If you think U.S. markets had a record-breaking year, check out the Nikkei index in Japan -- and try to avoid drooling.
Tokyo's benchmark index surged by 56.7% in 2013 -- itsbiggest annual rise in over 40 years -- after a series of government initiatives helped boost investor confidence, weaken the yen and encourage economic expansion.
Abe is being credited with jolting the world's third largest economy out of stagnation with his ambitious turnaround plan, known as Abenomics, which aims to end years of deflation and lead to robust economic growth.
Abe has increased government spending and installed a central banker who is not afraid to use aggressive monetary policy.
The moves have helped drive down the value of the Japanese currency, with the yen falling by nearly 18% versus the U.S. dollar.This drop has ultimately given a big boost to stock markets and Japanese companies that rely on exports.
There were many winners this year on the Nikkei -- 182 out of the index's 225 companies saw their shares move higher.