NEW YORK ( TheGoldAndOilGuy.com) -- The precious metals sector has been dormant since both gold and silver topped in 2011. But the long-term bull market remains intact.As long as we do not have the price of gold close below the lower yellow box on the monthly chart, then technical speaking precious metals should continue much higher. Large consolidation periods (yellow boxes) provide investors with great insight for investments looking forward six to 18 months upon a breakout in either direction (up or down). The issue with investing during these times is the passage of time. One can hold a position for months and sometimes years having their investments fluctuate adding extra stress to their life when they really do not need to. Once a breakout takes place, a powerful rally or decline will start putting an investor's money to work within days of committing to that particular investment compared to money invested waiting months for the breakout and new capital gains to occur.