Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler looks at the state of central banking, Bartholomeusz questions the merits of the ECB's QE program and Pickering tackles inequality.

Now Canada’s cut rates. Can the US really hike?
Alan Kohler
As other central banks either slash rates or print money to stimulate their economies, and with US inflation already soft, the Fed might want to rethink its timing for lifting rates.

The question marks over the ECB’s QE program
Stephen Bartholomeusz
If the ECB pushes the QE button it will be a clear admission of desperation. What's not clear is whether QE will spark the spending and investment the region so desperately needs.

China’s ticking demographic time bomb
Peter Cai
If not addressed, China's shrinking labour force could have calamitous social and economic implications.

The sparks of sensibility in the power debate
Keith Orchison
A Senate submission by the Energy Efficiency Council could provide a sensible middle road amid the sensationalism surrounding network costs.

Shale bears the brunt of BHP’s diversity blues
Stephen Bartholomeusz
BHP has revised its drilling program in order to conserve cash amid plunging commodity prices, but it remains committed to demerging its non-core assets.

Boards must prepare for activist wars
Victoria Thieberger
Consultants believe activist hedge funds will soon set their sights on Asian and Australian firms, where corporate governance does not always reflect global best practice.

Super: the great Australian lottery
Alan Kohler
Before the government gives retail super funds equal billing in industry awards with industry funds, it should ask them why their customers get 25 per cent less in retirement. 

Australia Post reforms are in Turnbull’s sights
John Durie
Malcolm Turnbull’s determination to push ahead with his pre-election commitment to e-government will have the effect of fast-forwarding changes at Australia Post.

Did PacHydro give a free kick to the anti-wind lobby?
Tristan Edis
The anti-wind farm lobby takes its best shot at linking turbines to health woes.

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Hockey needs a crash course on income tax
Callam Pickering
Someone needs to tell the Treasurer that there's a big difference between average and marginal income tax rates. His latest gaffe isn't doing his credibility any favours.