Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler warns of yet another year of political gridlock, while Bartholomeusz attempts to untangle the various threads contributing to the commodity markets crash.

We may be stuck with the world’s worst GST
Alan Kohler
The GST applies to less than half of the goods and services being consumed, but any changes require unanimous approval of the states. Will it be another year of fruitless debate?

Piecing together the commodity markets puzzle
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The violent shift in commodity prices is about a lot more than the fundamentals of supply and demand.

The Netflix cat is out of the bag
Adam Turner
Netflix is going to launch in March without several flagship programs -- because it sold the local rights to Foxtel. It's a mistake the US streaming video giant is unlikely to make again.

The growing threat to Australia’s rebalancing act
Callam Pickering
Unless employment prospects improve and wage growth picks up, it will be difficult for the economy to fill the hole left by the end of the mining investment boom.

The great SMSF property loan mystery
Miranda Maxwell
Small businesses enjoy a range of tax benefits and other perks if they purchase commercial property via self-managed super funds. So why are they undergeared?

The oil price plunge exposes the great airline rip-off
Victoria Thieberger
The slump in oil prices has been a massive gift to Qantas' bottom line, but the airline is yet to pass on the benefits to customers.

Sizing up China's true influence on the economy
Adam Carr
Economic growth in the US matters much more to Australia's prospects than a slowdown in China. Here's why.

Will milk be the next commodity to turn sour?
Peter Cai
With a glut in global milk production, Australian farmers are unlikely to see any immediate benefits from the much-touted dairy deal with China.

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When bricks and mortar crumble
Victoria Thieberger
Houses in Wollongong are more expensive than in Manhattan. Is it time to start worrying yet?    

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Don’t rule out war with China
Benjamin Herscovitch
Australia should leave open the option of going to war with China in the East China Sea.

Video of the week

Being Buffett
Alan Kohler & Robert Gottliebsen & Jackson Hewett
Alan Kohler and Robert Gottliebsen reflect on a remarkable career upon the 50th anniversary of Warren Buffett taking control of Berkshire Hathaway.
 

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