Asian markets posted healthy gains on Monday following another record finish on Wall Street, as the focus shifts to the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later in the week.
Investors will be closely watching the US central bank.
While it is tipped to keep borrowing costs on hold, the bank's plans for cutting back crisis-era bond-buying stimulus and any signals about the future of interest rates will be pored over.
However, analysts were unsure about any further increases this year with inflation remaining subdued -- apart from a bigger-than-expected jump in August -- and other indicators still soft.
Despite the trend towards tightening, stock markets remain buoyant and on Friday the Dow and S&P 500 both closed at all-time highs.