In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler warns the NBN may crush Turnbull, Gottliebsen has his eye on the MRRT's potential property hit, Bartholomeusz explains AXA's awkward post-NAB options, and Maley asks if the US will let China bully Japan.

Exquisite media dilemma
Alan Kohler
Already struggling Australian publishers are now trying to balance the need to discount cover prices to maintain print circulation and ad revenue while also trying to build a case for charging an online cover price.

The NBN may crush Turnbull
Alan Kohler
Tony Abbott has given Malcolm Turnbull possibly the worst job in the parliament. As the NBN is inexorably rolled out, his job will be to sit on the sidelines jeering.

Grasping the MRRT's property peril
Robert Gottliebsen
The Greens and the independents have no idea of the danger their mining tax policies pose to Australian home owners. Luckily those charged with finding a way to implement the MRRT, do.

Awkward AXA options
Stephen Bartholomeusz
NAB might be out of the race for AXA APH, but the target is now worth more than AMP can afford. After four failed attempts, it's up to AXA SA to either fill that gap, or walk away.

Testing Turnbull's NBN mettle
Stephen Bartholomeusz
It may be an awkward political assignment for Malcolm Turnbull, but the government's unconvincing financial case for the NBN, or its broader benefits, give him plenty to work with.

Will the US let China bully Japan?
Karen Maley
China has been forcing up the yen via record purchases of Japanese government bonds, leading Japan's government to intervene in currency markets this week. For the time being the US is not stepping into the brawl – but for how long?

The nerves pushing gold higher
Karen Maley
Central banks have good reason to be increasing their gold buying while the US keeps open the possibility of further quantitative easing. Investors are following suit.

Kloppers outflanks the pollies on carbon
Rob Burgess
The BHP chief's take on carbon shows the shift towards a low-carbon economy does not need to be a battle between the market and big business on one side, and 'right thinking' politics on the other.

Two ways to beat debt addiction
Steve Keen
Wealth from leveraged speculation on asset prices is the opiate that addicts us to debt. If we're going to avoid future crises, we have to get rid of the opium.

What's really changed with Labor?
Natasha Stott Despoja
On the face of it, the 'new paradigm' is a fresh chapter in the way Australia is governed. But there is one big issue on which we seem to be going backwards.

The books Europe's stress tests overlooked
Adrian Blundell-Wignall & Patrick Slovik, OECD
No wonder investors aren't buying Europe's bank stress tests – with assessors failing to include lenders' debt-laden banking books, a series of bank collapses is still very possible.

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