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Nonresidents' investments in Israel, and Israelis' investments abroad in March 2012
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Net sales of government bonds
Bonds and makam: In March 2012 nonresidents sold a net $850 million of government bonds, mainly unindexed bonds, following sales of about $310 million in February. Nonresidents' activity in makam was balanced in March, following cumulative sales of some $10.8 billion since March 2011. There were also sales by nonresidents of some $200 million of government bonds traded abroad.
Israeli shares: In March nonresidents' invested about $130 million net in shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), following net investments of $60 million in February.
Nonresidents' direct investment: Nonresidents' net direct investment in Israel via domestic banks totaled about $100 million in March, most of which was invested in high-tech and manufacturing industries.
Investments in foreign shares by institutional investors and households
Shares: In March net investments by Israeli residents in foreign shares traded abroad totaled $370 million. Households invested $250 million net, and the business sector and institutional investors invested $120 million.
Bonds: In March residents invested a net $120 million in tradable bonds abroad. Households invested $95 million, institutional investors also invested $95 million, and these were offset in part by net sales of $70 million by the business sector.
Direct investment abroad: In March residents sold a net $100 million of their direct investment abroad, mainly their investments in the chemicals industry.