By Ian WyattNEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- What's up with gold and silver? The precious metals have fallen off a cliff over the past few days. In order to preserve profits, I recently recommended that Small Cap Investor PRO subscribers sell half of their initial investment in one of our junior silver mining recommendations. Of course, we love to take gains -- and the 62% profit on half of the position means quite a few shares of fresh opportunities can be purchased for essentially zero risk. So my message today is really about new opportunities, not just preserving current gains. I think we'll see a fresh opportunity to buy silver and gold mining stocks over the coming weeks. The evidence is fairly compelling that the drop in gold and silver prices is nothing more than a pull-back in a long bull market run. Let me explain by discussing silver first. The drop in the price of silver shouldn't come as a big surprise. Silver has been on a heck of a run. I won't go into all the political or fundamental reasons why silver could have pulled back today -- because there's one big trend that I believe is more important. Check out the 10-year chart of silver below and you'll see that in almost every year for the past 10 years the low price for silver occurred in the beginning of the year. The exception was 2008, and we all know what happened in that crazy year.