Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler uncovers a family recipe for green goo and Gottliebsen sees the writing on the wall for negative gearing.

The amazing Sue Ismiel and her daughters
Alan Kohler
Remarkable entrepreneurship grew one ball of sticky green goo into a $40 million per year empire.

The man paid to kill off fossil fuel divestment
Tristan Edis
An old member of the anti-carbon regulation brigade has suddenly reemerged on the scene, talking down fossil fuel divestment. Could this suggest fossil fuel companies might just be scared of the movement?

Breaking the big four’s bad habits
Callam Pickering
The big four are desperate to head off further regulation that could flow from the Murray Inquiry. If they succeed, it will be at the tax payer's expense.

The AUD is already looking over-sold
Adam Carr
Just about everyone thinks the dollar is headed lower, but don't be too sure. On the economics alone, it's already looking cheap.

China shifts from imitation to innovation
Fergus Ryan
Online payment system Alipay may be China's answer to Paypal, but like so many 'copies' it is starting to move well beyond the product it imitates.

A fresh start for NAB as Thorburn cleans house
Victoria Thieberger
NAB’s new chief executive is not wasting any time when it comes to dealing with the land mines left behind by Cameron Clyne.

Board to death: Our fat, dumb corporations are clueless on innovation
Sandy Plunkett
Our captains of industry are underexposed to entrepreneurship, technology-driven disruption and competitive friction.

Entrepreneurs can unlock China's regional riches
Peter Cai
A former US-based economics professor turned SOE executive says China's economic future rests with entrepreneurs, not state-planners.

Facebook is TV's ice bucket challenge
Alan Kohler
Facebook's critics thought its video advertising push would be a flop. They were wrong, and the implications for the TV industry are huge.

Did we learn nothing from the GFC?
Callam Pickering
A global survey of debt shows Australia in the middle of the pack overall, but with exceptionally high debt in the household sector.

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The clock is ticking on negative gearing
Robert Gottliebsen
The government may not want to touch the negative gearing of investment properties, but plunging tax revenues may force it to act.

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BHP's robot army will cut costs
Cliona O'Dowd
BHP plans to quadruple the amount of automation hauling iron ore to cut costs as the real price war begins.

 

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