Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler riffs on the slow death of the tie, Bartholomeusz examines recent market volatility and Gottliebsen calls on government to make it easier for self-managed super funds to invest in infrastructure projects.

We need to talk about ties
Alan Kohler
Once a symbol of white-collar work and an inviolable custom in business and political circles, the tie is dying a slow death.

The fear factor has gripped global markets
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The battle for influence in the oil market and renewed concerns in the eurozone have added fresh uncertainty and volatility to commodity and financial markets.

SMSFs should get a piece of the infrastructure pie
Robert Gottliebsen
By making it easier for self-managed super funds to invest in infrastructure projects, the government could both bolster its push for infrastructure-led growth and build community consensus for major projects.

The push for online GST misses the point
Victoria Thieberger
By focusing on closing the GST loophole, Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and local retailers have fundamentally misunderstood why Australians have embraced online shopping.

Does the RBA really need to cut rates?
Adam Carr
Slumping crude oil and petrol prices are unleashing the largest economic stimulus seen since the GFC -- and the Reserve Bank hasn't yet lifted a finger.

Merkel's U-turn on Greece reveals Germany's real motivation
Oliver Marc Hartwich
German power politics kept Greece in the eurozone -- and now German power politics may kick Greece out.

How to solve Australia's energy policy dilemma
Keith Orchison
In 2015, parliament's biggest challenge will be to confront the supply issues facing the east coast electricity market. But it won't be easy.
    
Australian property is back on Japan's radar
Florence Chong
Japanese corporates have repaired their balance sheets, and the country's investors are now rekindling their love affair with Australian real estate.

The big issues facing the economy in 2015
Callam Pickering
Expect debates about the property market, the federal budget, commodity prices and the exchange rate to dominate the economic agenda in 2015.

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Government bonds are far too risky for retail investors
Adam Carr
Government bonds have traditionally been considered risk-free investments, but retail investors have many reasons to be wary.

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A hardline stance won't work for youth unemployment
Callam Pickering
Scott Morrison may be the Coalition's star performer, but his ministerial ability won't solve the big flaws in the Coalition's approach to tackling youth unemployment.