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

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- (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: 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®/TSX® 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® 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® 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
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        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
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CLG.A        0.05250
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index
Fund                                                      CBO        0.07400
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        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
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CPD.A        0.05480
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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ Fund            CBD        0.04790
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CBD.A        0.02890
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ Fund            CBN        0.21285
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CBN.A        0.00900
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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index Fund                   CRQ        0.07600
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        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
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CIE.A        0.04917
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iShares Japan Fundamental Index Fund (CAD-
Hedged)                                                   CJP        0.14350
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CJP.A        0.17530
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iShares BRIC Index Fund                                   CBQ        0.55171
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CBQ.A        0.26443
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iShares Oil Sands Index Fund                              CLO        0.02610
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CLO.A        0.00000
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iShares Global Real Estate Index Fund                     CGR        0.13328
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CGR.A        0.05500
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iShares Global Infrastructure Index Fund                  CIF        0.28613
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CIF.A        0.13002
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Mining Index Fund                  CMW        0.13501
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CMW.A        0.03329
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iShares S&P Global Water Index Fund                       CWW        0.26032
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CWW.A        0.15130
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iShares Broad Emerging Markets Fund                       CWO        0.59829
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CWO.A        0.34781
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iShares Global Agriculture Index Fund                     COW        0.18095
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        COW.A        0.00000
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iShares China All-Cap Index Fund                          CHI        0.96444
                                                 ---------------------------
                                                        CHI.A        1.10067
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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        0.00000
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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® (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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