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The pandemic has been blamed for disrupting the global supply chain and stoking inflationary pressures. But other issues have contributed to our supply-chain woes. Read about the reasons for supply chain disruptions and where we go from here in the latest Markets in a Minute.
Markets in a Minute: Supply Chain
Many of us usually give little thought to how things like sneakers and refrigerators end up in stores. Not so lately. Problems with the global supply chain are blamed for having depleted inventories and contributing to inflationary pressures — yet dramatic changes in demand are just as responsible. And just as prices can spike, they can also fall once disruptions abate.
What makes our supply chain so vulnerable?
Changes in demand have been particularly acute in the United States:
Where do we go from here?
What impact could supply chain disruptions have on the markets?
In fact, as the many containers get unloaded at ports, we could even face an oversupply of certain goods. Yet, for all the handwringing about shortages, corporate earnings remain remarkably strong.
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