(Dec 20): This decade will end pretty much the way it started: Global central banks embarking on loose monetary policy and quantitative easing to counter slowing GDP growth. In 2019, global economic growth seems to have fallen to a post-global financial crisis (GFC) low, owing to economic slowdowns in the US, Europe and China.

However, that is where the similarities end. While the dismal growth rates in the early 2010s were largely because of the fallout from the GFC in 2008, the decade ahead is likely to look quite different. Populism and protectionism are the new buzzwords, compared with the era of globalisation the decades before.

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