In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler looks for the bond market's next victim, Gottliebsen weighs up China's lending power, Bartholomeusz apportions some of the NBN blame back with Telstra and Maley rains on the big four banks' parade.

Greece silences the bond hounds
Alan Kohler
A few days ago the bond market was baying for Greece's blood. But deep cuts in Greece's budget silenced the market. So now the question is – which country will they bark at next.

Don't privatise the NBN
Alan Kohler
For the NBN project to work best for Australia it needs to be on a very tight leash – forever. That means remaining a government utility.

Chaos looms for SMEs
Robert Gottliebsen
Assistant Treasurer Nick Sherry has been saved once before from making a monumental policy mistake. Small contractors will be hoping that the Henry tax review prevents another looming blunder.

The power of China's money
Robert Gottliebsen
China has the money to ease the borrowing pain of struggling western nations – and it knows it. This boost to China's global power is dramatically changing the nation’s internal structure.

Telstra can't just blame Conroy
Stephen Bartholomeusz
While the NBN is a major negative influence on Telstra’s share price, the continuing erosion in its value is also partly, and significantly, of its own making.

Vulture banks return
Stephen Bartholomeusz
There is an opportunistic and accelerating land grab going on in Asia as institutions that survived the financial crisis take advantage of the unique window of opportunity created by those who didn’t.

Have big four profits peaked?
Karen Maley
Life is about as good as it gets for the big four banks – but not for long. Their sheer size means that pressure from politicians and customers will only increase.

Greece on a shoe-string
Karen Maley
By slashing its budget deficit by more than the EU has been demanding, Greece is attempting to take the high ground in demanding financial assistance from France and Germany.

Pollies in search of street cred
Natasha Stott Despoja
Is it sheer folly for a politician to appear in a tutu, fishnets or feather boa?

WalMart's carbon ultimatum
Giles Parkinson
The world's largest retailer is cutting carbon in its supply chain, with or without government help.

Thailand's twin shocks
Sarah Danckert
Grenade attacks in Bangkok following the seizing of $1.5 billion of Thaksin Shinawatra's assets will be a major set-back for the Thai economy.



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