I am a private investor based in Nottingham UK. I started buying shares in the 80's, but start seriously investing in the dot com boom in 1999, in which I did fairly well, even after it bust I manage to double my money. I now tend to look at macro economics, technology and geographic trends, rather than company accounts. I have work in IT in an accountancy/insolvency practices, so I am bit sceptical about accounts and partly because it requires skill and I don't have the time. I prefer to use broker reports to get an idea of the numbers. My portfolio mostly centres around energy companies base on Peak oil, climate change policy and emerging markets. The investments tend to split between income stocks that I see as alternatives to money in the bank and growth companies or funds. Most of my holdings are via the London Stock Exchange, but do and have owned shares listed in US, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and Russia. My main holdings are: Lamprell Plc, Petrofac Limited, BG Group plc, BP plc, Tullow Oil plc, Dana Petroleum plc, Statoil, Cairn Energy, Afren, National Grid plc, Scottish and Southern, Sevan Marine. Regional funds:- JPMorgan Indian Investment Trust plc, Investec Africa & Middle East, JO Hambro Japan, Baring Emerging Europe, BlackRock Latin America. Other:- Stobart Group Limited, Terex Corporation.