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7 Trading Lessons With Mariana, My Youngest Millionaire Student

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 10/15/2021 7 min read

Trading Lessons From Mariana: Key Takeaways

  • Find out why Mari thinks anyone can learn to trade penny stocks and what it takes…
  • My youngest millionaire student shares how she accomplished an incredible feat*…
  • Watch the video below to see our interview and learn from her journey!

Take Your Trading Discipline And Strategies To The Next Level Now

I have a great lesson for you today that comes from my youngest millionaire student! Mari (aka Mariana) joined my Trading Challenge in 2018, and now she’s up over $1.3 million.*

Here’s the kicker. She’s just 20 years old. Read on to find out how you can learn from this powerhouse trader. But first, I want to answer a key question…

Can You Learn to Trade Penny Stocks?

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I have men and women millionaires. I have young and old millionaires.* Maybe I’ll try to teach a dog to trade stocks. That would really grab people’s attention.

I’m joking … kinda.

So can you learn to trade? Yes! Anyone can. You just have to learn the right lessons. Sometimes those lessons come the easy way, and sometimes they come the hard way.

My goal as a teacher is to get you to learn as many lessons the easy way as possible.

Some of my students had to blow up a few accounts before reaching the $1 million mark. I don’t want that to be you. Mari started with $15,000. But she lost $3,000 before making any money.*

She quickly realized how easy it is to lose in the market. And now she’s my youngest millionaire student. You can learn from her.*

Here are Mari’s top 7 lessons for trading…

7 Lessons on Trading Penny Stocks With Mariana

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There are a lot of lessons to learn in the penny stock niche. And understand that everyone’s different. Some people learn differently than others. But I encourage you to learn these simple lessons the easy way.

  1. See how Mari learned my #1 rule quickly and still sticks to it today.
  2. Mari’s key for sizing up — I’m impressed!
  3. How can everyday traders approach their journey? THIS is key.
  4. Find out why the time of day matters — no matter where you are in your journey.
  5. Miss a play? Find out what Mari does with missed plays to maximize her KNOWLEDGE account.
  6. No, you won’t win every trade. Here’s how this trader embraced breaking a few eggs to make an omelet.
  7. Discover this young trader’s tips for managing emotions and getting in the right mindset.

Check out the video where Mari and I go over all of these crucial lessons and more!

How to Get Comfortable Trading Penny Stocks

I want to quickly hone in on one of the central themes of this video.

Day trading sketchy penny stocks is as nerve-racking as it sounds. Especially at first.

If you’re a newbie, I think your time will be best spent getting comfortable. That means starting with a basic understanding of the market.

Read some books you might like. Here are some of my suggestions but feel free to jump around. Learning should be fun, so find what interests you. Here are a few reads…

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You can also watch my DVDs. Watch all of them! Mari says they helped her a lot. And all my millionaire students had access to my DVDs.* The more you study the sooner it can click.

Once you build knowledge, ease your way into the market. Try watching the market every day without taking positions. Next, paper trade. Then start with small positions and size up when you’re comfortable.

It’s sort of like getting into a hot tub. Everyone wants to get in because it’s so warm, but if you jump in too quickly it’s way too hot!

Move at your own pace.

Learn More With Mari and Other Millionaire Traders

Videos like the one featured in this post are a great way to get to know Mari and my other top students. But you have the opportunity to learn from her even more

Along with Jack Kellogg and Kyle Williams, Mari runs the StocksToTrade educational alert service Breakouts and Breakdowns. These three also host the TWIST podcast. (Mari’s taking Matt Monaco’s place as co-host.) Check out the TWIST archive here.

She’s also one of the many millionaire mentors in the Trading Challenge chat room.* I want you to learn from all these traders. They’ve worked so hard to reach their goals. You don’t have to just learn from me. That’s what’s so great about the Trading Challenge. But be ready to work your butt off…

Think you’re up for my Trading Challenge? Apply here. That’s where all my millionaire students started. And look where they are now!*

Comment below with the lessons you promise to learn and use! It’s my way or a dangerous highway. Tell me how you’ll stay safe and improve!


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*Results are not typical. Always do your own research as trading is inherently risky. You should not mirror the trades or alerts of the instructors and attempts to do so may result in substantial financial loss. Past performance is not an indicator of future results. I’ve also hired Mari, Jack, Kyle, and Matt to assist in my education business.

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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”