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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler appraises the financial markets, Bartholomeusz wrestles with iron ore's slump and Gottliebsen looks at big political and corporate blunders.

The deceptive calm of financial markets
Alan Kohler
Financial markets may appear tranquil, but the reality is that they are wildly distorted by low interest rates. The prospect of restrictive US monetary policy will throw Australian markets into uncharted territory.

China's gloomy forecast for iron ore miners
Stephen Bartholomeusz
While big miners continue to ramp up iron ore production, a new report from China's key economic planning agency points to a dramatic slowdown in the country's demand for steel.

Five ways to cover up a massive blunder
Robert Gottliebsen
Time and time again, corporate leaders and politicians make atrocious decisions with terrible consequences. Here’s how they get away with them.

How Abbott's asking CEOs to share the pain
Rob Burgess
The debate surrounding the Coalition's reforms has largely focused on the plight of Australians from lower socio-economic groups, but alarm bells will soon be ringing in corporate boardrooms.

The crunch at the end of the asset honeymoon
Robert Gottliebsen
Low interest rates aren’t going anywhere and investors continue to flock to property and the broader sharemarket. Rising inflation and a squeeze in asset values are waiting down the line.

Has the property boom run out of steam?
Callam Pickering
The Australian real estate market is facing significant headwinds, but whether or not a true downturn is upon us is harder to define, with some statistical anomalies and seasonal factors in the mix.

Solving China’s local government debt problem
Peter Cai
Giving local jurisdictions ownership over their own debt is an important first step, but without a proper legal framework in place Beijing's new policy could make things worse.

Six of the best inventions from Aussie families
Chris Kohler
Families have long been the pioneers behind some of the world's most important and iconic inventions. Here are six of Australia's finest.

Missing the point on education elitism
Daniel Palmer
Changes to higher education have caused uproar across the country, but have we been too hasty in the response to change? No matter how you twist it, we are still a long way from the inequality of the US system.

Solar - an expensive time bomb threat to Toorak and Double Bay
Tristan Edis
Maybe the fervent opposition to government clean energy policies by some newspaper editors just comes down to a simple lack of aptitude with Google?

My iPhone's being held hostage, help!
Hannah Francis
Australian Apple device owners have been the latest victims of a ransomware attack. How did it happen, and what should you do if you're targeted?

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Abbott should just announce his tax cuts
Alan Kohler
The federal budget's spending cuts are designed to ensure that tax relief will be part of the Coalition's 2016 election campaign, but the delicate situation in the Senate could derail Abbott's strategy.

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Seeing through the mirage of affordable housing
Callam Pickering
Recent reports suggest that housing affordability in Australia has reached its highest point in more than a decade, but there are several reasons why that conclusion is dubious.

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