Some say the precious metal will keep rising, others that it's tracing out a classic speculative bubble soon to burst. Nobody has a crystal ball, but an "agnostic" technical analysis of the charts provides some good clues about gold's future.
Everybody knows gold had a great year in 2010, rising 27% and beating most other investments. But silver actually did much better, climbing a breathtaking 83%. Can the "poor man's gold" continue to beat its more expensive big brother? Many analysts think so.
Because of its industrial applications and its inherent value as a precious metal, silver -- which has doubled in price since the beginning of the recession -- could help protect investors against market uncertainty, recovery or not.