John Devcic

John Devcic is a freelance writer, market historian and private speculator. After investing in a mutual fund right out of high school and losing his initial investment of $350, John began to believe he could do better with his money then the so-called experts could. And that began a journey of losing more money and learning how to make money. Along the way sage and not-so-sage advice was given, listened to and sometimes ignored.



John's mission in life is to teach others that investing in the markets is something that anyone with a passion for their money can do, which is why he writes with novice investors in mind.



John also refers to himself as a speculator and everyday seems to have to clear up the myth that speculators are bad.



Over the years a healthy and sometimes unhealthy obsession with how the markets work and how they worked in the past has made John a true market historian. Constantly studying the past in order to help understand the present, John reminds himself at all times that the market - while ever-changing - seems to always repeat itself.

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  1. Investing

    The Over-The-Counter Market: An Introduction To Pink Sheets

    Being early to a party may not be hip, but being early on a rising stock certainly is.
  2. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Simple Moving Averages Make Trends Stand Out

    The moving average is easy to calculate and, once plotted on a chart, is a powerful visual trend-spotting tool.
  3. Charts & Patterns

    Western Line Vs. Candlestick Charting

    These methods both have their merits, but they may be strongest when combined.
  4. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    5 ETFs Flaws You Shouldn't Overlook

    Despite their popularity, exchange traded funds have some drawbacks that investors should know about.
  5. Investing Basics

    How To Invest In Commodities

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  6. Sectors

    Sugar: A Sweet Deal For Investors

    From sugar beet to sugar cane, this sector is growing despite a lot of sour challenges.
  7. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    An Introduction To Exchange-Traded Grantor Trusts

    These funds offer a very hands-off experience for the low-involvement investor.
  8. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Investing In Credit Card Companies

    This investment requires keeping an eye on consumer indexes and the overall health of the economy.
  9. Economics

    Trust In Utilities

    Even in times of economic turmoil, utilities can be a good investment.
  10. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Weighted Moving Averages: The Basics

    We take a closer look at the linearly weighted moving average and the exponentially smoothed moving average.
  11. Personal Finance

    Too Good To Be True: The Fall Of IndyMac

    Everything seemed to be going right for the bank giant, but it fell just as quickly as it had once risen.
  12. Active Trading Fundamentals

    The Uptick Rule: Does It Keep Bear Markets Ticking?

    This rule prevents traders from driving stocks down, but its effect on market volatility is debatable.
  13. Active Trading

    Star Formations Spotlight Luminary Trades

    Morning, evening and doji stars will have you basking in better trading profits.
  14. Options & Futures

    Making A Living On Death Bonds

    Find out if these macabre bonds are just the new blood your portfolio needs.
  15. Active Trading

    Trend-Spotting With The Accumulation/Distribution Line

    The A/D line highlights buying and selling pressure to confirm existing trends.
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