EDITOR'S PICKS

In this week's round-up Kohler questions the superannuation guarantee, Gottliebsen sounds a warning for the economy after NAB's results, Bartholomeusz examines the impact of BankWest's results on CBA, and we farewell Dick Pratt.

Super blooper
Alan Kohler
If we could turn back time to 1992 and make the superannuation guarantee a tax, rather than a legislated way of fuelling a 'financial advice' boom, how much better off would we be?

Wake-up call for analysts
Robert Gottliebsen
Australia's recession has moved from large, highly borrowed enterprises to the general business community. To those analysts caught out by NAB's results, take note – this will not be a short-lived affair.

CBA's caution in the crisis
Stephen Bartholomeusz
BankWest's soaring loan impairment expenses show that what appeared to be a bargain basement buy for Commonwealth Bank was actually an exercise in fiscal prudence

Macquarie's liquid liability
Tony Boyd
While its high levels of liquidity is a drag on earnings, it is in line with the conservatism Macquarie has shown during the financial crisis.

What's the point of working?
Q&A by Isabelle Oderberg
Whether you’re in an upturn or a downturn the meaning of work doesn't change, says philosopher and author Alain de Botton.

Dick Pratt: From rags to writs
James Thomson
Australians love the story of the migrant who arrives with nothing and is driven to create a business empire worth billions. Yet in the story of Richard Pratt, separating myth from reality isn't easy.

Generous to a fault?
Rob Burgess
Whether or not Richard Pratt’s charitable works were calculated to maximise his own standing, it is the general state of philanthropy in Australia that should be put under the microscope following the billionaire’s death.

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