Open the Bottle?
As we all know, the number one concern to the economy is the supply chain constraints that have placed a hold on the economic recovery. Because of this, inflation is back on the rise, which is never good for the economy when it gets too high, and the globe is seeing a slowdown in economic growth as the richest countries are facing the brunt of this problem, and the global economy is dependent on these nations.
Fortunately, we are seeing a downward trend in these supply chain problems. In Asia, ports aren’t having to limit the number of cargos, factories can stay open, and things are starting to smoothen out. Asia, especially China, is one of the most trade-heavy countries when it comes to exporting and importing, so this is a good sign for the globe. The same can be said for the United States, with retailers saying that they are stocked for the upcoming holiday season. The number of ships at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports is starting to decrease, and these ports receive the most volume from Asia. The cost to move a container across the Pacific is also decreasing, down 25 percent in the last week. It still stays at record levels compared to the past decades, and along with the positive news comes some warning. Most people believe that supply chain bottlenecks won’t get better until 2022, and we also need to remember that the cause of all of this is COVID-19, and the risk of an outbreak could set progress back. Do you think we will be able to overcome this?
I am not a financial advisor and my comments should never be taken as financial advice. Investments come with risk, so always do your research and analysis beforehand.