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Hope over hate. Supporting Israeli Innovation.

How to Buy Israeli Stocks From Outside Of Israel

How to Buy Israel Stocks. Credit Brook Cagle - Unsplash
How to Buy Israel Stocks. Credit Brook Cagle - Unsplash

On a sunny day in October 2023, Israel was brutally attacked. Palestinian Muslim extremists killed 1200 innocent Israeli citizens and took 240 people hostage. This forced Israel into a war. However, its economic indicators were much stronger than in previous wars, with a low debt-to-GDP ratio of around 60% (compared to 123% in the US) and an all-time high in foreign exchange reserves of $200 billion.

Despite Israel’s self-defensive wars against Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in the north, major blue-chip companies like Intel have committed to a $25 billion investment in Israel. This capitalizes on Israel’s ecosystem of engineers and developers, thereby enhancing Intel’s research, development, and overall competitiveness.

Advocacy groups supporting Israel worldwide have confronted the surge of coordinated anti-Israel protests. As attacks on Israeli and Jewish students increase on campuses and city centers across Europe and the US, supporters of Israel’s right to not only exist but also prosper should unite. It’s vital to support Israeli businesses and Israeli founded companies that trade overseas.

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As advocates for Israel, we surely can’t just sit comfortably in the West while Israeli businesses operating worldwide face coordinated attacks from well-funded organizations like BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) of Israel groups and the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, can we?

It’s time to support Israeli innovation and commerce that has benefited consumers and various industries. As supporters of Israel, we recognize we are outnumbered. When Israel defends itself, numerous voices rise in protest, demanding “Free Palestine!”, “End the occupation”, or “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!” Our strength lies in unity. Let’s unite and defend Israel, not only politically but also economically, by trading with and possibly investing in Israeli companies.

Israel is renowned as the “start-up nation,” and more accurately, the “scale-up nation,” due to its distinctive ecosystem that consistently yields rapidly-growing technology-based businesses. These quickly expanding and well-structured companies draw the attention of venture capitalists and family offices, who eagerly invest in pitches from entrepreneurs.

However, early-stage start-up investing is often considered too high risk for everyday investors, unless you have significant capital and experience as an angel investor who can thoroughly analyse the fundamental performance metrics of small and medium-sized businesses. It’s important to take the time to read the disclaimers on some of the Israeli crowdfunding platforms that caution about the risks of investing in start-ups and SMEs..

Investing in Israeli-founded companies offers a means to diversify your portfolio and access Israel’s vibrant, innovative economy. This comprehensive guide, though not providing investment advice, will show you how to do so, no matter where you are in the world. Below are some essential steps to consider in your process.

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1. Define Your Investment Goals

Purpose: Are you investing for growth, income, or preservation of capital? Time Horizon: How long do you plan to hold your investments?

2. Conduct Research

Market Analysis: Understand the current state of the market and general economic indicators.

Industry Analysis: Identify industries with potential for growth. For example, an Israeli company operating in the shipping tech industry differs from a cybersecurity company.

Company Analysis: Dive deep into potential companies to invest in. Consider their financial health, management team, competitive advantage, and future growth prospects.

Israeli-based stock analysis company, Tipranks, uses AI to help both non-professional and professional investors make smarter, data-driven investment decisions via a simple dashboard.

3. Choose the Right Brokerage: Now that you’ve decided which stocks you want to buy, you’ll need a brokerage account with access to international markets. Choose brokers that offer low fees, reliable customer service, and sturdy trading platforms. Some well-known international brokers include Hargreaves Lansdowne, Interactive Brokers, Etoro, and Charles Schwab.

To register for an account, you’ll need to provide personal details, your investment experience, and financial information. You might also need to submit identification documents for verification. .

4. Making Your First Trade: Once you have selected your stocks and have opened a brokerage platform to place trades. You can buy stocks outright.

How to Buy Israeli Stocks – Credit Chris Liverani

5. Monitoring Your Investments: Regularly monitor your investments. Keep an eye on company news, the industry the company you choose to operate in, and the global economic factors that might impact your holdings.

6. Managing Your Portfolio: Adjust your portfolio as needed based on performance, changing goals, or shifts in the market environment. Diversification is key to managing risk.

7. Selling and Withdrawing Funds: When ready to sell, execute trades through your brokerage. Understand and plan for any capital gains tax you may owe. Consider any potential fees or currency conversion rates.

8. Seeking Professional Advice: Consider seeking personalized advice from a financial advisor, especially if you are new to international investing. Tipranks, provides services such as expert insights, breaking news and stock analysis, data-driven decision making, real-time portfolio analysis, and access to hidden investment opportunities.  Investors can obtain direct exposure to NIS-denominated Israeli stocks/bonds on the TASE via Wise Money Israel, which is a licensed Israeli-based investment house.

9. Staying Informed: Stay updated on Israeli market trends and global economic news. Websites such as timesofisrael.com and isranomics.com are great resources. You can also sign up to the Open Invest Israel weekly newsletter.

Investing in Israeli stocks is not only a patriotic act, but also a show of faith in Israeli businesses that compete globally, which can be a valuable addition to your portfolio. This requires careful research, understanding of international trading, and ongoing portfolio management. With the right approach, you can successfully invest in companies emerging from the most innovative nations in the world.

However, it’s important to remember that investment carries risks. Therefore, it’s advisable to seek personalized advice from financial professionals.

This article is purely informative and does not constitute investment advice or guidance. It aims to assist Israel supporters worldwide in making their own decisions about investing in Israeli companies.

The Israel Stock Tracker Updated  allows you to not only discover but also track the stock price of all of the Israeli-founded companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and London Stock Exchange. The spreadsheet tracker brings simplicity to buying Israeli stocks, and is available for only $59.99.

The Israel Stock List Ebook updated is now available at an introductory price of only $9. This simple eBook provides a comprehensive list of all the Israeli-founded companies that can be purchased on the international markets.

Purchase stocks in Israeli Founded Companies at Israeli-founded brokerage, Etoro, and join the millions of stock investors worldwide. Investors can buy stocks for as little as $100 deposit. Founded by serial Israeli brothers Yoni Assia and Ronen Assia

TipRanks is a comprehensive research platform, founded by Israeli entrepreneurs, Uri Gruenbaum and Gilad Gat in 2012, that helps investors make better, data-driven investment decisions. So can sign up to a free trial here This platform does much of the analysis work for investors.

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Other investment options include Israeli Real Estate,  and the Israeli Real Estate Lawyers

About the Author
Jon is active in supporting bilateral investment between Israel, the West Bank, and all supporters of Israel from the UK, US, EU and India. As director of israelinvestment.org, and author of Partnering for Palestinian Prosperity, he believes that active investment and support for Israeli and Palestinian tech innovation is one of the best ways bring about prosperity and reconciliation in the Middle East, pursuing ethical profit for all investors. In the spring Jon supported the opening of the International Prayer Room in Bethlehem. The aim is to encourage Westerners visiting Israel to spend time in the West Bank, and find creative space for sanctuary. During the spring tour, Jon met with Palestinian businessmen and women in the West Bank, to try to understand what they need from Western consumers and businesses to help them and other Palestinians build a financially independent and prosperous future. This inspired Jon to write the series of articles called Partnering for Palestinian Prosperity. The aim of the series is to demonstrate that under very challenging circumstances, Palestinians have persevered to build businesses and viable ventures that are worthy of active encouragement and investment from the West. In 2018, Jon co-lead a group of international and local musicians as part of Music on The Wind tour, performing live to communities on ‘both sides’ of Israel and Palestine. The aim was to invest in the people through the healing and restoration power of live music, regardless of their background. Jon wants to ultimately simplify investing in Israel for Non Israeli, primarily in Real Estate, Israel Stocks, and helping Non Israelis get working Visa's.
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