Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two).
How Treasury mucked up its super sums Robert Gottliebsen A dangerous arithmetic error in Treasury's superannuation calculations has produced mathematical nonsense and a large overstatement of the cost of superannuation to government revenues.
Super cryofreeze won't boost Labor's mojo Alan Kohler Like the calculations of a comedic villain, Labor's proposed super arithmetic would be more appropriate 20 years ago. It points to a trap where party values seem to conflict with good economic management.
Vodafone bides for a rebirth Stephen Bartholomeusz Unencumbered by customer usage, cutting costs and investing heavily in its network, Vodafone is waiting for the time it may boast more attractive capacity. Australia's three-way telco battle could yet be rekindled.
Telstra keeps the juggle act going Stephen Bartholomeusz With many of its businesses in varying stages of flux, Telstra has managed to keep the sum of its parts ticking along well while also nurturing some future growth prospects.
China makes a frightening energy shift Robert Gottliebsen The shocking pollution in Beijing over the last weeks has accelerated China's desire to limit coal fired energy use and heavy industry. That will have dramatic repercussions for Australia.
China can't grow out of its problems John Lee Those who believe China's great rebalancing will solve its ills fail to understand the consequences of growing inequality. The only consumers are the already rich, funded by the bureaucratic industrial complex.
The RBA's timely market salvation Stephen Koukoulas The Reserve Bank was tardy in cutting last year, but has been rescued by an unexpected lift in stock markets. Now it's likely the bank could hold fire for the rest of the current cycle.
MARKETS SPECTATOR: Cash converters Ben Potter While mountains of money has made the transition from cash to equities and bonds in January, particularly, there is more to come with mutuals still very underweight.
Qantas' promising continental shift Stephen Bartholomeusz
The reorientation of the Qantas network away from Europe and towards Asia, dependent on approval of its deal with Emirates, will give the airline an international future in the overcrowded aviation sector.
The 'Great Rotation' will stay the RBA’s hand Alan Kohler It seems central banks have achieved a tipping point in making cash less attractive, and sparking appetite for market risk. The Reserve Bank would be wise to hold until the state of play is more clear.