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Weekend Economist: The RBA's holding pattern

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The RBA may deliver dovish signals on growth and inflation next week, but don't bet on a rate cut anytime soon.

The Week Ahead

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Retail trade and employment figures will dominate local headlines, while key data releases are scheduled for release in China and the US.

Picks of the Week

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In this week's reading guide, Kohler analyses the threat to the banks, Pickering looks at our cost of living pressures and Bartholomeusz sees clear skies for Virgin.

A corporate challenge for Tony Abbott

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The prevalence of partnerships between unions and corporations leaves the Coalition without a traditional political ally.

Tackling Australia's biggest workplace failure

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There is a major lever we can pull to improve productivity, yet those running Australia's corporations and dominating company boards are slow to act.

What's the outlook for reporting season?

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Watch: in anticipation of a big month of earnings reports, here's everything Australian investors need to know about the biggest players in under two minutes.

The great Facebook disruption

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Facebook is spearheading an advertising revolution -- and it spells more bad news for traditional media companies.

ACCC setbacks could set a significant precedent

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Watch: Will the competition regulator's latest court defeats exist as far more than symbolic victories for Flight Centre and the ANZ Bank?

China needs to turn its capital ideas into SOE reform

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By implementing necessary reforms, China can realise the goal of 'capital management' over 'enterprise management'.

Why China's sharemarkets swing hard late in the day

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Analysts have identified two key factors driving recent late-day jolts.

Have solar and batteries won out over nuclear and clean coal?

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Nuclear and clean coal may have some trouble with costs, but they had a final defence - reliability. Could lower cost batteries destroy their last remaining advantage?

A moving target for APRA

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APRA's measures are expected to have a big impact on lending markets in the near term, but time will tell whether they curb investor activity in the long run.

Power price deregulation has failed

Victoria deregulated retail power pricing in 2009 and since then power retailers' own charges have grown by 200% (independent of network and power generation costs). This makes no sense and competition is clearly not working.

An answer to the big four's multi-billion dollar question

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The majors are set to pass on the costs of their new capital requirements to their customers, but it's unclear whether the strategy is sustainable.

Earnings Calendar

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Business Spectator's guide to the full-year results of Australia's publicly-listed companies.

Myer's mad moment

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Watch: Unfortunately for already disappointed shareholders, there's no turnaround in sight for the struggling department store under new CEO Richard Umbers.

Value Investor: A Spanish ticket to ride

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As Spain's economy recovers, a recently privatised Spanish airport group looks set to tap its full earnings potential.

Why we should welcome "Killer Robots"

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The open letter signed by more than 12,000 prominent people calling for a ban on artificially intelligent killer robots is misguided and perhaps even reckless.

Business mobility the new window to innovation

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Rather than placing such a heavy focus on devices, companies need to increase their investment in infrastructure, middleware and security.

Is the Apple Watch fit for fitness?

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The arrival of smartwatches was supposed to spell the end of dedicated fitness bands but don't ditch your Fitbit or Jawbone just yet.

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