Some of that depends on what your goals are? Retirement? Buying a new house? Investing for a future use 5+ years down the road? Shorter term goals within the next 5 years? Etc.
Interest rates are low and will remain relatively low (at least from an historical perspective) for the foreseeable future (even when the Fed starts raising rates, they will likely do so over a 3 or 4 year period); real estate may be doing well in certain parts of the country, but there you are dealing with illiquid assets that may be difficult to sell at times; precious metals are certainly not a sure bet, and if you deal in physical metals you have to store them somewhere, potentially insure them, and they too may be difficult to sell at the price you want at times; at the moment, there are just not a lot of options available that will likely generate long term returns higher than stocks. In the short-term, well, that is anyone's guess since it is effectively impossible to truly, and accurately predict short term movements in asset prices.
If you are looking for a decent return that will probably be relatively stable, you could look at municipal bonds. You could probably find a 4 or 5% return on those right now and they would provide tax-free income (at the federal level and possible at the state level, if applicable). Though there is always some risk with munis (and bonds in general), they are just different risks than stocks.
If you are looking for short-term use of certain funds (say within the next 3-5 years), it may be best to put those funds in a plain savings account not subject to the volatility of the markets. Those funds won't earn much at the moment, but they will be there when you need them.
In all candor, for any money that has a long-term time horizon, you really need to build a well-diversified portfolio, and that should include at least some exposure to stocks. You may not "trust" stocks, but if history is any guide, stocks are your best bet for the highest long-term growth when compared to other assets like bonds, real estate, precious metals, etc. It may not always be the best in the short-term but over time, stocks will usually provide you a better return more times than not.
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