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Nonresidents' investments in Israel, and Israelis' investments abroad in December 2011
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A reduction in sales of makam
Bonds and makam: In December 2011 nonresidents sold a net $820 million of makam, following sales of some $2 billion in November, and invested only a net $140 million in government bonds, mainly unindexed. In the period May–December 2011, nonresidents' sales of makam totaled about $8.7 billion, alongside investments totaling $4.2 billion in short-term and medium-term government bonds.
Israeli shares: In December 2011 nonresidents' investments in shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) balanced their sales, as they did in November. Net investments in Israeli shares traded abroad totaled about $270 million. In the whole of 2011 nonresidents invested about $700 million in shares traded on the TASE, and sold about $210 million of Israeli shares traded abroad.
Nonresidents' direct investment: Nonresidents' net direct investment in Israel via domestic banks was about $570 million in December, most of which was investment in the banking and high-tech industries.
Continued investment in foreign shares by institutional investors
Shares: In December net investment by Israeli residents in foreign shares traded abroad totaled $660 million. Institutional investors accounted for some $570 million of this investment, and the business sector and households together invested a total of about $90 million. In 2011, Israelis (mainly institutional investors) invested about $4 billion in Israeli shares traded abroad.
Bonds: In December residents invested a net $110 million in tradable bonds abroad. Most of the investments ($90 million) were made by the business sector. In 2011, Israelis sold a total of $1.7 billion of tradable bonds abroad.
Direct investment abroad: In December residents invested a net $80 million in direct investments abroad, primarily in the banking and chemical industries. This followed sales of direct investments totaling $570 million in November.