- In the third quarter of 2015, Israel’s surplus of assets over liabilities vis-à-vis abroad increased by $2.1 billion (3 percent), further to the increase of about $4.7 billion (7.1 percent) in the second quarter of the year.
- There was a decrease of $8.2 billion (about 2.9 percent) in the value of Israelis’ liabilities to abroad in parallel with a decline of about $6.1 billion (about 1.7 percent) in the value of Israelis’ assets abroad.
- The decline in the gross balance of liabilities to abroad derived mainly from a decline in the prices of shares held by nonresidents ($5 billion, about 5.4 percent), which was accompanied by a decline in the dollar value of the balance of liabilities, impacted by the depreciation of the shekel ($1.5 billion, 0.5 percent).
- The decline in the value of assets derived mainly from a decline in prices of foreign securities (stocks and bonds) held by Israelis ($7 billion, 6 percent), which was partly offset by foreign exchange purchases by the Bank of Israel ($1.9 billion, about 2.1 percent) and the result of the flow of direct investment abroad ($1.2 billion, about 1.5 percent).
- The gross external debt to GDP ratio did not change in the third quarter of 2015, and was 31 percent at the end of September.
- The surplus of assets over liabilities vis-à-vis abroad in debt instruments alone (negative net external debt) increased by about $1.0 billion (0.9 percent) in the third quarter of 2015, to about $108 billion at the end of September.
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