Friends With Money #21: How global supply chain chaos could affect you

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As the world emerges from the pandemic, a challenging economic headache remains with broader implications for Aussie businesses and consumers. Global supply chains are in crisis with energy shortages, shipping congestion and a lack of semi-conductors, among other things, which threaten to derail economic recovery and add to inflationary pressures.

To find out what the ripple effect could be for Australia, senior journalist David Thornton caught up with Sam Macpherson, head of treasury at Earlytrade, to discuss what parts of the Australian economy are most exposed, and what this could mean for consumers and businesses leading into the busy Christmas period.

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David Thornton was a journalist at Money from September 2019 to November 2021. He previously worked at Your Money, covering market news as producer of Trading Day Live. Before that, he covered business and finance news at The Constant Investor. David holds a Masters of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

Sam MacPherson is the head of treasury for Earlytrade. Prior to joining Earlytrade, he was a senior adviser within the Qantas Treasury. Sam is an active committee member of the Australia Corporate Treasury Association, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute) and a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional (Australian Corporate Treasury Association), and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Economics and Finance from the University of Manchester.