I am an individual investor. I dont mind risk as long as potential rewards are solid. I have built a diverse port folio which is down 10% after the recession. That is after taking various profits when available. I play long. I dont see the point in watching the day to day shareprice. Read the company developments and see how they progress. Mining companies can be just as slow to give a reward as BP's ... Google and Amarin are my biggest stocks and hold both over 6 years now. Having started investing with a guaranteed government stock called Eircom and being stung while at college I decided at an early age to be a little different. (How could the Government just walk away after marketing to pensioners and anyone else who would listen to invest in Eircom).