EDITOR'S PICKS

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler sizes up Malcolm Turnbull's NBN mess, Koukoulas peers into the RBA's crystall ball, Bartholomeusz analyses Turnbull's competition quandary and Gottliebsen considers the triple threat facing Abbott.

The NBN is now Malcolm's Mess
Alan Kohler
The NBN is a complex and unwieldy piece of government-owned infrastructure. And if it falls apart, it will be Malcolm Turnbull's fault.  

Abbott's great mistake will haunt 2016
Rob Burgess
Tony Abbott's public policy shake-up rewards the party faithful but could end up being a costly political blunder.

Rising tides will lift the RBA’s rates
Stephen Koukoulas
The RBA is pleased with the strength of household finances. The market should prepare for a rate hike cycle in the next six months. 

The competition complications of Turnbull's NBN
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Turnbull's plan to create an NBN with a competitive infrastructure might cause competitors to target wealthy urban areas, undercutting NBN Co's core profitability. 

Turnbull pops the bubble of broadband nirvana
Rob Burgess
Turnbull's NBN platform might not have the elegance or commercial benefits of a uniform user experience, but it's likely his vision will be rolled out much quicker.

DJs shops for stability after retail's long winter
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The past couple of years have been tough for David Jones, but the early successes of its omnichannel retail strategy are encouraging. 

Three dangers keeping Abbott up at night
Robert Gottliebsen
Land shortages, upward pressures on interest rates, and cost pressures on infrastructure will present signficant challenges for Tony Abbott.

Markets are stuck between tension and stress
Robert Gottliebsen
The Australian financial markets  feeling the pressures of the extension of QE in the US and the likelihood of further bailouts in Europe. 

Thrifty Australians gear up to splash the cash
Stephen Koukoulas
In recent years, Australians have been hoarding their cash. But a pickup in consumer sentiment appears to be on the horizon. 

Treasury's US plans could improve with age
Stephen Bartholomeusz
For the first time in over a decade, the US market is looking more favourable for producers like Treasury Wine. 

A dollar of super is not a dollar saved
Stephen Kirchner
A new report shows that compulsory superannuation contributions have an adverse effect on household savings. 

Merkel’s victory will blunt her sword
Oliver Marc Hartwich
Angela Merkel's election result is remarkable, but her likely alliance with the Social Democrat party could soften her authority at home and in the Eurozone. 

Macfarlane’s energy price squeeze
Tristan Edis
Rising gas prices will overwhelm any energy relief from the repeal of the carbon tax. What can Ian Macfarlane do about it?