BlackRock Canada Announces Certain Changes to XHY

October 2, 2013

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct 2, 2013) - BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (BLK), has completed the implementation of the new investment strategy of the iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) ("XHY"), as previously announced by press release dated July 5, 2013.

The new investment strategy of XHY is to invest primarily in a regularly rebalanced portfolio of U.S. dollar-denominated high yield corporate bonds, selected by BlackRock Canada from time to time, that in aggregate closely match the characteristics of the Markit iBoxx USD Liquid High Yield Total Return Index hedged in CAD (the "XHY Index"), and hedge any resulting U.S. dollar currency exposure back to Canadian dollars. The previous investment strategy of XHY involved investing in the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF, a U.S. iShares Fund that itself invests in a portfolio of U.S. dollar-denominated high yield corporate bonds included in the XHY Index. The investment objective of XHY and the XHY Index have remained unchanged.

As a result of the new investment strategy, the potential expiration of U.S. tax rules exempting qualified interest income from U.S. withholding tax no longer affects XHY, as interest income arising from direct investments in U.S. fixed income securities is generally not subject to U.S. withholding taxes.

Further information on iShares funds can be found at www.iShares.ca.

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