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BlackRock® Canada Updates Risk Ratings for Certain iShares Exchange-Traded Funds

TORONTO, May 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (BlackRock Canada), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (BlackRock) (BLK) today announces an update to the investment risk ratings of the exchange-traded funds listed below (the iShares ETFs). These changes will be reflected in the prospectus for the iShares ETFs that will be filed on or about May 30, 2019.

iShares ETF Name Previous Risk Rating Updated Risk Rating
iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) Medium Low to Medium
iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index ETF Medium Low to Medium
iShares US Fundamental Index ETF Medium to High Medium
iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) Medium to High Medium
iShares Global Real Estate Index ETF Medium to High Medium
iShares Japan Fundamental Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) High Medium to High
iShares Emerging Markets Fundamental Index ETF High Medium to High
(1) The investment risk rating change only applies to the Common Units and not the Non-hedged Common Units of the iShares US Fundamental Index ETF.

A copy of the standardized risk classification methodology used by BlackRock Canada to identify the investment risk levels of the iShares ETFs is available on request, at no cost, by calling us at 1-855-255-5951 or by writing to BlackRock Canada at 161 Bay Street, Suite 2500, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1.

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About iShares

iShares® unlocks opportunity across markets to meet the evolving needs of investors. With more than twenty years of experience, a global line-up of 800+ exchange traded funds (ETFs) and US$1.9 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2019, iShares continues to drive progress for the financial industry. 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 US$6.52  trillion in AUM as of 3/31/19

iShares 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.

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