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Copper Crunch Could Last Years

There will likely be a global copper shortage for all of 2023—and potentially for the remainder of the decade, according to CNBC.

What’s going on: Copper, a barometer of economic health owing to its use across industries, is in short supply worldwide, due to supply-stream challenges in South America and increased demand.

  • Both Peru, whose copper supplies 10% of the world’s stock, and Chile, with about 27% of global quantity, have seen a decline in copper output.

Why it’s important: “A copper squeeze could be an indicator that global inflationary pressures will worsen, and subsequently compel central banks to maintain their hawkish stance for longer.”

Higher demand: China’s reopening following the end of “zero Covid” and growth and change in the automotive and energy sectors have fueled demand for copper, further straining resources.  

  • “You can’t see electric vehicles take off before you get the charging infrastructure, and the electrification [which is] necessary, is actually much more copper intensive,” Wolfe Research Managing Director Timna Tanners told CNBC. 
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