The IsraTransfer Report – October 2017

While recent news points to a slowdown in Israeli economic sentiment, trading in the shekel was very active with a range in the Sha’ar Yatzig swinging from 3.48 to 3.58, before closing the month at 3.53.


In real estate news, a recovery in sales may be on the horizon, and a high-reward development for Israel’s low-risk businesses. Plus, iPhone 8 makes its Israel debut, and plenty of buzz surrounds the largest Rosh Hashanah in Israel’s history.


Israel Real Estate


While Israel’s residential housing market may cooled recently, Israeli real estate underwriter, Rosario Capital Ltd., believes the halt to be temporary, Citing market uncertainty, an almost 2% increase in the mortgage interest rate over the past 18 months, and a potential law imposing a tax on ownership of a third housing unit as the main culprits behind the slowdown. Conversely, their research does indicate that developers believe that the market will revive in six months, with a population still growing at a high rate and not enough supply to meet demand.  


Economy Snapshot


Economic sentiment took a step back, albeit an expected one, in September with a downward revision in second quarter growth. Minutes of the central bank’s August rates discussion showed that monetary policy committee members had expected a downward revision to the GDP data.  Private spending still rose 6.5 percent in the second quarter, rebounding from a 1.1 percent drop in the first three months of the year, and investment in fixed assets rose by 10.7 percent.  The second quarter is the first period since the third quarter of last year to give a clear picture of Israel’s economy after one-time effects distorted data from the past two periods.

AACI Currency Exchange Program


Send money to Israel at premium exchange rates with the AACI Currency Exchange Program; an exclusive partnership between IsraTransfer and the AACI available to members and non members alike.  Learn more


Israeli Entrepreneurship


New regulations streamlining business licenses may affect some 50,000 businesses in Israel. The draft of a reform of business obtained by Globes indicates that more than one third of businesses in Israel will receive business licenses within 21 days in a fast track procedure. At present, obtaining a business license involves months of waiting, uncertainty, bureaucracy, and much running about. Many business owners end up operating without a license, becoming unwilling criminals.


And in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah…


Fresh Apple News


Coming on the heels of tax reform that started in April eliminating purchase tax on cellular devices in Israel, the iPhone 8 Israel price have officially been published.


Sweet Honey Fact


In 2017 Israel imported over 560 tons of honey ahead of the holidays in hopes of meeting the needs of an all-time high Israei population of 8.74 million people.

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