Asia http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4783/all en-US Americans Spend More Than Other Countries On These 10 Things http://www.wisebread.com/americans-spend-more-than-other-countries-on-these-10-things <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/americans-spend-more-than-other-countries-on-these-10-things" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/american_flags_000047277396.jpg" alt="Americans spending more than other countries do" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In America, we're known for our indulgences &mdash; home appliances, electronics, vacations, cars. So how does our spending stack up against Europeans, or folks in Asia? Read on for our analysis of the most uniquely American spendings habits out there.</p> <h2>1. The Lottery</h2> <p>Americans spend more money <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/05/lotteries-americas-70-billion-shame/392870/">playing the lotto</a> than on books, video games, and movie and sporting event tickets combined. In 2014, lottery spending in the U.S. totaled a whopping $70 billion. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-of-improving-your-lottery-odds">6 Ways of Improving Your Lottery Odds</a>)</p> <h2>2. Doctors and Dentists</h2> <p>The U.S. spends more <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2015/oct/us-health-care-from-a-global-perspective">public dollars on healthcare</a> than all but two countries. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, healthcare services are notably higher in the U.S. than in most other nations. And secondly, Americans are greater users of expensive medical treatments and technologies, such as MRI machines.</p> <h2>3. Housing</h2> <p>Americans spend more money on housing than people in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan. In a 2009 study, Americans funneled an average <a href="http://www.bls.gov/opub/focus/volume2_number16/cex_2_16.htm">26% of their expenditures</a> toward shelter.</p> <h2>4. Taxis, Planes, and Trains</h2> <p>The same study showed Americans also spend more on private transit, other than automobiles, than folks in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan.</p> <h2>5. Education</h2> <p>The U.S. <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-education-spending-tops-global-list-study-shows/">spends more on education</a> than any other developed nation, and most of the funding comes from the pockets of parents and private foundations. Total spending per student in the U.S. tops $15,000. For perspective's sake, Switzerland spends nearly $15,000 and Mexico pays about $3,000. Despite big spending, American students still lag behind comparable nations on international tests.</p> <h2>6. Prescription Drugs</h2> <p>Americans spend far more on <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/americans-spend-much-pharmaceuticals/">prescription drugs</a> &mdash; almost $1,000 per person per year &mdash; than residents of any other country. For some perspective: Americans spend 40% more than the next highest spenders, Canadians.</p> <h2>7. Politics</h2> <p>Americans spend more on <a href="https://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/11/10/u-s-political-finance-americans-spend-more-on-elections-but-they-lead-from-behind/">political campaigns</a> than any other country. To compare, India spent $5 billion in its last general election. That's one billion dollars less than Americans spent in the 2012 general election.</p> <h2>8. Tourism</h2> <p>When traveling abroad, Americans <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/tourists-from-these-countries-spend-the-most-when-traveling-abroad-2015-4">outspend vacationers</a> from most other countries. In 2014, Americans abroad spent $112 billion &mdash; more than Germany, the United Kingdom, and Russia. The big out-spender, however, was China. Chinese abroad spent $165 billion that same year.</p> <h2>9. Christmas</h2> <p>Americans are more likely than residents of any European nation to go into debt to pay for Christmas presents. One in five Americans used credit to <a href="http://www.ing.com/Newsroom/All-news/UK-and-Romania-top-international-Christmas-spending-league.htm">cover holiday spending</a> in 2014.</p> <h2>10. Chocolate Bars</h2> <p>The U.S. leads global spending on <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2015/jul/19/which-country-spends-the-most-on-chocolate-bars">chocolate bars</a>, topping out at nearly $3 billion per year. That shakes out to an average annual chocolate expenditure of $57 per American.</p> <p><em>Do any of these expenditures look familiar to you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/americans-spend-more-than-other-countries-on-these-10-things">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-pricey-things-you-shouldnt-buy-and-what-to-get-instead">14 Pricey Things You Shouldn&#039;t Buy (And What to Get Instead)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-five-senses-tricking-you-to-spend-more">Are Your Five Senses Tricking You to Spend More?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-cost-more-in-2016">9 Things That Cost More in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping americans Asia Europe habits spending united states Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:00:04 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1638139 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Best Stock Markets in the World in 2015 http://www.wisebread.com/10-best-stock-markets-in-the-world-in-2015 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-best-stock-markets-in-the-world-in-2015" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/global_economy_000050748806.jpg" alt="Finding the best stock markets in the world in 2015" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems sensible to invest primarily in U.S. stocks, because of their generally reliable returns, familiarity, and a sense of patriotism. But sometimes, getting big investment gains requires thinking more globally.</p> <p>Despite global economic problems, the stock markets of many countries have been on a tear. Which markets are seeing the biggest gains? Here are 10 to examine, along with a couple of honorable mentions.</p> <p>(Note that there are many countries that would have been on this list were it not for a large global selloff in August, triggered by concerns over the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-invest-in-china">growth of China's economy</a>.)</p> <h2>1. Argentina</h2> <p>It's a little strange, because Argentina's economy is not in particularly good shape, but the stock market in Buenos Aires is up more than 30% this year, in part due to optimism that October elections will help the country with its economic woes.</p> <h2>2. Hungary</h2> <p>This European nation has been in the headlines recently due to its response to the refugee crisis, but a series of economic reforms and some tax changes have helped spur the Hungarian economy faster than any other nation in the European Union. The <a href="https://bse.hu/">Budapest Stock Exchange</a> is up 27% since the start of 2015.</p> <h2>3. Jamaica</h2> <p>The small island is home to some of the fastest sprinters &mdash; and one of the fastest-growing economies, after years of tepid growth and debt problems. The nation has also been helped by a campaign to urge Jamaicans living elsewhere in the world to invest in the Jamaican stock market. The <a href="http://www.jamstockex.com/">Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index</a> is up more than 27% this year.</p> <h2>4. Iceland</h2> <p>It's been hailed as one of the better economic turnaround stories in recent memory. The nation that was burned by the financial crisis is now back, with a 26% rise in its stock market this year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the devaluing of currency during the financial crisis actually helped Iceland recover faster.</p> <h2>5. Denmark</h2> <p>The Danish currency has fallen in value, so stocks are up due to the ease of selling Danish products abroad. The <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/KFX:IND">Copenhagen 20 Index</a>, which tracks the top Danish blue chip stocks, is up 25% this year.</p> <h2>6. Ireland</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.ise.ie/Market-Data-Announcements/Indices/">Irish Stock Market Overall Index</a> has seen a 22% bump in 2015, thanks to a surging economy that has seen more than 6% growth in gross domestic product in each of the first two quarters of the year.</p> <h2>7. Botswana</h2> <p>This landlocked African country has been hailed as a model of economic growth, with money coming from diamonds, minerals, tourism, and now even retail. The <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/BGSMDC:IND">Botswana Gaborone Index</a>, which tracks companies based in Botswana, is up 13% in 2015.</p> <h2>8. France</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/CAC:IND">CAC 40 Index</a>, which tracks top French stocks, was doing tremendously up until the middle of August, when the most recent global downturn took place. The Index was up nearly 40% but fell back to its current level of about 9% growth in 2015.</p> <h2>9. Russia</h2> <p>Despite sanctions and war, the Russian economy has grown in 2015, and investors have made out well. The nation's <a href="http://www.micex.com/marketdata/quotes">MICEX Index</a> showed a 23% rise since a low point at the start of the year.</p> <h2>10. Pakistan</h2> <p>If you like roller coaster rides, you'll enjoy the performance of the Karachi <a href="http://www.kse.com.pk/">KSE100 Stock Exchange</a>. The market lost 20% of its value in February and March, but rebounded to give investors a solid 5% return on the year.</p> <h2>Honorable Mentions</h2> <p>These two markets didn't quite make the cut, but they've done well, too.</p> <h3>Portugal</h3> <p>If you began investing in Portuguese stocks at the start of 2015, you got in at a good time. The <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/PSI20:IND">PSI 20</a>, which tracks the main Portugal-based companies, hit a trough in January and was up 30% by April. It's come back to Earth a bit since, but is up 4% this year.</p> <h3>Vietnam</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/VNINDEX:IND">Ho Chi Minh Stock Index</a> has been up and down in 2015, rising 18% in the first half of the year before dropping in the last two months. It's still up 4% this year.</p> <p><em>Do you invest in any of these booming markets? How has your portfolio performed?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-best-stock-markets-in-the-world-in-2015">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/americans-spend-more-than-other-countries-on-these-10-things">Americans Spend More Than Other Countries On These 10 Things</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-best-performing-mutual-funds-of-the-2000s">The 9 Best Performing Mutual Funds of the 2000s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-international-vacation-destinations">5 Cheap International Vacation Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-latin-american-markets-to-watch">5 Latin American Markets to Watch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-your-financial-advisor-wishes-you-knew">7 Things Your Financial Advisor Wishes You Knew</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment Asia Europe foreign stocks global stock markets market growth returns South America Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:00:54 +0000 Tim Lemke 1570305 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Cheap International Vacation Destinations http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-international-vacation-destinations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-cheap-international-vacation-destinations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-1929086-small.jpg" alt="women on vacation" title="women on vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you're trying to live frugally, plunking down several thousand dollars for a week's holiday is not always possible. A fancy vacation may not be in the cards, but you don't have to spend a lot of money to get away for a week of much-needed R&amp;R. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Reward Crdit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>1. Argentina</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/intlvacaargentina-2607399-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Buenos Aires' elegant caf├ęs, art galleries, tango, and fine dining are as fascinating as the greatest capitals of the Old World. The U.S. dollar does very well against the Argentine peso, making Argentina an excellent budget destination. There are a multitude of inexpensive hostels and guesthouses, and a stay in one of the nicer hotels is very reasonably priced. You can also eat and drink for cheap, with famous grass-fed Argentine steaks going for a fraction of the price you'd expect in the U.S. or in Europe. A trip to Argentina also offers the opportunity to visit the spectacular Iguazu Falls as well as other natural destinations, which can be accessed by rental car. Look for budget tours of Argentina that may offer better deals on transportation and hotel stays.</p> <h2>2. Mexico</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/intlvacamexico-4220865-small.jpg" /></p> <p>A lot of people are avoiding vacations south of the border these days, as news of drug wars dominates the headlines. In reality, however, resort destinations like Puerto Vallarta or Cancun are far from the chaos and quite safe. Take advantage of the tourism slow-down by snapping up great deals on vacations in these warm and sunny hot spots. You can rent a one-bedroom condo at less than what most hotel rooms cost and self-cater to save money. Or look for promotions at one of the all-inclusive resorts. If you live near LA, Miami, or other major cruise ports, you can get great deals on all-inclusive cruises down to Mexico &mdash; many at less than $100 per person per day &mdash; and you don't even have to shell out the airfare. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/love-travel-but-hate-airline-miles-try-amexs-blue-sky-preferred">Travel on Rewards Without Using Airline Miles</a>)</p> <h2>3. Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/intlvacathailand-144834-small.jpg" /></p> <p>If you can manage to find a cheap flight to Thailand, this country is one of the best places for budget travel, and the island of Ko Pha Ngan is one of the best budget destinations in the country. Located close to more heavily developed Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan has not yet exploded onto the tourist scene. You'll find the same soft white sand and warm turquoise water as more popular resort destinations in Thailand, with friendlier prices. Travel away from the touristy town of Hat Rin, and you'll find secluded resorts with landscaped gardens, glimmering pools, and Thai massages, all priced at the cost of a cheap hotel elsewhere.</p> <h2>4. Luangprabang, Laos</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/intlvacalaos-3438592-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Luangprabang, Laos is one of those gem-like towns that you'll end up treasuring in your heart for years to come. This <a href="http://www.unesco.org">UNESCO</a>-protected city is Laos's greatest tourist attraction. Located on the mighty Mekong River and surrounded by jade mountains, the city melds traditional Lao culture with Indochina's colonial French heritage. Wake up early in the morning to see hundreds of saffron-robed monks collecting their alms for the day, and explore dozens of pristine Buddhist temples. Trek or take a boat up the river to one of numerous smaller villages, where you can lie in a hammock overlooking the Mekong for just a few bucks a night. Inns and hotels are extremely cheap, but clean and beautifully decorated with traditional handicrafts.</p> <h2>5. Eastern Europe</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/intlvacaukraine-5347046-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Can't afford to travel in Europe? Think again. Eastern Europe may not be as well known as its Western counterpart, but offers fascinating attractions, culture, food, and wine, all at budget-friendly prices. Destinations in the Ukraine and in Estonia have been seeing more tourism in the past couple of years as budget-conscious tourists flock to Eastern Europe. Cheap public transport, reasonably-priced hotels, and excellent dining options are available for travelers looking to make their dollars go further.</p> <p><em>Where have you traveled lately? Any more tips on cheap places to travel?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-international-vacation-destinations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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