During the second quarter of 2019, the Shekel appreciated against the Dollar by 1.8%. The strengthening of the Shekel, which has extended to the Euro, is harming Israel’s exporters whose prices are all set in Dollars and whose costs are all in...
The third quarter of 2019 was another excellent quarter for Israeli start ups looking to raise money. A total of $2.24 billion was raised, making Q3 2019 the best quarter since 2013. The $2.24 billion was raised in a total of 142...
Israel’s Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in August, after continually decreasing in the previous months. Since the beginning of the year, the Consumer Price Index has risen a total of 0.8%, thereby, nearing the minimum inflation rate of 1% projected by the...
Bank of Israel Bank of Israel’s Monetary Committee has decided to keep the prime interest rate at .25%.  Initially, the expectation was that the rate would be raised. However, the report that inflation in April was on 0.3%, i.e., lower than predicted, combined...
Icholov Hospital in Tel Aviv Nurses went out on a nationwide strike in Israel this morning. They are not asking for higher wages. Rather, they are asking that more nurses be hired. Israel has one of the lowest nurse-to-population ratios, and as a...
Finance Ministry In June the governments budget deficits grew to NIS 21.9 billion. This compares with NIS 7.8 billion in June of 2018. The 12th-month deficit is now 3.9% of GNP getting close to what is considered a red line 4%. How has...
According to IVC Research Center, 2019 was a record year of exits for Israeli corporations, garnering an annual total of $21.7 billion. There were 138 deals in total, with the largest single deal being the acquisition of Mellanox by Nvidia for $6.9...
DLD Tel Aviv 2019 DriveNets announced today that it plans to open a R&D center in Romania. The Raanana-based networking company entered into this endeavor together with Tellence. DriveNets recently closed a $117 million Series-A round of financing. In making the announcement, Ido...
Israel was on its way to another high in terms of startup growth and funding, until COVID-19 hit. During the first quarter, Israeli high-tech firms raised $2.74 billion, in a total of 139 deals. This represents an increase of 76% from the...
New cars photo by kaysgeog A total of 158,000 cars were imported into Israel during the first half of 2019. This represents a drop of 3% from the first six months of 2019.  This decline continues a slow drop in the sale of...