Financial Advisor Jason Mardinly co-wrote this report.NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Any investor holding this asset or related ones for the past several years has been on what can only be called a roller coaster. After four years of skyrocketing value, the tables have drastically turned and its value plunged 26% since Jan. 1. That's enough to shake anyone's confidence. Should you be looking for alternatives? No, because there simply are no alternatives -- if you're using it correctly. I'm talking about gold.