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Join Ted Gavin for his weekly radio show and podcast, business/disrupted, every Monday at 4PM EST on VoiceAmerica Business. In the latest episode, “The Bleak Business of Disenfranchisement,” Former U.S. Senator Al Franken addresses recent efforts to limit voting rights and what’s being done to protect the rights of citizens from partisan attack.

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2022 Outlook: The Strong and Resilient vs. The Others

By Ross Waetzman, CIRA, CDBV, Director

We’re only a few weeks into 2022, and it already appears the U.S. economy is suffering COVID long-haul symptoms. Inflation is rising due to too much money chasing too few goods, and this time, it’s both a supply and demand problem. The pandemic bifurcated the corporate world even more in 2021 with strong, resilient companies healthier than ever, and the others — being smaller — are less able to adapt and fight off the lingering business impacts of COVID.

Companies that prospered in 2021 included tech giants like Microsoft and mammoth retailers like Walmart. These established industry leaders with dominant positions in the marketplace were better able to navigate and manage supply chain challenges resulting in lower additional passthrough costs to consumers.

As predicted last year, inflation is accelerating. In 2021, consumers endured a 7.0% rise in prices while producers faced a 9.7% pricing increase, reflecting the passthrough power of firms — at least so far.

Inflation is rapidly exceeding expectations. Fed watchers are calling for rates to rise by 0.75% to 1.00% during 2022, but this may be conservative. Historically, the Fed gains greater impact by surprising markets with earlier and larger rate changes. The impact? Rate hikes result in banks holding cash and limiting lending. This addresses demand, reducing business lending/spending, but fails to address product supply issues, resulting in a muted impact on inflation.

Enter corporate Darwinism: the strong and resilient survive while the others will either eat higher costs, hope competition doesn’t underprice them, or suffer dwindling liquidity.

Posted: January 17, 2022