Global markets have started November with strong inflows and record highs.
Several factors are causing investors to pour money into markets all over the world, including global economic expansion, improved earnings globally, pro-growth governments in Japan and India, hopes for moderate leadership at the Federal Reserve, and the long-anticipated U.S. tax reform legislation.
In Asia, Japan's Nikkei closed at its highest level in 21 years and India and South Korea both hit historic highs. Hong Kong's hit a nine-year high, as did bourses in Vietnam and Australia. Indonesia hit a 20-year high.
Broader European indexes like the are at two-year highs as earnings have been improving. Companies in Norway, Italy, Portugal, the UK and Belgium are reporting particularly strong earnings, according to Thomson Reuters.