Capital flows in the financial account, February 2013

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Investments in government bonds in Israel, and sales of makam

Bonds and makam: In February, nonresidents invested around $300 million net in unlinked government bonds, and sold around $50 million net in makam. Preliminary figures for March indicate net sales of about $360 million in government bonds and of about $90 million in makam.
Israeli shares: In February, nonresidents invested a net $220 million in shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), following net investments of about $340 million in January. Preliminary figures for March indicate net sales of about $60 million in TASE-traded shares by nonresidents.

Nonresidents' direct investment: In February, nonresidents' net direct investment in Israel via domestic banks totaled about $1 billion, of which about $630 million was invested by an American company in an Israeli software services company.  

Continued investment in foreign shares by institutional investors

Shares: In February, net investments by Israeli residents in foreign shares traded abroad totaled about $780 million—about $510 million by institutional investors, about $170 million by households, and about $100 million by the business sector.  In the past seven months, institutional investors made net investments of about $4.5 billion in foreign shares.

Bonds: In February, residents invested a net $10 million in tradable bonds abroad—investments of about $40 million by the business sector were partially offset by net sales of about $30 million by the institutional investors.

Direct investment abroad: In February, residents invested about $170 million net in direct investment abroad.





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