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Why female leaders thrive in family businesses

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When it comes to gender diversity in leadership, family businesses are leading the way.

Picks of the Week

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In this week's essential reading guide, Bartholomeusz explains the upside to Fed ambiguity and Gottliebsen forecasts trouble for the banks.

The biggest gadget gripes

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Short battery life, autocorrect, tracking apps and wi-fi routers are among the biggest digital aggravations.

The Week Ahead

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Monthly jobs data will take centre stage in Australia, while global attention will turn to the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes.

The global savings glut is here to stay

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Rates are set to stay lower for longer, as the so-called demographic cliff remains at least a decade away.

The tangled threads in China’s Silk Road strategy

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The short-term direction of China’s Silk Road Economic Belt policy is clear, but the longer-term objectives are less obvious.

Coming up with a credible plan for Greece

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Assuming that Greece can simply grow out of its debt problem without debt relief is simply not credible.

The tricky business of digital strategy

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The disruptive nature of technology will decide which businesses live or die.

Markets are losing faith in central banks

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As central banks reach for ever more unconventional policy tools, financial markets are growing increasingly sceptical that they will work.

The importance of tackling tax reform head on

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Treasury modelling confirms earlier scepticism about the benefits of a ‘GST tax-mix switch’ proposal.

Could bankruptcy help you find true happiness?

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Investment properties aren’t without their pitfalls, as Queenslander Kate Moloney found out when her portfolio collapsed, leaving her bankrupt.

Caution should rule in super tax changes

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Huge marginal tax rates are just one of the reasons why we shouldn’t rush through changes to the way we tax super.

A chance for China to overcome its growth hurdle

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Geopolitical and economic constraints threaten to stall China’s development, but technology could provide a solution.

Rio’s dividend decision highlights BHP’s double bind

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BHP Billiton may find it difficult to appease dividend-reliant shareholders by emulating the staged transition to a free-floating payout ratio that Rio has put in place.

Earnings Calendar

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

Suncorp needs more than a cost-cutting strategy

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Suncorp chief Michael Cameron needs to find growth drivers, not just cost cuts, to chart a better course.

Market turmoil puts investors on red alert

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As fear grips financial markets, investors are retreating from equities and eyeing other investment havens.

Guess who’s paying for CBA profits?

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The lender enjoys an extremely valuable implicit guarantee from taxpayers that may equal its annual profit.

Scoreboard: Market anxiety

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Nervous Wall Street traders switched out of stocks and into safe havens, while fears over the banking sector weighed on European equities.

DataRoom AM: Betting on StatePlus

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Bankers are considering their options as the privatisation of StatePlus looms, while a hedge fund is eyeing unlisted and pre-IPO investments.

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