EDITORS' PICKS

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler examines the move to ban commissions for financial planners, Gottliebsen looks at the Gorgon deal and Bartholomeusz reveals why Rio Tinto is getting back on track.

KGB TV: Ian Smith
Gottliebsen, Bartholomeusz
The CEO of Newcrest is bullish on the gold price and admits that a takeover of the miner would be an attractive proposition to sector giants Newmont or Barrick.

A coup for financial planning
Alan Kohler
ASIC's recommendation of a ban on financial planning commissions and the introduction of a fiduciary duty for planners heralds a revolution in how financial advice is provided and paid for.

What Gorgon means for Australia
Robert Gottliebsen
The Gorgon gas deal with China will bring huge direct revenue benefits, but it also strengthens an amazing link between the Australian dollar and the Chinese economy.

Rock-solid Rio
Stephen Bartholomeusz
After an absolutely horrific year, Rio Tinto has come out the other end with a relatively reinforced balance sheet and sees stability going forward. Let's just hope it's learnt its lessons.

That other broadband revolution
Tony Boyd
By forcing Telstra to charge its competitors a set price to access its network, the regulator is fuelling a profit bonanza for selected internet service providers.

Carsales.com joins the fast lane
Q&A by Isabelle Oderberg
PBL will eventually seek to exit its stake in Carsales.com, says CEO Greg Roebuck, who considered listing the group last year, but abandoned the idea as the market slumped.