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Nonresidents' Investments in Israel and Israelis' Investments Abroad in March 2014

May 11, 2014

JERUSALEM, May 11 -- The Bank of Israel issued the following news release:


Nonresidents' investment in Israeli shares traded abroad

Bonds and makam: In March, nonresidents invested about $100 million, net, in government bonds traded in Tel Aviv, compared with net realizations of about $100 million in February.

Nonresidents redeemed about $130 million in government bonds traded abroad--realizations of $530 million in bonds from 2004 which reached maturity were partly offset by net investments of $400 million.

Investments in Israeli shares: In March, nonresidents realized about $140 million, net, in shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). In contrast, nonresidents invested about $630 million, net, in Israeli shares traded abroad, mainly in the high technology industry.

Nonresidents' direct investment in Israel: Nonresidents' direct investment in Israel via the banking system totaled about $960 million in March, of which about $220 million were in a company in the biomed industry.


Continued investments by institutional investors and households in foreign bonds

In March, the business sector, households, and institutional investors invested about $1.5 billion, combined, in financial investments (stocks and bonds) abroad.

Shares: In March, the business sector and households invested about $400 million combined in foreign shares traded abroad, which were partly offset by net sales of about $90 million by institutional investors.

Bonds: In March, Israeli residents invested a net $1.2 billion in bonds traded abroad, of which about $600 million were by institutional investors, primarily investments by provident and pension funds in corporate bonds and structured assets. At the same time, households invested a net $320 million, and the business sector invested a net $250 million.

Direct investments abroad: In March, residents invested a minimal amount in direct investment abroad.

Activity vis-a-vis abroad > The financial account of the balance of payments (

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Source: Targeted News Service

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