BlackRock(R) Canada Announces Revised Final Annual Reinvested Capital Gains Distributions for the iShares(R) ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 29, 2015) -

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BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced revised final annual 2015 reinvested distributions for iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) ("XHC") and iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) ("XSP"). For all other iShares ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the reinvested capital gains rates previously announced on December 24, 2015 are unchanged. Final distributions for iShares Premium Money Market ETF ("CMR") will be confirmed in a press release to be issued on or about December 30, 2015.

The annual non-cash capital gains distributions are typically reinvested in additional units of the respective funds at the year-end, and do not include ongoing monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual cash distribution amounts. The additional units will be immediately consolidated with the previously outstanding units such that the number of outstanding units following the distribution will equal the number of units outstanding prior to the distribution.

The record date for the 2015 annual distributions will be December 31, 2015, payable on January 6, 2016. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2015, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") in early 2016.

Revised details regarding the "per unit" distribution amounts, which replace those previously announced on December 24, 2015, are as follows:

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Fund Name Fund Ticker Reinvested Capital

Gains Distribution

Per Unit ($)

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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM) CBD 0.65115

Index ETF

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CBD.A 0.65509

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond CBH 0.00000

Index ETF

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CBH.A 0.00000

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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM) CBN 0.58215

Index ETF

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CBN.A 0.41061

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond CBO 0.00000

Index ETF

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CBO.A 0.00000

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iShares BRIC Index ETF CBQ 0.00000

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CBQ.A 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend CDZ 0.94091

Aristocrats Index ETF

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CDZ.A 0.95529

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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF CEW 0.24909

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CEW.A 0.02606

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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 0.46742

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CGR.A 0.00000

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iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index CHB 0.00000

ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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CHB.A 0.00000

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iShares International Fundamental Index CIE 0.58370

ETF

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CIE.A 0.68093

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iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF CIF 0.55617

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CIF.A 0.58119

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iShares Japan Fundamental Index ETF (CAD- CJP 0.00000

Hedged)

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CJP.A 0.00000

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond CLF 0.00000

Index ETF

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CLF.A 0.00000

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond CLG 0.00000

Index ETF

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CLG.A 0.00000

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iShares US Fundamental Index ETF CLU 0.00000

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CLU.A 0.00000

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CLU.B 0.00000

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CLU.C 0.00000

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iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF COW 0.78827

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COW.A 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share CPD 0.00000

Index ETF

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CPD.A 0.00000

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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index ETF CRQ 0.00000

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CRQ.A 0.00000

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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High CSD 0.00000

Income ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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CSD.A 0.00000

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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF CUD 0.00000

(CAD-Hedged)

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CUD.A 0.00000

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iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF CVD 0.00000

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CVD.A 0.00000

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iShares Emerging Markets Fundamental Index CWO 0.00000

ETF

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CWO.A 0.00000

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iShares Global Water Index ETF CWW 0.00000

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CWW.A 0.00000

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iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF CYH 0.00000

(CAD-Hedged)

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CYH.A 0.00000

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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income FIE 0.00000

ETF

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FIE.A 0.00000

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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 XAL 0.00000

Builder Fund

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iShares Core MSCI All Country World ex XAW 0.00000

Canada Index ETF

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iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF XBB 0.18432

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index XBM 0.00000

ETF

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iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF XBZ 0.00000

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iShares Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF XCB 0.01857

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iShares S&P Global Consumer Discretionary XCD 0.00000

Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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iShares Canadian Growth Index ETF XCG 0.00000

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iShares China Index ETF XCH 0.00000

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iShares Conservative Core Portfolio XCR 0.00000

Builder Fund

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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index ETF XCS 0.00000

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iShares Canadian Value Index ETF XCV 0.00000

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iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF XDV 0.00000

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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets XEB 0.00000

Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI XEC 0.00000

Index ETF

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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF XEF 0.06286

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index ETF XEG 0.00000

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iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF (CAD- XEH 0.00000

Hedged)

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iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High XEI 0.00000

Dividend Index ETF

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF XEM 0.03949

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iShares Jantzi Social Index ETF XEN 0.00000

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iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF XEU 0.00000

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI USA Index XFA 0.13197

ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI Canada Index XFC 0.03239

ETF

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI EAFE Index XFF 0.93073

ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF (CAD- XFH 0.00000

Hedged)

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI EAFE Index XFI 0.32304

ETF

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index XFN 0.01586

ETF

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iShares Floating Rate Index ETF XFR 0.00000

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iShares FactorSelect(TM) MSCI USA Index XFS 0.12440

ETF

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iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF XGB 0.21366

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iShares Global Completion Portfolio XGC 0.00000

Builder Fund

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index ETF XGD 0.00000

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iShares S&P Global Industrials Index ETF XGI 0.00000

(CAD-Hedged)

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iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund XGR 0.00000

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iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond XHB 0.00000

Index ETF

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iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD- XHC(i) 0.09738(i)

Hedged)(i)

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index XHD 0.00000

ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index XHU 0.00000

ETF

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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF XHY 0.00000

(CAD-Hedged)

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iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite XIC 0.45063

Index ETF

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iShares India Index ETF XID 0.00000

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF XIG 0.00000

(CAD-Hedged)

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iShares MSCI EAFE(R) Index ETF (CAD- XIN 0.00000

Hedged)

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information XIT 0.00000

Technology Index ETF

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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF XIU 0.24244

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iShares Core Canadian Long Term Bond Index XLB 0.00000

ETF

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index ETF XMA 0.00000

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iShares S&P U.S. Mid-Cap Index ETF XMC 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index ETF XMD 0.00000

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iShares S&P U.S. Mid-Cap Index ETF (CAD- XMH 0.00000

Hedged)

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iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index XMI 0.00000

ETF

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum XMM 0.00000

Volatility Index ETF

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iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index XMU 1.09222

ETF

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iShares MSCI Canada Minimum Volatility XMV 0.00000

Index ETF

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iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum XMW 0.00000

Volatility Index ETF

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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred XPF 0.00000

Stock Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond XQB 0.00000

Index ETF

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XQB.A 0.00000

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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) XQQ 0.00000

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iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index XRB(i) 0.25071(i)

ETF(i)

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF XRE 0.01638

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iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF XSB 0.00000

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iShares Conservative Short Term Strategic XSC 0.00000

Fixed Income ETF

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iShares Conservative Strategic Fixed XSE 0.00000

Income ETF

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iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate XSH 0.00000

+ Maple Bond Index ETF

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iShares Short Term Strategic Fixed Income XSI 0.00000

ETF

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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD- XSP(i) 0.01059(i)

Hedged)(i)

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iShares Core Short Term High Quality XSQ 0.00000

Canadian Bond Index ETF

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples XST 1.20785

Index ETF

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iShares U.S. Small Cap Index ETF (CAD- XSU 0.00000

Hedged)

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iShares Diversified Monthly Income ETF XTR 0.00000

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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index XUH 0.00000

ETF (CAD-Hedged)

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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF XUS 0.04246

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF XUT 0.00000

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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index XUU 0.00000

ETF

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iShares MSCI World Index ETF XWD 0.15688

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(i)For iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) (XHC), iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF (XRB), and iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) (XSP) only, the distribution amount includes an income component.

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.

Contact Information:

Contact for Media:

Maeve Hannigan

T - 416-643-4058

Maeve.Hannigan@blackrock.com

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