In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler looks at how the stimulus will actually create fear, Gottliebsen explains why business lending rates remain too high and Bartholomeusz examines BHP Billiton's profit result.

The paradox of stimulus
Alan Kohler
The government's new stimulus package will create new fear as quickly as new jobs, meaning that rather than resurrecting the economy it is likely to have quite the opposite effect.

Canberra is destroying jobs
Robert Gottliebsen
Small to medium-sized businesses are struggling with exorbitant interest rates and, as a result, shedding more staff than would otherwise be necessary. Alarmingly, it's the pressure on banks from the government and opposition that is to blame.

Mining's model citizen
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The quality of its assets, the diversity of its cash flows and a modest level of gearing have placed BHP in an enviable position at a time when most of its competitors are being forced to de-risk their balance sheets permanently.

Death of the equity cult?
Tony Boyd
After expanding their asset allocation towards stocks for most of the 20th century, pension funds are swinging back towards bonds prompting some analysts to suggest that equities may have finally run out of puff. 

Not for the love of money
Q&A by Isabelle Oderberg
Craigslist is one of the most visited websites in the English speaking world, managing to serve over 550 cities with less than 30 staff. But monetising its success is never at the top of CEO Jim Buckmaster's list of priorities.

The silver lining
Giles Parkinson
Despite its devastating economic impact, the global financial crisis may deliver environmental benefits as green initiatives begin to be viewed as a source of stimulus, rather than a cost.

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