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Kohler has some words of advice for Mathias Cormann, Gottliebsen warns aspiring moneymakers not to be seduced by a career in banking, and Bartholomeusz takes a close look at the Medibank IPO.

Yes, Minister, you should be committed
Alan Kohler
Mathias Cormann can't decide whether he is committed to implementing or dumping FoFA reforms, leaving the media thoroughly confused and the industry in knots.

Bye-bye, bankers: good managers will soon rule the roost
Robert Gottliebsen
Private equity firms are no longer banking on the wisdom of investment bankers to run business, opening up new avenues for aspiring moneymakers.

Why a Medibank IPO makes sense
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The government’s decision to pursue an initial public offering of Medibank Private will allow the insurer to compete more aggressively with a vast array of rival funds.

China sends Alibaba reeling with a regulatory king hit
Peter Cai
The Chinese central bank’s crackdown on fast-growing online financial transactions is a blow to the e-commerce giant, and comes as the pressure mounts on China’s traditional banks to reform and focus on their customers.

The five economic obstacles in the RBA's way
Callam Pickering
The economy has responded positively to low interest rates, but Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens will be wary of the structural and global hurdles looming in 2014.

A Senate Select Committee NBN blood feud
Supratim Adhikari
The committee installed to scrutinise the NBN has asked for a rewrite of the strategic review. But is political posturing taking precedence over process?

Clive Palmer – renewable energy’s unlikely saviour
Tristan Edis
Out of nowhere, the Palmer United Party has declared its support for the Renewable Energy Target. But is the chameleon Palmer's support a Senate certainty?

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Don’t tweak Minister, rethink
Alan Kohler
The Coalition's eight 'tweaks' to FoFA have the big banks' handwriting all over them. Instead of changing what was a clarifying piece of legislation the government needs to rethink its approach to the issue from the ground up.

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Why Australians may soon turn sour on their beloved banks
Robert Gottliebsen
Australian savers have embraced bank deposits, hybrids and shares, but two events could eventually bring an end to the love affair.

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