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In this week's essential reading guide, Bartholomeusz examines what to do about the 'too big to fail' banks, while Maley tracks the return of the bond vigilantes.

Let the finger pointing begin
Stephen Bartholomeusz
An inquiry into the US financial crisis highlights the need for higher standards for the 'too big to fail' banks and calls for tighter regulations to insure against the moral hazard they may otherwise create.

Not sweet enough
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Bright Food's last-minute 'expression of interest' for CSR's sugar and biofuels businesses is missing some vital ingredients.  Return of the bond vigilantes
Karen Maley
The mood in bond markets is frighteningly reminiscent of the late 1980s, as traders watch every step taken by developed nations' governments to reduce their massive debts.

The banks have Swan cornered
Karen Maley
In her debut daily column for Business Spectator, Karen Maley argues the big four banks are exploiting their new market power, but there's little Treasurer Wayne Swan can do – except, perhaps, study the mistakes of the recent past.

China taps the brakes
Isabelle Oderberg
The tighter bank liquidity requirements announced by the Chinese government will set some minds at rest about a system strained by unsustainable lending growth.

The five threats to China
Isabelle Oderberg
Beijing faces immense challenges in 2010 to balance economic and political forces in an economy threatening to overheat. 

Who will own Electric Avenue?
Rob Burgess
Electric cars promise to revolutionise transport by cutting both motoring costs and emissions of CO2 – which is why a 'land grab' for charging station locations may soon be underway. 

Should lawyers eat only what they kill?
Paul Quinn
Over the last decade the traditional lockstep model of remuneration in legal partnerships has slowly broken down – now it's time for solicitors' salaries to follow suit.

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