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BlackRock(R) Announces Final Annual Reinvested Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/22/12 -- (TSX:XAL)(TSX:XBB)(TSX:XBM)(TSX:XBZ)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XCG)(TSX:XCH)(TSX:XCR)(TSX:XCS)(TSX:XCV)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XEB)(TSX:XEG)(TSX:XEI)(TSX:XEM)(TSX:XEN)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XFR)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XGC)(TSX:XGD)(TSX:XGR)(TSX:XHB)(TSX:XHC)(TSX:XHD)(TSX:XHY)(TSX:XIC)(TSX:XID)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XIN)(TSX:XIT)(TSX:XIU)(TSX:XLA)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XMA)(TSX:XMD)(TSX:XMI)(TSX:XMM)(TSX:XMU)(TSX:XMV)(TSX:XMW)(TSX:XPF)(TSX:XQQ)(TSX:XRB)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XSH)(TSX:XSP)(TSX:XST)(TSX:XSU)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XUT)(TSX:XVX)(TSX:XWD)(TSX:CAB.A)(TSX:CAB)(TSX:CBD.A)(TSX:CBD)(TSX:CBH.A)(TSX:CBH)(TSX:CBN.A)(TSX:CBN)(TSX:CBO.A)(TSX:CBO)(TSX:CDZ.A)(TSX:CDZ)(TSX:CEW.A)(TSX:CEW)(TSX:CHB.A)(TSX:CHB)(TSX:CLF.A)(TSX:CLF)(TSX:CLG.A)(TSX:CLG)(TSX:CMR.A)(TSX:CMR)(TSX:CPD.A)(TSX:CPD)(TSX:CSD.A)(TSX:CSD)(TSX:CSD.U)(TSX:CSD.V)(TSX:CUD.A)(TSX:CUD)(TSX:CVD.A)(TSX:CVD)(TSX:CYH.A)(TSX:CYH)(TSX:FIE.A)(TSX:FIE)(TSX:CRQ)(TSX:CRQ.A)(TSX:CLU)(TSX:CLU.A)(TSX:CLU.C)(TSX:CLU.B)(TSX:CIE)(TSX:CIE.A)(TSX:CJP)(TSX:CJP.A)(TSX:CBQ)(TSX:CBQ.A)(TSX:CLO)(TSX:CLO.A)(TSX:CGR)(TSX:CGR.A)(TSX:CIF)(TSX:CIF.A)(TSX:CMW)(TSX:CMW.A)(TSX:CWW)(TSX:CWW.A)(TSX:CWO)(TSX:CWO.A)(TSX:COW)(TSX:COW.A)(TSX:CHI)(TSX:CHI.A)(TSX:CMF)(TSX:CMF.A)(TSX:CBR)(TSX:CBR.A)(TSX:CGL)(TSX:CGL.C)(TSX:SVR)(TSX:SVR.C)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited announces today the final annual reinvested distributions for the iShares exchange-traded funds for the 2012 tax year. These annual reinvested distributions generally represent realized capital gains within the funds. The reinvested distributions are not paid in cash but will be reported as taxable non-cash distributions and can be used to increase the investor's adjusted cost base of the fund. These reinvested distributions do not include the fourth quarter cash distributions which were reported in a separate press release dated December 17, 2012.

The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2012, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc.) early in 2013.

The following chart shows the final annual reinvested distributions per unit for each of the iShares funds. Unitholders of record on December 28, 2012 for the fund listed in the chart below will receive reinvested distributions payable on January 3, 2013 and the ex-dividend date will be December 24, 2012.

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                                                            Final Reinvested
                                                Fund   Distribution Per Unit
Fund Name                                     Ticker                for 2012
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iShares Alternatives Completion Portfolio                                   
 Builder Fund                                    XAL                 0.91395
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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund             XBB                 0.12562
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iShares S&P®/TSX® Global Base Metals                                    
 Index Fund                                      XBM                 0.00000
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iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund                   XBZ                 0.00000
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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund        XCB                 0.02592
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Growth Index                                
 Fund                                            XCG                 0.00000
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iShares China Index Fund                         XCH                 0.00000
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iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder                                 
 Fund                                            XCR                 0.34009
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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index Fund              XCS                 0.00000
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Value Index                                 
 Fund                                            XCV                 0.00000
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend                                    
 Index Fund                                      XDV                 0.65030
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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond                               
 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                         XEB                 0.17764
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund         XEG                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income Index Fund         XEI                 0.00000
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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund         XEM                 0.00000
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iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund                 XEN                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund     XFN                 0.00000
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iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund        XFR                 0.00000
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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund       XGB                 0.00000
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iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder                                 
 Fund                                            XGC                 0.65336
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund           XGD                 0.00000
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iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund       XGR                 0.57851
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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund               XHB                 0.07400
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iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund                                    
 (CAD-Hedged)                                    XHC                 0.46263
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index Fund                                
 (CAD-Hedged)                                    XHD                 0.00000
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-                               
 Hedged)                                         XHY                 0.26488
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index Fund      XIC                 0.00000
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iShares S&P CNX Nifty India Index Fund           XID                 0.00000
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund                                   
 (CAD-Hedged)                                    XIG                 0.66606
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iShares MSCI® EAFE Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)     XIN                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology                               
 Index Fund                                      XIT                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index Fund                    XIU                 0.00000
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iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index Fund          XLA                 0.00000
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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund            XLB                 0.33655
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index Fund      XMA                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund            XMD                 0.00000
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iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index                                  
 Fund                                            XMI                 0.00000
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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum                                       
 Volatility Index Fund                           XMM                 0.00000
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iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index                                   
 Fund                                            XMU                 0.00000
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iShares MSCI Canada Minimum Volatility Index                                
 Fund                                            XMV                 0.02476
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iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum                                      
 Volatility Index Fund                           XMW                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred                                    
 Stock Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                   XPF                 0.04971
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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)       XQQ                 0.23707
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iShares DEX Real Return Bond Index Fund          XRB                 0.47828
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund           XRE                 0.08972
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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund           XSB                 0.00000
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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe +                                 
 Maple Bond Index Fund                           XSH                 0.00000
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iShares S&P 500 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)          XSP                 0.77407
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index                               
 Fund                                            XST                 0.28842
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iShares Russell 2000® Index Fund (CAD-                                    
 Hedged)                                         XSU                 0.14246
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iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund          XTR                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index Fund      XUT                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Venture Index Fund               XVX                 0.00000
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iShares MSCI World Index Fund                    XWD                 0.23115
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The following chart shows the final annual reinvested distributions per unit for each of the iShares funds. Unitholders of record on December 28, 2012 for the fund listed in the chart below will receive reinvested distributions payable on January 7, 2013 and the ex-dividend date will be December 24, 2012.

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                                                            Final Reinvested
                                                Fund   Distribution Per Unit
Fund Name                                     Ticker                for 2012
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend                                           
 Aristocrats Index Fund                          CDZ                 0.71506
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                                               CDZ.A                 0.34037
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iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index Fund                                  
 (CAD-Hedged)                                    CUD                 0.56330
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CUD.A                 0.41862
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iShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend                                  
 Index Fund                                      CYH                 0.00000
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                                               CYH.A                 0.00000
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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income                                   
 Fund                                            FIE                 0.00000
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                                               FIE.A                 0.00000
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund          CEW                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CEW.A                 0.00000
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iShares Premium Money Market Fund                CMR                 0.00000
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                                               CMR.A                 0.00000
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iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index Fund      CAB                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CAB.A                 0.00000
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iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond                                     
 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                         CHB                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CHB.A                 0.00000
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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High                                      
 Income Fund                                     CSD                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CSD.A                 0.00000
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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High                                      
 Income Fund (USD Units)                    CSD.U(1)                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                            CSD.V(1)                 0.00000
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iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index                                   
 Fund                                            CVD                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CVD.A                 0.00000
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond                                   
 Index Fund                                      CLF                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CLF.A                 0.00000
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond                                  
 Index Fund                                      CLG                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CLG.A                 0.00000
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond                                    
 Index Fund                                      CBO                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CBO.A                 0.00000
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond                                   
 Index Fund                                      CBH                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CBH.A                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share                                    
 Index Fund                                      CPD                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CPD.A                 0.00000
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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM)                                   
 Fund                                            CBD                 0.14631
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CBD.A                 0.00000
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM)                                   
 Fund                                            CBN                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CBN.A                 0.00000
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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index Fund          CRQ                 0.07784
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CRQ.A                 0.05100
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iShares US Fundamental Index Fund                CLU                 0.64420
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CLU.A                 0.60032
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CLU.C                 0.08302
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CLU.B                 0.09661
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iShares International Fundamental Index                                     
 Fund                                            CIE                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CIE.A                 0.00000
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iShares Japan Fundamental Index Fund (CAD-                                  
 Hedged)                                         CJP                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CJP.A                 0.00000
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iShares BRIC Index Fund                          CBQ                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CBQ.A                 0.00000
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iShares Oil Sands Index Fund                     CLO                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CLO.A                 0.00000
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iShares Global Real Estate Index Fund            CGR                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CGR.A                 0.00000
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iShares Global Infrastructure Index Fund         CIF                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CIF.A                 0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Mining Index Fund         CMW                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CMW.A                 0.00000
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iShares S&P Global Water Index Fund              CWW                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CWW.A                 0.00000
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iShares Broad Emerging Markets Fund              CWO                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CWO.A                 0.00000
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iShares Global Agriculture Index Fund            COW                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               COW.A                 0.00000
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iShares China All-Cap Index Fund                 CHI                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CHI.A                 0.00000
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iShares Managed Futures Index Fund               CMF                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CMF.A                 0.00000
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iShares Broad Commodity Index Fund (CAD-                                    
 Hedged)                                         CBR                 0.00000
                                           ---------------------------------
                                               CBR.A                 0.00000
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iShares Gold Bullion Fund (CAD-Hedged)           CGL                 0.38289
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iShares Gold Bullion Fund (Non-Hedged)         CGL.C                 0.00000
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iShares Silver Bullion Fund (CAD-Hedged)         SVR                 0.00000
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iShares Silver Bullion Fund (Non-Hedged)       SVR.C                 0.00000
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(1) The reinvested distribution per unit for CSD.U and CSD.V are in U.S.    
Dollars.                                                                    

Further information on iShares funds can be found at www.iShares.ca.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At September 30, 2012, BlackRock's AUM was $3.673 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients' needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of September 30, 2012, the firm has approximately 10,400 employees in 29 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.blackrock.com.

About iShares® ETFs

The iShares business is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 600 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 20 exchanges worldwide. The iShares Funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares Funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost, tax efficiency and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell shares through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors and high net worth individuals.

iShares® Funds are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in iShares Funds. Please read the relevant prospectus before investing. The Funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional.

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