Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide Kohler translates a scary RBA speech, Gottliebsen warns of a possible market meltdown and Pickering looks at the strengthening US dollar.

Is Guy Debelle right?
Alan Kohler
The warnings from the Reserve Bank's assistant governor may have spooked some investors, but are they justified?

A taste of the market meltdown to come
Robert Gottliebsen
There are fundamental differences between what is happening in the markets now and the potential crisis we should be preparing for.

A stronger US dollar is a double-edged sword
Callam Pickering
A higher exchange rate could drive greater consumption in the US' struggling household sector, but it will also carry economic risks.

Barnett's futile attack on BHP and Rio
Cliona O’Dowd
Accusing BHP and Rio of collusion is a desperate move by WA Premier Colin Barnett, and it won't help repair the hole in the state budget.

Future-proofing the Future Fund
Victoria Thieberger
The nation’s $104bn sovereign wealth fund sees slower returns ahead, but plays down the risk of a meltdown in asset markets.

Business sides with Beijing in Hong Kong
Fergus Ryan
The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong has ignited debate by warning that pro-democracy protests might be detrimental to business.

The market stillness before the storm
Callam Pickering
In a climate of heightened uncertainty over global monetary policy and geopolitical tensions, unusually low market volatility could be a signal of more difficult times ahead.

A 'greedy' Telstra will test ACCC's resolve
Supratim Adhikari
Telstra’s call to the regulator to allow an increase in copper access prices highlights the perverse nature of the task the competition watchdog faces.

A chance for cheaper oil is slipping away
Daniel Palmer
A top global risk consultant says that stalled Iranian nuclear negotiations will put a floor under tumbling oil prices.

Putin's dairy war is hurting our farmers
Robert Gottliebsen
Russian President Vladimir Putin's embargo on dairy imports has hit global prices, and it's only going to get worse for Australian farmers.

Most read

PayPal's founders and Bitcoin's 'ridiculous' status
Jackson Hewett
Despite Bitcoin's notorious volatility, Silicon Valley investors believe the cryptocurrency has enormous potential to fix the financial system and thrive in emerging markets.

Most commented

Abbott's kinda right – coal was ‘good for humanity’
Tristan Edis
The Prime Minister may not be too good at science but he's very good on history - coal was good for humanity. You can demonise him and coal if you like, but far better to explain why science and technology trumps history.