The bond includes a commitment from the Israeli government to pay the loan back, plus an agreed rate of interest while using your money – known as the bond coupon or yield. Your loan amount (bond price) is returned to you when the bond matures after a fixed period of time: anywhere from a few weeks to 50 years.
Anyone in the world can buy bonds from any country in the world. You do not need to be a citizen or resident of the country that is selling the government bonds.
But in today’s global economy, some countries have failed to honor their bond commitments along with their other debts. A one-time failure is a credit event, while a prolonged failure is called sovereign default. According to Market Watch, even the USA has occasionally struggled to avoid default.
In contrast, the Israeli economy not only weathered the 2008 financial crisis, but even surged forward in growth. Financial observers have attributed this success to firm fiscal management.
While many countries urge their citizens to buy government bonds as an expression of patriotism, informed investors will only buy government bonds from a country showing both political and economic stability.
Israel enjoys the enviable position of having never once missed a debt payment. That makes Israel government bonds one of the most secure investments available — ideal for safeguarding retirement funds, or to preserve wealth for the next generation.
*Israel has used its bond capital to build an economic powerhouse: Number One in the world per capital for high-tech startups, for venture capital investment, for medical equipment patents, and for published scientific papers.
*Recent discoveries of huge natural gas reserves, worth billions of dollars each, are about to make Israel one of the world’s energy producers. High-tech giants like Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Google are creating thousands of jobs for Israelis, creating a win-win situation for all involved.
*Wherever you look, the country’s economic development shows solid returns on bond investment.
*A country that has been forced to fight defensive wars since its birth, fend off countless terrorist and missile attacks, endure boycotts and refute gross disinformation about its actions.
*Yet this tiny nation, with a population smaller than that of London, has become a world leader in bio med, information technology, water reclamation, green-tech, military and cyber-defense, medical innovation, archaeological discoveries, and much more.
Israel is admired for its prompt and generous response to disasters overseas, and it’s the only country awarded the highest available UN ranking for its emergency field hospitals and medical teams. It’s clear that buying Israel government bonds is one of the most ethical investments you can make.
IsraelInvestment maintains a working partnership with the authorised UK broker Bonds of Israel, who is ready with advice that can be custom-tailored to the needs of your investment portfolio.
But just to get an idea of the range available, here are some standard options:
Sterling Jubilee Bond (Fifth Sterling Series) (2-year): Minimum purchase of £1000
Sterling Savings Bond (Fifth Sterling Series) (2-year): Minimum purchase of £1000
Sterling Mazel Tov Savings Bonds (Fifth Sterling Series) (5-year): Minimum purchase of £100 and multiples of £10