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Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

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Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs)

iShares Physical ETCs are exchange traded commodities and are neither fund nor exchange traded funds. The iShares Physical ETCs are series of secured metal-linked securities issued in the form of debt securities. Unlike the iShares funds domiciled in Ireland which issue shares, the securities of all iShares Physical ETCs are issued in the form of debt securities which are listed and traded as non-equity securities.

Precious metal prices are generally more volatile than most other asset classes, making investment riskier and more complex than other investments. In addition, iShares Physical ETCs are limited recourse obligations which are payable solely out of the underlying secured property. If the secured property is insufficient, any outstanding claims will remain unpaid.

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iShares (Lux) is an undertaking for collective investment in transferable securities in the form of a common fund (“fonds commun de placement”) subject to Part I of the Law of 17 December 2010 on undertakings for collective investment in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier.

For investors in the UK

The iShares Physical Metals plc prospectus has been drawn up in accordance with the Prospectus Directive 2003/71/EC and approved by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”). The prospectus and additional information relating to the ETCs, including annual reports, are available on the iShares website at www.ishares.com.

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Investment in the products mentioned in this document may not be suitable for all investors and involve a significant degree of risk. Investors should read carefully and ensure they understand the Risk Factors in the Prospectus. Past performance is not a guide to future performance and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product. The price of the investments may go up or down and the investor may not get back the amount invested. Your income is not fixed and may fluctuate. The value of investments involving exposure to foreign currencies can be affected by exchange rate movements. The securities are priced in US Dollars and the value of the investment in other currencies will be affected by exchange rate movements. We remind you that the levels and bases of, and reliefs from, taxation can change.

The securities issued by iShares Physical Metals plc are limited recourse obligations which are payable solely out of the underlying secured property. If the secured property is insufficient any outstanding claims will remain unpaid.

Precious metal prices are generally more volatile than most other asset classes, making investments riskier and more complex than other investments.

BlackRock have not considered the suitability of this investment against your individual needs and risk tolerance. The data displayed provides summary information, investment should be made on the basis of the relevant Prospectus which is available from your Broker, Financial Adviser or BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited. We recommend you seek independent professional advice prior to investing.

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"Dow Jones" and Dow Jones Asia Pacific Select Dividend 30, Dow Jones China Offshore 50, Dow Jones Global Titans 50, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend are licensed for use for certain purposes by BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG.iShares Dow Jones Asia Pacific Select Dividend 30 UCITS ETF (DE), iShares Dow Jones China Offshore 50 UCITS ETF (DE), iShares Dow Jones Global Titans 50 UCITS ETF (DE), iShares Dow Jones Industrial Average UCITS ETF (DE) and iShares Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend UCITS ETF (DE) are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Dow Jones and Dow Jones makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in these products.

S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”) and “Dow Jones®” is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”) and have been licensed for use by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and its affiliates and sublicensed for certain purposes by BlackRock Fund Advisors or its affiliates (“BlackRock”). The Dow Jones Asia/Pacific Select Dividend 30 Index, Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM and Dow Jones Emerging Markets Select Dividend are products of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates, and have been licensed for use by BlackRock. The iShares Asia Pacific Dividend UCITS ETF, iShares Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM UCITS ETF and iShares Emerging Markets Dividend UCITS ETF (the “Funds”) are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates, and none of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P nor their respective affiliates makes any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds. BlackRock is not affiliated with the companies listed above. Index data source: S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC.

The “Dow Jones Sustainability World Enlarged Index ex Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling, Armaments, Firearms and Adult Entertainment SM and Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Enlarged Index ex Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling, Armaments, Firearms and Adult Entertainment SM" is a joint product of Dow Jones Indexes, the marketing name and a licensed trademark of CME Group Index Services LLC ("CME Indexes"), and SAM Indexes GmbH (“SAM”), and has been licensed for use. "Dow Jones®", "[DJSI Index]SM" and "Dow Jones Indexes" are service marks of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings, LLC ("Dow Jones") and have been licensed to CME Indexes and sublicensed for use for certain purposes by BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited. Dow Jones, CME Indexes, SAM and their respective affiliates have no relationship to [licensee], other than making of the “Dow Jones Sustainability World Enlarged Index ex Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling, Armaments, Firearms and Adult Entertainment SM and Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Enlarged Index ex Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling, Armaments, Firearms and Adult Entertainment SM"(the "Index") and their respective service marks available for use in connection with the iShares.

The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity IndexesSM are a joint product of Dow Jones Opco, LLC (“Dow Jones Opco”), a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, and UBS Securities LLC (“UBS”), and have been licensed for use. Dow Jones® and DJ are trademarks of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. UBS® is a registered trademark of UBS AG. S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC. BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG's iShares Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Swap UCITS ETF (DE) based on the 0, is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Dow Jones, UBS, Dow Jones Opco or any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates, and none of Dow Jones, UBS, Dow Jones Opco or any of their respective affiliates, makes any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product.

Euronext Indices B.V. has all proprietary rights with respect to the AEX-index® (the 'Index'). In no way Euronext Indices B.V. sponsors, endorses or is otherwise involved in the issue and offering of the product. Euronext Indices B.V. disclaims any liability to any party for any inaccuracy in the data on which the Index is based, for any mistakes, errors, or omissions in the calculation and/or dissemination of the Index, or for the manner in which it is applied in connection with the issue and offering thereof. 'AEX®' and 'AEX-index®' are registered trademarks of Euronext N.V. or its subsidiaries.

'FTSE®' is a trade mark jointly owned by the London Stock Exchange plc and the Financial Times Limited (the 'FT') and is used by FTSE International Limited ('FTSE') under licence. The FTSE BRIC 50 Index, FTSE China 25 Index, FTSE 100 Index, FTSE 250 Index, FTSE UK Dividend + Index, FTSE UK Conventional Gilts - Up To 5 Years Index and FTSE Actuaries Government Securities UK Gilts All Stocks Index are calculated by or on behalf of FTSE International Limited ('FTSE'). None of the Exchange, the FT nor FTSE sponsors, endorses or promotes iShares BRIC 50 UCITS ETF, iShares China Large Cap UCITS ETF, iShares FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (Inc), iShares FTSE 250 UCITS ETF, iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETF, iShares UK Gilts 0-5yr UCITS ETF and iShares UK Gilts UCITS ETF nor is in any way connected to the funds or accepts any liability in relation to their issue, operation and trading. All copyright and database rights within the index values and constituent list vest in FTSE. BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited has obtained full licence from FTSE to use such copyright and database rights in the creation of these products.

The FTSE 100 is calculated by FTSE international Limited. FTSE does not sponsor, endorse or promote iShares FTSE 100 (DE). All copyright in the index values and constituent lists vests in FTSE. BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG has obtained full license from FTSE to use such copyright in the creation of this product. 'FTSETM' is a trade mark jointly owned by the London Stock Exchange Limited and The Financial Times Limited and is used by FTSE international Limited under license.

'FTSE®' is a trade mark of the London Stock Exchange plc and the Financial Times Limited, 'MIB' is a trade mark of Borsa Italiana SpA ('Borsa Italiana') and both are used by FTSE International Limited ('FTSE') under licence. The FTSE MIB Index is calculated by FTSE with the assistance of Borsa Italiana. Neither FTSE nor its licensors nor Borsa Italiana sponsor, endorse or promote the iShares FTSE MIB UCITS ETF (Acc) and iShares FTSE MIB UCITS ETF (Inc) and are not in any way connected to it and do not accept any liability in relation to its issue, operation and trading. All copyright in the index values and constituent list vest in FTSE. BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited has obtained full licence from FTSE to use such copyright in the creation of this product.

FTSE®' is a trade mark jointly owned by the London Stock Exchange plc and the Financial Times Limited (the 'FT'), 'NAREIT®' is a trade mark of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ('NAREIT') and 'EPRA®' is a trade mark of the European Public Real Estate Association ('EPRA') and all are used by FTSE under licence. The FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia Dividend+ Index, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Dividend+ Index, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe ex UK Dividend+ Index, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT UK Index and FTSE EPRA/NAREIT United States Dividend + Index are calculated by FTSE International Limited ('FTSE'). None of the Exchange, the FT, FTSE, Euronext N.V., NAREIT nor EPRA sponsors, endorses or promotes iShares Asia Property Yield UCITS ETF, iShares Developed Markets Property Yield UCITS ETF, iShares European Property Yield UCITS ETF, iShares UK Property UCITS ETF and iShares US Property Yield UCITS ETF nor is in any way connected to the funds or accepts any liability in relation to their issue, operation and trading. All copyright and database rights within the index values and constituent list vest in FTSE, Euronext N.V., NAREIT and EPRA. BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited has obtained full licence from FTSE to use such copyright and database rights in the creation of these products.

'FTSE®' is a trade mark jointly owned by the London Stock Exchange plc and the Financial Times Limited (the 'FT'). 'FTSEurofirst®' is a trademark jointly owned by FTSE International Limited ('FTSE') and Euronext N.V ('Euronext'). The FTSEurofirst 100 Index and FTSEurofirst 80 Index are compiled and calculated by or on behalf of FTSE. None of the Exchange, the FT, FTSE or Euronext sponsors, endorses or promotes iShares FTSEurofirst 100 UCITS ETF and iShares FTSEurofirst 80 UCITS ETF nor is in any way connected to the funds or accepts any liability in relation to their issue, operation and trading. All copyright and database rights within the index values and constituent list vest in FTSE and Euronext. BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited has obtained full licence from FTSE to use such copyright and database rights in the creation of these products.

'FTSE®' is a trade mark jointly owned by the London Stock Exchange ('Exchange') and the Financial Times Limited ('FT'), 'Macquarie™' is a trade mark of Macquarie Bank Limited and its related entities and both marks are used by FTSE International Limited ('FTSE') under licence. None of FTSE, Macquarie, the Exchange nor the FT shall be liable (whether in negligence or otherwise) to any person for any error in the Index and none of FTSE, Macquarie, the Exchange nor FT shall be under any obligation to advise any person of any error therein. BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited has obtained a licence from FTSE to use such copyrights and database rights in the creation of iShares FTSE/Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100.

The Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Interest Rate Hedged Index, iBoxx, Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade 0-5 Index, Markit iBoxx USD Liquid High Yield 0-5 Capped Index, Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Ultrashort Index, Markit iBoxx GBP Non-financials Index, Markit iBoxx GBP Liquid Investment Grade Ultrashort Index, Markit iBoxx € Covered Index, Markit iBoxx EUR Sovereigns 1-3Y (Mid), Markit iBoxx EUR Sovereigns 3-7Y (Mid), Markit iBoxx EUR Sovereigns 7-10Y (Mid), Markit iBoxx Euro Sovereigns Inflation-Linked Index Nom. (Mid), Markit iBoxx EUR Liquid Investment Grade Ultrashort Index, Markit iBoxx Global Developed Markets Liquid High Yield Capped (CHF Hedged), Markit iBoxx Global Developed Markets Liquid High Yield Capped (GBP Hedged), Markit iBoxx Global Developed Markets Liquid High Yield Capped Index, Markit iBoxx USD Treasuries 1-3Y (Mid), Markit iBoxx USD Treasuries 3-7Y (Mid), Markit iBoxx USD Treasuries 7-10 (Mid) and Markit iBoxx Tips Inflation-Linked Index Nom. (Mid) referenced herein are the property of Markit Indices Limited and is used under license. The iShares $ Corporate Bond Interest Rate Hedged UCITS ETF, iShares $ Corporate Bond UCITS ETF, iShares $ High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF, iShares $ Short Duration Corporate Bond UCITS ETF , iShares $ Short Duration High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF, iShares $ Ultrashort Bond UCITS ETF, iShares £ Corporate Bond 1-5yr UCITS ETF , iShares £ Corporate Bond ex-Financials UCITS ETF, iShares £ Corporate Bond UCITS ETF, iShares £ Ultrashort Bond UCITS ETF, iShares Euro Corporate Bond Large Cap UCITS ETF, iShares Euro Covered Bond UCITS ETF, iShares Euro Government Bond 1-3 UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares Euro Government Bond 3-7 UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares Euro Government Bond 7-10 UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares Euro High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF, iShares Euro Inflation Link Bond UCITS ETF, iShares Euro Ultrashort Bond UCITS ETF, iShares Global High Yield Corp Bond CHF Hedged UCITS ETF, iShares Global High Yield Corp Bond GBP Hedged UCITS ETF, iShares Global High Yield Corp Bond UCITS ETF, iShares USD Government Bond 1-3 UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares USD Government Bond 3-7 UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares USD Government Bond 7-10 UCITS ETF (Acc) and iShares USD Inflation Linked Bond UCITS ETF are not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by Markit Indices Limited.

Markit iBoxx is a registered trade mark of Markit Indices Limited and has been licensed for use by BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG. Markit Indices Limited does not approve, endorse or recommend BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG or iShares Euro Government Bond Capped 1.5-10.5yr UCITS ETF (DE), iShares Euro Government Bond Capped 1.5-2.5yr UCITS ETF (DE), iShares Euro Government Bond Capped 10.5+yr UCITS ETF (DE), iShares Euro Government Bond Capped 2.5-5.5yr UCITS ETF (DE) and iShares Euro Government Bond Capped 5.5-10.5yr UCITS ETF (DE). These products are not sponsored, endorsed or sold by Markit Indices Limited and Markit Indices Limited makes no representation regarding the suitability of investing in the products.

"J.P. Morgan" and "J.P. Morgan EMBISM Global Core Index" are trademarks of JPMorgan Chase & Co. licensed for use for certain purposes by BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. ("BTC"). iShares® is a registered trademark of BTC.J.P. Morgan is the Index Provider for the Underlying Index. J.P. Morgan is not affiliated with the Fund, BFA, State Street, the Distributor or any of their respective affiliates.

J.P. Morgan provides financial, economic and investment information to the financial community. J.P. Morgan calculates and maintains the J.P. Morgan EMBISM Global Core Index, J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Plus, J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global and Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified. Security additions and deletions into the emerging markets bond indexes do not in any way reflect an opinion in the investment merits of the security.

Markit iBoxx is a registered trade mark of Markit Indices Limited and has been licensed for use by BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited. Markit Indices Limited does not approve, endorse or recommend BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited or iShares plc. This product is not sponsored, endorsed or sold by IIC and IIC makes no representation regarding the suitability of investing in this product.

The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Morningstar. Morningstar makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of shares of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Fund particularly or the ability of the Morningstar Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Index (the “Index”) to track general stock market performance. Morningstar’s only relationship to the Company or to the BlackRock group is the licensing to the BlackRock group of certain trademarks and trade names of Morningstar and of the Index which is determined, composed and calculated by Morningstar without regard to the BlackRock group, the Company or the Fund. Morningstar has no obligation to take the needs of the BlackRock group or the owners of the shares of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Index. Morningstar is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the prices and amount of shares of the Fund, or the timing of the issuance or sale of such shares or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which shares of the Fund are to be converted into cash. Morningstar has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of shares of the Fund. Morningstar does not guarantee the accuracy or the completeness of the Index or any data included therein and Morningstar shall have no liability for any errors, omission, or interruptions therein.

Morningstar makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by the BlackRock group, owners of shares of the Fund or any other person or entity from the use of the Index or any data included therein. Morningstar makes no express or implied warranties and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the Index or any data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Morningstar have any liability for any special, punitive, direct, indirect or consequential damages (including lost profits) resulting from the use of the Index or any data included therein, even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

iShares funds are not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by MSCI, and MSCI bears no liability with respect to any such funds or any index on which such funds are based. The Prospectus contains a more detailed description of the limited relationship that MSCI has with BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited and any related funds.

Nasdaq®', 'Nasdaq-100®' and 'Nasdaq-100 Index®' are trademarks of the Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. (which with its affiliates is referred to as the 'Corporations') and are licensed for use by BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG. iShares NASDAQ-100® (DE) is not issued, endorsed, sold or promoted by the Corporations. The Corporations make no warranties and bear no liability with respect to the Product.

Nasdaq®, Nasdaq 100 is a registered trademark of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (referred to below as “corporation” jointly with its affiliates) and is licensed for use by BlackRock Fund Management Company (Ireland) Limited. The corporation bears no liability for the legality or suitability of the product. The product is not issued, subscribed, sold or promoted by the corporation. The corporation makes no warranties and bears no liability with respect to the product.

The Nikkei Stock Average is a copyrighted material, calculated by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. which is the sole exclusive owner of the copyright and other intellectual property rights in the Nikkei Stock Average itself and the methodology to calculate the Nikkei Stock Average. Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Licensor) granted a license to the licensee to use the Nikkei Stock Average as a basis for the iShares Nikkei 225® (DE) ETF. The Licensor does not sponsor, support, sell or market the ETF and has – besides granting the license to the licensee – no connection with the ETF. The ETF is managed exclusively at the risk of the licensee and licensor shall assume no obligation or responsibility for its management and transactions on the ETF.

Nikkei 225 is protected by a copyright and is calculated according to criteria independently developed and created by Nikkei Inc. Nikkei Inc. is the only and exclusive owner of the copyrights and other intellectual property rights on Nikkei 225 and on the relevant calculation criteria. Nikkei Digital Media Inc., upon authorization of Nikkei Inc., licensed the use of Nikkei 225 as index for the fund to the licensee. The intellectual property and any other right related to the trademarks connected with Nikkei and Nikkei 225 are granted to Nikkei Inc. Nikkei Inc. and/or Nikkei Digital Media, Inc. do not sponsor, support, sell or advertise the fund. Nikkei Inc. and/or Nikkei Digital Media, Inc. are not connected in any way with the fund and license the use of certain trademarks and of Nikkei 225 for the fund itself to the licensee. The licence agreement between Nikkei Digital Media, Inc. and the licensee grants no right to any third party. The fund is managed at the licensee’s exclusive risk; Nikkei Inc. and/or Nikkei Digital Media, Inc. assume no obligation or liability with respect to the management and transactions of the fund. Nikkei Inc. and/or Nikkei Digital Media, Inc. bear no liability for the correctness of the fund’s calculations or relevant data. Nikkei Inc. and/or Nikkei Digital Media, Inc. have no obligation to continue to publish the Nikkei 225 and are not responsible for any errors, delays, interruptions, suspensions or termination of the relevant publication; Nikkei Inc. and Nikkei Digital Media, Inc. are authorized to change the description of securities, calculation criteria or any other detail of Nikkei 225 and have the right to interrupt or stop the announcement of Nikkei 225 with no responsibility towards the licensor or any third party.

Standard & Poor’s®', 'S&P®', are registered trademarks and 'S&P Commodity Producers Agribusiness', 'S&P Emerging Market Infrastructure', 'S&P Global Clean Energy', 'S&P Global Timber & Forestry', 'S&P Global Water', 'S&P Commodity Producers Gold', 'S&P Listed Private Equity', 'S&P Commodity Producers Oil and Gas', 'S&P 500', 'S&P 500 Minimum Volatility' and 'S&P SmallCap 600' are trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by BlackRock Fund Advisors or its affiliates. iShares® is a registered trademark of BlackRock Fund Advisors or its affiliates.iShares Agribusiness UCITS ETF, iShares Emerging Market Infrastructure UCITS ETF, iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF, iShares Global Timber & Forestry UCITS ETF, iShares Global Water UCITS ETF, iShares Gold Producers UCITS ETF, iShares Listed Private Equity UCITS ETF, iShares Oil & Gas Exploration & Production UCITS ETF, iShares S&P 500 - B UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares S&P 500 CHF Hedged UCITS ETF, iShares S&P 500 EUR Hedged UCITS ETF, iShares S&P 500 GBP Hedged UCITS ETF, iShares S&P 500 Minimum Volatility UCITS ETF, iShares S&P 500 UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares S&P 500 UCITS ETF (Inc) and iShares S&P SmallCap 600 UCITS ETF are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P and S&P makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in these products.

The product is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd and SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the product. The SBI® is a registered trademark of SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd, and any use thereof requires a license.

EURO STOXX® Select Dividend 30, EURO STOXX 50®, EURO STOXX 50 ex Financials index, EURO STOXX® Mid, EURO STOXX® Small, EURO STOXX® Total Market Growth Large, EURO STOXX® Total Market Value Large, Swiss Leader Index, Swiss Market Index, Swiss Market Index Mid, STOXX® Europe 50, Swiss Bond Index Domestic Government 1-3, Swiss Bond Index Domestic Government 3-7 and Swiss Bond Index Domestic Government 7-15 is the intellectual property (including registered trademarks) of STOXX Limited and/or of its licensors (“licensors”), and is used under a licence. iShares EURO Dividend UCITS ETF, iShares EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (Inc), iShares EURO STOXX 50® - B UCITS ETF (Acc), iShares EURO STOXX 50® ex-Financials UCITS ETF, iShares EURO STOXX Mid UCITS ETF, iShares EURO STOXX Small UCITS ETF, iShares EURO Total Market Growth Large UCITS ETF, iShares EURO Total Market Value Large UCITS ETF, iShares SLI® (CH), iShares SMI® (CH), iShares SMIM® (CH), iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF, iShares Swiss Domestic Government Bond 1-3 (CH), iShares Swiss Domestic Government Bond 3-7 (CH) and iShares Swiss Domestic Government Bond 7+ (CH) is not sponsored, subscribed, sold or promoted by STOXX and its licensors and none of them bear any liability in this respect.

iShares SMI (DE) is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SIX Swiss Exchange and SIX Swiss Exchange makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the product. The SMI® is a registered trademark of the SIX Swiss Exchange, and any use thereof requires a license.

ATX®' (Austrian Traded Index®) is a registered trademark of Wiener Börse AG. The issuer has been granted a licence to use ATX® with regard to this issue. iShares ATX (DE) is not sponsored, recommended or marketed by Wiener Börse AG.

© 2014 BlackRock, Inc. All Rights reserved. BLACKROCK, BLACKROCK SOLUTIONS, ALADDIN, iSHARES, LIFEPATH, SO WHAT DO I DO WITH MY MONEY, INVESTING FOR A NEW WORLD, and BUILT FOR THESE TIMES are registered and unregistered trademarks of BlackRock, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and elsewhere. All other trademarks are those of their respective owners.

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BlackRock reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions from time to time. You can access the latest version of the terms and conditions on this website.

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These terms and conditions and your access to and use of this website and the content are subject to English law and the jurisdiction of the English courts.
If any provision of these terms and conditions in judicial proceedings is held illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be severed and shall be inoperative, and the remainder of these terms and conditions shall remain operative, in full force and effect and binding on you.

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Last revised: May 11 2018

Summary

This Privacy Policy is designed to help you understand what information we gather about you, what we use that information for, and with whom we share that information. It also sets out your rights in relation to your information and whom you may contact for more information or queries. Click on the links below to take you to the more detailed sections of this Privacy Policy:

To whom this privacy statement applies and what it covers
About other areas of blackrock.com and ishares.com
What information we collect 
How we use information about you 
The legal grounds we rely on for processing personal information 
To whom we disclose your information 
Protection of your personal information 
How long we keep your information for 
Your rights and how to contact us 
Changes to this privacy statement

To whom this privacy policy applies and what it covers

This privacy policy applies to each member of BlackRock’s group of companies (the “BlackRock Group”) and the entities we own or control (“BlackRock” or “we”, “us” or “our”). For more details on each of us (including our names, registered office addresses and contact details), please click here.  

BlackRock recognizes the importance of protecting your personal and financial information and is committed to doing this. This Privacy Policy sets out how we collect, handle, store and protect information about you when:

• we provide products or services to you or our client;
• you visit or use our Website; and/or
• performing any other activities that form part of our business.

When we refer to “our Website” or “this Website” in this Privacy Policy, we mean the specific webpages of blackrock.com or ishares.com, and to specific webpages with a URL that begin with or contain blackrock.com/… or ishares.com/… .

BlackRock.com and iShares.com are comprised of various global, country or regional websites, each of which is provided by BlackRock.

This Privacy Policy also contains information about when we share your personal information with other members of the BlackRock Group and other third parties (for example, our service providers).

In this Privacy Policy, we may sometimes collectively refer to handling, collecting, protecting and storing your personal information as “processing” such personal information.

Other websites

Please note that other websites that may be linked to by this Website are not governed by this Privacy Policy. We encourage visitors to review the privacy policy on each of these other websites before disclosing any personal information.

What information we collect

In the course of providing products or services to you or our client and performing due diligence checks in connection with our products or services (or discussing the possible products or services we might provide), we generally collect personal information about you. We also typically collect personal information about you when you visit or use our Website.

We typically collect or obtain your personal information because you give it to us (for example, in a form on our Website) or because other people give that information to us (for example, third party service providers that we use to help operate our Website or your employer where it receives products or services from BlackRock). We may also collect or obtain personal information from you because we observe or infer that information about you from the way you interact with us. For example, if you use our risk management platform, Aladdin, we will generally collect information about you in order to communicate updates to Aladdin functionality and general information about Aladdin. In order to improve your experience when you use this Website and to ensure that it is functioning effectively, we (or our service providers) also use cookies (small text files stored in a user’s browser) and web beacons (small graphic images that are placed on a website and used to monitor a user’s interaction with that website) which may collect personal information.

Additional information on how we use cookies and other tracking technologies and how you can control these can be found in our Cookies Policy, which is included at the end of this document.

The personal information that we may collect depends on the specific services, activities or products we undertake but typically includes: your name; age; date of birth; gender; home address; email address; telephone number; other contact details; country of residence; passport number and other national ID numbers; employment details (for example, the organization you work for, your job title); family circumstances (for example, your marital status where you enter it in a form on our Website or it appears in any documentation you provide to us); financial and tax related information (for example, your income, assets and tax residency where you enter such information in a form on our Website or it appears in any documentation that you provide to us); details of how you use any product or service provided by BlackRock; postings on any blogs, forums, wikis, and any other social media applications and services that we provide; IP address; browser and device type; user name that is used by you for one of our products or services; language; access times and duration; details of how you like to use our Website or the interactive products, tools, other technology or services we provide to you or our clients; websites that you visited before and after visiting our Website; details of how you like to interact with us, and similar information.

The types of personal information and ‘sensitive’ or ‘special categories’ of personal information that we collect will generally vary depending on the nature of the products and services that we provide to you and how you use our Website. In some cases, the ‘sensitive’ or ‘special categories’ of personal information that we collect include: your dietary requirements (for example, where we would like to provide you with lunch during a meeting); your health (for example, so that we can make reasonable accommodations for you in our buildings); your sexual orientation (for example, if you provide us with details of your spouse or partner); and any criminal convictions that you may have (for example, if this information is collected as part of ‘know your client’ and anti-money laundering checks that we must conduct before accepting you or your employer as a client).

In some rare circumstances, we will also gather other ‘special categories’ of personal information about you because you volunteer that data to us (for example, it appears in a copy of your resume/CV that you upload to our Website). In some other circumstances, the personal information we collect from you is needed to meet our legal or regulatory obligations or to provide you with the products or services requested by you or our client (who may be your employer). If so, we will indicate to you that the provision of this information is mandatory, and the consequences if we cannot collect this information.

In some cases, we will also collect personal information about you indirectly from third parties such as: (i) your employer where we provide it with products or services; (ii) third parties such as providers of ‘know your client’ and anti-money laundering services which we sometimes use to help us meet our legal requirements in this area and to help us verify your identity where we provide you or your employer with products or services; (iii) intermediaries (such as independent financial advisers); (iv) background check providers which we sometimes use to verify your identity when you apply for a job through our Website; (v) third party service providers that help us to operate our Website; and (vi) from publicly available sources such as business and employment oriented social networking services and jobs boards.

How we use information about you

Use of personal information to provide products and services

We will use your personal information to provide you or our client with products or services. As part of this, we may use your personal information in the course of correspondence relating to those products or services. Such correspondence may be with you, our client, other members of the BlackRock Group, our service providers or public or judicial authorities with the necessary authorisation.

In many cases, we also use your personal information to conduct due diligence checks in advance of providing products or services to you or our client, and to process an application from you or a prospective client to receive products or services from us. If you are referred to us by an intermediary or similar third party, we also typically use your personal information to assess whether to accept or reject your referral to BlackRock by that intermediary or similar third party.

Because we provide a wide range of products and services to our clients, the way in which we use personal information in relation to our products and services varies. For example, we use personal information about you when:

• you use our risk management platform, Aladdin
• we provide you or your employer with an insurance product or service
• you or your employer engage us to provide investment management or similar services 
• you privately invest in a fund product managed by a member of the BlackRock Group
• you engage a member of the BlackRock Group to provide investment management services
• you provide us with your personal information via email or a web form.

Use of personal information collected via our Website
We generally use your personal information collected via this Website:

• to manage and improve any services provided via our Website
• to manage and improve our Website (including by drawing up statistics on the usage of our Website)
• to tailor content of our Website to provide you with a more personalised experience and draw your attention to information about products and services that may be of interest to you
• to manage and respond to any request that you submit through our Website
• to help us learn more about you, the products and services that you or your employer receive from BlackRock, and other products and services that you or your employer might be interested in receiving
• to correspond with you in relation to services you use on our Website or information you provide via our Website. This correspondence is usually with you, other members of the BlackRock Group, our service providers, or public or judicial authorities with the necessary authorisation.

Use of personal information for other activities that form part of the operation of our business

We generally also use your personal information collected via this Website for the purposes of, or in connection with:
• applicable legal or regulatory requirements
• requests and communications from public or judicial authorities with the necessary authorisation
• financial accounting, invoicing and risk analysis purposes
• prudent operational management (including credit and risk management, insurance, audit, training and similar administrative purposes)
• client relationship purposes, which involve: (i) sending you BlackRock thought leadership or details of BlackRock products and services that we think might be of interest to you or your employer; (ii) contacting you to receive feedback on BlackRock products or services; and (iii) contacting you for other marketing or research purposes
• recruitment and business development purposes
• services we receive from our professional advisors, such as lawyers, accountants and consultants
• arrangements we have in place with intermediaries, brokers and other individuals and entities that partner with us
• considering, and entering into, any transaction involving part or all of the business or assets of the BlackRock Group
• protecting our rights and those of our clients
• meeting our corporate and social responsibilities.

The legal grounds we rely on for processing personal information

We are required by law to set out in this Privacy Policy the legal grounds on which we rely in order to process your personal information.

We generally use your personal information for the purposes outlined above because: (a) it is necessary for our legitimate interests and does not unduly affect your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms (see below); (b) it is necessary for legal and/or regulatory obligations or requests that we are subject to, such as keeping records for tax purposes or providing information to a public body or law enforcement agency; (c) it is necessary to perform contractual obligations that we owe towards you or our client, or to take pre-contractual steps at the request of you or our client; (d) it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest (such as assisting with diversity in the workplace where you make contact through our Website in relation to job opportunities at BlackRock); or (e) in some cases, we have obtained your prior consent.

Examples of the ‘legitimate interests’ referenced above are: (i) to benefit from cost-effective services (for example, we may opt to use certain IT platforms offered by our service providers); (ii) to assess and verify any job application that you submit through the Website; (iii) to prevent fraud or criminal activity, misuses of our products and services, as well as the security of our IT systems, architecture and networks; (iv) to exercise our rights under Articles 16 and 17 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, including our freedom to conduct a business and right to property; and (v) to meet our corporate and social responsibility objectives.

To the extent that we process any sensitive personal information relating to you for any of the purposes outlined above, we will do so because either: (1) you have given us your explicit consent to process that information; (2) the processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest on the basis of applicable law (for example where we are required by law or regulatory requirements to process that information in order to ensure we meet our ‘know your client’ and ‘anti money laundering’ obligations); (3) the processing is necessary to carry out our obligations under employment, social security or social protection law; or (4) the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims. The legal grounds for processing sensitive personal information outlined above at (1) to (4) appear at Articles 9(2)(a), 9(2)(g), 9(2)(b) and 9(2)(f) of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation respectively.

Where we are legally required to obtain your explicit consent to provide you with certain marketing materials, we will only provide you with such marketing materials where we have obtained such consent from you.

If you do not want to continue receiving any marketing materials from us, you can click on the unsubscribe function in the communication or e-mail groupprivacy@blackrock.com at any time.

To whom we disclose your information

In connection with one or more of the purposes outlined in the “How we use information about you” section above, we generally disclose details about you to: other members of the BlackRock Group; professional advisors and third parties that provide services to us and/or other members of the BlackRock Group (such as IT systems providers, platform providers, financial advisors, consultants (including lawyers and accountants), providers of HR and recruitment services and other goods and services providers (such as providers of marketing services where we are permitted to disclose your personal information to them); intermediaries, brokers, and other individuals and entities that partner with us; competent authorities (including any national and/or international regulatory or enforcement body or court or other form of tribunal, where we (or any other member of the BlackRock Group) are required to do so by applicable law or regulation at their request); a potential buyer, transferee, merger partner or seller and their advisers in connection with an actual or potential transfer or merger of part or all of BlackRock’s business or assets, or any associated rights or interests, or to acquire a business or enter into a merger with it; credit reference agencies or other organizations that help us detect criminal activity and incidence of fraud; and any central or local government department and other statutory or public bodies.

If you are an individual in the European Union, please note that some of the recipients of your personal information referenced above will be based in countries outside of the European Union whose laws may not provide the same level of data protection. Those countries typically include: the United States, Canada, Singapore, and India. In such cases, BlackRock will ensure that there are adequate safeguards in place to protect your personal information that comply with our legal obligations. To ensure this level of protection for your personal information, BlackRock typically uses a data transfer agreement with the recipient based on standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission. A copy of these clauses is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/international-transfers/transfer/index_en.htm. Further details of the transfers of your personal information outside of the European Union and the adequate safeguards used by BlackRock in respect of such transfers (including copies of relevant agreements) are available from us by contacting groupprivacy@blackrock.com. You can also use this e-mail address to request further information about the entities that comprise the BlackRock Group and the countries in which they operate.

How long we keep your personal information

We will hold your personal information on BlackRock’s systems for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it was collected or to comply with legal, regulatory or internal policy requirements.

Protection of your personal information

We use a range of physical, electronic and managerial measures to ensure that we keep your personal information secure, accurate and up to date. These measures include:

• education and training to relevant staff to ensure they are aware of our privacy obligations when handling personal information as well as training around social engineering, phishing, spear phishing, and password risks
• administrative and technical controls to restrict access to personal information on a ‘need to know’ basis
• technological security measures, including fire walls, encryption (industry standard SSL encryption with 128-bit key lengths), and anti-virus software
• physical security measures, such as staff security passes to access our premises.
• external technical assessments, security audits and vendor due diligence
• perimeter security: Firewalls, IDS, content filters
• segregation of networks: DMZ, corporate domain, production domain
• application security: OWASP top 10 focused code requirements, application testing, penetration testing
• endpoint security: Anti-virus, portable storage device lockdown, restricted administrative privileges
Real-time monitoring of data leakage controls
• Layered and comprehensive cybersecurity defences
• Security incident reporting and management.

Although we use appropriate security measures once we have received your personal information, the transmission of data over the internet (including by e-mail) is never completely secure. We endeavour to protect personal information, but we cannot guarantee the security of data transmitted to us or by us.

Your rights and how to contact us

You have various rights in relation to your personal information. In particular, you have a right to:
• object to the processing or your personal information
• request a copy of personal information we hold about you
• ask that we update the personal information we hold about you, or correct such personal information that you think is incorrect or incomplete
• ask that we delete personal information that we hold about you, or restrict the way in which we use such personal information
• withdraw consent to our processing of your personal information (to the extent such processing is based on consent).

To exercise any of your rights, or if you have any other questions about our use of your personal information, please e-mail groupprivacy@blackrock.com or write to BlackRock’s Global Privacy and Data Protection Officer at 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, United Kingdom. You may also use these contact details if you wish to make a complaint to us relating to your privacy.

If you are unhappy with the way we handled your personal information or any privacy query or request that you have raised with us, you also have a right to complain to a data protection regulator in the place where you live or work, or in the place where you think an issue in relation to your data has arisen. A list of national data protection regulators can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/dataprotection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm.

Changes to this privacy statement

We may modify or amend this privacy statement from time to time.

Any future changes or additions to the processing of your personal data as described in this notice affecting you will be communicated to you through an appropriate channel, depending on how we normally communicate with you.

Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored in your computer’s memory and hard drive, in your mobile device or tablet when you visit certain web pages. They are used to enable websites to function or to provide information to the owners of a website, or other third parties which receive data obtained from that website.

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.

Why do we use cookies?

Cookies help us to provide customised services and information. We use cookies on our Website to tell us, in general terms, how and when pages on our Website are visited, what our users’ technology preferences are – such as what type of video player they use – and whether our Website is functioning properly. Depending on their purpose, some cookies will only operate for the length of a single browsing session, whilst others have a longer life span to ensure that they fulfil their longer-term purposes (as explained in more detail below). Please note that, however long the cookies’ active life may be, you can delete cookies (and therefore stop any further data collection by them) as further described below.

If you are using one of our password-protected sites, then the Website may use cookies or other technology to help us authenticate you, store and recognise your configuration and user attributes, facilitate your navigation of the website and customise its content so that the information made available is likely to be of more interest to you.

In broad terms, we use cookies on our Website for the following purposes:
Analytical purposes: Analytical cookies allow us to recognise, measure and track visitors to our Website and compile a record of this usage information. This helps us to improve and develop the way our Website works, for example, by determining whether site visitors can find information easily, or by identifying the aspects of websites that are of the most interest to them.
Usage preferences: Some of the cookies on our Website are activated when visitors to our sites make a choice about their usage of the site. Our Website then ‘remembers’ the settings preferences of the user concerned. This allows us to tailor aspects of our sites to the individual user.
Terms and conditions: We use cookies on our Website in order to record when a site visitor has seen a policy, such as this one, or provided consent, such as consent to the terms and conditions on our Website. This helps to improve the user’s experience of the site – for example, it aids in avoiding a situation where a user is asked repeatedly to consent to the same terms. We also track whether a user has seen other similar documents (such as an online survey) before – again, to ensure that a user’s experience of our Website is a smooth one.
Session management: The software that runs our Website uses cookies for technical purposes needed by the internal workings of our servers. For instance, we use cookies to distribute requests among multiple servers, to authenticate users, and to determine what features of the site they can access, verify the origin of requests, keep track of information about a user’s session and determine which options or pages to display in order for the site to function.
Functional purposes: Functional purpose cookies store information that is needed by our applications to process and operate. For example, where transactions or requests within an application involve multiple workflow stages, cookies are used to store the information from each stage temporarily, in order to facilitate completion of the overall transaction or request.
Advertising: Advertising cookies allow us (or third parties) to monitor the behaviour of users of our Website. This information is used to ensure that products and services highlighted to those individuals are targeted in a focused and relevant manner – e.g. through advertisements on BlackRock websites or through advertisements on third party websites (e.g., Bloomberg, Agefi.com, Handlesblatt.de, etc) which are based on your experience with our Website; or to monitor the effectiveness of those digital marketing campaigns. We also monitor whether the adverts displayed on our Website are of interest to users and retain this information to ensure that adverts seen by users of our Website over a period of time are appropriate.

Please note that third parties may use cookies. The kind of cookies and the consequent data processing carried out by such third parties are regulated by their privacy policies. Please see below for more information about third party cookies.

Your cookie preferences

Cookies are necessary in order for you to be able to make full use of BlackRock’s Website. In addition, cookies help us provide you with personalised features on our Website. If you chose to disable cookies, some of BlackRock’s Website’s functionality might be impaired.

Local Flash Storage

On certain pages of our Website, we include content designed for display using Adobe Flash Player, such as animations, videos and tools. Local flash storage (often referred to as “Flash cookies”) can be used to help improve your experience as a user. Flash storage is retained on your device in much the same way as standard cookies, but is managed directly by your Flash software.

If you wish to disable or delete information stored locally in Flash, please see the documentation for your Flash software, located at www.adobe.com. Please note that, if you disable Flash cookies, some site functionality may not work.

Third party cookies

When you visit our Website, you may receive cookies that are set by third parties. These may include cookies set by Google, Bizo, LinkedIn, AppNexus, Xaxis, MediaMind and/or Rocketfuel. These cookies are used for the purposes described in the “Why Do We Use Cookies?” section of this policy. We do not control the setting of these third party cookies, so we suggest you might wish to check the third party websites for more information about their use of cookies and how to manage them.

HostTypeThird PartyPrivacy Policy
Doubleclick.net Advertising Google Google
Google.com Advertising Google Google
.universal.iperceptions.com Advertising Iperceptions Iperceptions
survey.efmfeedback.com Advertising Verint Inc Verint
.serving-sys.com Advertising Sizmek Sizmek
bs.serving-sys.com Advertising Sizmek Sizmek
Xasis.com Advertising Xaxis Xaxis

Amending cookie preferences

If you wish to remove cookies set by our Website from your browser in the future, you may delete them. The instructions for removing cookies from your computer or mobile device depend on the operating system and web browser you use. Please note, however, that withdrawing your agreement to the use of cookies on our sites will impair the functionality of the sites.

 The site www.allaboutcookies.org includes instructions for managing cookies on many commonly used browses, or you may consult the vendor documentation for your specific software.

Further information about cookies

If you would like to find out more about cookies in general and how to manage them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.