5 world market themes for the week ahead

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Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them. 1 GERMANY'S 'MUTTI' BOWS OUT Sunday's German election is a close call and stakes for Europe's biggest economy couldn't be higher. After 16 years of steady, centre-right leadership, Chancellor Angela Merkel will be stepping down. Polls suggest the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) will form a coalition with the Greens and the liberal FDP, dubbed the traffic light alliance because of the parties' red, green and yellow colours. But the number of undecided voters is at its highest in recent memory, so other outcomes are possible. The SPD's Olaf Scholz is the voters' choice to succeed Merkel, but coalition talks could take weeks, even months. Initial market reactions to the election outcome could prove premature. 2. DATA DIVE The Federal Reserve has cut its 2021 U.S. growth forecasts and projects a 5.9% rate, versus 7% previously. Upcoming
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