Macro Briefing: 18 February 2021

* Winter weather continues to wreak havoc in Texas
* Fed officials last month discussed outlook for higher inflation
* US interest rates will continue to rise, analysts predict
* US economy could lose $1 trillion if Biden pursues sharp separation from China
* Life expectancy in US fell in first half of 2020 due to pandemic
* US jobless claims expected to ease in today’s report but remain high
* US producer prices increased the most in January since 2009
* Homebuilder sentiment in US remains firmly bullish in February
* Industrial output in US increased more than expected in January
* US retail sales surged in January, rising for first time in 4 months:

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