BlackRock(R) Announces Final August Distributions on Certain Exchange-Traded Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 08/21/12 -- (TSX: CDZ)(TSX: CDZ.A)(TSX: CUD)(TSX: CUD.A)(TSX: CYH)(TSX: CYH.A)(TSX: FIE)(TSX: FIE.A)(TSX: CEW)(TSX: CEW.A)(TSX: CMR)(TSX: CMR.A)(TSX: CAB)(TSX: CAB.A)(TSX: CHB)(TSX: CHB.A)(TSX: CSD)(TSX: CSD.A)(TSX: CSD.U)(TSX: CSD.V)(TSX: CVD)(TSX: CVD.A)(TSX: CLF)(TSX: CLF.A)(TSX: CLG)(TSX: CLG.A)(TSX: CBO)(TSX: CBO.A)(TSX: CBH)(TSX: CBH.A)(TSX: CPD)(TSX: CPD.A)(TSX: CBD)(TSX: CBD.A)(TSX: CBN)(TSX: CBN.A)

BlackRock Investments Canada Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), today announced the final August distributions for the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) listed below. Unitholders of record on August 30, 2012 will receive cash distributions payable on September 7, 2012. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:


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                                                    Distribution
                                           Trading    Amount per     Payment
Fund Name                                   Symbol      Unit ($)   Frequency
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend
 Aristocrats Index Fund                        CDZ       $0.0600     Monthly
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                                             CDZ.A       $0.0460     Monthly
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iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index
 Fund (CAD-Hedged)                             CUD       $0.0440     Monthly
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                                             CUD.A       $0.0300     Monthly
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iShares Global Monthly Advantaged
 Dividend Index Fund                           CYH       $0.0465     Monthly
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                                             CYH.A       $0.0375     Monthly
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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly
 Income Fund                                   FIE       $0.0400     Monthly
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                                             FIE.A       $0.0400     Monthly
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund        CEW       $0.0220     Monthly
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                                             CEW.A       $0.0325     Monthly
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iShares Premium Money Market Fund              CMR       $0.0340     Monthly
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                                             CMR.A       $0.0230     Monthly
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iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index
 Fund                                          CAB       $0.0530     Monthly
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                                             CAB.A       $0.0450     Monthly
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iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond
 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                       CHB       $0.1210     Monthly
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                                             CHB.A       $0.1120     Monthly
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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High
 Income Fund                                   CSD       $0.0830     Monthly
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                                             CSD.A       $0.0750     Monthly
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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High
 Income Fund (USD Units)                     CSD.U       $0.0830     Monthly
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                                             CSD.V       $0.0750     Monthly
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iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond
 Index Fund                                    CVD       $0.0820     Monthly
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                                             CVD.A       $0.0740     Monthly
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government
 Bond Index Fund                               CLF       $0.0680     Monthly
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                                             CLF.A       $0.0590     Monthly
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government
 Bond Index Fund                               CLG       $0.0600     Monthly
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                                             CLG.A       $0.0510     Monthly
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate
 Bond Index Fund                               CBO       $0.0760     Monthly
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                                             CBO.A       $0.0671     Monthly
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate
 Bond Index Fund                               CBH       $0.0780     Monthly
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                                             CBH.A       $0.0690     Monthly
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred
 Share Index Fund                              CPD       $0.0660     Monthly
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                                             CPD.A       $0.0590     Monthly
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iShares Balanced Income
 CorePortfolio™ Fund                        CBD       $0.0450     Monthly
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                                             CBD.A       $0.0280     Monthly
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iShares Balanced Growth
 CorePortfolio™ Fund                        CBN       $0.0230     Monthly
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                                             CBN.A       $0.0100     Monthly
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The ex-dividend date for all ETFs is August 28, 2012, except for the iShares Premium Money Market Fund (CMR/CMR.A) which has an ex-dividend date of August 30, 2012.

For more information, investors should consult with their investment advisor or visit our website 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 June 30, 2012, BlackRock's AUM was $3.560 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 June 30, 2012, the firm has approximately 9,900 employees in 27 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

The iShares business is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 500 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.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

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