Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler delves into the Murray report, Bartholomeusz analyses the severity of the commodities sell-off and Gottliebsen looks at the oil price slide.


Australia’s fossil fuel assets may be stranded
Alan Kohler
The Coalition’s ‘catch-up’ conversion to climate change completely alters the game for Australia’s coal, oil and natural gas industries.

Why markets were caught short by the commodities sell-off
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The severity of the sell-off in commodities suggests that markets vastly underestimated the impact of the unwinding of carry trades alongside spluttering growth in China and weakness elsewhere.

Brace for the knock-on effects of the oil price slide
Robert Gottliebsen
The low oil price, coupled with Australia’s LNG gas disaster, will have wide-ranging repercussions and potentially see some companies go broke.

David Murray has gone rogue
Alan Kohler
The government probably thought that appointing an ex-banker to head the Financial System Inquiry would work out in their favour, but it's turned out to be an absolute shocker.

Murray’s glaring omission
Callam Pickering
The Murray inquiry could have gone harder by recommending restrictions on bank lending to take the heat out of housing.

Greece’s presidential gamble could trigger the next eurozone crisis
Oliver Marc Hartwich
Just as the Greek economy was finding its feet, political uncertainty has reared its head, with huge implications for the eurozone.

Can democracy survive new media?
Rob Burgess
The social media revolution has changed the dynamic between politicians and the media, but the need for good journalism remains as strong as ever.

Property investors should heed APRA's warning
Callam Pickering
If property investment continues to surge, it will be only a matter of time be

A Chinese banking star’s advice for CBA
Peter Cai
As Beijing pulls out all stops to boost lending to fund-starved SMEs, CBA's unconventional approach has put it in a sweet spot.

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REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Krishan Sharma
Samsung’s latest super phone made a stellar debut but does the Galaxy Note 4 have the chops to put the iPhone 6 Plus back in its place?


Most commented

The fiscal storm confronting young Australia
Rob Burgess
Economic and demographic changes mean younger Australians are facing a perfect storm of bad luck -- and there’s no quick fix.


Video of the Week

KGB Interview: David Murray
Alan Kohler & Robert Gottliebsen & Stephen Bartholomeusz
Financial System Inquiry chair David Murray discusses capital requirements for the banks and what he thinks of FoFA.