Israel looks to boost economy with bond purchases

The Bank of Israel began buying government bonds on Tuesday in an attempt to pump more money into the economy.

The central bank said on Monday that the aim of the debt purchases was to "increase the liquidity provided to financial institutions, businesses and households and enhance the effectiveness of monetary policy" The central bank said it also expected the move to lower money-market borrowing costs for longer-term loans.

The central bank's benchmark interest rate is now at an all-time lo

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