Benchmark world stocks hit a fresh 11-month high on Thursday while emerging stocks extended gains to a new one-year peak, levels last seen before the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
The MSCI world equity index rose 0.4 percent to 282.58, its highest since early October, bringing gains this year to 24 percent.
The MSCI emerging stock index rose more than 1 percent to 889.89, its highest since early September 2008. The index has risen more than 56 percent since January.
(Reporting by Natsuko Waki; editing by Chris Pizzey)