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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler tackles the politics of oil, Gottliebsen sheds light on dodgy sharemarket practices and Bartholomeusz analyses the intensifying battle for DJs.

Lew stakes his claim in the DJs battle
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Solomon Lew's disclosure of his 10 per cent stake in David Jones has created a number of options that will give him leverage over the retailer and Woolworths, but he needs to act quickly.

As US oil output rises, the Middle East falls apart
Alan Kohler
Oil production in the US has surpassed the combined output of Iraq and Kuwait. As self-sufficiency beckons, the rest of the world can no longer rely on the US to protect energy security in the Middle East.

The illegal practice rotting our sharemarket
Robert Gottliebsen
Companies feed analysts their profit predictions through winks, nods and code words in a broken system that leaves small investors behind. Company directors to be clearer with the broader market.

What the Shell sell-down means for Woodside
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Shell's long-awaited sale of its stake in Woodside Petroleum removes overhang from the market and will provide Woodside with a way to use its excess balance sheet capacity and leverage returns to shareholders.

Redraft the bloody bill, Minister
Alan Kohler
The Senate committee's FoFA report is a quietly worded plea for Mathias Cormann to reconsider his proposed amendments to the bill. He should, but only after the Senate concludes its ASIC inquiry.

China takes the corporate debt crown
Peter Cai
China now has more outstanding corporate debt than any other country in the world. The global debt market is more exposed than ever to the opaque Chinese shadow banking sector.

Abbott must not yield to construction villains
Robert Gottliebsen
Ending cartel-style agreements in the building sector will have a high political cost for the Coalition, particularly in NSW, but Tony Abbott must take on these vested interests for the good of Australia.

Why the Fed isn't worried about inflation
Callam Pickering
The recent surge in US inflation may push higher in coming months as the outlook for jobs strengthens, but the Fed won't need to act until there is sufficient wage growth.

Lithuania's eurozone entry is a big problem for Germany
Oliver Marc Hartwich
Thanks to the ECB's peculiar system of governance, eurozone monetary policy will soon no longer require approval of all member states.

The world’s largest payment card company you've probably never heard of
Peter Cai
China's own payment card company has emerged as a serious challenger to Visa and Mastercard. Australian businesses can't afford to be without it.

New apps star in Apple's evolving core vision
Supratim Adhikari
Apple’s annual pitch to the developers is over and as the dust settles businesses need to keep an eye on how the tech giant sees the world.

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Tony, we need to talk about your gambling problem
Tristan Edis
Mr Abbott, your coalition of the unwilling is struggling to gain recruits, and China's leaders are promising a phase-down of coal. Do you really think it's wise to double down on fossil fuels?

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The RBA's glass half-full spin is no easy job
Callam Pickering
The end of the mining boom will weigh on our labour market for some time yet, and an ageing population will do us no favours.