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:

Israel leads the OECD in R&D investment

Straight From The Jerusalem Boardroom #129, September 12, 2008

"If you want to play in Texas, you got to have a fiddle in the band", and if you want to play in the top high-tech league, you got to have Israel's high tech in the band!


Irrespective of global slowdown, drying investment resources and accentuated hesitancy by investors, astute investors keep investing in Israel – due to Israel's unique manpower, which produces cutting edge technologies and products - although in a smaller scope (market valuations have decreased).   

Global economic meltdown highlights Israel's capabilities

Straight From The Jerusalem Boardroom #128, August 11, 2008

Astute investors invest in Israel's high tech, in spite of - and due to - global economic slowdown.


1.  While global economy has slowed down substantially, and investment capabilities are shrinking, astute investors leverage declining market valuations, and invest in Israel’s breakthrough export-oriented high tech industries, expecting a promising “exit” when the cycle turns upward.

Microsoft acquires its 8th Israeli company

Straight From The Jerusalem Boardroom #127, July 11, 2008

1.  Astute US investors leverage current economic insecurity – exacerbated by catapulting oil price - and the resulting decline in global valuations, investing in Israeli companies. While the scope of overseas investment in Israel is gradually reduced, due to the slowdown in US and global economy, sophisticated investors sustain investments in Israel, but in lower valuations.

Global economic uncertainties highlight Israel's competitive edge

Straight From The Jerusalem Boardroom #126, June 04, 2008

1.  Israel's best quarter in seven years: A 52% rise in investment ($617MN) in Israeli start ups (135), compared with the first quarter of 2007 and a 23% rise in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2007. A decline is expected during the second quarter of 2008, in view of global economic uncertainties (Israel Venture Capital, “The Marker” and “Globes”, April 30, 2008). According to “Dow Jones Venture Source”, investment in Israeli start ups during the first quarter of 2008 ($600MN) was similar to China ($700MN) and India ($100MN) combined, compared with the $1.5BN for the whole of Europe and $6.8BN in the US (“The Marker”, May 25).

Moody’s Investors Service upgrades Israel’s credit rating

Straight From The Jerusalem Boardroom #125, April 18, 2008

1.  Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Israel’s credit rating from A2 to A1, the highest since 1948, reflecting the growing confidence in the long-term viability of Israel’s economy, and its capability to withstand global and regional economic, political and security uncertainties. Moody’s follows in the footsteps of Fitch and Standard & Poor, who have upgraded Israel’s credit rating to A+ (equal to A1) earlier in 2008 (Ynet, April 17, 2008).

Astute global companies invest in Israel

Straight From The Jerusalem Boardroom #124, April 01, 2008

1.  Why are astute global companies investing in Israel? Intel-Israel reports an all time high 2007 export - $1.54BN, an 18% increase compared with 2006 (Globes, Feb. 27, 2008). Intel-Israel developed Core2Duo enabled Intel to survive the AMD competition (The Marker, Feb. 27).

Fitch raised Israel’s credit rating

Straight From The Jerusalem Boardroom #123, February 26, 2008

1.  Fitch – the top credit rating company – has raised Israel’s credit rating from “A minus” to “A stable” (foreign exchange) and from A to “A plus stable” (local currency).  Fitch praised the substantial decline of Israel’s debt/GDP ratio by 20% in four years, down to 80% (The Marker, Feb. 12, 2008).


Continuous Linked Settlement (CLS) Bank has added Israel’s Shekel to the top 14 global currencies (The Marker, Feb. 14).

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