January 15, 2013 at 13:08 PM EST
BlackRock(R) Announces January Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- (TSX: CAB), (TSX: CAB.A), (TSX: CBD), (TSX: CBD.A), (TSX: CBH), (TSX: CBH.A), (TSX: CBN), (TSX: CBN.A), (TSX: CBO), (TSX: CBO.A), (TSX: CDZ), (TSX: CDZ.A), (TSX: CEW), (TSX: CEW.A), (TSX: CHB), (TSX: CHB.A), (TSX: CLF), (TSX: CLF.A), (TSX: CLG), (TSX: CLG.A), (TSX: CMR), (TSX: CMR.A), (TSX: CPD), (TSX: CPD.A), (TSX: CSD), (TSX: CSD.A), (TSX: CSD.U), (TSX: CSD.V), (TSX: CUD), (TSX: CUD.A), (TSX: CVD), (TSX: CVD.A), (TSX: CYH), (TSX: CYH.A), (TSX: FIE), (TSX: FIE.A), (TSX: XBB), (TSX: XCB), (TSX: XDV), (TSX: XEB), (TSX: XEI), (TSX: XFN), (TSX: XFR), (TSX: XGB), (TSX: XHB), (TSX: XHD), (TSX: XHY), (TSX: XIG), (TSX: XLB), (TSX: XPF), (TSX: XRE), (TSX: XSB), (TSX: XSH), (TSX: XTR), (TSX: XUT)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), today announced the January 2013 cash distributions for iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which pay on a monthly basis. Unitholders of record on January 28, 2013 will receive cash distributions payable on January 31, 2013.



Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

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                                                                        Cash
                                                                Distribution
                                                                         Per
Fund Name                                        Fund Ticker        Unit ($)
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iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index Fund              CAB         0.04700
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CAB.A         0.03700
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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolioTM
 Fund                                                    CBD         0.04790
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CBD.A         0.02890
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond
 Index Fund                                              CBH         0.07550
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CBH.A         0.06600
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolioTM Fund            CBN         0.02380
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CBN.A         0.00900
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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 S&P®/TSX® Canadian Dividend
 Aristocrats Index Fund                                  CDZ         0.06200
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CDZ.A         0.04650
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund                  CEW         0.02300
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CEW.A         0.03250
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iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index
 Fund (CAD-Hedged)                                       CHB         0.11300
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CHB.A         0.10300
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond
 Index Fund                                              CLF         0.06250
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       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 Premium Money Market Fund                        CMR         0.03330
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CMR.A         0.02270
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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 Advantaged Short Duration High Income
 Fund                                                    CSD         0.08300
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CSD.A         0.07500
                                             -------------------------------
                                                    CSD.U(1)         0.08300
                                             -------------------------------
                                                    CSD.V(1)         0.07500
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iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index Fund
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            CUD         0.04000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CUD.A         0.02400
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iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index
 Fund                                                    CVD         0.08200
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CVD.A         0.07300
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iShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend
 Index Fund                                              CYH         0.04650
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CYH.A         0.03550
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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income
 Fund                                                    FIE         0.04000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       FIE.A         0.04000
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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund                     XBB         0.08263
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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund                XCB         0.06685
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend
 Index Fund                                              XDV         0.07751
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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond
 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                                 XEB         0.06112
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iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income Index Fund                 XEI         0.08152
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund             XFN         0.06798
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iShares DEX Floating Rate Note Index Fund                XFR         0.02215
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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund               XGB         0.05150
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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund                       XHB         0.09684
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index Fund
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            XHD         0.05141
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                 XHY         0.10665
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            XIG         0.06561
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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund                    XLB         0.07368
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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred
 Stock Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)                           XPF         0.08203
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund                   XRE         0.06726
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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund                   XSB         0.06693
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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate Universe +
 Maple Bond Index Fund                                   XSH         0.05802
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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         0.07196
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(1)The cash 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.

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.

Contacts:
Media Relations Contact:
Veritas Communications
Tara Wood
416-955-4571 or C: 416-301-5724
wood@veritascanada.com
www.blackrock.com

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