BlackRock Announces Filing of iShares(R) Funds Tax Information for 2012

BlackRock Announces Filing of iShares(R) Funds Tax Information for 2012 
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BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned
subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), announced today that the
tax characteristics for all 2012 distributions for the iShares Funds
have been finalized and provided to CDS Clearing and Depository
Services Inc. (CDS) for use by brokers in preparing tax reports,
including T3 slips, for their clients. This information replaces any
estimated tax characteristics that were provided periodically by
BlackRock Canada during 2013 to help investors in iShares Funds with
preliminary tax planning. 
A listing of tax characteristics by individual distribution period
will be available at www.iShares.ca (and has been provided to CDS as
noted above).  
For more information about the iShares Funds, including information
about the tax efficiency of the funds, please visit www.iShares.ca. 
About BlackRock 
BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and
advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At
December 31, 2012, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.792 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(R) (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(R). Headquartered in New York City, as of December 31,
2012, the firm has approximately 10,500 employees in 30 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(R) ETFs 
The iShares business is the global product leader in exchange traded
funds with over 600 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. 
iShares(R) Funds are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada
Limited. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be
associated with investing in iShares Funds. 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.  
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.
Contacts:
Media Relations Contact:
Veritas Communications
Tara Wood
T - 416-955-4571 or C - 416-301-5724
wood@veritascanada.com
 
 
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