Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler notes the importance of a bullish Fed and Gottliebsen eyes the potential for a retail surge.

A bullish Fed changes everything
Alan Kohler
The Fed has finally acknowledged that the US economy is out of danger. Its latest statement is a game changer.

Why we shouldn’t hate the GST
Callam Pickering
Australia faces a tough choice between eroded public services or an increase in the tax base. To achieve the latter, a GST increase is the clear winner.

We should welcome China’s infrastructure bank
Peter Cai
China remains locked out of major global institutions, but plans to change that through the Asian Infrastructure Bank. Australia should join in.

Open the Future Fund to all Australians
John Wylie
The Future Fund's unique investing style has produced excellent returns. They should be made available to all investors.

How mature is Tony Abbott?
Tristan Edis
Tony Abbott is calling for a 'mature' debate on the GST. Yet just one simple chart illustrates how his choice of the scare campaign is a so much easier route to political power.

NBN panic could sink our broadband future
Paul Budde
Is Malcolm Turnbull now in a similar position to the one Stephen Conroy found himself in back in 2009?

Retailers face cut-throat competition
Victoria Thieberger
Cosy profits in retail are a thing of the past. From home-improvement to groceries and clothing, a new kind of competition lies ahead.

Reaganomics, not QE, caused inequality
Alan Kohler
With Janet Yellen, Rupert Murdoch and Joe Hockey all warning of rising inequality, it's time to point the finger at the real cultprit – policies begun by Reagan.

From carbon tax to spending spree
Robert Gottliebsen
The carbon tax may have slowed emissions, but it also hit consumer confidence and spending. Now that it's gone, a retail resurgence is on its way.

On the brink of monetary catastrophe
Adam Carr
The US has run lazy fiscal and monetary policy for too long. Action from developed nations to restore monetary discipline is urgently needed to prevent a calamity.

The cloud over this year's bank profits
Cliona O'Dowd
Investors have become used to stellar profits from Australian banks. However, this year's headline figures, even if good, will need to be read more carefully.

Xenophon's theoretical stick and Hunt's missing carrots
Tristan Edis
The government's Direct Action scheme will pass the Senate but it doesn't pass muster. 

REVIEW: Apple iPad Air 2
Adam Turner
Ludicrously thin and ridiculously powerful, Apple's latest tablet is a worthy successor to the original iPad Air and more of a leap forward than you would expect.

Egging on female employees
Alan Kohler
Facebook, Apple and others are offering female staff the chance to freeze their eggs to help them forge ahead with their careers. Is it the ultimate staff benefit, or something scary?

The Coalition's metadata agenda: Q&A with Scott Ludlam
David Swan
The Coalition is prosecuting a flawed and expensive regulation of technology that it barely understands and national security has nothing do with it.

Most read

The truth behind the Medibank hype
Victoria Thieberger
Reports that demand for Medibank shares is 'several times' the number on offer have fooled many, but previous floats explain why all is not as it seems.

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House prices have created a ‘lost generation’
Rob Burgess
The despair of a younger generation with little prospect of getting on the property ladder is aggravated by the knowledge that their parent's generation had it so much easier.