In this week's essential reading guide Kohler pinpoints an IMF catch-up, Bartholomeusz quantifies Bernanke's influence and Koukoulas examines the effects of a falling Aussie dollar.

Leaning towards America's seat on the seesaw
Alan Kohler
In a way the IMF’s playing catch-up with stock market attitudes to US and China growth. And Australia’s stuck between the two countries, tilting a little towards America.

More companies should do the splits
Alan Kohler
Bigger is better for directors, but that’s not the case for shareholders. So which companies could unlock more value in separate parts?

Bernanke and his seven billion apostles
Stephen Bartholomeusz
It's become patently clear that it's the words of the US Fed chairman driving changes in markets worldwide. Expect more confusion as Ben Bernanke strolls his conflicting path.

A false sense of Yancoal securities
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Yanzhou’s crack at taking Yancoal private is an attempt to neutralise a clever, and very costly, insurance mechanism embedded in Yancoal’s stock at the time of its Gloucester merger.

The patience behind Bernanke's design
Stephen Koukoulas
This is the best the US has looked in five years, and there’s no way Ben Bernanke will disrupt that by tightening too soon. When he does it will be cushy and gradual.



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