EDITOR'S PICKS

In this week's essential reading guide Kohler ponders Bernanke's bond bubble, Gottliebsen highlights a dollar warning, Bartholomeusz laments a supermarket stupor and Burgess questions Labor's late charge.

The bears, Bernanke and the great bond bubble
Alan Kohler
The bond market is understandably jumpy about what Ben Bernanke says tonight but the Fed is unlikely to abandon its control of the 'biggest bond bubble' in history.

Dollar’s decline sends a clear warning
Robert Gottliebsen
The dollar is heading back to its natural level but we won’t see the benefit unless urgent change takes place. A new government will be the start.

Independent minds fall into a supermarket stupor
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The Katter-led independents wanting to tame Woolworths and Coles are ignoring existing checks on their power while also proposing a productivity back-pedal.

Labor's fightback plan comes too late
Rob Burgess
China and Indonesia have given Labor room to fight on climate change and asylum seekers, respectively. But Labor's strategist John McTernan shouldn't get his hopes up.

Germany's grip over 'whatever it takes'
Oliver Marc Hartwich
Mario Draghi's capacity to protect the euro will hinge on a ruling by Germany's constitutional court in October. Early signs suggest the court is willing to make tough decisions to protect German finances.

A potential clean slate for coal mining
Robert Gottliebsen
Private equity investors are looking to coal mines for their next big win. If they can turnaround chronic mismanagement they'll set an example for other industries.

New News Corp's 21st century test
Stephen Bartholomeusz
News Corp's publishing spin-off emerged from its ASX debut unscathed, but with US investors more interested in Rupert Murdoch's entertainment assets, New News will be heavily scrutinised.

A soothsayer's voice forever silenced
Steve Keen
David Hirst knew economic madness when he saw it and did his best to warn of the Armageddon headed for Wall Street. His powerful voice for sanity and common sense will be greatly missed.

A clear head for business, and history
Alan Kohler
You wouldn’t know it but the chest-clearing eucalyptus oil in your local chemist is a $30 million business. It’s an age-old family remedy for success.

The union hand on the wheel that doomed Ford
Ken Phillips
Ford's industrial relations agreements limited the capacity of managers to manage, fatefully crippling the company. And the mistakes looks set to be repeated.

Taking it easy during a QE unwind
Stephen Grenville
Quantitative easing is not just a simple extension of conventional monetary policy and its eventual unwind is less dangerous than financial markets think.

Clinton's primary problem in the race to the top
Phil Quin
New tweeter and retired Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is shaping as a lock for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Less known is that the Republicans could have an unassailable candidate soon too.

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