Stock market investor since 1964, very successful since 1997 after I read company REFS for the first time. Mostly in long term buy to hold, high dividend growth blue chips and oil exploration. Also selling covered call and put options. I have a small fundamentals based spreadbet portfolio, currently worth £15k from a £3k start in 2006. Not a technical fan, because there is nothing technical in pattern recognition. Chairman of a successful Share Club which has had 8 leavers since 2005, and they all left with a good profit. Our total return has been about 90% since we started in 1998. The last 5 years have been the best ever for me on the Stock market. Recession? What Recession?!