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.
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).
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).
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.
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:
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:
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).
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.
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.
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).