In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler keeps up his vigil on the Telstra-NBN saga, Gottliebsen sizes up the NAB vs AMP contest for AXA and Bartholomeusz looks at the modus operandi of the ATO and the RBA.

A coalition of Telstra's willing
Alan Kohler
The government and Telstra had more talks on Friday about the NBN negotiations. With both sets of combatants backed into their respective corners the time to deal is now.

America is being outplayed
Alan Kohler
China is openly gaming the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to further impoverish and encircle the United States, adding to the pain of chronic US debt.

History favours NAB over AMP
Robert Gottliebsen
There's a lot more to National Australia Bank's opportunistic bid for AXA Asia Pacific than meets the eye – especially if you consider the long history between all of the parties involved.

Superannuation split in two
Robert Gottliebsen
In the wake of the interim Cooper report on superannuation we should prepare for a fight for the hearts and minds of middle and lower income Australia between AMP and similar groups on the one side, and industry funds on the other.

The ATO's private problem
Stephen Bartholomeusz
There are a number of problems with the ATO's draft determinations regarding TPG's transfer of its Myer profits offshore. Using Wikipedia as its key reference on private equity probably wasn't the best start.

Rates, rhyme and reason
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The minutes of the RBA's last board meeting reveal some 'puzzling and mildly disturbing' reasoning behind their decision to raise rates for a third time in a row.

Calculated treachery
Mark Westfield
Key manoeuvres in the last days of Malcolm Turnbull's leadership have left the Liberal Party hostage to a minority.

What's Woodside up to?
Mike Mangan
In the first of a two-part series, fund manager Mike Mangan runs a rule over Woodside's existing assets and finds a company managing a facility worth 5 per cent of the nation's GDP.

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