Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler looks for a lesson in Russia, Bartholomeusz weighs Woodside's gamble on gas and Gottliebsen warns of a looming economic storm.

Lessons for Australia in Russia's pain
Alan Kohler
Russia is staring economic disaster in the face as it scrambles to halt the collapse of the rouble, while back at home the Reserve Bank is insisting the dollar needs to drop. Be careful what you wish for.

Why Woodside's big bet could pay off
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Woodside's acquisition of Apache's oil and gas assets will bridge the gap in its growth profile, but will disappoint those investors hoping for more capital management initiatives.
    
Australia is drifting into an economic storm
Robert Gottliebsen
A Treasurer out of his depth, a weakening economy, and global instability all point to difficult times ahead for business and expose the lack of direction in Canberra. 

A surplus of rhetoric but a deficit of sense
Callam Pickering
As a surplus looks ever more unlikely, it's time the Coalition realised that running a modest deficit is a perfectly reasonable approach to spending.

The government must not shy away from fiscal repair
Adam Carr
The real issue plaguing the government isn't a decline in the terms of trade -- it's an unsustainable addiction to spending.
    
Top tech toys for high-flying executives
Krishan Sharma
With Christmas around the corner, these gadgets are the perfect fit for those looking to combine business with cutting edge technology.

Gas death spiral will not help power utilities
Matthew Wright
With gas prices spiking upwards a death spiral is likely as household consumers switch over to electric appliances. However there may be no compensating reprieve for utilities through noticeably increased electricity consumption, thanks to a surprising discovery revealed in helping my parents disconnect from gas.        

NBN 2.0 takes a big punt on HFC
Vincent O'Donnell
Buying the HFC networks from Telstra and Optus will deliver a broadband service to some customers a little sooner, and, possibly, more cheaply. But with limits on future service growth and many areas served by both telcos, why is NBN Co acquiring both?    
        
Abbott's Pirate Bay block will prove futile
Adam Turner
Standing on the beach armed with brooms, the Abbott government has no hope of stemming the tide of piracy by simply blocking BitTorrent search engines like The Pirate Bay.

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A fundamental change for australia's banking system
Callam Pickering
New liquidity requirements will have a considerable impact on the banks' funding mix, and will mark a broad shift to a safer and more resilient financial system.     

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Medibank was chickenfeed compared to looming state sell-offs
Victoria Thieberger
A wave of state asset privatisations in the new year will provide big opportunities for global infrastructure investors, and could even eclipse the Medibank bonanza.

Video of the Week

How Telstra and NBN Co sealed the deal
Stephen Bartholomeusz & Supratim Adhikari
Stephen Bartholomeusz and Supratim Adhikari discuss the key points of the new deal agreed between Telstra and NBN Co.