The Real Economy: October 2021

The ripple effect of disruptions to the global supply chain


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Fragile global supply chains are facing another round of port closures, factory shutdowns, production halts and labor shortages as the delta variant spreads. These disruptions will almost certainly delay the return of full production in the global economy until the middle of next year and create the conditions for further price volatility until the pandemic eases.

The disruptions are hitting a range of industries, from homebuilders, which are facing difficult decisions of whether to pare back production in the face of soaring demand, to apparel and footwear companies, which are scrambling just to maintain inventories as the critical holiday shopping season approaches.

In this month’s The Real Economy, we examine the ripple effect of these disruptions to the global supply chain, and how middle market companies can adapt to the challenging landscape. We also examine the benefits of the expanded child tax credit, and the steep economic cost of battles over raising the nation’s debt limit.

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This article was written by Joe Brusuelas and originally appeared on 2021-10-01.
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