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June 26, 2018 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Robotics and Artificial Intelligence ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of iShares Robotics and Artificial Intelligence ETF (ticker: IRBO), which seeks to track the investment results of the NYSE FactSet Global Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Index. The index is an equity benchmark composed of developed and emerging market companies that can benefit from the long-term growth and innovation in robotics technologies and artificial intelligence.

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June 15, 2018 – iShares Product Update

Closing 16 iShares ETFs

At iShares, we continually review our products to ensure they meet the evolving needs of our clients. As part of our review process, we have decided to close 16 iShares ETFs.

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June 6, 2018 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Gold Strategy ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of iShares Gold Strategy ETF (ticker: IAUF), which seeks to provide exposure, on a total return basis, to the price performance of gold.

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May 10, 2018 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Inflation Hedged Corporate Bond ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of iShares Inflation Hedged Corporate Bond ETF (ticker: LQDI), seeks to mitigate the inflation risk of a portfolio composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment grade corporate bonds.

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April 12, 2018 – iShares Product Launch

iShares MSCI USA Small-Cap ESG Optimized ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of iShares MSCI USA Small-Cap ESG Optimized ETF (ticker: ESML), which seeks to track the investment results of the MSCI USA Small Cap Extended ESG Focus Index, which is composed of small-capitalization U.S. companies that have positive environmental, social and governance characteristics as identified by the index provider while exhibiting risk and return characteristics similar to those of the parent index, the MSCI USA Small Cap Index.

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April 5, 2018 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Bloomberg Roll Select Commodity Strategy ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of iShares Bloomberg Roll Select Commodity Strategy ETF (ticker: CMDY), which seeks to provide exposure, on a total return basis, to a diversified group of commodities.

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April 5, 2018 – iShares Product Launch

iShares U.S. Infrastructure ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of iShares U.S. Infrastructure ETF (ticker: IFRA), which seeks to track the investment results of the NYSE FactSet U.S. Infrastructure Index which is a broad based index composed of equities of U.S. companies that have infrastructure exposure and that could benefit from a potential increase in domestic infrastructure activities.

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March 23, 2018 – iShares Product Launch

iShares U.S. Evolved Sector ETFs

Effective March 23rd, iShares is pleased to announce the launch of seven new funds. The iShares U.S. Evolved Sector ETFs.

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March 21, 2018 – iShares Product Launch

iShares iBonds Dec 2024 Term Muni Bond ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of the iShares iBonds Dec 2024 Term Muni Bond ETF (ticker: IBMM), which seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of investment-grade U.S. municipal bonds maturing after December 31, 2023 and before December 2, 2024.

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March 19, 2018 – iShares Product Update

Weighting methodology change

Effective Monday, March 19, 2018, the weighting methodology for the underlying index tracked by the iShares Select Dividend ETF (DVY) will change from dividend dollar weighted to dividend yield weighted. Additional diversification and liquidity requirements have also been introduced as part of the change.

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March 15, 2018 – iShares Product Update

Fund closure

Effective March 15th, the iShares® iBonds® Mar 2018 Term Corporate ex-Financials ETF (ticker: IBCC) is closing in accordance with its prospectus and investment objective. The fund will cease trading prior to open on Friday, March 16th.

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February 9, 2018 – iShares Product Update

FIBR Merger

On February 5th, 2018, the iShares Edge U.S. Fixed Income Balanced Risk ETF (FIBR) will reorganize from a transparent active ETF to an index ETF.

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December 29, 2017 – iShares Product Update

Expense ratio updates

On 12/29/2017, 55 iShares funds with FYE 8/31/17 will have expense ratio updates.

Additionally, in an effort to simplify the fund names and ensure consistency across the market, we will remove the word “capped” from the fund name across 28 iShares funds. The changes mentioned above are noted in the charts below, respectively.

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December 15, 2017 – iShares Product Update

IBDJ Fund Closure

Effective December 15th, the iShares® iBonds® Dec 2017 Term Corporate ETF (ticker: IBDJ) is closing in accordance with its prospectus and investment objective.

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December 1, 2017 – iShares Product Update

Expense ratio changes

As of 12/1/2017, the expense ratios for several iShares funds has changed. Please reference the chart below for details regarding these changes.

Additionally, after close of trading on 11/30/2017, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (ticker: IBB) underwent a 3 for 1 forward split.

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November 14, 2017 – iShares Product Update

iShares Releases Capital Gains Estimates

On November 13th, iShares released capital gains distribution estimates for 2017. This year, ~95% of iShares ETFs are not expected to distribute capital gains. iShares is only paying capital gains on 17 ETFs, which represents ~5% of total funds.

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November 9, 2017 – iShares Product Launch

BlackRock announces DIVB

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of the iShares U.S. Dividend and Buyback ETF (ticker: DIVB), which seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. stocks with a history of dividend payments and/or share buybacks. DIVB is the only ETF that captures direct exposure to U.S. companies that may only have buyback programs, in addition to companies that have both buyback and dividend programs.

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October 25, 2017 – iShares Product Launch

BlackRock announces the launch of one new ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of the iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (ticker: USHY), which seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, high yield corporate bonds.

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October 18, 2017 – iShares Product Update

Share Split for Two iShares Funds

The Board of Trustees for iShares Trust has authorized a share split for the iShares California Muni Bond ETF (ticker: CMF) and the iShares New York Muni Bond ETF (ticker: NYF) for shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 17th, 2017, payable after the close of trading on October 18th, 2017.

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September 14, 2017 – iShares Product Launch

BlackRock announces the launch of three new ETFs

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of the iShares 5-10 Year Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (ticker: MLQD) and the iShares 10+ Year Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (ticker: LLQD). Both funds seek to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade corporate bonds with remaining maturities between five and ten years and maturities greater than ten years, respectively. iShares offers low-cost investment grade corporate bond ETFs that help investors manage interest rate risk by targeting one of the three major sections of the yield curve.

Additionally, we are adding to our iBonds® suite with the launch of the iShares iBonds Dec 2027 Term Corporate ETF (ticker: IBDS). This fund is the 10th in the series and seeks to track the Barclays December 2027 Maturity Corporate Index, which is designed to reflect the performance of the U.S. dollar denominated, taxable, investment grade corporate bonds scheduled to mature after December 31, 2026 and before January 1, 2028.

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September 1, 2017 – iShares Product Update

BlackRock Announces Index Changes on Three iShares ETFs

Effective September 1st, three iShares MSCI funds are undergoing benchmark changes to the capped version for RIC diversification purposes – the iShares MSCI Netherlands ETF (ticker: EWN), the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (ticker: EZA) and the iShares MSCI Canada ETF (ticker: EWC). For further details on this change, please reference the chart below as well as the press release.

Additionally, the iShares® iBonds® Sep 2017 Term Muni Bond ETF (ticker: IBMF) is closing today in accordance with its prospectus and investment objective.

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August 31, 2017 – iShares Product Update

Share Split for the iShares International Treasury Bond ETF

The Board of Trustees for iShares Trust has authorized a share split for the iShares International Treasury Bond ETF (ticker: IGOV) for shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 28th, 2017, payable after the close of trading on August 30th, 2017.

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August 10, 2017 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Russell 1000 Pure U.S. Revenue ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of the iShares Russell 1000 Pure U.S. Revenue ETF (ticker: AMCA). The fund seeks to track the investment results of the Russell 1000 Pure Domestic Exposure Index, which is composed of U.S. companies exhibiting higher domestic sales as a proportion of the company’s total sales relative to other large- and mid-capitalization U.S. equities.

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August 4, 2017 – iShares Product Update

iShares Fee Cuts

iShares has reduced the fees for 12 ETFs as part of the continual review of our lineup to ensure we offer quality exposures at competitive prices to meet the needs of our clients.

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August 1, 2017 – iShares Product Update

iShares Transitions Primary Listing Venue for 50 iShares ETFs

As previously reported, iShares has transitioned the primary listing exchange for 50 iShares ETFs effective August 2nd.

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July 20, 2017 – iShares Product Launch

iShares MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF

iShares is pleased to announce the launch of the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ex China ETF (EMXC). The fund provides broad access to emerging markets while maintaining flexibility for a tailored approach to investing in China. Investors can pair EMXC with iShares’ range of dedicated China ETFs to customize their exposure to China within their emerging markets allocation.

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July 13, 2017 – iShares Product Launches

iShares ESG bond and iShares Smart Beta bond ETFs

Effective July 13th, iShares is pleased to announce the launch of four new funds. Two ESG bond ETFs and two Smart Beta bond ETFs.

ESG:

  • iShares ESG USD Corporate Bond ETF (SUSC)
  • iShares ESG 1-5 Year USD Corporate Bond ETF (SUSB)

Smart Beta:

  • iShares Edge High Yield Defensive Bond ETF (HYDB)
  • iShares Edge Investment Grade Enhanced Bond ETF (IGEB)

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July 13, 2017 – iShares Product Update

iShares Ticker/Fee Changes

Effective July 13th, two of our funds: iShares MBS ETF (MBB) and iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF (SUSA) will be undergoing updates.

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July 7, 2017 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Russell 2500 ETF

We are excited to announce the launch of the iShares Russell 2500 ETF (SMMD). The Russell 2500 Index is a leading index designed to track the small- and mid-cap segment of the US equity market. As such SMMD will represent approximately 19% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000® Index.

At inception, SMMD will seek to achieve its investment objective by investing a substantial portion of its assets in the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM). In addition to investing in the underlying securities and the fund (IWM), SMMD may lend securities representing up to one-third of the fund’s total assets (including the value of received collateral).

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June 1, 2017 – iShares Product Update

Effective June 1st, the iShares Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF (CEMB) and the iShares Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (LEMB) underwent benchmark changes.

Please note that there will be no changes to either of the funds expense ratios.

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April 27, 2017 – iShares Product Launch

iShares MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF

We are excited to announce the launch of the iShares MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF (AGT). Argentina is South America’s second largest economy1, partly due to its robust commodity exports, including energy and agricultural products. Investing outside the U.S. can provide investor’s portfolios with growth and diversification potential. iShares offers the broadest range of country ETFs2, allowing investors to go from idea to investment in a single trade.


1 World Bank. Based on 2015 GDP.
2 Morningstar, as of 12/31/16. Based on 64 US-domiciled country ETFs and 41 individual country exposures.
3 Morningstar, as of 3/31/17.

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April 13, 2017 – iShares Product Launch

iShares® iBonds® Dec 2023 Term Muni Bond ETF

We’re are pleased to announce the launch of the iShares iBonds Dec 2023 Term Muni Bond ETF (IBML).

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