In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler plugs into the electric car debate, Gottliebsen gauges the rage of Telstra shareholders, Bartholomeusz lifts the lid on 'fail-safe' CoCo bonds and Maley questions the stability of the stock market.

The cars that ate Australia
Alan Kohler
A new industrial revolution is unfolding with the advent of electric vehicles that are cleaner, faster and ultimately cheaper than petrol vehicles. But this revolution will also kill Australian manufacturing.

The mother of all policy blunders?
Alan Kohler
Tony Abbott's parental leave policy shows the coalition has abandoned its basic free-market philosophy and careful policy approach in favour of populism and guesswork.

The rage building over Telstra
Robert Gottliebsen
The Telstra stand-off with the NBN ultimately hinges on the value of its doomed copper network. The shareholder anger this is generating is increasingly being aimed at Rudd and Conroy.

Our banking double standard
Robert Gottliebsen
While markets in the US and Australia herald economic recovery, the behaviour of our banks – especially toward retailers and property developers – tells a very different story.

The perils of fail-safe capital
Stephen Bartholomeusz
A new form of hybrid capital for banks, known as contingent capital or CoCo bonds, while being hailed by regulators as a way of safeguarding bank capital could leave banks open to a run.

The real Grecian scourge
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is in an awful position, but blaming speculation for the cost of servicing unsustainable debt is a distraction from the core issues and their causes.

Surviving a roller-coaster market
Karen Maley
Wild stock market gyrations over the past decade have ruined the retirement plans of millions. So why should we trust current stock valuations to hold?

Greece can't wait for an 'EMF'
Karen Maley
Next week’s meeting of eurozone leaders should sketch out what a European Monetary Fund will look like, but it's unlikely to be of much use to Greece.

PetroChina's hunger for deals
Isabelle Oderberg
PetroChina's acquisition plans are driven by more than China's need to secure energy supplies.

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