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09.07.2012
 
Nonresidents' investments in Israel, and Israelis' investments abroad in May 2012
 
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NONRESIDENTS
Continued net sales of government bonds and makam
Bonds and makam: In May 2012 nonresidents sold a net $790 million of government bonds and about $400 million of makam. Since the beginning of the year, nonresidents sold some $4.5 billion in those two asset classes combined. In May, there were net sales of some $120 million of government bonds traded abroad.
Israeli shares: In May nonresidents sold a net $160 million in shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), following net investment of $440 million since the beginning of the year. Nonresidents sold a net $210 million in Israeli shares traded abroad.
Nonresidents' direct investment: In May, nonresidents' net direct investment in Israel via domestic banks totaled about $740 million, most of which was invested in high-tech industries.
RESIDENTS
Investments in foreign securities by institutional investors and the business sector
Shares: In May, net investments by Israeli residents in foreign shares traded abroad totaled $300 million; institutional investors and the business sector invested a net $410 million, which were partially offset by households' sales of $110 million.
Bonds: In May, residents invested a net $15 million in tradable bonds abroad—institutional investors and the business sector invested a net $65 million which were partially offset by households' sales of $50 million.
Direct investment abroad: In May, residents sold a net $50 million in direct investment abroad, mainly in the insurance and high-tech industries.