Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler analyses Australia's super funds, Gottliebsen eyes an ASX growth opportunity and Bartholomeusz appraises Gail Kelly's legacy.

A clean slate for Westpac's new CEO
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Gail Kelly will leave Westpac in pristine condition, and the timing of her exit will allow her successor Brian Hartzer an opportunity to carve out his own strategies for the regulatory challenges ahead.

Super funds must get better at global investing
Alan Kohler
As Australian superannuation funds outgrow the local pool of assets, their only option is to look for investing opportunities offshore.

A Chinese growth opportunity on the ASX
Robert Gottliebsen
Premiere Eastern Energy, controlled by China’s Zhan family, will list on the ASX to help fund the company’s petrol stations expansion across China. Others could soon follow.

Hockey's Treasury attacks return to haunt him
Rob Burgess
In opposition, Joe Hockey criticised Labor for releasing overly optimistic budget forecasts, but next month's MYEFO may prove to be a thorn in his side.

Coming to terms with Australia's negative income shock
Callam Pickering
Sluggish wage growth will persist for at least another couple of years, and the ongoing weakness will have a significant impact on the economy

MYEFO is Hockey's chance to set the record straight
Callam Pickering
Forget the political blame game. The Treasurer should use MYEFO to fully inform the public about the budget and the need for tax reforms.

Putin delivers another vicious blow to Australia
Robert Gottliebsen
The latest Russian gas deal is a huge setback for Australia's LNG industry but the Abbott government still doesn't fully understand what this means for the country.

A reality check for Australia's economic pessimists
Adam Carr
Policymakers and pessimistic talking heads have long anticipated the Australian economy's demise, but positive news out of the US should prove them wrong.

Virgin insures itself against Tiger turbulence
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Despite improved market conditions, Virgin Australia's plan for a US debt raising is a prudent one.

We need China inside the global economic tent
Peter Cai
If China is not offered a more meaningful role in the current system of international economic governance, Beijing will continue to strike out on its own.

Most read

The great Australian land grab
Florence Chong
Asian developers are paying record prices to snap up land across Australia, and many local property players are being priced out. But don’t think this is only a short-term phenomenon. It’s definitely not.

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Labor gives up RET negotiations, will the Libs buckle?
Tristan Edis
Labor has little to lose from playing hardball with the Coalition on this issue. The question now shifts to how vulnerable the government feels