QUESTION – Thank you for taking the time to participate in the Q & A session. Before we start in detail. Would you like to share with everyone who may not know, who you are, where you live, and a little bit about yourself?
JULIA – I’m an extravagant billionaire recluse who creates beautiful charts on parchment with a peacock feather pen. Nooo! I’m just someone with expensive taste who trades for a living…so I better do well! I live near a mediocre beach with shark-infested water in sunny Florida. I enjoy spending time with my two wonderful mutts, watching movies and trash TV.
QUESTION – What and who got you into trading. Do you currently trade full-time? And what is up with all of your crazy charts you post on Twitter. There has to be a story behind this?
JULIA – I used to be a corporate executive schmoo at a software company and even though I loved it, my work required me to travel extensively. Because my mother needs me to care for her I moved to Florida to be close to her. When I saw how well my 401k was doing just because I bought stocks that I personally liked, I started trading as a hobby to keep my mind busy. Have you ever tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube? That’s how my trading started out. The more I tried to fix it, the more mixed up and confused it got. Anyway, I’m a problem solver. Slowly but surely I figured it out (I may or may not have peeled and rearranged the colored stickers on the cube) and now, yes, I am a profitable full time trader.
I don’t think my charts are that crazy! I think maybe people think they are crazy because I don’t post sanitized, giftwrapped charts for mass consumption. Although I do try and explicitly explain my strategies, because I want to help people and I understand that someone seeing them for the first time can be confused because they are ‘different.’ I post on Twitter because I like to be accountable and I do it for me. The charts I post on Twitter are the same ones I use to brainstorm and my symbols are necessary reminders of actions to be taken at important levels.
QUESTION – What personal or professional failure/setback have you experienced in your life or professional career that has set you up for later success?
JULIA – I am a Mechanical Engineer by degree and I started out coding software. I was terrible! The. Worst. Coder. Ever. I got fired because I was so bad. I don’t think of that as a failure now, but I did at the time. The key for me was finding the things I’m best at, focusing on making myself better at those things and always working to get better at things I’m naturally good at.
QUESTION- How would you describe what makes a successful Trader?
JULIA – Someone who can be consistent, persistent, and who can learn from mistakes. Also, you have to be either a little cuckoo or a robot.
QUESTION – What do you feel is the role in having a balance all around life in your day to day activities. What hobbies do you enjoy?
JULIA – I’m such an intense person, balance is difficult for me. But I try my best! I like hiking with my mutts, making things (art, woodwork, jewelry,…), seeing live music of any kind, dancing, and just hanging out with my friends having a cocktail.
QUESTION – What advice would you give to your younger self as it relates to your personal life. What about advice for your younger trading self?
JULIA – Same advice to both: Cut losers quickly.
QUESTION – What good or bad advice do you hear often in life (or trading – or both)
JULIA – Trading advice is annoying because all of it makes sense and yet all of it is contradictory. Buy low, sell high but ALSO don’t try and pick bottoms and tops? Uhhhh… When I was starting out and would read these things my eyes almost got stuck rolled into the back of my head. I was so confused. The best advice I’ve heard comes from people who have failed (possibly more than once) and THEN succeeded. So the best advice I’ve heard is that you learn more from failure than success. Take advantage of that.
QUESTION – This is a fun question that you DO NOT have to answer. It is called “Marry, Kill, Sleep With”… In the trading community. Who would you Marry…. Kill ….. and Sleep with…. (no comment to any or all of these are a perfectly acceptable answer. LOL
JULIA – No comment!
QUESTION – When you have lost your mojo or focus , what do you do to get back on track?
JULIA – step away. I walk barefoot on the beach. I look at the stars. I play with my mutts. I remember all the reasons I have to be grateful.
QUESTION – If you could have a big billboard with your favorite saying or message on it, what would it be.
JULIA – Just be fabulous and glittery.
Thank you for taking the time for our readers to get to know you. How can our readers contact or follow you on social media? And feel free to mention any projects or services you like to mention that you are involved with.
JULIA – You can follow me at @cordovatrades on Twitter and subscribe to my currently barren but soon to be amazingly awesome YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/JuliaCordova