If precious metals aren't the thing for you, the classic investment hedge for safety is holding bonds and bond funds. I like EDV
a lot and it holds its value steady long term for the buy/hold/rebalance crowd. Bonds cooled off a little after the late August rally lost some steam, but it looks like its picking back up after the worry about global recession looms again. If you want some fixed income style safety, look to EDV
as well as other bond funds out there.