Inflation in the US

How to protect against inflation

The US has faced its highest inflation rate since 1990. The consumer price index paid by the typical consumer is up 6.2% over the past year through October, the highest inflation rate in more than 30 years. According to Jason Furman, who served as the top economic adviser in the Obama administration, inflation is not slowing. So what can we do about it? 

Here are tips you can take to protect your finances from a post-pandemic inflation boom, regardless of whether it’s temporary or sustained:

Investors, do not adjust your strategy substantially but preserve a diverse portfolio with some inflation-safe investments. What Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco, suggest is: “Investors have to recognize that, if they have a long enough time horizon, they typically are going to live through lower and higher levels of inflation over time, so to have components of a portfolio that typically perform well in inflationary environments is enough.” So, consider investing in growth stocks, dividend-paying stocks, and consumer staples. Second, look for assets with a shorter maturity, and that is related to inflation.

Consumers, save for a downturn in the economy but don’t hoard too much cash. So during recessions, it’s vital to prioritize building up an emergency fund. Still, after that, higher inflationary circumstances are a critical moment to ensure that you begin looking for a better return. 

Cutting expenses is a vital part of how companies should deal with inflation. A study of 5,700 global companies showed that those that cut costs to improve productivity during inflationary periods showed higher shareholder returns. In addition, organizations save money when investing abroad since several advantages come with asset protection, accessible talent pool, confidentiality, and diversification of investments. Contemplate BOT models and nearshoring; companies like ITJ can help you build CoE (Centers of Excellence) in predominantly nearshore tech hubs. 

For more information about the BOT model and how companies turn the balance in their markets, visit BOT Model: How Global Companies Are Expanding in this Pandemic Times.

Up to this point, the main difference from the recession at the end of the 1960s is unemployment. Nowadays, there is the fastest decrease in unemployment reported since 1950. Biden said. “Jobs are up. Wages are up. Value is up. And savings are up. But we have problems, too.” In some sectors, people don’t want to work by more than 10% in a year, regardless of higher hourly pay. 

People are not returning to be part of the workforce, and the higher pay may still not attract workers from the sidelines. “The government is paying people more not to work than to work,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on his primetime show in May. “So why would they work? Would you?”. Due to the problematic talent shortage the US is experiencing; companies are beginning to take action and started outsourcing as a budget-cutting method—a win-win situation.

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BOT Model: How Global Companies Are Expanding in this Pandemic Times

The covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has had an indirect positive effect on the adaptability of major companies. According to a recent study by McKinsey, companies have accelerated the digitization of their internal operations by three to four years. Many have not only adopted remote operations but are also innovating in products thanks to the change–the share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios has accelerated by a shocking seven years.

This fast-evolving ecosystem for growth has pushed IT companies to look for tools and tactics that maintain their competitive edge. One of the most adopted tactics to boost their growth with a minimum time span is the BOT Model. But what exactly is the BOT model and how does it work? 

Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT)?

BOT is a business model. According to Gartner Research, it’s a contractual relationship in which an organization hires a service provider to set up, optimize, and run a business (or process/service/delivery) operation with the contractually stipulated intent of transferring the operation to the organization as a captive center. 

Say you build pacemakers using IT. You’re doing pretty well but have reached your current limit in operating capacity and are looking to expand both market share and product features. Under the Build-Operate-Transfer model, you can hire a service provider to set up, optimize and run the process for you, only to transfer the operation back to you once it is set up and running efficiently.

The BOT model allows service providers to quickly set up a new center applying the internal culture and processes of its client organization. The aim is for the service center to be completely operational from its foundation. When set up in countries with a lower cost of living, it can also represent a significant reduction in operating costs. Under these circumstances, a nearness between borders can become a great advantage.

By partnering with US businesses, service providers like ITJ can help develop world-class software engineering centers of excellence that assist companies of all sizes to access purpose-built, fully managed, lower cost, and innovative software development, testing, and operational support teams only 35 minutes south from the border. These hubs integrate seamlessly with clients’ resources and align with their business strategies. 

As technology continues to push innovation forward, ITJ’s unique BOT model positions itself as a reference center for excellence working with the highest quality software engineers, data scientists, and creative designers from across Mexico and Latin America making it a game-changer for any company. 

About ITJ
ITJ is devoted to serving fast-growing and high-value market sectors, particularly the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), working with innovative medical device companies looking to improve people’s lives. With a unique BOT (build, operate, and transfer) model that sources only the best digital talent available, ITJ enables companies in the US to create technology centers of excellence in Mexico. For more information, visit www.itj.com.