"We can read all sorts of opinions about what you should do with your money and we hear the scuttlebutt from every pundit out there (including myself!) but at the end of the day, it is about what has done well and what hasn't done well..."
"...On January 2, 2008 (using the closing price for the first market day):
The Dow was at 13,043.96
Gold was at $846.75
Silver was at $14.93
"How did they do? Here is where they were at as of closing on Friday, March 16, 2012 (along with the percentage gain or loss):
Dow was at 13,232.62....up 1%.
Gold was at $1,658....up 96%.
Silver was at $32.27....up 116%.
"Very Interesting! During a time period of over 4 years and 2+ months....the Dow actually ended up about 1 percent. Meanwhile, gold and silver roughly doubled during the same time frame.
"What is even more interesting is that during that time, the federal government (and the "Fed") cranked out highly accommodative fiscal & monetary policies (bank bailouts etc.) to help (directly or indirectly) the stock market during 2008-2009..."