Rumor has it that at one of Jerusalem's excavation sites, archeologists recently discovered piles of coins from thousands of years ago. The prevailing theory is these are dividends that were paid on stock from the Mesopotamia stock exchange.
OK, so that's not true. What is true, however, is that Israel is home to some pretty amazing companies in the areas of tech, biotech, pharmaceuticals, and telecom. If you're like me, you've always been a little intimidated about investing in foreign stocks. It's like landing in a foreign country -- you don't understand the language, you aren't sure of the cultural rules, and you're afraid of getting ripped off. But eventually, you get acclimated to your surroundings and feel comfortable.
The analog to getting acclimated with stocks is research. I look for the same things in foreign stocks as I do domestic ones, and in this case, it's solid companies that pay strong dividends.
Formula Systems Ltd.
Alon Holdings Blue Square
I have deliberately provided three companies across different sectors to help build a diversified portfolio. Of course, you always want to dig deep and feel good that share prices won't decline or dividends won't be suspended.
So gather ye shekels while ye may, and if you dig up any gold coins, they ... uh ... are mine. I lost them during my last vacation. Really.
Matthew Brown has been to Israel, did not really lose any coins, and does not hold any of the stocks mentioned in this article. Cellcom Israel is a Motley Fool Global Gains pick. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.