Driven by supply chain disruption and labour shortages the UK inflation rate is expected to reach 4% by the end of the year. The Bank of England expects inflation to return to its target 2% rate in the medium-term. However, there is a delicate balancing act as economies re-open and recover following the vaccine roll-out. There remain some concerns that inflation will not prove transitory and economies may face a sustained period of rising prices. Economists are particularly focused on policy decisions in the US. What can companies do to protect themselves against the risks of inflation and higher interest rates? Today's generation of CFOs and FDs were mostly not around during the inflation of the 1970s and '80s - what should the Finance function be considering in light of the uncertain macro-economic outlook?
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