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In this week’s essential reading guide Kohler devises a quick fix to ballooning super charges, Gawenda charts capitalism’s new era, Bartholomeusz watches as NBN Co ups the ante and Burgess explains Hockey’s pensions debate.

Superannuation is too costly, so bill me
Alan Kohler
Superannuation is almost certainly the most expensive service you buy. But three fixes could eliminate the hidden advantages providers are receiving from ballooning charges.

NBN Co ups the ante in the broadband battle
Stephen Bartholomeusz
NBN Co's swift response to TPG's roll-out shows it is prepared to do whatever it takes to remain competitive amid direct threats to the NBN's business model.

Capitalism’s not what it used to be
Michael Gawenda
As debate grows in the US about jobs, wages and distribution of capital, Australian politicians have yet to fully articulate their response to a time of major technological and economic change.

Why Hockey’s safe to debate pensions
Rob Burgess
As a mass of affluent, Coalition-voting boomers heads into retirement, Joe Hockey is gambling that his plans to raise the pension age will receive little resistance.

Discounting a hollow shopper-docket victory
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The ACCC won a battle but lost the campaign with a court case that never asked whether or not supermarket shopper docket schemes substantially lessen competition.

The RBA’s caution is an economic hazard
Callam Pickering
The Reserve Bank should be doing more to balance rising house prices, weak business investment and the high dollar, but it has instead chosen a course of inaction.

Chinese banks are passing the buck
Peter Cai
Investors are becoming increasingly concerned about the deteriorating loan quality of Chinese banks, with a number of trends only serving to aggravate the issue.

Turning up the heat on TPG
Supratim Adhikari
NBN Co has signalled its intention to do whatever it takes to keep the likes of TPG at bay, but the tough talk needs to be backed up by resolute action.

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Pension cowardice puts Canberra in a pickle
Callam Pickering
The Coalition has a range of options to fix the budget with pension-related reforms that also reduce inequality. Instead, it seems Tony Abbott is kicking the can down the road.

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The clock is ticking on Australia’s housing boom
Callam Pickering
Frenzied speculation continues to drive up house prices in Sydney and Melbourne, with a bust increasingly on the cards. The timing has never mattered more for Australia's anaemic economy.

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