While the Dow was busy getting back to a nominal break-even point from May 2008 to February 2012, gold prices surged from $900 to $1,750 per ounce.
"On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly climbed above 13,000, its highest level since May 2008. Many rejoiced at the psychological milestone as the index has nearly doubled from March 2009 lows. Central banks around the world have flooded the financial system with liquidity in an effort to stave off a deepening financial crisis. As a result, asset prices on stocks and commodities have surged in recent years. However, investors should pay closer attention to relative performance and the increasing demand for gold by central banks."