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BlackRock Announces Index Changes to Two iShares ETFs

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Effective on or around June 1, 2017, BlackRock will make the following changes to two iShares ETFs:

             
      Current     New
Fund Name     iShares Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF (CEMB)     iShares J.P. Morgan EM Corporate Bond ETF (CEMB)
Underlying Index     Morningstar Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Index     J.P. Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Core Index
Investment Objective     The iShares Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, emerging market corporate bonds.     The iShares J.P. Morgan EM Corporate Bond ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, emerging market corporate bonds.
Index Provider     Morningstar, Inc.     JPMorgan Chase & Co.
             
      Current     New
Fund Name     iShares Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (LEMB)     iShares J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF (LEMB)
Underlying Index     Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets Broad Local Currency Bond Index     J.P. Morgan GBI-EM Global Diversified 15% Cap 4.5% Floor Index
Investment Objective     The iShares Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of local currency denominated, emerging market sovereign bonds.     The iShares J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of local currency denominated, emerging market sovereign bonds.
Index Provider     Bloomberg Barclays Capital Inc.     JPMorgan Chase & Co.
       

The fund tickers will remain unchanged.

Current shareholders in the above mentioned funds are not required to take any actions as a result of these changes.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At December 31, 2016, BlackRock’s AUM was $5.1 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® (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®. As of December 31, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in 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 | Twitter: @blackrock_news | Blog: www.blackrockblog.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock

About iShares

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 $1 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2016, 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 firm1.

1 Based on $5.147 trillion in AUM as of 12/31/16

Carefully consider the Funds' investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds' prospectuses or, if available, the summary prospectuses which may be obtained by visiting www.iShares.com or www.blackrock.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

International investing involves risks, including risks related to foreign currency, limited liquidity, less government regulation and the possibility of substantial volatility due to adverse political, economic or other developments. These risks often are heightened for investments in emerging/developing markets and in concentrations of single countries.

Fixed income risks include interest-rate and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in bond values. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the bond issuer will not be able to make principal and interest payments.

The iShares Funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC (together with its affiliates, “BlackRock”).

The iShares Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by Barclays, Bloomberg Finance L.P., JPMorgan Chase & Co. or Morningstar, Inc. None of these companies make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds. BlackRock is not affiliated with the companies listed above.

©2017 BlackRock. All rights reserved. iSHARES and BLACKROCK are registered trademarks of BlackRock. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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