Some of the Reasons to Invest in Israel

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #142, May 05, 2010

1.  According to (May 2, 2010), Some of the reasons to invest in Israel are:

*The banking sector remained stable during the global credit crisis and emerged strong last year. Unlike many banks in the West, none of the banks had any large sub-prime exposure and needed to be bailed out by the state. The five largest banks - Hapoalim group, Bank Leumi Bank, Discount Bank, Mizrahi-Tfahot Bank group and First International Bank - are all well capitalized and their capital adequacy ratio is much higher than the minimum required by Basel standards.

Intel-Israel Exports Surge

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #141, April 02, 2010

Intel-Israel's exports surged 145% in 2009, reaching a record $3.4BN.  The record was facilitated by the completion of Intel's $4BN sixth plant in Israel.  Intel is currently negotiation with Israel's government a possible $2.7BN expansion of the plant. Intel employs 6,340 persons at its two plants and four R&D centers in Israel. 120 workers were recently hired by Intel. Intel has invested $6.1BN in its Israel presence, boosted by a $1.2BN Israeli investment (Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2010).

Israel's Economy Exceeds OECD Countries

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #140, January 25, 2010

1.  The London Economist (January 2010): Israel's 2009 economic performance, in face of global meltdown, suggests impressive growth in 2010. Israel's GDP grew in 2009 by 0.5%, compared to an average 3.5% decline in OECD countries: US – 2.5% decline, Japan – 6.5% decline, Germany – 4.9% decline, Britain – 4.7% decline, Italy – 4.8% decline, Ireland – 7.5% decline, etc.  The Economist projects a 3.7% growth for Israel's 2010 economy and less than 7% unemployment (7.7% in 2009), compared with a 2.4% OECD growth and 8.8% OECD unemployment.  Israel's inflation is projected to be 1.7%, compared to 3% in 2009 and OECD's inflation of 1.2% (1.3% in 2009).

IBM's 9th acquisition of an Israeli company

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #139, January 01, 2010

1.  Acquisition of Israeli companies accelerated. IBM acquires Israel's Guardium for $200MN in cash, its 9th Israeli acquisition.  The 1st acquisition was in 1998 (Ubique) and then iPhrase (2005), Unicorn (2006), WatchFire (2007), TeleLogic, XIV, Diligent and FilesX in 2008 (Globes, Nov. 30, 2009).

Israel's economy defies security & political odds

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #138, November 25, 2009

1.  Israeli youth highly motivated to serve: 73% of 18 year old recruits (in November 2009) prefer military service in combat units; number of applicants to the Golani infantry brigade was six times higher than needed; number of applicants to the Givati infantry brigade was four times higher than needed.

Siemens acquired Israel's solar energy Solel for $418MN, following Siemens' 40% acquisition of Israel's solar company, Arava Power for $15MN (Globes business daily, Oct. 16, 2009). Sigma Designs acquired Israel's CopperGate Telecommunications for $200MN (Globes, Oct. 1). Britain's M86 acquired Israel's Finjan for $35MN (Globes, Nov. 4).  


Start-up Nation: The Story of Isreal's Economic Miracle

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #137 , November 07, 2009

1. Start-up-Nation:Israel's Economic Miracle (, published in 2009 by the Council on Foreign Relations and authored by Dan Senor & Saul Singer: "In 2008 – a year of global economic turmoil – per capita venture investments in Israel were 2.5 times greater than in the US, more than 30 times greater than in Europe, 80 times greater than in China and 350 times greater than in India.  Israel still boasts the highest density of start-ups in the world – a total of 3,850 start-ups, one for every 1,844 Israelis…Israel is the world leader in the percentage of the economy that is spent on R&D. 

Israel: The Med's Best-Kept Secret

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #136, August 02, 2009

1.  Bankruptcy rate in Israel is one of the lowest in the world (19% increase during the first half of 2009), compared with the US - 45% increase, Spain - 58%, Spain - 75% and Switzerland - 15% (Yedioth Achronot, July 27, 2009).

Israel - from an emerging-market to a developed-market status

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #135, June 18, 2009

1.  Israel was raised from an emerging-market to a developed-market status by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI), a leading provider of advice to investment institutions worldwide. South Korea and Taiwan were under review for an upgrade, but remained emerging markets. Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were not upgraded from frontier-markets to emerging-markets (Bloomberg, June 16, Globes, June 17, 2009). Israel will be the 18th ranking economy among the 24 developed markets.


Venture Capital Investment Rising in Israel

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #134, February 27, 2009

"While venture capital investment fell in the US last year, it still managed to rise in China, India and Israel," according to Dow Jones VentureSource. In Israel, venture investment increased 19 percent to $1.9BN last year, fueled by 132 information technology deals...In the fourth quarter, investment was up 22 percent to $316MN.... Europe looked more like the US.... Overall investment in Europe fell 15 percent in 2008.... (NY Times, Feb. 18, 2009). 

Standard & Poor has left Israel's credit rating unchanged at A

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #133, February 13, 2009

1. Irrespective of the global economic meltdown, the war on Palestinian terrorism, the Iranian threat, regional instability and political uncertainty, Standard & Poor (S&P) has left Israel's credit rating unchanged at A and the country forecast rating [has been sustained] as "stable."  The rating was approved in all three criteria: Shekel debt, foreign currency debt and transfer and convertibility assessment, which remains at AA (Globes, January 20, 2009).

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