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Nonresidents' investments in Israel, and Israelis' investments abroad in April 2012
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Net sales of makam
Bonds and makam: In April 2012 nonresidents sold a net $1.2 billion of makam, primarily by one foreign bank, following cumulative sales of $2.8 billion from the beginning of the year. Nonresidents' portfolio balance of makam returned to its level from the end of 2009 of about $1.2 billion.
Nonresidents' activity in government bonds was balanced in April, following cumulative sales of $0.6 billion from the beginning of the year. There were also sales by nonresidents of some $200 million of government bonds traded abroad.
Israeli shares: In April nonresidents invested about $60 million net in shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). The monthly average for the year to date is about $110 million.
Nonresidents' direct investment: Nonresidents' net direct investment in Israel via domestic banks totaled about $550 million in April, most of which was invested in high-tech and banking industries.
Continued investments abroad by households, and sales by institutional investors
Shares: In April net investments by Israeli residents in foreign shares traded abroad totaled $30 million. Households and the business sector invested $130 million net, while institutional investors sold a net $100 million.
Bonds: In April residents sold a net $35 million in tradable bonds abroad. The sales were primarily by the business sector (about $90 million), which were somewhat offset by households' investment of $60 million.
Direct investment abroad: In April residents invested a net $20 million in direct investment abroad, mainly investments in the chemicals and manufacturing industries.