Nonresidents’ investments in Israel, and Israelis’ investments abroad in May 2017

12/07/2017
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NONRESIDENTS

Net investments in government bonds and makam

 

Financial investments in Israel:

Bonds and makam traded in Tel Aviv: In May, nonresidents invested a total of about $570 million, net, in makam, in contrast with net realizations of about $160 million in March–April. Nonresidents also made net investments of about $450 million in government bonds traded in Tel Aviv in May.

In May, there were net investments totaling about $20 million in government bonds traded abroad, further to net investments totaling about $30 million in April.

 

Investments in Israeli shares: In May, nonresidents made net investments of about $160 million in Israeli shares traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), further to net investments of about $230 million in April. In parallel, there were net investments of about $40 million in Israeli shares traded abroad in May.

 

Nonresidents' direct investment in Israel: In May, nonresidents' direct investment in Israel via the domestic banking system totaled about $550 million. Activity was concentrated in the manufacturing and production industry and in the real estate industry.

 

 

RESIDENTS

Net investments in foreign stocks and net realizations of foreign bonds

 

Financial investments abroad:

In May, Israeli residents made net investments of about $30 million in financial investments (stocks and bonds) abroad, further to net investments of about $240 million in March.

 

Shares: In May, Israeli residents made net investments of about $140 million in foreign shares traded abroad. There were net investments of about $210 million by households, and of about $70 million by the business sector. These were partly offset by net realizations of about $140 million by institutional investors, mainly by profit-sharing insurance policies.

 

Bonds: In May, Israeli residents made net realizations of about $120 million in foreign bonds traded abroad. There were net realizations of about $80 million by the business sector, mainly by insurance companies’ nostro accounts, and net realizations of about $70 million by institutional investors, mainly by the provident and pension funds. These were partly offset by net investments totaling about $30 million by households.

 

Direct investment abroad: In May, there were net direct investments abroad by Israeli residents, through the banking system alone, of about $100 million, mainly by companies in the financial services and insurance industry.

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