For stock investors willing to take on a bit more risk, with the potential to reap huge rewards, silver-mining stocks are the way to go. And this sector has also captured a lot of interest in recent months.
Thanks to higher prices and technological advances, oil companies are finding that the production of unconventional oil can be highly profitable even at higher costs. The higher prices have afforded positive economics to more reserves.
Unlike oil, natural gas is now abundant relative to demand thanks to what's been found in large shale reservoirs underlying the surface. And gas's radically-changing fundamentals have put downside pressure on its price.
Based on what we already know about this industry's fundamentals, we can gather a general idea of the concentration of efforts. Simply put, there are places in the world where favorable geology and geopolitical climates line up as the most attractive.