Markets in Asia are off to a subdued start to the final week of trading this year –

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Japan’s unemployment rate remains unchanged in November

Japan’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.5% in November from the previous month, according to government data on Tuesday.

The unemployment rate was also in line with the Portal survey forecast of 2.5%.

Separately, Bank of Japan data showed the services producer price index rose 2.3% in November.

The producer price index for the services sector also remained unchanged compared to the previous month.

Japan’s Nikkei 225, which opened flat on Tuesday, is expected to end this year up more than 27%. The yen traded slightly stronger against the dollar, at around 142.

—Shreyashi Sanyal

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Markets in the US and elsewhere have seen strong gains this year.

The S&P 500 is up around 24% year-to-date and the MSCI World Index is up around 22%.

And there may be more room for investors to remain optimistic in the coming year with the Federal Reserve announcing three more interest rate cuts in 2024.

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Bitcoin is approaching a major technical event known as “halving” in April 2024.

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