NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With the Dow Jones Industrial Average down just 1% for the year, compared to horrible double-digit losses elsewhere in the world, Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" TV show viewers that investors need to acknowledge all that's going right here in the U.S. Cramer listed four reasons why he felt the U.S. is holding up better than any other economy. First, Cramer said it's hats off to Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. He said that Bernanke has kept interest rates super low, eliminating the competition of bonds versus stocks. With rates so low, he said, stocks are the only game in town. Second, Cramer credited companies for being committed to their shareholders by offering big dividends. He said American CEOs have been smart, diversifying away from any single economy and refinancing with ultra-low rates to guarantee great payouts for their shareholders. Third, Cramer said the U.S. economy is starting to head in the right direction. Everything from retail and auto sales to jobless claims is starting to head in the right direction, he noted, something that cannot be said for any other nations' economy. Finally, Cramer said that U.S. banks, thanks to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's stress tests, are now some of the strongest banks in the world. He said there is still a mortgage mess in our country, but our banks are now strong enough to weather just about any storm. Cramer said those are the reasons why stocks like McDonald's ( MCD), IBM ( IBM), Wal-Mart ( WMT) and Coca-Cola ( KO) have all delivered spectacular results over the past few years, and why the American markets are outperforming every other market in the world.