Ethereum Photo: Shutterstock Aleksey Ivanov Bank of Israel gets its hands dirty with digital currency

In its digital currency pilot program, the central bank is having to confront tricky technical, financial, and even moral questions.

Alex Bouaziz Credit: Deel Global payroll co Deel raises $425m at $5.5b valuation

Deel allows companies to draw up contracts for employees in over 150 countries and pay staff and freelancers in local currency and according to local laws.

Yair Avidan Photo: Bank of israel Spokesperson Regulator orders Israeli banks to improve services

Israel's Supervisor of Banks Yair Avidan has criticized the banks for long waits at call centers, difficulties in fixing face-to-face meetings in branches and the lack of availability in mortgage recycling.

Dov Kotler Hapoalim raises $1b in green CoCo bond placement

The issue in accordance with the ICMA's Green Bond Principles is the first of its kind in Israel.

SPAC  credit: Shutterstock SPAC Finnovate files for $150m Wall Street offering

Finnovate, headed by David Gershon, Ron Golan, and Jonathan Ophir, plans to acquire a fintech company in Israel.

El Al plane at Ben Gurion airport Photo: Michal Raz Chaimovitz Hapoalim in talks to buy El Al Frequent Flyer Club stake

The Ministry of Finance, which is demanding El Al sell 30% of its Frequent Flyer Club, is involved in the negotiations.

Mortgages Photo: Shutterstock Mortgage taking high in September despite holidays

Israelis took NIS 7.1 billion worth of mortgages in September, the Bank of Israel reports.

Bank Leumi Photo: Eyal Izhar Leumi USA merger could benefit other Israeli banks

Some banking sources believe the loss of Leumi USA's Israeli identity will benefit rivals Hapoalim and Discount in the US market.

Jifiti founders Photo: PR Point of sale credit boosts Israeli fintech

The 'buy now pay later' per purchase credit trend sweeping the world is good news for the Israeli startups in the sector.

Few tellers left in Israel's banks

Despite the dominance of ATMs and digital services, Mizrahi Tefahot is bucking the trend and has kept personal teller services in all of its branches.

Anath Levin  credit: Rami Zarnegar "The big question is where government money will go"

Surveying the investment landscape, BlackRock Israel head Anath Levin says spending on programs that produce growth can mitigate inflation fears.

Payoneer IPO Photo: Nasdaq Payoneer dumped porn customers on way to Nasdaq

The digital payments company has a murky past, which may explain why it chose a SPAC merger rather than a conventional IPO.

Bitcoin  credit: Shuterstock Crypto enters adolescence

Along with the mood swings and truculence, the twelve-year-old cryptocurrency market is showing signs of maturity.

Nitzan Zeir-Harim and Emil Vainshel  credit: Eyal Izhar WeSure moves up an insurance league

Buying Ayalon, which has twenty times its assets under management, could open the door wide for WeSure's planned expansion overseas.

Natti Ginor at a conference in Tel Aviv  credit: Benny Doutsh How Jefferies is globalizing Israel's capital market

Jefferies' Head of Israel Investment Banking Natti Ginor talks about leading a new investment model on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

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