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Net investments by nonresidents in government bonds and makam, net realizations in Israeli shares:
Financial investments in Israel:
Bonds and makam traded in Tel Aviv: In January 2016, nonresidents invested about $340 million, net, in makam, further to net investments of about $300 million in December 2015. In addition, there were net investments of about $170 million in government bonds, primarily medium term shekel bonds.
Government bonds traded abroad: In January, nonresidents realized about $30 million worth of government bonds traded abroad, further to net realizations of about $620 during 2015, mainly bonds that reached maturity in October 2015.
Investments in Israeli shares: In January, nonresidents realized about $60 million net in Israeli shares traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), in contrast with net investments in previous months. There were net realizations of about $50 million in Israeli shares traded abroad in January.
Nonresidents’ direct investment in Israel: In January, nonresidents’ direct investment in Israel via the banking system totaled about $570 million. Activity was concentrated in the information and communications industry.
Net investments by institutional investors, mainly in foreign stocks
Financial investments abroad:
In January 2016, Israeli residents invested about $1.6 billion, net, in financial investments (stocks and bonds) abroad, in contrast to total net realizations of about $1.3 billion in December 2015.
Shares: In January, Israeli residents invested about $1.1 billion net in foreign shares traded abroad: there were net investments of about $1.3 billion by institutional investors, mainly by the old pension funds, in contrast with net realizations of about $650 million in December. These investments were partly offset by net realizations by households, mainly of mutual funds, totaling about $140 million.
Bonds: In January, Israeli residents invested about $460 million net in bonds traded abroad. There were net investments of about $380 million by institutional investors, mainly the new pension funds and provident funds, and net investments of about $100 million in foreign bonds by the business sector.
Direct investment abroad: In January, Israeli residents realized direct investments abroad totaling about $10 million, net. Most of the realizations were companies in the hospitality and restaurant services industry.