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Jan 3, 2021, 6:56 PM
‘Bitcoin for Dummies’ like me
A confession. I have been involved in finance and investments for most of my professional life, and I still cannot say I fully understand what a Bitcoin is. This causes two problems. The first is my advice to investors...
Nov 24, 2020, 9:56 PM
End of Covid mortgage holiday – will housing prices fall?
Israeli Borrowers who deferred 2.9 Billion NIS of mortgage payments will have to reface reality. Out of the million Israelis furloughed or fired after Covid-19 took over our lives in March 2020, almost two hundred thousand households took advantage of...
Aug 23, 2020, 6:04 PM
Almost 2 billion NIS lost, Katz reduces real-estate taxes
One of the first moves our new Finance minister, Yisrael Katz, made on the entrance to his new office was to reverse the pitiful decision his predecessor, Moshe Kachlon, had made five years previously. In July 2015 Kachlon raised the...
Jun 23, 2019, 10:33 AM
The Myth of Tama 38: Is this bubble about to burst?
A couple of years ago, an article with the words Tama 38 in the title would start with a brief explanation of the topic. Now there is no need. In the Israeli building industry, if you do not know...
Jul 14, 2016, 7:01 PM
Banks sell 2.4 billion NIS of mortgages to Institutional buyers – Are we setting ourselves up for another subprime crisis?
Over the past few months the collaboration between Israeli banks and institutional investors has strengthened with the purchase of 2.4b shekels worth of mortgages by institutions
Mar 22, 2016, 3:06 AM
On Purim and taxes
How a tool wielded by ruthless leaders to exercise cruelty became a means of increasing social equality
Feb 29, 2016, 5:02 AM
What is this “Teudat Zeut Bankai” – Bank I.D Card? Is it “good for the Jews”?
Although the majority of Israelis still view the banking system as monopolistic at worst, oligopolistic at best, The Bank of Israel really does try to create an illusion of competition between the banks. Different moves have included prevented the take-overs...
Feb 11, 2016, 1:31 AM
Does the Financial Technology boom mark the end of banking?
In the same way that machines have replaced many blue collar workers, apps and back-end tech may replace many bankers
Feb 2, 2016, 8:04 PM
The falls in the global stock markets: The start of a recession or repairing a wrong?
“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.” -- Warren Buffet 2016 started with a sharp downturn in world markets, and for many portfolio owners, and managers, it would be gratifying just to return to...
Jan 29, 2016, 9:47 PM
“The Non-cost of Jerusalem’s Snow-no-show”
Not only does snow cost the city money - even just talking about it does
Married + 4, Oleh from UK, living in Jerusalem. Founder of Western Wall Street, former Manager of International Division in Mercantile Discount Bank and Bank of Jerusalem. Board Member of several NGO's.