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Picks of the week

In this week's essential reading guide, Bartholomeusz puts his stamp on Australia Post's poor results, and Gottliebsen criticises the influx of misinformation being published about self-managed super funds.

NBN reality check: Construction remedies and Telstra's copper

Don't be fooled by Malcolm Turnbull's bluster at Question Time the next 18 months are going to be bruising for the Communications Minister and NBN Co.

Australia got caught out by

14 comments is the definitive free market workplace, breaking down the walls between big and small businesses and leaving unions and tax collectors in the dust.

Too little, too late: Is Australia losing the online retail game?

Australians are embracing e-commerce, but unlike their overseas counterparts our retailers are struggling to build lasting relationships with their customers.

Australia’s 2023 boom has begun

Australia’s biggest non-mining industry growth industry is becoming apparent… and it will be fuelled by retail disruption.

A Morgan Stanley banking salve

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Banks around the world still face ROE problems, but James Gorman says that’s not a bad thing – and the lessons of the financial crisis have well and truly been learned.

Risky bank business will end badly

ANZ Bank is leading the financial sector towards a period of greater risk in business lending. And it's happening as debt practices in China, the US and Europe grow increasingly precarious.

Weatherill's coal seam cash injection

While Victoria and New South Wales twiddle their thumbs on coal seam gas, South Australia is jumping at the chance for more jobs and a big cash boost for the state.

Why 'Breaking Up' was good for NAB

UK exposures have slightly disfigured NAB's results, but Cameron Clyne's growth strategy for personal banking has reaped strong dividends.

Beware dead wood in retail’s root-and-branch review

Bruce Billson's competition law review needs to address the structural changes occurring in retail, as well as the role technology plays in reshaping the competitive environment.

NBN is the new Telstra

It may be better for NBN Co to simply buy Telstra’s entire copper network division immediately. And like Ziggy Switkowski, the government seems in the game for big, ambitious projects.

The NBN competition conundrum

It's easy to argue for infrastructure-based competition but turning that into a social economic policy is much harder. Competition policy needs to focus on services, not the infrastructure.

Turnbull pops the bubble of broadband nirvana

Malcolm Turnbull now has room to proceed with whatever mix of technologies an NBN Co review recommends. But those who want fibre in the future will find it costs much more than they expect.

The NBN is now Malcolm's Mess

The NBN’s returns, as forecast in the leaked draft corporate plan, depend on it being a socialist-style monopoly wholesaler. Now Malcolm Turnbull has to purse his lips and find some way to deal with that.

Plenty of fibre needed at Turnbull's NBN

By selecting a new board with relevant telecommunications experience, Malcolm Turnbull can rebuild NBN Co to become more accountable and transparent.

The NBN board has run away. Why?

It's not because Malcolm Turnbull is unreasonable, or because they're all fibre fanatics. But there's a real problem at the heart of the Coalition's NBN policy.

Markets: Shopping for new customers

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Wesfarmers’ bid to take on the Big Four with its own banking products will give Coles a big advantage in collecting customer data.

Putting Labor's NBN out of its misery

Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN overhaul will mark the beginning of the end to Labor’s slow-motion rollout. An FTTN solution may not be as fast, but it will bring quicker returns for Telstra and lower costs for consumers.

Extracting the benefits of foreign mining investment

Given foreign-owned companies accumulate 83 per cent of mining profits, a mining tax rethink should be at the forefront of both parties' hardline stance on foreign investment.

Clean up coal or abandon it?

A new university study suggests that we may be wasting time and money trying to clean up fossil fuels through carbon capture and storage because renewables will be cheaper and as reliable.


Special Reports

How technology will transform the mining sector

Declining productivity has long been a thorn in the side of the mining industry. Can technology provide a solution?

Why big data will drive a retail revolution

How a growing number of retailers are embracing analytics to personalise the shopping experience for consumers.

Banking's future is upwardly mobile

With an increasing number of users opting to do their banking online, investing in a mobile strategy will pay off for Australia's big banks.

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