Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler tackles Australia's hot property, Gottliebsen bids farewell to the influence of the City of London and Bartholomeusz looks at the declining Australian dollar.

London's days as a financial powerhouse are coming to an end
Robert Gottliebsen
No matter which way Scotland votes on independence, London's decline as a global financial centre is all but guaranteed. And that's good news for Australia.

The RBA's dollar dreams might come true
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The RBA's jawboning failed to move the stubbornly high dollar, but conditions in the US appear to be having a bigger impact.

Waiting for the wealth shock to wear off
Rob Burgess
The end to growth of household assets ahead of wages has left Australians traumatised. How long will it take to recover from that jolt?

The Fed's tentative steps towards a rate rise
Callam Pickering
As concerns linger over the US labour market and wage growth, the Federal Reserve remains cagey about the timing of raising rates.

What's next after Lew's Premier performance?
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Premier Retail's stellar performance has led to plenty of speculation about its growth ambitions. Myer could be a plum acquisition, but there are plenty of other options.

Banking's double disruption
Alan Kohler
Digital wallets and P2P lending will do more than simply reduce banks' margins -- they'll completely break up the business of banking as we know it.

The telcos' grand iPhone 6 designs
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Despite the diminishing effects of successive iPhone launches on dynamics between Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, the iPhone 6 is a big deal.

On the IS debate, Labor is missing in action
Michael Gawenda
The absence of parliamentary debate about Australia's involvement in the IS intervention means that unqualified assertions made by Tony Abbott and the Greens are going unchallenged.

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Will China's dirty coal ban hurt Australian miners?
Tristan Edis
Some media are suggesting that a move by China to ban the use of dirtier forms of coal will hurt Australian coal exports – but the opposite could be true.

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Houses could be overvalued for a very long time
Alan Kohler
Expensive property is not necessarily a bad thing, and the current housing shortage, combined with strong demand, is simply the market at work.

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