Surprising and volatile. That's one way to describe the financial markets in 2011.
After a series of up-and-down moves, the major stock indices ended the year pretty much where they started. Precious metalsoffered a wild ride as well, but only gold delivered a sizable gain.
Somehow, Treasurysmanaged to rally again, but with prices so high at the end of the year, it's hard to imagine any more gains.
With a year like 2011, investors may be prone to scratch their heads about 2012.
What do you think?