Blackrock Announces December Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2012) - (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:BH)(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, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), today announced the December 2012 cash distributions for iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Unitholders of record on December 28, 2012 for the below mentioned funds will receive cash distributions payable on January 3, 2013. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

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Cash

Distribution

Fund Name Fund Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares Alternatives Completion Portfolio

Builder Fund XAL 0.48906

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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB 0.08484

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iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) Global Base Metals Index

Fund XBM 0.04481

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iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund XBZ 0.03139

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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB 0.06779

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Growth Index

Fund XCG 0.03449

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iShares China Index Fund XCH 0.10600

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iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder

Fund XCR 0.35680

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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index Fund XCS 0.02434

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Value Index

Fund XCV 0.11854

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend Index

Fund XDV 0.07974

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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XEB 0.08698

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund XEG 0.05775

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iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income Index Fund XEI 0.07918

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund XEM 0.17732

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iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund XEN 0.09062

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund XFN 0.09475

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iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund XFR 0.02678

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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund XGB 0.05305

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iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder

Fund XGC 0.36936

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund XGD 0.02026

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iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund XGR 0.34900

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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund XHB 0.08926

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iShares S&P Global Healthcare Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XHC 0.16338

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) XHD 0.05147

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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XHY 0.10533

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index Fund XIC 0.10000

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iShares S&P CNX Nifty India Index Fund XID 0.01025

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) XIG 0.07423

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iShares MSCI(R) EAFE Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XIN 0.14878

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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 0.10001

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iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index Fund XLA 0.12052

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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund XLB 0.07331

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index Fund XMA 0.05000

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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund XMD 0.02418

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iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index Fund XMI 0.17380

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum

Volatility Index Fund XMM 0.15671

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iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index Fund XMU 0.15582

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iShares MSCI Canada Minimum Volatility Index

Fund XMV 0.11415

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iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum

Volatility Index Fund XMW 0.27007

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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock

Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.08247

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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XQQ 0.21668

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iShares DEX Real Return Bond Index Fund XRB 0.23882

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund XRE 0.06168

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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund XSB 0.06713

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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe +

Maple Bond Index Fund XSH 0.05871

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iShares S&P 500 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XSP 0.17259

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index

Fund XST 0.05351

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iShares Russell 2000(R) Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XSU 0.17765

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iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund XTR 0.06000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index Fund XUT 0.07009

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iShares S&P/TSX Venture Index Fund XVX 0.00000

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iShares MSCI World Index Fund XWD 0.23019

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Unitholders of record on December 28, 2012 for the below mentioned funds

will receive cash distributions payable on January 7, 2013. Details of the

"per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

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Cash

Distribution

Fund Name Fund Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats

Index Fund CDZ 0.06200

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CDZ.A 0.04650

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iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) CUD 0.04000

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CUD.A 0.02400

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iShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend

Index Fund CYH 0.04650

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CYH.A 0.03550

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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income Fund FIE 0.04000

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FIE.A 0.04000

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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund CEW 0.02300

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CEW.A 0.03250

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iShares Premium Money Market Fund CMR 0.03050

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CMR.A 0.02060

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iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index Fund CAB 0.04700

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CAB.A 0.03700

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iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index

Fund (CAD-Hedged) CHB 0.11300

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CHB.A 0.10300

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income

Fund CSD 0.08300

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CSD.A 0.07500

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income

Fund (USD Units) CSD.U(1) 0.08300

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CSD.V(1) 0.07500

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iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index Fund CVD 0.08200

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CVD.A 0.07300

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index

Fund CLF 0.06250

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CLF.A 0.05310

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond

Index Fund CLG 0.06200

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CLG.A 0.05250

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index

Fund CBO 0.07400

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CBO.A 0.06430

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index

Fund CBH 0.07550

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CBH.A 0.06600

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index

Fund CPD 0.06300

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CPD.A 0.05480

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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM) Fund CBD 0.04790

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CBD.A 0.02890

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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM) Fund CBN 0.21285

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CBN.A 0.00900

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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index Fund CRQ 0.07600

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CRQ.A 0.05100

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iShares US Fundamental Index Fund CLU 0.21178

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CLU.A 0.16230

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CLU.C 0.12682

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CLU.B 0.11658

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iShares International Fundamental Index Fund CIE 0.11842

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CIE.A 0.04917

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iShares Japan Fundamental Index Fund (CAD-

Hedged) CJP 0.14350

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CJP.A 0.17530

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iShares BRIC Index Fund CBQ 0.55171

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CBQ.A 0.26443

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iShares Oil Sands Index Fund CLO 0.02610

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CLO.A 0.00000

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iShares Global Real Estate Index Fund CGR 0.13328

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CGR.A 0.05500

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iShares Global Infrastructure Index Fund CIF 0.28613

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CIF.A 0.13002

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Mining Index Fund CMW 0.13501

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CMW.A 0.03329

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iShares S&P Global Water Index Fund CWW 0.26032

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CWW.A 0.15130

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iShares Broad Emerging Markets Fund CWO 0.59829

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CWO.A 0.34781

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iShares Global Agriculture Index Fund COW 0.18095

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COW.A 0.00000

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iShares China All-Cap Index Fund CHI 0.96444

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CHI.A 1.10067

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iShares Managed Futures Index Fund CMF 0.00000

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CMF.A 0.00000

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iShares Broad Commodity Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CBR 0.00000

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CBR.A 0.00000

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iShares Gold Bullion Fund (CAD-Hedged) CGL 0.00000

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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 cash distribution per unit for CSD.U and CSD.V are paid in U.S. Dollars.

The 2013 distribution calendar will be published on or about December 17, 2012. Please refer to www.ishares.ca for the 2013 distribution dates.

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(R) (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(R). 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(R) 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(R) 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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