I am an active private investor, with interests in both markets and private equity. Until 1999 I was largely invested through my business career. Then I sold to a good offer and, since then, I have concentrated on managing my own money. I split my funds between trading and investment, with the investment portfolio being much larger. My trading is mostly mechanical and my investment discretionary. I have worked and invested internationally pretty much all my career. I travel frequently and emerging markets remain a strong interest of mine. There are many, many people more wealthy than I am, but until I make a big mistake, I am quite comfortable. This means that overall, I am risk averse. That's a difficult position in a world where even cash and bonds are risky. I am not interested in managing anyone's money and I have nothing to sell, so my posts have no agenda attached. Make of them what you will.