6 Countries Whose Residents Get the Biggest Inheritances

Everyone dreams of getting an inheritance. But contrary to most people's belief, the U.S. isn't necessarily your best bet when it comes to getting a big bequest from a parent or grandparent.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, looks at a recent survey that looked at which countries have the highest average inheritances from their retirees. Dan notes that Australia tops the list, with average inheritances of over $500,000. Singapore comes in at No. 2, with the U.K., France, and Taiwan rounding out the top five before the U.S. shows up in the No. 6 spot at $177,000. Dan makes some observations about Australia's success, noting that companies such as BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP  ) and Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO  ) have done a good job of exploiting the nation's natural resources while property values have also held up well, benefiting the entire iShares MSCI Australia (NYSEMKT: EWA  ) . In the end, the value of property has a big impact on inheritance levels around the world.

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Dan Caplinger

Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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