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Weekend Economist: Crude figures

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The oil price the RBA based its last set of inflation expectations is long gone. An update will provide more room to cut rates.

Our Apple addiction is sending its profits sky high

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Apple has hit on a brilliant business model that exploits the willingness of customers to pay a premium for its products.

Picks of the Week

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In this week's reading guide, Kohler analyses Abbott's austerity agenda, Gottliebsen looks at Greece's finance minister and Bartholomeusz appraises the Saudis' oil price tactics.

The Week Ahead

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Investors and analysts will be focused on the outcome of the Reserve Bank board's first meeting for 2015, while US employment figures will also be of interest.

A European approach to corporate tax

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The tax sweetener scandals have created an appetite for coordination that the Commission would be smart to exploit.

What to watch for this earnings season

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Profit growth will slow as companies deal with the collapse in commodities and continued weak sentiment.

Qantas' virtual reality project takes flight

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Could Qantas' punt on virtual reality totally redefine the in-flight entertainment experience, or is it simply an eye-catching gimmick?

A lawyers' picnic looms over power networks

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The Australian Energy Regulator's proposed slashing of power distributors' budgets has left it between a rock and a hard place.

APRA must act on investor lending

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Unless APRA takes an aggressive approach to investor lending, there is a real risk that rate cuts will drive property prices higher while undermining the business sector.

China business news digest

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China expected to set 2015 growth target at 'around 7 percent', and a prominent princeling revealed as the de facto owner of Anbang Insurance.

Australia has been caught in the currency war crossfire

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The policies enacted by central banks in Japan, Europe and the US have triggered a wave of competitive devaluations around the world and there is mounting pressure on the RBA to respond.

Study: Storms help bring ozone down to earth

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Research has found not just large-scale movements, like jet streams, but also thunderstorms are bringing ozone closer to Earth, where it acts as a greenhouse gas. The findings have ramifications for climate modellers.

Momentum in Europe as a quiet physicist makes his mark

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From the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps to a small London theatre, there has been a lot said about climate change over the last couple of weeks.

Kohler uncovers: Lindsay Australia

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Alan Kohler speaks to Lindsay Australia CEO Kim Lindsay about their end to end transport and packaging service for farmers and their customers.

Bigger solar for the home is better: here's why

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After the first one to two kilowatts, the revenue from extra solar capacity steeply declines. But once you take into account the other element of the equation – costs – going bigger starts to make complete sense.

The 30:70 rule for Australian CIOs

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Before our CIOs get too caught up on the idea of “flipping to digital leadership" they need to become better business managers.

President Xi's Chinese dream means a more multi-polar world

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China is likely to pursue its own interests and hope to influence global policy making and institutions more in the future.

How Greg Hunt wrongly muddies the carbon tax effect

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The minister points to slowing emissions reductions across all sectors, including the significant forestry sector. But focusing only on relevant sectors, those actually targeted, the carbon tax sped emissions reductions. Nevertheless, its early success was unsustainable.

Gold's star shines bright

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The inevitable hangover from central banks' QE experiment will see investors flock to the yellow metal to protect their wealth.

Taxing the tech giants: Less talk, more action

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The likes of Apple, Google and Amazon are lining their coffers by shifting profits but without US support, multinational tax crackdowns will fail.

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