CofaceBdi figures show vast majority have an ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ rating
Bank of Israel
The Bank of Israel was created by the Ministry of Finance in 1948 as the state’s central bank. It is charged with managing the monetary policy of the state and providing economic conditions to promote growth and success, but the government retains control over inflation targets as part of its economic policy.
In order to clearly define the relationship between the Bank of Israel and the government and to ensure the independence of the central bank, the Bank of Israel Law was passed in 1954, officially establishing the Bank of Israel, and the bank’s headquarters was established in Jerusalem.
The Governor of the Bank of Israel has a role in advising the government and in shaping monetary policy in the country. In accordance to Knesset law, the Bank of Israel conducts research by monitoring and analyzing developments in the Israeli economy and submits its results in the Bank of Israel’s Annual Report.
Another important aspect of the Bank of Israel is its role in the foreign currency market. By monitoring and assessing developments in Israel’s foreign currency market, the Bank of Israel conducts the exchange rate policy and publishes the representative exchange rate of the New Israeli Shekel against foreign currencies.
The current Governor of the Bank is internationally renowned economist Stanley Fischer. With Fischer’s guidance, the Bank of Israel helped the Israeli economy overcome the global economic downturn quicker than other Western nations, and his policies are credited with helping the Israeli economy continue to grow.
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Number of workers earning one million shekels or more grew 18 percent in 2018, Israel central bank says
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Minutes from a meeting of the Monetary Committee reveal concerns about the shekel’s strength
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Officials hope it will help lower loan costs for household while critics worry about a dangerous borrowing binge
A growing deficit will require the treasury to cut spending and/or raise taxes just as a global economic deceleration seems to be getting underway
An annual report by the Bank of Israel gives the former finance minister an F on the economy, pointing to loss of growth engines
Report places blame mainly on poor quality of schools, estimates wages could rise just by boosting Israeli skills to OECD average
Annual report scores government fiscal policy, warns overspending cannot continue at current levels
Study says changing demographics will weigh on the economy over next decades
Monetary panel signals no hike in base lending rate likely anytime soon
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The central bank also reduces its 2019 economic growth forecast to 3.4%, down from a previous prediction of 3.6%
GDP expanded 3.2%, but economists are mostly optimistic for 2019 amid expected higher government and consumer spending
Amir Yaron aims for middle ground between rapid rate rises and delaying them
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The debt-to-GDP ratio has been improving since 2004, but the trends now aren’t favorable