BlackRock(R) Canada Announces Estimated December Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 18, 2015) -

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BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the estimated December 2015 cash distributions for the iShares ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Unitholders of record of a fund on December 31, 2015 will receive cash distributions payable in respect of that fund on January 6, 2016.

BlackRock Canada expects to issue a press release on or about December 24, 2015, which will provide the final amounts for all funds except the iShares Premium Money Market ETF, for which a press release will be issued on December 30, 2015. Generally, with the exception of the iShares Premium Money Market ETF, the Cash Distribution Per Unit is expected to increase if the net units outstanding of a fund decreases between December 17, 2015 and December 24, 2015 or may change for other unforeseen factors.

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

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Estimated

Cash

Fund Distribution

Fund Name Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM) Index ETF CBD 0.07601

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CBD.A 0.08866

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF CBH 0.06212

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CBH.A 0.07296

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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM) Index ETF CBN 0.06215

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CBN.A 0.04285

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF CBO 0.06147

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CBO.A 0.06336

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iShares BRIC Index ETF CBQ 0.22045

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CBQ.A 0.04558

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index

ETF CDZ 0.07713

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CDZ.A 0.05970

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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF CEW 0.02600

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CEW.A 0.03250

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iShares Gold Bullion ETF CGL 0.00000

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CGL.C 0.00000

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iShares Global Real Estate Index ETF CGR 0.42405

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CGR.A 0.40713

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iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) CHB 0.09500

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CHB.A 0.09000

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iShares International Fundamental Index ETF CIE 0.19707

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CIE.A 0.20019

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iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF CIF 0.16772

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CIF.A 0.11270

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iShares Japan Fundamental Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) CJP 0.11708

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CJP.A 0.04262

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF CLF 0.05000

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CLF.A 0.05021

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF CLG 0.05654

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CLG.A 0.06127

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iShares US Fundamental Index ETF CLU 0.16141

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CLU.A 0.14716

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CLU.B 0.16530

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CLU.C 0.20411

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iShares Premium Money Market ETF CMR 0.01716

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CMR.A 0.00303

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iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF COW 0.62377

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COW.A 0.55189

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index ETF CPD 0.05400

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CPD.A 0.04900

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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index ETF CRQ 0.09086

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CRQ.A 0.05555

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income ETF

(CAD-Hedged) CSD 0.08300

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CSD.A 0.07500

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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) CUD 0.10047

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CUD.A 0.06630

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iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF CVD 0.06911

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CVD.A 0.08764

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iShares Emerging Markets Fundamental Index ETF CWO 0.19559

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CWO.A 0.16792

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iShares Global Water Index ETF CWW 0.10296

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CWW.A 0.08829

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iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) CYH 0.11872

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CYH.A 0.03808

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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income ETF FIE 0.04000

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FIE.A 0.04000

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iShares Silver Bullion ETF SVR 0.00000

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SVR.C 0.00000

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iShares Alternatives Completion Portfolio Builder

Fund XAL 0.83329

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iShares Core MSCI All Country World ex Canada Index

ETF XAW 0.22362

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iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF XBB 0.07459

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index ETF XBM 0.06901

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iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF XBZ 0.09411

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iShares Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF XCB 0.05763

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iShares S&P Global Consumer Discretionary Index ETF

(CAD-Hedged) XCD 0.06773

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iShares Canadian Growth Index ETF XCG 0.02610

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iShares China Index ETF XCH 0.47979

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iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder Fund XCR 0.58590

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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index ETF XCS 0.05246

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iShares Canadian Value Index ETF XCV 0.09046

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iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF XDV 0.08070

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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond Index

ETF (CAD-Hedged) XEB 0.18564

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iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI Index ETF XEC 0.34403

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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF XEF 0.24930

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index ETF XEG 0.08940

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iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XEH 0.17003

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iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index

ETF XEI 0.08594

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF XEM 0.46199

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iShares Jantzi Social Index ETF XEN 0.09338

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iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF XEU 0.21730

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI USA Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XFA 0.16096

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI Canada Index ETF XFC 0.04529

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI EAFE Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XFF 0.10384

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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XFH 0.18040

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI EAFE Index ETF XFI 0.10109

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index ETF XFN 0.07481

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iShares Floating Rate Index ETF XFR 0.01200

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI USA Index ETF XFS 0.14437

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iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF XGB 0.04640

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iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder Fund XGC 0.93487

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index ETF XGD 0.00030

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iShares S&P Global Industrials Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XGI 0.10984

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iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund XGR 0.65354

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iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond Index ETF XHB 0.07591

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iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XHC 0.63404

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XHD 0.06307

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF XHU 0.05492

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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XHY 0.18488

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iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF XIC 0.16930

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iShares India Index ETF XID 0.02363

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XIG 0.12599

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iShares MSCI EAFE(R) Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XIN 0.18558

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology Index

ETF XIT 0.01181

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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF XIU 0.15070

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iShares Core Canadian Long Term Bond Index ETF XLB 0.06927

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index ETF XMA 0.01798

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iShares S&P U.S. Mid-Cap Index ETF XMC 0.07550

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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index ETF XMD 0.05060

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iShares S&P U.S. Mid-Cap Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XMH 0.08990

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iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index ETF XMI 0.33667

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility

Index ETF XMM 0.35755

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iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index ETF XMU 0.21310

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iShares MSCI Canada Minimum Volatility Index ETF XMV 0.10393

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iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility

Index ETF XMW 0.43054

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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock Index

ETF (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.07415

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iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond Index ETF XQB 0.04700

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XQB.A 0.07117

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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XQQ 0.10990

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iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF XRB 0.20817

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF XRE 0.06922

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iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF XSB 0.05658

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iShares Conservative Short Term Strategic Fixed

Income ETF XSC 0.11187

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iShares Conservative Strategic Fixed Income ETF XSE 0.14141

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iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate + Maple

Bond Index ETF XSH 0.05140

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iShares Short Term Strategic Fixed Income ETF XSI 0.05788

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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XSP 0.24762

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iShares Core Short Term High Quality Canadian Bond

Index ETF XSQ 0.03800

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index ETF XST 0.11501

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iShares U.S. Small Cap Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XSU 0.18630

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iShares Diversified Monthly Income ETF XTR 0.06000

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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XUH 0.08779

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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF XUS 0.34475

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF XUT 0.06792

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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF XUU 0.10624

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iShares MSCI World Index ETF XWD 0.34365

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Further information on the iShares Funds can be found at www.blackrock.com/ca.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At September 30, 2015, BlackRock's AUM was US $4.506 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include 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). As of September 30, 2015, the firm had approximately 12,900 employees in more than 30 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/ca / Twitter: @BlackRockCA / Blog: www.blackrockblog.com/can

About iShares ETFs

iShares is a global leader in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to individual and institutional investors of all sizes. With over 700 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than US $1 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2015, iShares helps clients around the world build the core of their portfolios, meet specific investment goals and implement market views. iShares funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm.(1)

(1) Based on US $4.506 trillion in AUM as of 9/30/15.

iShares(R) ETFs are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in iShares ETFs. 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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Maeve Hannigan

416-643-4058

Maeve.Hannigan@blackrock.com

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