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In this week’s essential reading guide Kohler devises a quick fix to ballooning super charges, Gawenda charts capitalism’s new era, Bartholomeusz watches as NBN Co ups the ante and Burgess explains Hockey’s pensions debate.

We’re wedging ourselves to death

On a whole host of issues, political opponents divide the community and stir up fears that make actual progress impossible.

The Week Ahead

Oil Search and Newcrest are set to report quarterly production numbers, while manufacturing data from China, the US and Europe will be closely watched.

Silicon Valley’s next big thing

Although the growth in Google’s advertising revenue is below that of its peers, the sheer size of the revenues it is pulling out of the market dwarfs all rivals.

A new direction for the BHP board?

A new appointment will add depth to the oil and gas expertise of the BHP Billiton board. But it may also presage a far broader shake-up of the 14 mainly non-executive directors of the mining giant.

Deutsche Bank beats fancied rivals for Medibank role

The bank, flush with success from helping to manage the New Zealand government's asset sales, won a joint lead manager role for the Medibank IPO.

Gilbert + Tobin tops equity league table

The law firm has done the most deals in equity capital markets in the first three months of 2014, according to Thomson Reuters.

Freeing the markets from HFT claws

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Weighing in on the high-frequency trading debate, Joseph Stiglitz has reminded us that markets exist to provide a fundamental social purpose rather than to deliver profits for short-term traders.

Solar can bring a bright energy future – even in the UK

Despite its reputation as a cloudy country, with just its roof space Britain would far outstrip the UK's annual power consumption of 36 GW.

Govt names managers for Medibank IPO

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Government names three investment banks to manage the multibillion dollar float, after hearing pitches from 11 banks.

Five political crimes far worse than O'Farrell's Grange offence

Canberra should be glad that Barry O'Farrell's example isn't the new benchmark for political resignations.

A steep bill for Australia's lost youth

Australia's youth unemployment has tripled since 2008 and much-needed economic potential is being lost day by day. The implications cannot be neglected.

Toyota's return to the green car spotlight

Seventeen years after the Prius, Toyota is about to muscle back into the green car race. But its fuel-cell alternative comes with pros and cons.

Woolworths' investors show support for DJs deal

South Africa's Woolworths needs to convince its own shareholders of the merits of the David Jones deal, and it may be making some progress on that score.

The ABC icon among Oz's 'dirty dozen'

Among the list of Australia's 12 most influential climate foes sits an ABC legend with a following to make shock-jocks - and the renewables industry - weep.

China takes the fetters off outbound investors

China is effectively removing the fetters for outbound investment, with a stroke making Chinese bidders more competitive in international M&A transactions.

KGB Interview: Bob Day

The Family First senator-elect says changing the pension system without addressing home affordability is futile, land prices are pricing first home buyers out of the market, and new 'unaligned' senators will disprove allegations of disorganisation.

Industrialisation, with green characteristics

Recycling resources, growing renewables and eco-finance are at the heart of China's existential - but still early - pursuit of clean industrialisation.

Dream big or go home

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Inspired talent will be the catalyst that fires up Australia’s start-up ecosystem, so what's holding us back?