SINGAPORE (Dec 31): At the rate we are going, the year ahead is promising to be even more challenging than these last 364 days. There is doubt over the strength of the world’s top two economies. Major markets are in turmoil, after a decade-long bull run, and amid concerns that the US economy may not be able to handle the continued pace of interest rate hikes.

We have experienced how, in this age of the internet, there is actually no such thing as data security: Just about everyone has had their personal data either stolen or exposed to hackers, criminal or otherwise. The effects of climate change are increasingly devastating — on lives and the economy. And politicians and policymakers are also being confronted, yet again, with popular discontent, as the rapid economic growth of the last decade has caused a widening wealth divide.

In the following pages, we have recapped some of these issues that we think will carry forward into 2019, and laid out why they would matter. The issues span business and society, as the interests of both spheres converge.

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