Survey: Average American leaves $177,000 to heirs

December 13, 2013 2:54:44 PM PST
America may be one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but we're lagging behind when it comes to inheritance.

Americans expect to leave an average of almost $177,000 to their heirs.

That may seem like a lot, but Americans were the least likely to leave any money behind -- only about 56 percent compared to the worldwide average of 69 percent.

According to the HSBC survey, Australian's are the most generous, leaving an average of $502,000. Singapore came in second at $371,000. And in third is Great Britain with $284,000.

The U.S. came in sixth.