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Picks of the Week

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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler looks at financial planners, Gottliebsen tackles the bond market and Bartholomeusz schools Fortescue on iron ore's history.

The Week Ahead

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A number of top-tier economic indicators will dominate local headlines, while the US jobs report will also be of interest.

Why NZ has hit us for six

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Regardless of what happens at the cricket, New Zealand is beating Australia hands down on the economic front.

Beware the financial sector's risky business

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The banking sector has financed a surge in household debt, but the source of the funding could make the economy more vulnerable to external shocks.

Tech’s challenge to the banks comes with risks

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While peer-to-peer platforms pose risks to the bottom line of traditional lenders, there are also questions about how these firms will perform in a higher-rate environment.

Unions call for minimum wage rise

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Australia's lowest paid need extra $27 a week to avoid becoming working poor: ACTU.

Harper review's path to growth

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Report says government could unlock economic growth up to 2.5 per cent over next decade.

Company tax cut good for workers: Treasury

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Treasury says cut in company tax rate would attract investment but did raise problems.

Australia's strength becomes an economic soft spot

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As the pace of population growth eases, its contribution to economic growth will decline, putting more pressure on our GDP bottom line.

Yield investors should heed the bond market's warning

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Both the bond markets and the proverbial 'tea lady' have spoken, the economy could be depressed for a very long time.

Don't go soft on deficits: PM's advisers

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Australia risks a 'disaster' from deepening deficits if Tony Abbott retreats on budget repair, according to the PM's chosen advisers.

China bank decision in days: Abbott

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Government holding talks with trade partners before formal negotiations on China bank.

Don't cut rates further: Gonski

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ANZ chairman David Gonski says cheap oil and falling dollar are stimulating economy.

Aust could weather a housing crash: Deloitte

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Deloitte mortgage report says several safeguards would prevent 30% house price fall.

Is David Murray the only one worried?

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Savvy borrowers are building up nice, fat buffers that would comfortably safeguard against a fall in house prices, and half of Australia's owner-occupiers have no mortgage at all.

Best days ahead on China trade: Bishop

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Despite slow-down in resources demand, China trade relationship will improve: govt.

Govt alters tax rules on share schemes

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Federal government looks to aid start-ups, changing employee share schemes tax rules.

GE’s ten strategies for success

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GE’s head of global operations offers advice on how to run a business in the 21st century.

Govt mulls SME tax cut extension

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Federal budget will see broader tax cut plan amid small business package: report.

More regulation is coming for financial planners

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We need to move the financial advice industry away from focusing on products and to instead provide quality, client-focused advice.

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