The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( BullionBullsCanada) -- Gold and silver have again been temporarily imprisoned in a trading range, and there are plenty of articles out there sowing doubt about investing in precious metals. Such articles can lead newer investors astray, so I want to give those investor a simple message: You have no choice other than to protect yourselves with precious metals. To understand why, we need to examine three concepts.Small inside:
Those members of the general public who had previously been investors suddenly discovered that their own financial advisers had given them all implicit ultimatums: Change from investors into gamblers, or learn to invest on your own. In fact, "buy and hold" is not dead when it comes to the precious metals sector. In the era of investing, competent financial advisers would tell their clients that they need to provide (at least) three to five years in order to give a particular investment opportunity the time necessary to realize its potential. Pick any point during the 10-plus-year bull market for gold and silver, and you will see that anyone who gave an investment in these metals three to five years to "ripen" would have been well-rewarded. It would be difficult to find a single other sector which boasts such a track record. However, when we also look at the future prospects of precious metals, it then becomes impossible to find a single other sector anywhere in our economies which demonstrates not only a long track-record of success but unparallelled fundamentals for the future.