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.


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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 (http://www.amazon.com//dp/044654146X), 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).

Wall Street is more important than Gaza Strip

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #132, January 16, 2009

Wall Street Is More Important Than Gaza Strip. The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange is higher today than it was upon the launching of the Gaza War. It is substantially higher than the ebb of November.  Once again, Israel's economy is impacted by economic fundamentals (budget deficit, interest and inflation rates, debt to GDP ratio, trade balance, overseas investments, etc.) and by Wall Street much more than by Palestinian terrorism and other "bumps" on the path to economic growth, such as the 1948/9 War of Independence, 1956 Sinai War, 1967 Six Days War, 1969/70 War of Attrition, 1973 Yom Kippur War, 1982 War in Lebanon, 1990/1991 First Gulf War, 1993-2009 Palestinian terrorism. In each such case ("bump"), a very short-term decline was succeeded by an impressive economic growth.

Gaza War - slim impact on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

From the Jerusalem Boardroom #131, December 30, 2008

Just like the 2001 crash of NASDAQ, the current global economic meltdown underlines the survival of the fittest, highlighting the competitive edge of Israel's high tech industries:

Israel's Fiscal Responsibility

Straight From the Jerusalem Boardroom #130, November 02, 2008

1.  So far – in spite of its reliance on export and overseas investments - Israel has remained a relative island in a global economic meltdown, due to its fiscally-responsible policies:

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