Aberdeen Israel Fund, Inc.

Dynamic Israel is small in size but a world leader in the technology, research and military sectors. With a disproportionate number of start-ups, its business climate can churn rapidly – requiring particular diligence and patience from investors. Aberdeen managers have been in Israel for years and know the business climate from Haifa to Eilat and all points in between.

Open your world with the Aberdeen Israel Fund.

See how the current share price compares to the value of the fund’s assets.

  • Net Asset Value Per Share $21.76
  • Market Price $19.67
  • Change (-9.60)%

As of close 2017-11-21 00:00:00.0. The NAV information is provided by the Fund's accounting agent. The price is as reported by the exchange on which the Fund trades. This information is unaudited and neither Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, its wholly owned subsidiaries, the Funds, nor any other person guarantees their accuracy.

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Field Report

Investment idea: Aberdeen Israel Fund, Inc. (ISL)

 

Israel is a nation that’s often misrepresented by the media. Despite its reputation for geopolitical instability, we believe its conflicts don’t diminish the investment potential in this region. However, as neither an emerging market nor a developed nation, it can offer investors the best of both worlds.

The Aberdeen Israel Fund, Inc. (ISL) takes the confusion out of Israel’s seemingly complex socio-economic issues by focusing on its inherent strengths and thriving industries.

Israel’s military is leading a technology battle.

Israel is a startup nation. The same military it relies on for national security is also driving growth in its technology sector. The Israeli government spends more than twice as much of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on Research and Development (R&D) compared to the nations of the European Union1, and that often trickles down to the private sector. For this reason, Israel is a hotbed for technology startups and talent. It’s no secret that Israel is the world’s leading provider of firewall technology, an essential part of every corporation’s IT infrastructure.

Another overlooked truth is that Israel is a developed nation with controlled growth, which investors may wrongly perceive as “slow.” But with an International Monetary Fund (IMF) projection of 3% GDP through 2019,2 Israel is on track to exceed the growth of the U.S. and far surpass most European countries. Because of the nation’s strong central bank and conservative spending, its public debt is low compared to its peers.3

In our view, the outlook for Israel over the medium-to-long term is positive. As a center of research and development excellence, foreign investment in Israel continues to be strong. And the country’s young population and wage growth are expected to help increase consumption for years to come. Outside of technology, the nation also continues to see growth in pharmaceuticals, telecoms, banking and retail. These industries comprise the bulk of equity holdings in the Aberdeen Israel Fund, Inc.

Download the Aberdeen Israel Fund factsheet to learn more about the fund’s objective, policies, performance and more.

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Source: World Economic Forum (OECD), 2013

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Source: Statista

For illustrative purposes only. Projections are offered as opinion and are not reflective of potential performance. Projections are not guaranteed and actual events or results may differ materially.

 

1 World Economic Forum, 2015
2 International Monetary Fund, 2015, Average of >3%: 2016 3.3%, 2017 3.2%, 2018 3.0%, 2019 2.9%
3 Jerusalem Post, 2015