EDITORS' PICKS

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler sniffs out who was responsible for the Greek crisis, Gottliebsen asks if Canberra is up to the job, Bartholomeusz looks at a new banking frontier and Maley examines the hedge funds cashing in on Europe's woes.

Goldman's Greek indiscretion
Alan Kohler
Goldman Sachs is under siege as world leaders round on the bank over currency swaps with the Greek government that disguised the true state of the nation's finances.

Our political bull run
Alan Kohler
Australian politicians are disgracing themselves daily in parliament. But as long as foreign investors don't notice, there are plenty of reasons for Australian stocks to keep rising.

Brace for the new security laws
Robert Gottliebsen
Regulatory changes to the laws governing security held against loans, quietly ushered in by the government, will drastically alter the way a vast number of businesses operate.

More than Canberra can chew
Robert Gottliebsen
The public service is being asked to undertake tasks for which it does not have the required experience. This has already harmed Peter Garrett and Penny Wong – Julia Gillard may be next.

Wesfarmers' retail rehab
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Wesfarmers' handling of the struggling businesses it acquired from Coles offers some valuable insight into how to succeed in the ever-changing world of retail.

Money without bankers
Stephen Bartholomeusz
This week’s update from Westpac on its first quarter performance underscores a transformational change in the way the bigger corporates are financing themselves.

Releasing the Greek Furies
Karen Maley
Hedge funds are taking large bets against the euro as European political chiefs turn their fire on global investment banks for their role in the Greek debt crisis.

Beijing's debt offensive
Karen Maley
As President Barack Obama prepares to meet the Dalai Lama later today, he'll be feeling the mounting pressure of China's decision to vigorously sell US government debt

China's missing trillions
Isabelle Oderberg
New data suggests China's official GDP figures may be out by trillions – but if so, the structural imbalances in its economy are not nearly as bad as economists fear.

Secret China business
Isabelle Oderberg
Following the arrest of mining executives, claims of governmental espionage and 'Googlegate', Australian businesses are radically changing the way they operate in China

Polls are the mother of invention
Natasha Stott-Despoja
Tony Abbott may still have a 'woman problem', but his pronouncements on paid parental leave show he's seeing things from the other side of the ironing board.

Banning global warming
Giles Parkinson
New state-level legislation threatens to complicate any moves by the US government to control greenhouse emissions.

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