Jane Gallina, known to her followers as Airplane Jane, is NOT just in trading for the money…

As a trader, you’ve got a tough road ahead if you’re solely motivated by money. Passion is key to a healthy and happy trading career. Otherwise, you simply won’t have the staying power to stick with it for the long haul.

Don’t know who Airplane Jane is? She’s a trained pilot and a trader who’s passionate and inspiring … You won’t want to miss this episode! 

Plus, the entire crew’s on board. Tim Bohen, Kim Ann Curtin, and Stephen Johnson all talk with Jane about her fascinating career, many talents, and how she approaches trading and life. 

Getting To Know Airplane Jane 

Jane’s kind of a unicorn — a successful female trader. While there are obviously no gender restrictions associated with trading, it’s generally a male-dominated arena. 

Happily, that’s been changing in recent years. But even back in the 1990s, Jane wasn’t intimidated … Then again, she’s not intimidated by much. 

This self-proclaimed go-getter isn’t shy about chasing her dreams. She speaks four languages … She’s traveled the globe and dabbled in real estate. 

So what’s with the name? Airplane Jane has been in aviation since 1996 when she started working at an airline desk. Once she got interested in piloting, she didn’t hesitate. Just months later, she had her license. 

She’s also worked in finance throughout the years … Tune in to learn how she passed the Series 7 exam and became a registered assistant to various brokers. 

Jane’s Trading Story

Jane began trading in the 90s, but it’s been an on-again, off-again relationship. Over the years, layoffs took Jane in and out of trading. 

Her first layoff took her out of trading. It was in 2000, during the dot-com bubble. She was working with Salomon Smith Barney at the time … and disappointed by what she saw happening in the economy. So she got out of the game, made a massive career pivot, and jetted off to Europe to go to culinary school.  

She headed down a pastry-paved road for a while, operating a wholesale baking business. And she traveled the world thanks to her airline connections, learning a lot about life and finance from a small business standpoint. 

Then love and marriage took her to Montreal. When she was eight months pregnant, she was laid off again. That’s when she decided to get back into trading as a means of providing for her family. 

After a few great trades as a value investor, she found Tim Sykes and learned how to day trade. She notes how thankful she is for his tools and instruments. It’s how she found her footing and got started on her…

Journey to Penny Stocks and Beyond 

It wasn’t ultimately Jane’s path to be a penny stock trader. But as she says, that niche “taught me the basics of how to progress forward and find the strategy that worked for me.”

See? Knowledge is power with trading … Everything you learn can inform your future progress. 

So why did Airplane Jane depart from penny stock land? Jane finds there’s more “trader-driven manipulation” in penny stocks versus “dark-pool manipulation” with bigger stocks. 

Manipulation may be inherent in the stock market, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find success as a trader. According to her, It’s more about understanding the rules of the game. 

Flying and Trading With Airplane Jane

Are there similarities between flying and trading? Oh yeah.

Jane is an instrument-trained pilot — with that training, you get used to seeing scans and managing many variables at once. This comes in handy with trading because you can watch multiple charts easily.

Don’t miss Jane’s explanation of the connections between flying and trading … And how they can both become second nature once you learn. 

Finding Your Edge

As the crew chats with Jane, if you’re considering different trading styles, you’ve got to ask yourself questions some core questions, like…

  • What are you good at? 
  • What kind of position sizes work for you?
  • How much time can you dedicate to the market? 

They discuss how to develop a trading style. And Jane talks about paper trading and why she’s a big fan of using it to develop a strategy. 

And she reveals how she found her own edge. It took practice and connecting with other traders — all while writing her book “#FMJ Trust Transition Trade: How Successful Traders Said It, Did It, and Lived It.” Now she works with a trading partner. 

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Questions From the Crew 

To close out the episode, each SteadyTrade host asks Jane a hard-hitting question. Learn what she really thinks about starting your career with penny stocks… 

… what kind of edge women have in trading… 

… and how much studying she thinks is really necessary to become a self-sufficient trader! 

Connect With Jane 

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