential growth.*

These days, she turns to the Trading Challenge chat room for inspiration: “It not only has commentary from some of the best traders, but there are also a lot of people naming different tickers where you can get ideas and trade based on your own plans and experience.”

Mariana has had some awesome trades lately, including a $5,067 profit* on Healthier Choices Management Corp. (OTCPK: HCMC)…

But as she shares, her losses often leave a bigger impression than her wins.

She’s an extremely conservative trader, so she’s mainly kept losses small. But she learns from every single one, as she discusses in this video…

Mariana’s Advice for Female Traders

Mariana admits that it can be “intimidating” to be a female trader. But when it comes down to it, she echoes what a few other traders in this post say: the market doesn’t care about gender. 

Mariana says, “For every woman out there with enough dedication and preparation you can execute the same way other traders can. No matter your gender, the same charts will be displayed for everyone. So if you study, no matter who you are, it’s possible.”


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Another six-figure female student! Angela is currently up over $175K in profits as of early March. Check out her profit chart here.*

(Please note that Angela’s trading results are not typical. Most traders lose money. It takes years of dedication, hard work, and discipline to learn how to trade. Individual results will vary. Trading is inherently risky. Before making any trades, remember to do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.)

Angela’s Trading Story

Angela started trading in 2015. She’d joined another trading chat room, and things started out promising. She made $10K early on, but she didn’t really understand the penny stock game. She rebought and tried to hold stocks as investments — and lost almost as much as she’d made.

So Angela decided to level up her trading by investing in her education. She googled ‘penny stocks’ and found me. She decided to try PennyStocking Silver and purchased my “How to Make Millions” DVD…

Soon after, she was ready to upgrade. “I decided that I should purchase the whole Trading Challenge package, which included all the learning materials and the chat room. It was the best investment I ever made! My trading took a much better direction after that.”

In 2019, she quit her job of 14 years in the insurance industry to pursue trading full time.

How Angela Studies and Trades

Angela says that the DVDs were some of her best teachers early on: “They were key in learning the methods, it was overwhelming at first but I kept watching. I will be purchasing ‘Trading Tickers 2’ today!” (That’s Grittani’s long-awaited follow-up to “Trading Tickers” that covers how he’s adapting to this insane market and much more.)

These days, she starts the day by reviewing my watchlists and catching up on any video lessons I’ve posted.

Then she runs her scans: “I absolutely love to use StocksToTrade. I don’t trade without it. It’s a fantastic platform with all-in-one features … I recently added Breaking News Chat, it’s awesome!”

(Quick disclaimer: I helped design and develop StocksToTrade and am an investor.)

She always checks up on my trades and those of Challenge moderators and traders to further her learning. She also watches all the webinars.

Combining what she learns on a daily basis with her own research, she creates a daily watchlist and trades when setups meet her criteria.

Angela also tries to learn something from every trade — both wins and losses.

She recently had her best trades to date on February 5, 2021, with American Premium Water Corp. (OTCPK: HIPH). She traded twice — and made profits of $8,196 and $9,101.*

It was a confidence boost following her biggest loss of the year on January 8, 2021 — $2,000 on Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. (OTCQB: KBLB). She didn’t cut losses quickly and paid the price. Even accomplished traders need a reminder sometimes — CUT LOSSES QUICKLY!

Angela’s Tips for Female Traders

If you ask Angela, there’s no reason for women to fear day trading: “Women have excelled in so many areas in the workforce in many careers — this is no different! Working for yourself should be the strongest motivation ever! It’s a great career. I love it!”


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A registered nurse turned full-time day trader! Crystal’s currently up over $13K in profits as of early March.* Here’s her profit chart.

(*Please note that Crystal’s trading results are not typical. Most traders lose money. It takes years of dedication, hard work, and discipline to learn how to trade. Individual results will vary. Trading is inherently risky. Before making any trades, remember to do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.)

Crystal’s Trading Story

Crystal joined my Trading Challenge in 2020. As a single mother, her busy schedule as an RN was challenging — she wanted a more flexible schedule and more freedom.

When she was forced to take time off of work for an injury, she started dabbling in the stock market on Robinhood. She then eventually moved on to a different broker. Crystal found me on YouTube and decided to apply for my Trading Challenge.

The very same day of her Challenge interview, she was let go from her job. She decided to give her all to trading: “It just felt like the universe was shouting at me to take this next step. So I jumped in without hesitation.”

How Crystal Studies and Trades

Crystal’s a big fan of all of the Trading Challenge resources.

She uses the chat room daily and considers it “almost as a stock scanner” to help her narrow down the many choices out there and get tips on which stocks are running.

She also loves how supportive people in the Challenge chat room are: “I love what a positive encouraging community is and I never feel shy about talking to people there. Most everyone is pretty helpful and supportive.”

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She also uses StocksToTrade and its Breaking News Chat add-on feature. And she recently decided to try out the Small Cap Rockets chat room to see what traders Matthew Monaco, John Papa, and Tim Bohen have to say.

She also watches webinars from top Challenge traders and moderators — they all have a different style and approach. She says observing them is helping her develop her own strategy.

Her studies are paying off for her — she recently made a $9K profit* trading North American Cannabis Holdings Inc. (OTCPK: USMJ).

Crystal knew a good setup when she saw one: “Hot sector, news, increased volume … These were all perfect catalysts to give me enough conviction to purchase a sizable amount. My thesis was correct, and I made a 300% profit!”*

Crystal’s Tip for Female Traders

According to Crystal, there’s nothing holding women back from getting into trading. “I think women are incredibly tough mentally and are able to accomplish anything,” she says. “Just look at history and all of the adversity women have fought and overcome throughout the years. Trading is another thing women can succeed at.”


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Busy mom Sandra has adjusted her schedule to make trading work with her lifestyle. She’s currently up over $15K in profits as of early March.* Here’s her profit chart.

(Please note that Sandra’s trading results are not typical. Most traders lose money. It takes years of dedication, hard work, and discipline to learn how to trade. Individual results will vary. Trading is inherently risky. Before making any trades, remember to do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.)

Sandra’s Trading Story

When the market crashed in March of 2020, most people panicked. But Sandra saw an opportunity.

Suddenly finding herself working from home, she decided to explore the stock market.

She began buying up shares of large pharma companies and online retailers. The strategy worked at first … But she got overconfident and lost most of her initial profits within a few weeks.

But her interest in the stock market was genuine. She decided to zero in on penny stocks, and in seeking out an education she found me.

Sandra joined my Trading Challenge in November 2020 after trying a few other services and chat rooms. She appreciated my transparency … and my proven track record of several 7-figure traders. I now have two brand-new millionaires traders who have been through the Challenge — Matthew Monaco and Kyle Williams*.

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Congratulations to my latest 7-figure student‬ @matthewvmonaco who made $47,000+ today on ‪$LKNCY‬ ‪$AITX‬ ‪$SNPW‬ ‪$OZSC‬ ‪$NAKD‬ pushing him over $1 million in trading profits since joining my challenge (click the link in my bio to apply only if you’re dedicated, NO LAZY PEOPLE ALLOWED!) back in 2017, as he’s studied his butt off nonstop and is now reaping the rewards of 4+ years of hard work along with a truly #nodaysoff mindset. He started with $25,000 and has been one of my hardest working students so I’m incredibly proud of his success and it’s extra-special that this milestone happens just 1 day after his good friend @kyle_cwilliams ‬hit $1+ million yesterday….whew, what a market! Please congratulate Matt in the comments below and get inspired to follow your dreams and push yourself to achieve them like he did! #bigmilestone #proudteacher #proudteachermoment #proudjew

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(*Note that these results aren’t typical. These top traders and I put in the time and dedication and have exceptional skills and knowledge. Most traders lose money. Always remember trading is risky … never risk more than you can afford.)

How Sandra Studies and Trades

Currently, Sandra’s favorite pattern is the morning panic dip buy. She says, “I usually trade better in the mornings compared to the afternoons — so that’s what I focus on.”

As she learns, she’s experimenting and adapting. For instance, she recently had a successful swing trade on Image Protect Inc. (OTCPK: IMTL), swinging a small position overnight and holding into the morning gap-up for a $950 profit.*

She says that her most important tool as a trader is StocksToTrade. “I particularly like its Breaking News Chat feature and its scanners. I depend on the ‘Top Percent Gainers’ scanner and the different ways it lets me create my watchlists.”

She’s also a big fan of my archived webinars and the 30-Day Bootcamp I created with Matthew Monaco. Like many of the other female traders in this post, she uses the Trading Challenge chat room daily. “The talent in the room is priceless,” she told me.

Sandra’s Tip for Female Traders

Sandra admits that early on, she worried about fitting in with the other Trading Challenge students. “I wasn’t sure if I would fit in as all the successful traders seem to be young males who recently had graduated from college. I’m in my 40s, married, with a 15-year-old daughter.”

Finding a schedule and trading style that works for her has been key. “I start watching the premarket at 7 a.m. Eastern and create my watchlists. Then I trade actively from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“I found that this schedule actually works very well for women who might have a family but are also looking for independence and a job with unlimited potential! I hope I can inspire other women to follow their interests and find the time to make it work. Day trading and joining the Trading Challenge has been the best decision!”


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Tessa’s an incredibly inspiring new mom and aspiring trader … She’s currently up over $7K in profits as of early March.* Here’s her profit chart.

(Please note that Tessa’s trading results are not typical. Most traders lose money. It takes years of dedication, hard work, and discipline to learn how to trade. Individual results will vary. Trading is inherently risky. Before making any trades, remember to do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.)

Tessa’s Trading Story

Talk about a dedicated student…

Tessa first learned about me in January of 2019, when she was pregnant with her son. She applied for the Trading Challenge … But at the time, she was “kindly denied.”

I’m a teacher, and I’m paid for what I do. At the same time, I don’t just want quantity. I want students who are truly prepared to make the commitment. Tessa wasn’t ready — not yet.

But she was motivated.

Undeterred, she watched ALL of my YouTube videos, read this blog, and followed content from top traders like Tim Grittani.

She even kept studying even while undergoing cancer treatment and surgery. You can hear her entire story in detail on the SteadyTrade podcast:

She began paper trading on StocksToTrade and started to learn how trading really works.

When she applied for the Trading Challenge again in 2020, she was accepted — and immediately became a lifetime student.

Tessa’s great about documenting her trading journey — she has a blog, and she’s on Twitter and Instagram.

How Tessa Studies and Trades

There are a ton of resources available to my Trading Challenge students … I can honestly say Tessa’s put them all to work.

For instance, she’s watched all of my 7,000 video lessons — twice. She’s now working her way through my archived webinars. She’s also a huge fan of “The Complete Penny Stock Course” written by my student Jamil…

Tessa’s also a regular in the Trading Challenge chat room to see what tickers people are talking about, and follows top Challenge traders to “figure out their mindset and what they look for in a trade.”

Tessa’s passion for penny stocks is evident, and her trading keeps improving. But what I really love is her mindset.

For instance, she considers her recent Cloudcommerce Inc. (OTCPK: CLWD) trade to be a victory.

Her profit wasn’t huge, but that’s beside the point. Tessa had a solid plan, stuck to it, and it worked. That’s what I call a successful trade. Remember, singles add up!

Tessa’s Tip for Female Traders

The Trading Challenge is very welcoming to women, thanks to awesome female traders like Tessa.

She says, “There is a wonderful community of female traders who are single, young without kids all the way to grandparents … Tim constantly says how women are statistically better traders. And with more and more women feeling empowered and encouraged, it’s absolutely beautiful watching females become successful!”

More Guidance From Female Traders

Those are just a few of the incredible women in my Trading Challenge … There are so many more coming up the ranks.

Jenny’s Tip for Female Traders

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Jenny is a stay-at-home mom of four who joined the Challenge in August 2020.

She was wary of me at first … But when she started studying with me, Jenny quickly realized I’m fully transparent and threw herself into her studies.

She learned about my penny stock strategy — then got interested in options trading thanks to my student Mark Croock.

Here’s a tweet from early on in her trading journey:

Now, she has confirmed $98K* in trading profits so far as of March 2021. But she tells me, “I can’t keep up!” So she doesn’t always update right her trades right away.

(*Please note that Jenny’s trading results are not typical. Most traders lose money. It takes years of dedication, hard work, and discipline to learn how to trade. Individual results will vary. Trading is inherently risky. Before making any trades, remember to do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.)

For Jenny, trading is less about gender and more about work ethic. “Trading is not just for guys. You really need to study hard. You need to cut your losses quickly. You’ve got to learn the basic rules. There are times you’ll want to give up … You shouldn’t give up. You’ve just got to study and keep getting better.”

Michelle’s Tip for Female Traders

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Michelle (who hasn’t updated her Profit.ly page in way too long!) started day trading because she wanted to break free from her full-time job.

She was attracted by the flexibility and freedom that trading offered … She joined my Trading Challenge in August 2018.

At first, she was still working full-time, so she wasn’t able to study as much as she wanted. But when more time opened up, she hit the books — and was hooked. She loves being part of the Trading Challenge for the access she gets to top traders with Q&A sessions…

In Michelle’s eyes, there’s nothing holding female traders back: “If you’re interested just do it. Don’t let it intimidate you. Start very, very small at first and grow from that.”

Female Trader Pioneers: Jane and Latoya

I’m thrilled that so many women are joining this crazy penny stock niche and trying their hand at day trading right now.

But that’s not to say that female traders are some new thing.

I’m proud to say that I’ve been educating awesome women day traders for years.

We’ve celebrated my current up-and-coming female students. But I also want to pay homage to some of the women traders who paved the way…

“Airplane” Jane

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If you’ve followed me for a while, you may already know Jane’s story. Her nickname is “Airplane” Jane because, in addition to trading, she’s also a trained pilot … And she’s a pastry chef and published author too, among other things. It’s hard to keep up with her!

Jane found me in 2015. She already had some experience in the finance world … But when she was laid off from her job while eight months pregnant, she decided to expand her stock market know-how to help provide for her family.

Jane didn’t have instant success: “I didn’t follow the rules and quickly blew through the account,” she says. She realized that if she wanted to find her way in this world, she needed to study. She started paper trading to learn the ropes and develop discipline.

Over time, Jane realized that large-cap stocks worked better with her risk tolerance … But what she learned from me about penny stocks was pivotal to her career.

As she shared in an episode of the SteadyTrade podcast, “It wasn’t ultimately my path to be a penny stock trader but it taught me the basics to go ahead and progress forward and find the strategy that worked for me.”

I love that. To me, every trader needs to figure out what works for them. And I’m honored to have been part of Jane’s journey.

Jane has a ton of resources around the web. You can find all of her social media channels, YouTube, and a link to her book here. Also, don’t miss her extended interview on the SteadyTrade podcast.

Jane’s Advice for Female Traders

According to Jane, “The market does not care whether you are male or female on the other side of the computer. If you’re uneducated, the market will take your money … As long as you can be on the right side of the trade and educate yourself, there’s nothing that says that as a woman you can’t do this.”


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Talk about an early adopter. Latoya started following my blog and alerts in 2007 … Before I even started the Trading Challenge!

Like many of my followers and students, Latoya was initially wary of me. But she decided to explore what I was putting out there and quickly became fascinated with the world of small-cap stocks.

She credits my lessons as a big part of her trading journey. It was my content about penny stocks and penny stock pumps that got her interested in short-term trading.

These days, she starts her day trading futures early in the morning, then after the market opens she shifts over to trading gaps, or “stocks that have a gap on the chart.”

She’s currently killing it as a trader, entrepreneur, and co-founder of The Profit Room. She was also featured on the SteadyTrade podcastcheck out the episode here.

Latoya’s Tip For Female Traders

Latoya says, “Although it may appear to be male-dominated … When you’re actually behind the screen, the markets do not discriminate. The markets do now know who you are, what you are, or anything about you. It’s a matter of how you approach it. Have confidence within yourself. Yes, you can do it too.”

Both Jane and Latoya were early adopters and followers of my strategy. I love that they’re both brave and awesome female traders and entrepreneurs and that I was part of both of their respective journeys!

More Female Traders, Please…

Trading isn’t just for men. It’s accessible to anyone. The stock market doesn’t care what gender you are. The women in this post prove it…

This post includes just a few of the many impressive female traders in my Trading Challenge. Their work ethic is incredible — I want more students like them. I’m truly honored to have been part of their trading journeys. And I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these amazing women!

Do you know an aspiring female trader? Please share this post with them … We need more female traders! 

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Tim Sykes is a penny stock trader and teacher who became a self-made millionaire by the age of 22 by trading $12,415 of bar mitzvah money. After becoming disenchanted with the hedge fund world, he established the Tim Sykes Trading Challenge to teach aspiring traders how to follow his trading strategies. He’s been featured in a variety of media outlets including CNN, Larry King, Steve Harvey, Forbes, Men’s Journal, and more. He’s also an active philanthropist and environmental activist, a co-founder of Karmagawa, and has donated millions of dollars to charity. Read More

* Results are not typical and will vary from person to person. Making money trading stocks takes time, dedication, and hard work. There are inherent risks involved with investing in the stock market, including the loss of your investment. Past performance in the market is not indicative of future results. Any investment is at your own risk. See Terms of Service here

The available research on day trading suggests that most active traders lose money. Fees and overtrading are major contributors to these losses.

A 2000 study called “Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors” evaluated 66,465 U.S. households that held stocks from 1991 to 1996. The households that traded most averaged an 11.4% annual return during a period where the overall market gained 17.9%. These lower returns were attributed to overconfidence.

A 2014 paper (revised 2019) titled “Learning Fast or Slow?” analyzed the complete transaction history of the Taiwan Stock Exchange between 1992 and 2006. It looked at the ongoing performance of day traders in this sample, and found that 97% of day traders can expect to lose money from trading, and more than 90% of all day trading volume can be traced to investors who predictably lose money. Additionally, it tied the behavior of gamblers and drivers who get more speeding tickets to overtrading, and cited studies showing that legalized gambling has an inverse effect on trading volume.

A 2019 research study (revised 2020) called “Day Trading for a Living?” observed 19,646 Brazilian futures contract traders who started day trading from 2013 to 2015, and recorded two years of their trading activity. The study authors found that 97% of traders with more than 300 days actively trading lost money, and only 1.1% earned more than the Brazilian minimum wage ($16 USD per day). They hypothesized that the greater returns shown in previous studies did not differentiate between frequent day traders and those who traded rarely, and that more frequent trading activity decreases the chance of profitability.

These studies show the wide variance of the available data on day trading profitability. One thing that seems clear from the research is that most day traders lose money .

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Citations for Disclaimer

Barber, Brad M. and Odean, Terrance, Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors. Available at SSRN: “Day Trading for a Living?”

Barber, Brad M. and Lee, Yi-Tsung and Liu, Yu-Jane and Odean, Terrance and Zhang, Ke, Learning Fast or Slow? (May 28, 2019). Forthcoming: Review of Asset Pricing Studies, Available at SSRN: “https://ssrn.com/abstract=2535636”

Chague, Fernando and De-Losso, Rodrigo and Giovannetti, Bruno, Day Trading for a Living? (June 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: “https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423101”