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.


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