In this week's essential reading guide Kohler sums up the super debate, Gottliebsen highlights a commodities conundrum, Bartholomeusz notes BHP's quiet gas bonanza and Koukoulas reflects on Europe's worst stress.

What we talk about when we talk about super
Alan Kohler
No one knows if they’re saving enough, most feel they’ll fall short anyway, and pension reductions are relatively small against foregone tax revenue. Why aren’t these things headlining our super debate?

Can stocks keep lifting a hefty copper weight?
Robert Gottliebsen
Global stock markets have mostly pushed higher despite key commodity markets falling, and investors will watch nervously to see if this unlikely run can been maintained.

Stevens is stuck between a frenzy and a hard place
Robert Gottliebsen
A jump in inner Sydney's apartment market points to a broader dilemma the Reserve Bank faces: hold or lift rates and cause a spike in the dollar, or lower them and trigger a housing bubble.

BHP quietly cooking with gas
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The rebound in the US gas price has cast a new light over Marius Kloppers' much maligned shale investment in Fayetteville and also bodes well for Australian LNG producers.

Don't turn off life support in times of crisis
Stephen Koukouas
New data showing the GFC's devastating effect on Europeans' health highlights the importance of a strong social safety net and health funding in times of economic stress.

Coalition to end the NBN monopoly
Alan Kohler
In addition to the use of copper, Malcolm Turnbull’s plan will cut the national broadband network's cost by enabling Telstra to compete with it.

Turnbull's whiter-than-white elephant?
Rob Burgess
As Malcolm Turnbull pivots from thorn in Tony Abbott’s side to saintly NBN demolisher, some weak points in the Coalition’s broadband plan are being overlooked.

Defanged by division: why the anti-euros can't win
Oliver Marc Hartwich
Down south they hate the euro for one reason, in the north it's for another. Within countries there are even more divisions and because of this the euro lingers.

Why the yuan is still an international pretender
John Lee
Any idea that a currency conversion deal between Australia and China heralds the yuan's genuine internationalisation is overblown and will remain so until Beijing drastically liberalises its markets.

Shrink wrap tightens around Fairfax papers
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Fairfax’s latest restructure should enable significant cost reductions but may also blur its mastheads' identities. And it’s not the last hard decision Greg Hywood will have to make.

Greenspan's bullish, time to sell
Steve Keen
The rapid rise in markets over the last year should theoretically boost GDP and consumer confidence. But look closely at the data and a different, and troubling, picture emerges.

Lucky leverage for market kings and oracles
Bill Gross - Pimco
Public investing icons sometimes forget to look in the mirror and ask how much of their success is due to their style matching the times.

Ten years of turbulence could topple China
Martin Wolf - Financial Times
Japan's history provides unnerving waymarks for Beijing as it enters an economic slowdown and attempts to make a high-risk soft landing.

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