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.
Both silver and gold bullion sit within the top 0.2% of US mutual funds over the last 10, five and three years. No guarantee that performance will continue, of course. But you might want to ask mutual-fund managers what they are planning to do in 2012.