The 2012 Olympics -- There are 196 Countries in the world. Not all countries sent representatives to the 2012 Olympics. 85 countries medaled in the games. Republican Presidential Nominee, Mitt Romney questioned the security of the host nation, England from his past experience of running the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

The State Department Travel Alert - The West Bank and Gaza 08/10/2012, Iraq 08/09/2012
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 08/02/2012, Syria 08/01/2012, Central African Republic 07/11/2012, Kenya 07/05/2012, Afghanistan 06/27/2012, Nigeria 06/21/2012, Haiti 06/18/2012
Somalia 06/15/2012, Philippines 06/14/2012, Mauritania 05/24/2012, Saudi Arabia 05/18/2012
Lebanon 05/08/2012, Algeria 05/04/2012, Iran 04/27/2012, Cote d'Ivoire 04/23/2012, Burundi 04/18/2012, Eritrea 04/18/2012, Mali 04/09/2012, Niger 04/06/2012, Chad 03/29/2012, Yemen 03/27/2012, Colombia 02/21/2012, Mexico 02/08/2012, Pakistan 02/02/2012, Sudan 01/11/2012,
Republic of South Sudan 12/22/201, Guinea 11/04/2011, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of 11/03/2011, Libya 09/22/2011

Carrier Travel Underwriting Chart -- Life insurance carriers maintain a list of travel restrictions for applicants and generally require identifying travel plans up to two years. Countries that pose a risk to travelers have been identified in category E and generally declinable.

In 2005, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission launched the Office of Global Security Risk to provide investors adequate information from public companies in regards to their global security risk.
Investing with a mandate that prohibits investing in and supporting companies with active non-humanitarian ties to State Sponsors of Terror (Iran, Syria, and Sudan) as defined by the U.S. Department of State. The risk to share value/corporate reputation is real, stemming from the intersection of a publicly-traded company's international business activities and security-related concerns (i.e. terrorism.)

Since the tragic events of 9/11, terrorism and the efforts to prevent its recurrence have been a persistent part of American life. Whether enduring long lines at airport security or seeing reports of combat casualties, the ongoing war on terror has remained largely front of mind. While this effort has kept terrorists at bay in the U.S., the global threat has not subsided. With rogue nations like Iran, Syria and North Korea continuing to foment unrest, the threats are as real as ever. In addition to ongoing military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, the worldwide effort to root out terrorism continues. In particular, the U.S. State Department periodically designates countries as "State Sponsors of Terrorism."

Steve Savant is a national insurance columnist, financial color commentator and host of the daily Internet talk show, The Business Insurance Zone. Steve's special guest is Mark Langerman of Empowerment Financial Group and the promoter of The Patriot Fund, a terror free mutual fund for socially conscience clients.

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