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Global 'spare cash' survey

Question posed to survey respondents in 38 countries: Once you have covered your essential living expenses, which of the following statements best describes how you normally spend your spare cash?
Note: Answers are in percentages. For example, 58 percent of respondents in Singapore said they put spare cash into savings.

Country
Put it into savings
Invest in stock or mutual funds
Retirement fund
Total: Savings, investments, retirement
Philippines
63
12
7
82
Taiwan
60
31
17
108
Singapore
58
20
13
91
Indonesia
57
27
5
89
China
55
19
6
80
India
54
41
18
113
Hong Kong
52
23
7
82
Thailand
51
15
6
72
Korea
51
5
2
58
Malaysia
44
25
6
75
Japan
44
19
2
65
Belgium
43
5
9
57
Ireland
41
6
8
55
France
40
5
5
50
Mexico
40
6
4
50
Netherlands
40
2
3
45
Spain
38
9
9
56
South Africa
34
12
13
59
Australia
34
12
5
51
New Zealand
33
3
7
43
Italy
31
12
10
53
Norway
31
9
5
45
United Kingdom
30
5
4
39
Chile
30
3
3
36
Sweden
29
11
4
44
Finland
28
16
7
51
Denmark
27
4
8
39
Austria
26
12
27
65
Greece
25
3
3
31
Canada
24
8
9
41
Russia
24
8
7
39
Switzerland
23
6
11
40
United States
23
7
7
37
Turkey
22
8
10
40
Brazil
22
11
3
36
Germany
21
11
24
56
Portugal
18
7
8
33
Poland
16
9
7
32

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