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Your editor likes things which do a specific task well. 

A 5* rating is the top.  It does not mean this is the perfect site but the site will do at least one thing brilliantly.  It's worth visiting for that alone.

A 4* site is well worth digesting at length.

A 3* site is worth a visit.  It is well done and up to date, but doesn't have much that I personally like much.  You may well see it differently.

A 2* site is disappointing. 

Link Link content - a quick review by the Galmarley.com editor
The Goldenbar Archive

rating *****

A gem.  Contains drafts of international agreements and a collection of classic essays, buried deep within.  Includes a copy of the Bretton Woods Agreement and even John Law's infamous "Money and Trade Considered".  The collection is all the better for not being too large.  This link takes you straight there.
www.investingadvisers.com

rating *****

This is a site which contains free and independent copy.  It is not gold specific but clearly prefers a sensible approach to analysis, so although it'll take you into equities and bonds I find it avoids the hyperbole which many such sites publish.  As they put it themselves ... "We will try to provide you with a number of good links to top notch sites and with good educational articles."
Bank for International Settlements - speeches archive

rating *****

The BIS is the central bank's central bank.  The speech archive is a window on the boardroom of the world's financial crisis management centre.  OK - it's for public consumption, so its going to be watered down, but in these days of bland news reporting this source is still real and valuable information.  Not always totally up to date though.
International Monetary fund

rating *****

A feast for the serious researcher.  Extensive publication of the sort of investigative work which is expensive and beyond the private researcher's reach. All put into the public domain in a rare example of relatively open government (Would I know what they hide?).  Good economics but without a gold focus.  You'll need time to find your way around.
Safehaven

rating *****

Clean, easily navigated presentation of articles by many of the gold industry's top contemporary commentators.  Go here to read their current views. 
The Gold Report

rating *****

I recommend this page partly for its front page news but mainly for its links to gold share analysts.  Several unconnected analysts post their recommendations here, so it acts as a portal giving many independent views.  A good place for people who are interested in buying gold shares.
Financial Sense

rating *****

Lots of articles by people who find modern economic management difficult to swallow.  I recommend the Storm Watch section as a place where people post mostly intelligent articles - this set being particularly concerned with future macro-economic crisis.
Sharelynx

rating *****

Links to every gold related site you can imagine.  Lots of fun and a few crackpots, but a great base for gold related browsing if you've a week or two to kill.  Saves you having to use search engines for gold sites, and let's face it, even dry cleaners have a "Gold standard" service.  Sadly there are rumours it's going commercial. (Note: It now has)
The bullion desk

rating *****

Notable for its exceptional (and free) gold related news content on the front page. Saves trawling through the various press wires.  Usually picks up the big stories.  I expect you get much more if you go 'premium'.
The mining web

rating ****

A gold related community site.  Active newsgroup with some significant contributors.  Read the big players here - like Tim Wood, Bill Murphy etc - but ignore the response postings because too many of them are barking mad or have axes to grind.
Live Gold Prices

rating ****

Very well presented and broad coverage of gold issues from news to commentary to charts to links. Some duplication with Financial Sense with whom it shares many commentators.  Has a good charting application if you like technical analysis, but the data is 30 mins delayed. This makes it a bit of a misnomer because the charts (unlike here) are not up to date and do not stream live prices. Nonetheless its backers 'FAME' [Foundation for Advancement of Monetary Education] are worthy in the gold sector and helped to educate your editor.
Howe Street

rating ****

A good market commentary site.  It has a wider scope than just gold but is still resource focused, so filters out most needless fluff.  For example - you'll see a section on oil and gas, but none on luxury goods, and a section on platinum/palladium, but nothing on retail banking.  OK I'm keen on gold, but I like to keep a slightly open mind.  A bit too many adverts though.
Gold News Weekly

rating ****

A partner site to Live Gold Prices from the same FAME stable.  It picks up the stories but I find most press releases on the wire quite tedious because it's expanded its franchise beyond its title and you get lots more than gold news. To avoid the non-gold chaff click direct to gold news to see it filtered.
Grandfather Economic Report

rating ****

For common-sense analysis hard to beat.  A public service by a private individual with statistics to back up his suggestions that US economic management is negligent.  Thought provoking charts.  Don't get upset by the plain presentation, just digest the content which is 5*.  But not quite a 5* site because you can digest it, approve of it and finish with it without needing to return.
History of the greenback

rating ****

This short piece explains the history of the US greenback, which was a parallel currency issued by the US government (Northern branch) during the US civil war. Illuminating and well written (but with a touch of attitude as its writer is from 'the South').
Golden Sextant

rating ****

Like Galmarley.com Golden Sextant has several longer articles and this link will take you to a particularly interesting one on gold derivatives. There are many angles on 'central bank gold selling' but this one has both good background and a rich set of links to follow on the story
FAME - Foundation for Advancement of Monetary Education

rating ****

FAME is dedicated to promoting monetary honesty. The premise of the site is that money must be properly backed, and the debate is sincere and taken to great detail.
The Perth Mint

rating ****

Home of the Perth Mint Gold Certificate.  Allocated storage is expensive at 1.5% - but if you must do unallocated (and I hate it) then at least here is claimed to be guaranteed by the government of Western Australia  [claimed as S&P AAA rated].  I've not seen the guarantee, and I probably wouldn't trust it anyway, but on the face of it this is just about the cheapest bullion product and is government backed.  A 5* for that only.  They try very hard to imply that unallocated metal is in their vaults but stop just short of actually saying so.  Wonder where it really is?
Kitco

rating ****

Kitco is a longstanding commercial gold resource on the web.  It's a North American based company and a significant provider of various types of bullion material and metal accounts.  The source of more gold price charts than any other web based service. Also a news service, although this is not as good or relevant as others (see the bullion desk). Provides similar services in other metals too.  Incredibly annoying advertising banners!
Gold Anti-Trust Association

rating ****

GATA is the home of the international gold conspiracy theorists.  I'm not one of them, but you can't go far in gold without coming across it.  This is the horses mouth and some of the points seem to have substance.
Interventional Analysis

rating ****

Although GATA related this site has a different spin.  The idea is that if you know that as well as buyers and sellers in a market there is directed intervention, then this too should leave its mark on the data.  The technical analysis is much more interesting with this third dimension. 
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York - The Gold Vault

rating ****

A glance through the window of a gold vault.  This pdf document has alternate pages of high resolution photographs of various employees stacking absurd quantities of gold somewhere under the streets of Manhattan.  It also contains a reasonable explanation of a gold vault's operation as well as a sugary-sweet history of gold.
The World Gold Council

rating ***

A trade association run from London and including all branches of the industry.  Relatively comprehensive and useful in a way, but because it has to represent lots of different interests is forced to be a bit middle of the road.  Lots of gold jewellery marketing glossy stuff, and some historical background information on gold. Lacks bite for serious investment analysis in my view.
Gold Sheet Links

rating ***

Comprehensive gold mining and industry directory, online since 1995.
The US Fed's report on effects of the sale of the US gold reserve

rating **

The report commissioned by the Fed to investigate the effects of different US gold sales policies.  Mathematical, and based on some assumptions that make its conclusions inevitable. Possibly an example of economists proving what their paymasters requested them to prove.  Some pretty charts. Wander through the directories for all sorts of goodies.
London Bullion Market Association

rating **

Trade association at the heart of London's bullion market.  Publishes the fix and its archives, as well as a list of its members.  Otherwise a dull failure at offering any insight. Note that the data format of the fix price archive seems to be inconsistent, which makes it difficult to use.

 

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