BlackRock(R) Announces Estimated 2012 Annual Capital Gains Distributions for Certain iShares(R) Funds

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BlackRock Investments Canada Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (BLK), today announced the estimated annual capital gains distributions for certain iShares® Funds listed below for the 2012 tax year. Please note that these are estimated amounts only as of November 6, 2012 and include forward-looking information which may cause the estimates to change before the Funds'' December 15, 2012 tax year-end. These estimates are for the year-end capital gains distributions only, which are typically reinvested rather than paid in cash, and do not include estimates of ongoing monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual cash distribution amounts. 

We expect to announce the final year-end distribution amounts, as well as the monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual cash distribution amounts, on or about December 17, 2012. The record date for the 2012 annual distributions will be December 28, 2012. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2012, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") in early 2013. 

Fund Name Fund Ticker   Net asset value (NAV) per unit at Nov 6, 2012   Estimated annual capital gain as % of NAV at Nov 6, 2012  
iShares Advantaged CAB   20.8116   0.47 %
Canadian Bond Index Fund CAB.A   20.7837   0.00 %
iShares Balanced Income CBD   19.6955   1.16 %
CorePortfolio™ Fund CBD.A   19.6385   0.38 %
iShares 1-10 Year Laddered CBH   20.2194   0.00 %
Corporate Bond Index Fund  CBH.A   20.2118   0.00 %
iShares Balanced Growth CBN   15.4816   0.00 %
CorePortfolio™ Fund  CBN.A   15.4447   0.00 %
iShares 1-5 Year Laddered CBO   20.2123   0.00 %
Corporate Bond Index Fund  CBO.A   20.2050   0.00 %
iShares BRIC Index Fund CBQ   24.4159   0.00 %
  CBQ.A   24.2370   0.00 %
iShares Broad Commodity CBR   22.3339   0.00 %
Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)  CBR.A   21.9718   0.00 %
iShares S&P/TSX Canadian CDZ   22.1471   3.41 %
Dividend Aristocrats Index Fund  CDZ.A   22.0739   3.43 %
iShares Equal Weight Banc CEW   7.2110   0.35 %
& Lifeco Fund CEW.A   6.0800   1.29 %
iShares Gold Bullion Fund CGL   15.1134   1.82 %
  CGL.C   15.1710   0.00 %
iShares Global Real Estate CGR   18.8997   0.00 %
Index Fund CGR.A   18.8407   0.00 %
iShares Advantaged U.S. CHB   20.9367   0.00 %
High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CHB.A   20.9039   0.00 %
iShares China All-Cap CHI   19.1088   0.00 %
Index Fund CHI.A   18.9269   0.00 %
iShares International CIE   12.1603   0.00 %
Fundamental Index Fund CIE.A   12.1573   0.00 %
iShares Global CIF   17.9414   0.00 %
Infrastructure Index Fund CIF.A   17.8835   0.00 %
iShares Japan Fundamental CJP   6.8284   0.00 %
Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CJP.A   6.8057   0.00 %
iShares 1-5 Year Laddered CLF   19.8540   0.00 %
Government Bond Index Fund CLF.A   19.8354   0.00 %
iShares 1-10 Year Laddered CLG   19.9282   0.00 %
Government Bond Index Fund CLG.A   19.9230   0.00 %
iShares Oil Sands Index CLO   15.0367   0.00 %
Fund CLO.A   14.9567   0.00 %
iShares US Fundamental CLU   19.0027   2.08 %
Index Fund CLU.A   18.8855   1.84 %
  CLU.C   15.8454   0.12 %
  CLU.B   15.8043   0.14 %
iShares Managed Futures CMF   19.2973   0.89 %
Index Fund CMF.A   19.1784   0.00 %
iShares Premium Money CMR   50.0083   0.00 %
Market Fund CMR.A   50.0060   0.00 %
iShares S&P/TSX Global CMW   18.1757   0.00 %
Mining Index Fund CMW.A   18.1179   0.00 %
iShares Global Agriculture COW   22.1943   0.00 %
Index Fund COW.A   21.7875   0.00 %
iShares S&P/TSX Canadian CPD   17.1731   0.35 %
Preferred Share Index Fund CPD.A   17.1489   0.39 %
iShares Canadian CRQ   11.6289   1.32 %
Fundamental Index Fund CRQ.A   11.6013   1.25 %
iShares Advantaged Short CSD   19.9733   0.00 %
Duration High Income Fund CSD.A   19.9598   0.00 %
  CSD.U   19.4970   0.00 %
  CSD.V   19.4794   0.00 %
iShares S&P US Dividend CUD   23.1533   2.25 %
Growers Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CUD.A   23.1320   0.63 %
iShares Advantaged CVD   19.8445   0.31 %
Convertible Bond Index Fund CVD.A   19.8361   0.00 %
iShares Broad Emerging CWO   29.1724   0.00 %
Markets Fund CWO.A   28.9148   0.00 %
iShares S&P Global Water CWW   16.2614   0.00 %
Index Fund CWW.A   16.2237   0.00 %
iShares Global Monthly CYH   15.1033   0.08 %
Advantaged Dividend Index Fund CYH.A   15.0723   0.00 %
iShares Canadian Financial FIE   6.4501   0.00 %
Monthly Income Fund FIE.A   6.2776   0.00 %
iShares Natural Gas Commodity Index Fund GAS   12.7146   0.00 %
iShares Silver Bullion SVR   18.2859   0.00 %
Fund SVR.C   12.7479   0.00 %

Reasons for some of the larger estimated capital gains distributions

CDZ

The iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index Fund ("CDZ") experienced capital gains in 2012 due primarily to the increase in the value of securities in the portfolio as well as an index rebalancing. Large contributors to realized capital gains included Enbridge Inc., Telus Corporation and Canadian Utilities Ltd.

Forward-looking information

This notice contains forward-looking statements with respect to the estimated annual distributions for the iShares Funds. By their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual distributions to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Material factors that could cause the actual distributions to differ from the estimated distributions between now and December 15, 2012 (the iShares Funds'' tax year ends)include, but are not limited to: the actual amounts of distributions received by the iShares Funds; the actual amounts of capital gains generated from sales of securities; trading activity within the iShares Funds, including buying and selling of securities; index changes which cause rebalancing within the iShares Funds; and subscription and redemption activity.

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

The iShares business is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 500 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.