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.

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