While most would think that the risks junior oil and gas companies are taking in exploring new frontiers as far away as the remote reaches of Africa are related to government instability and conflict, another risk they face is right at home and lies right beyond their network firewalls.
If asked to name the top performing commodity of the past decade, not many would answer silver because of its notorious volatility. Yet, according to Lloyds TSB, silver prices have delivered the best gains since 2002.
The dollar cost of buying gold fell to $1,583 an ounce during Monday morning's London trading, in line with last week's range, while European stock markets also edged lower and US Treasury bonds gained.
While it might not look like it now, the most investable trend over the next 20 years is going to be in the resource sector, the renewable and non-renewable resources, the minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass.
Compulsive hoarding is an affliction, an illness. It disables the sufferer and those around them, presenting a health hazard as stuff piles up and the home turns into a trash can. But just because you hoard money or gold bullion, doesn't mean you're sick or wrong.
While markets do not always reward every deserving company, quality deposits carry an intrinsic value. That's why the managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report advises investors to "buy the resource" over the stock.
The legend in the gold mining industry explains his rationale for forecasting gold and silver prices and how the factors leading to these price levels will affect the industry and the companies exploring for and producing the metals.
Much has been made of China's appetite for the world's natural resources but demand growth from another Asian giant is changing the dynamics of the steel market. Indian demand for steel grew 10% last year, helping push global demand to a record.