Global shares advance on U.S. "cliff" optimism; Japan vote hits yen
Traders work in front of a trading board showing Shutterstock Inc on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A visitor walks near the logo of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato
A city trader monitors stock prices in London.
A general view of the German stock exchange in Frankfurt November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
A man is reflected on an electronic board displaying currency rates outside a brokerage in Tokyo December 13, 2012. Japan's Nikkei average surged above 9,700 for the first time in eight months, led by exporters, as the yen fell to a multi-month low on mounting expectations of aggressive monetary easing by the Bank of Japan after a general election at the weekend. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
People are reflected on an electronic board displaying a graph showing the movement of Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
The logo of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) is pictured at its office in Singapore July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Chong