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 what is your current occupation?
DIANA: Before I begin I’d like to thank the Beyond The Trades team for this opportunity, and I’d like to thank the readers for taking the time to get to know me.
My name is Diana Peña. I am born and raised from the Dominican Republic. I moved to New Jersey when I was 16 years old, at 25 I moved to Puerto Rico and at 30 I moved to North Carolina where I currently reside with my family. If I had to pick a favorite place from the 4 places I’ve lived at, it would be a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico named Culebra, it doesn’t only have one of the top 10 beaches in the world (Flamenco Beach), but it’s the most peaceful place I’ve ever been to, plus the food and the people there are amazing.
I am a retail trader and retail worker with many dreams and one set goal, which is to be successful and happy in life. I am currently in an entrepreneurship journey developing my own iOS app which is being designed to help the trading community. I am planning on releasing this app in the upcoming months. I also have a service to help traders get setup with their Sierra Chart application. Finally, I have a full time job, day trade futures and have a wonderful supportive family.
QUESTION – We understand you and the folks at Beyond The Trades have been friends for years now. How did you meet the team and are you part of their trading community – if so how?
DIANA: The Beyond The Trades folks have been a real blessing for me. I actually met Steven, the Beyond The Trades founder, through his wife Dolores or as we know her by Dee. They are truly like my distant adoptive family. I have been very fortunate to have met them during my first years of trading, because since day one they’ve always encouraged me to keep pushing forward and to not give up when I had rough days. They have also introduced me to so many awesome individuals which have been a key part on my trading journey, like JJ (VWAPTRADER1) whom is our trading mentor at the MicroeFutures trading community.
I have been a part of the MicroeFutures trading community for a year, since day one. As I reflect back on this past year, I find that I have grown so much as a trader, I have more control of my trades and emotions because I have a much better understanding of the market, all thanks to this awesome community.
QUESTION – What personal or professional failure/setback have you experienced in your life or professional career that has set you up for later success?
DIANA: Long story short… On December 15th, 2015 I was fired from my job, for about 6 month, then they hired me back. The very first day after I was let go, I started looking for “work from home” jobs. My husband had a brilliant idea, he said: “Why don’t you try trading?, There are people that make a lot of money doing that.” So, thanks to him, here I am and loving it even more every day. I am not in the six figures club, yet. But, I will. My husband has been so supportive I cant even thank him enough, every day I’ve had a bad trading day, he tells me: “You have put too many hours into this, you can’t give up now”. He is now learning how to trade as well.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from that setback is that family always comes first, that every time we get knocked down we must get up and fight again and again. Never forget that every door that closes in our face opens a brand new opportunity, we just have to go and find the right door, because you’ll never find that one opportunity by seating at home crying. Like my mentor told me: “You cry today all you want, but tomorrow you get up and be done with it, move forward”.
QUESTION– Do you trade yourself actively. If so, what instruments and method (day, swing, investor, etc)
DIANA: I do trade actively as much as I can. Sometimes is hard because of my fulltime job, family and the two other projects I am currently working on.
After trying to trade Penny Stocks and then options, I currently day trade the ES/MES futures only. I find it better to just focus all my attention on one market, and that has proven to work for me. Sometimes I try lotto options, but they are not my strong suit.
QUESTION : What purchase of less than $100 have you made in the past year that you simple could not live without now?
DIANA:: I read this question to my husband and he started laughing…
So, I bought an Air-fryer about a month ago and I have used it every single day since I bought it. I think the air-fryer is one of the best inventions since sliced bread. Try making some Margaritaville Jerk Shrimp in there as an appetizer, you’ll thank me later. lol
QUESTION – What advice would you give to your younger self – and what advice would you give to a young high school or college graduate?
DIANA: To my younger self: Hold on to the $INTC and $AMD stocks my husband and I bought on January 2008, do more research about the Stock Market and learn how to trade for a living.
To a young high school or college graduate: If you ever have an idea or think about an invention that you think could provide a solution to any given issues that we currently face, or that it could make life better, JUST GO FOR IT. Once you go for it, then see it through. The only regrets you could have in life would be not to have tried or to give up at the first try.
QUESTION – What are some of your hobbies? How do you escape from the real world during these crazy times that we have been experiencing in 2020?
DIANA: My favorite thing to do is to go out on family trips and playing video games with my kids from time to time, because I love seeing their happy faces when they ask me to play with them and I say yes.
2020 has been a crazy year and it has certainly brought out the best and the worst in people. I think to keep our sanity we must rely on our family now more than ever, reach out to our loved ones that we might have not talk to in a while and make sure they are also doing fine. “This too shall pass”.
QUESTION – We understand you are a “Sierra Chart” Whisperer (aka expert). Can you explain to our audience who may not know, what is Sierra Charts as we understand you have launched a high
quality, yet affordable “buy me a cup of coffee” program with their charting software. And how it can benefit the serious trader.
DIANA: Sierra Chart is one of those awesome software with great performance, but not very user friendly per today’s graphics standards. I think what differentiates Sierra Chart from other trading/charting software is that it has such a simple and robust design, it runs supper smooth on almost any Windows computer, and they have little to no downtime. I certainly never seen it lag or delay data, not even during the crazy Covid panic back in March 2020.
That being said, Sierra Chart could be challenging and at times frustrating if you’ve never used it and/or don’t have the time to try to figure it out. And if you try to look for videos and help on how to use Sierra Chart, they are very few, and many don’t go into details.
So, I decided to create a “Buy Me a Coffee” website to help people setup their Sierra Chart through remote support, get them up and running in no time, and help them automate some of the most used levels from the TPO Charts. You can also find customized charts and request custom made charts.
QUESTION – When you have lost your mojo or focus, what do you do to get back on track?
DIANA: The best thing for me to do is to take a step back, have some family time and then come back the next day with a fresh mindset. For example: at times I’d be working on the iOS app I am currently developing, I might get an error that could take me hours to figure out, I usually have to turn everything off, come back the following day, do some research and then I get it right.
One of the best feelings in the world is the feeling of success after trying and failing so many times.
QUESTION – If you could have a big billboard with your favorite saying or message on it, what would it be.
DIANA: “We don’t sleep when we are tired, we sleep when we are done”
-Dr. Eric Thomas
QUESTION– Thank you for taking the time for this interview. How can our readers contact you, including on social media. And is there anything else you like for our readers to know about you? Including information on your Sierra Chart Charting service.
DIANA: For more info on my Sierra Chart Charting service, please visit:
You can contact me @:
Discord: Zero Suit#3915
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