Macro Briefing: 19 January 2022

* US Sec. of State Blinken visits Ukraine; will meet Russian counterpart on Friday
* US raises military aid to Ukraine amid rising tensions with Russia
* Russia moving troops to Belarus for war games
* UK inflation rate soared to a 30-year high in December
* German 10-year yield turns positive for first time since 2019
* Microsoft plans to buy major games company Activision in bet on metaverse
* US homebuilder remain bullish on industry in January via sentiment data
* Growth stalled in January via NY Fed Manufacturing Index: