Foreign investment gap narrows

Investments by Israelis abroad grew more than twice as fast as foreign investments in Israel in the first nine months of the year, according to data released Monday by the Bank of Israel.

Investments by Israelis abroad grew more than twice as fast as foreign investments in Israel in the first nine months of the year, according to data released Monday by the Bank of Israel. Investments by Israelis abroad balanced at $113 billion at the end of September, up $12.5b., or 11.1 percent, from the beginning of the year, while the balance of foreign investments in Israel came to $142b., some $7.1b., or 5%, more than at the beginning of the year. The central bank attributed the increase in Israeli investments abroad to the interest rate gap and differences in tax rates, and the increase in foreign investments in Israel to the country's growing economic attractiveness, the recovery of world capital markets, and the increased flow of capital to emerging markets.