BlackRock(R) Announces Final October Distributions on Certain Exchange-Traded Funds

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct 19, 2012) -

Listing: TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)

Symbol: CDZ, CDZ.A, CUD, CUD.A, CYH, CYH.A, FIE, FIE.A, CEW, CEW.A, CMR, CMR.A, CAB, CAB.A, CHB, CHB.A, CSD, CSD.A, CSD.U, CSD.V, CVD, CVD.A, CLF, CLF.A, CLG, CLG.A, CBO, CBO.A, CBH, CBH.A, CPD, CPD.A, CBD, CBD.A, CBN, CBN.A.

BlackRock Investments Canada Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (BLK), today announced the final October distributions for the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) listed below. Unitholders of record on October 30, 2012 will receive cash distributions payable on November 6, 2012. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

Fund Name Trading Symbol Distribution Amount per Unit ($)   Payment
Frequency
iShares S&P®/TSX® Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index Fund CDZ $0.0600   Monthly
CDZ.A $0.0440   Monthly
iShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CUD $0.0410   Monthly
CUD.A $0.0250   Monthly
iShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend Index Fund CYH $0.0465   Monthly
CYH.A $0.0350   Monthly
iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income Fund FIE $0.0400   Monthly
FIE.A $0.0400   Monthly
iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco Fund CEW $0.0230   Monthly
CEW.A $0.0325   Monthly
iShares Premium Money Market Fund CMR $0.0370   Monthly
CMR.A $0.0256   Monthly
iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index Fund CAB $0.0490   Monthly
CAB.A $0.0390   Monthly
iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) CHB $0.1190   Monthly
CHB.A $0.1090   Monthly
iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income Fund CSD $0.0830   Monthly
CSD.A $0.0750   Monthly
iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income Fund (USD Units) CSD.U $0.0830   Monthly
CSD.V $0.0750   Monthly
iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index Fund CVD $0.0820   Monthly
CVD.A $0.0730   Monthly
iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index Fund CLF $0.0625   Monthly
CLF.A $0.0530   Monthly
iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index Fund CLG $0.0625   Monthly
CLG.A $0.0530   Monthly
iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index Fund CBO $0.0740   Monthly
CBO.A $0.0647   Monthly
iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index Fund CBH $0.0755   Monthly
CBH.A $0.0660   Monthly
iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index Fund CPD $0.0650   Monthly
CPD.A $0.0570   Monthly
iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ Fund CBD $0.0460   Monthly
CBD.A $0.0275   Monthly
iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ Fund CBN $0.0230   Monthly
CBN.A $0.0100   Monthly

The ex-dividend date for all ETFs is October 26, 2012, except for the iShares Premium Money Market Fund (CMR/CMR.A) which has an ex-dividend date of October 30, 2012.

For more information, investors should consult with their investment advisor or visit our website 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 June 30, 2012, BlackRock''s AUM was $3.560 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 June 30, 2012, the firm has approximately 9,900 employees in 27 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.

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.

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