I like gold as a hedge. It rarely provides large returns but $!300 dollar gold a year ago is almost certain to be near $1900 within 12 months. Still not a bad return while hedging against a market that may collapse in the biggest of ways. Depends who you listen to. There are a lot of nations stocking up on gold reserves at the moment and China keeps threatening a gold backed crypto. I wouldn't want to be holding USD if that happens.
I am in 3 REIT's. The bulk of my assets are REIT's. One, I am a founding partner and two others as an investor. Mine all weathered the 2008 collapse very well but mine are in Canada. That doesn't guarantee anything but it does show well historically.