I admit to being a little bit of a gold bug, because i am very cynical about how our financial system has been operating for the past few years. But, I think all the long term fundamentals are lining up in favor of long term bull markets in gold, the metals, and maybe the ags. I don't know squat about the ags, but i can look at the economic numbers and the charts. But, the thing that gets me excited is gold longer term. I think that gold alternates between being perceived as any other commodity like steel, and being perceived as an actual substitute for holding paper assets. When people start to lose confidence in paper assets, including cash, they start to buy gold. Currency crisis and wars accelerate this process. I think there is the very real possibility of a 1970's style bull market in gold. This opinion is primarily based upon fundamental economic and financial trends, and the current efforts by the fed to re-inflate the economy. But recently, there have been technical reasons to get into gold also. The only person out there who really seems to disagree is Robert Prechter of Elliot Wave fame, and he is looking for a deflationary depression like the 30's. Anybody out there that has any opinions about gold or the commodity markets over the next few years please post them here.