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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler takes on the bears, Gottliebsen analyses infrastructure investment and Bartholomeusz weighs up the risk of another financial crisis.

The markets are Teflon-coated with cash
Alan Kohler
Ongoing geopolitical turmoil has done little to trouble financial markets, which have been propped up by extremely loose monetary policies. The bears are starting to lose credibility.

Is another financial crisis on the cards?
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Financial markets seem complacent about the levels of risk within the system at present, but changes to the US regulatory environment could bring about some unintended consequences.

How far must real incomes fall
Rob Burgess
GDP growth parted company from income growth in 1999 – and there's every sign real wages are now set for a decline. How unions behave will make a significant difference for everyone.

Infrastructure investment needs a super shake-up
Robert Gottliebsen
Many self-managed super funds are about to get hit as bank shares come under pressure from disruptive new players. Opening up infrastructure investment could plug the gap.

It’s time to rethink super
Alan Kohler
With contributions mandated by law and no price regulation, super fund managers are riding the best gravy train around. But focusing on liquid assets is not the best way to serve their customers.

How Abbott’s driving us back to the future
Rob Burgess
Lack of public transport infrastructure investment and a slightly lower fuel price are keeping Australians in their cars, and hitting productivity in the process.

The Toyoda family: Japan’s answer to Henry Ford
Peter Cai
Four generations and two wars later, the Toyoda family still presides over the largest carmaker in the world. But there is much pressure on the current heir to steer Toyota through difficult times.

Are students revolting, or is it economics?
Steve Keen
Mainstream economists have long ignored the dynamics of private debt, money and banks to their detriment. Now more than ever, a realistic and non-orthodox approach to economics is needed.

Cash for comment in China’s murky media world
Fergus Ryan
Alibaba's decision to go public with the news that it was being blackmailed by a Chinese media group is the first step in tackling the widespread corruption in the industry.

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The three forces pushing Australia towards recession
Callam Pickering
With ballooning household debt, huge banks leveraged to the hilt and a gargantuan Chinese housing bubble on our doorstep, complacent policymakers are letting Australia drift into dangerous waters.

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Searching for the ‘real’ Tony Abbott
Michael Gawenda
The MH17 tragedy has led some commentators to focus on the Prime Minister’s ‘true’ character – forgetting that we’ve played this fruitless game before.

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