Commodities have been on a tear as investors have sought alternatives to the volatile equity market, but several market experts believe that now is still a great time to buy, even though prices are high. You don't want to bet the farm on these volatile investments, but a diversified bundle of commodities can provide a long-term hedge and some hefty returns.

Investors, who poured some $121.2 billion into commodities since the start of 2009, have been well rewarded. In 2010 alone, gold rose 29%, copper, 22%, and oil rose $24 a barrel. Despite these upticks, some experts expect this bull market in hard assets to last for the next several years.

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