iShares Minimum Volatility Suite Crosses $4bn AUM Mark

  iShares Minimum Volatility Suite Crosses $4bn AUM Mark

iShares US and emerging markets minimum volatility ETFs recently reached $1bn

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- February 27, 2013

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) announced today that its US-listed iShares Minimum
Volatility suite of funds has crossed $4bn in AUM.^1 Launched in October 2011,
iShares Minimum Volatility funds are designed to help investors reduce
volatility and improve risk-adjusted returns in popular domestic and
international equity exposures. These funds provide investors with exposure to
the upside price movement of developed and emerging equity markets, while
seeking to provide a portfolio with downside protection.

Since January, iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca:
EEMV) and iShares MSCI U.S. Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) both
crossed $1bn in assets, attracting $553.9mn and $787.8mn in new flows,
respectively.^2 These products are the 6^th and 7^th U.S. ETFs launched in the
last two years to reach $1bn in net assets.

iShares offers the following suite of minimum volatility products:

  *iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EEMV)
  *iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EFAV)
  *iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV)
  *iShares All Country World Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: ACWV)

Daniel Gamba, Head of iShares Americas Institutional Business at BlackRock

“In an environment in which macro uncertainty continues to lead to financial
market volatility, investors are complimenting their portfolios with iShares
Minimum Volatility suite of products. Clients are attracted to iShares Minimum
Volatility products for the risk-reward trade-offs and ease of implementations
these ETFs offer. Investors also recognize there is significant evidence that
Minimum Volatility funds improve risk-adjusted returns, while also cushioning
portfolios during periods of heightened turbulence.”

For additional commentary on Minimum Volatility funds, please see iShares
Market Perspectives - A Smoother Ride?

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 $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® (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 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

About iShares

iShares is a 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.

Carefully consider the iShares Funds’ investment objectives, risk factors, and
charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found
in the Funds’ prospectuses, which may be obtained by calling 1-800-iShares
(1-800-474-2737) or by visiting Read the prospectus carefully
before investing.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. Transactions in
shares of the iShares Funds will result in brokerage commissions and will
generate tax consequences. iShares Funds are obliged to distribute portfolio
gains to shareholders. Shares of the iShares Funds may be sold throughout the
day on the exchange through any brokerage account. However, shares may only be
redeemed directly from a Fund by Authorized Participants, in very large
creation/redemption units. Diversification may not protect against market
risk. The Minimum Volatility funds may experience more than minimum volatility
as there is no guarantee that the underlying index's strategy of seeking to
lower volatility will be successful.

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

© 2013 BlackRock. All rights reserved. iSHARES and BLACKROCK are registered
trademarks of BlackRock. All other marks are those of their respective owners.

^1 Source: BlackRock, Bloomberg data as of 2/21/13

^2 Source: BlackRock, Bloomberg data as of 2/21/13


BlackRock, Inc.
Christine Hudacko, 415-670-2687
Melissa Garville, 212-810-5528
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