•  In the first quarter of 2017,
    Israel’s surplus of assets over liabilities vis-à-vis abroad increased by about
    $7.1 billion (about 6.5 percent), further to an increase of about $41 billion (59.5
    percent) in 2016. Most of the increase in the surplus during the first quarter of
    2017 is a result of an increase in the balance of Israelis’ financial
    investments abroad and an increase in reserve assets.
  • The increase in the
    value of the portfolio of Israelis’ assets held abroad in the first quarter ($15.4
    billion, 4.1 percent) was a result of the flow of financial investments ($4
    billion, 1 percent) and an increase in the prices of foreign shares ($2.9
    billion, 0.8 percent).
  • The increase in the
    gross balance of liabilities to abroad in the first quarter ($8.3 billion, 3.1
    percent) derived mainly from the flow of financial investments in bonds ($1.6
    billion, 0.6 percent) and direct investments in shares ($1.3 billion, 0.5
    percent), in parallel with an increase in the prices of Israeli shares held by
    nonresidents ($3.8 billion, 1.4 percent).
  • The surplus of assets
    over liabilities vis-à-vis abroad in debt instruments alone (negative net
    external debt) increased in the first quarter of 2017 by about $6.3 billion (4.7
    percent), to about $140 billion at the end of the quarter.
  • The gross external debt
    to GDP ratio declined in the first quarter, to 26.5 percent at the end of March,
    the result of a decline in the shekel value of gross external debt as a result
    of the appreciation of the shekel, in parallel with an increase in GDP.​
       
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