Israel Named Safest Investment Destination of Decade

By Haaretz

Published February 20, 2012.

Israel’s financial market represents the safest return on investment among a group of 24 developed countries in the last decade, a study by finance network Bloomberg revealed on Monday, this despite what the study cites as the many threats the country faced during that time period.

According the “Bloomberg Riskless Return Ranking,” Tel Aviv-25 index, culling Israel’s top firms in terms of market worth, returned a 7.6 percent in the 10 years up until Sunday.

By doing so, the Israeli index beat out the second “safest” return index, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, which saw a 6.7 percent return for the same period.

The Bloomberg study also referred to the constant political tension and threat of military action that Israel had to endure in the allotted time, such as the 2006 Second Lebanon war with Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, quoting former U.S. hedge fund executive Michael Steinhardt as saying that “Israel is an exciting place to invest.”

“The country is surrounded by enemies, it’s always on the edge of extinction, but it expands and prospers,” Steinhardt added.

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