Funds that tap a mix of gold, silver, platinum and palladium can be useful in a variety of investing scenarios.
Travel, dining and high-end retail companies should benefit.
Commodities appear headed for volatility, so investors should be careful with resource-related funds.
Keep an eye on funds tracking silver, agriculture, construction, retail and the Dow.
Last week's commodities rout sent shivers through the markets, and some companies will fare worse than others.
Head to the sidelines and wait for a further stock drop -- or for the company to make production progress.
Since assets topped $1 trillion at the start of 2011, the selection has continued to grow.
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