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In this week's essential reading guide Bartholomeusz weighs up Bega's WCB bid; Kohler sizes up China's credit bubble; Gottliebsen stares down our retail calamity; and Burgess tackles Australia's super conundrum.

Bega leverages its strategic wedge in the WCB war
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The surge in value of Bega's stake in Warrnambool Cheese and Butter has helped it make a higher scrip bid. If Bega wins, it may itself become a takeover target.

A market economy with Chinese characteristics
Alan Kohler
The question of whether Xi Jinping would focus on economic reform or clamping down on China’s incipient credit bubble has been answered: it’s all about reform.

Australia faces a humiliating retail calamity
Robert Gottliebsen
Australian retail is facing an impending fiasco. Rising internet sales mean stores can’t pass on higher costs imposed by the last government, and legions will be out of work.

The grant rotting housing from the inside
Callam Pickering
The first home owner grant recklessly shifts wealth towards home owners and investors, doing nothing to improve affordability.

How super corrupts our 'bourgeois bohemians'
Rob Burgess
The younger generation’s anticipation of inheriting a massive chunk of baby-boomer money is distorting the economy, and influencing the tone of Australia's Left-Right divide.

Borghetti’s bold boardroom trade-off
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Thursday’s capital raising will strengthen Virgin's defence against Qantas. But extra power for airlines on the register may create diplomatic headaches as they vie for power in the Australian market.

Elon Musk's electric dreams
Daniel Palmer
His prized Model S is feeling the heat, but Tesla chief Elon Musk is not one to recoil from challenges... which he still expects will include electric aircraft and mass-market electric cars.

Wake Up, Ten: it's time to diversify
Ben Shepherd
Australia’s increasingly two-tiered programming will make rebuilding Ten’s fortunes even harder for Hamish McLennan. And anyone expecting a breakfast show to turn around a network is fooling themselves.

What’s holding back the wall of money?
Rob Burgess
A government-backed securities market and simplified tax system are the two keys to benefiting millions of Australians by freeing the wealth locked up in their houses.

Clearing skies over England's economy
Callam Pickering
The Bank of England has improved its outlook for the UK economy. While the change raises questions about the bank's reliability, it's good news for Australian exporters

Hackett's NBN challenge
Supratim Adhikari and Harrison Polites
Internode founder Simon Hackett has been a vocal participant in the NBN debate and he is now in a position at NBN Co to make a very real difference. But just how meaningful his contribution will be remains to be seen.

A long march for China's national champions
John Lee
The Chinese Communist Party is keen to see its SOEs emerge as world-class multinational players, and still determined to grow the sector in the only way it knows how.

Four sharp pains to business confidence
Robert Gottliebsen
Mining, retail, the automotive industry and public service are understandably nervous as the walls crack around them. But the government is flat footed on the problems.

Abbott's first broken promise
Tristan Edis
Abbott promises the carbon tax repeal bill will reduce your bills. Before the election this included supermarket bills, but the repeal bill excludes the ACCC from doing anything about any item sold in supermarkets.

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