Macro Briefing: 30 December 2021

* US coronavirus deaths have been ‘comparitively low’. Will that last?
* Airlines across US continue to cancel flights due to staffing shortages
* Forecasting is always challenging. Covid-19 and inflation is making it worse
* Biden and Putin to speak on phone today amid Ukraine tensions
* US oil output set to rise further in 2022, predicts industry expert Dan Yergin
* Pending home sales in US were unexpectedly weak in November
* US trade deficit in goods fell to a new record in November: