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

July 6, 2014

JERUSALEM, July 6 -- The Bank of Israel issued the following news release:


Increase in nonresidents' investments in Israeli government bonds and in Israeli shares traded in Israel

Bonds and makam traded in Tel Aviv: In May, nonresidents invested about $290 million, net, in government bonds, further to net investment of about $270 million in March-April combined.

Nonresidents also invested about a net $170 million in government bonds traded abroad.

Investments in Israeli shares: In May, nonresidents invested about $330 million, net, in shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), mostly in the biomed and communications industries. In contrast, nonresidents realized about $150 million, net, in Israeli shares traded abroad.

Nonresidents' direct investment in Israel: Nonresidents' direct investment in Israel via the banking system totaled about $880 million in May, of which about $230 million was in the high technology sector.


Continued investments by institutional investors and households in foreign securities

In May, the business sector, households, and institutional investors invested about $830 million, combined, in financial investments (stocks and bonds) abroad.

Shares: In May, households invested about $150 million, net, in foreign shares traded abroad, while institutional investors invested about a net $100 million.

Bonds: In May, Israeli residents invested about $530 million, net, in bonds traded abroad, of which about $370 million were by institutional investors (transfer from deposits abroad to investments in foreign bonds). At the same time, households invested about $170 million, net.

Direct investment abroad: In May, there was about $190 million in net direct investment abroad by Israeli residents. Most of the activity was in the biomed and energy industries.

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Source: Targeted News Service

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