Product News

September 15, 2016 – iShares Product Launch

Announcing SMMV and IBDR

iShares announces the launch of the iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA Small-Cap ETF (SMMV), launched September 9th, and iShares® iBonds® Dec 2026 Term Corporate ETF (IBDR), launched September 15th.

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August 22, 2016 – iShares Product Update

iShares Fund Updates – ESGD, ESGE and MPCT

On 8/22/2016, the iShares MSCI EAFE ESG Select ETF (ESGD) and the iShares MSCI EM ESG Select ETF (ESGE) will update fund names, index names and investment objectives. The changes provide additional description of the funds underlying index.

Additionally, the iShares Sustainable MSCI Global Impact ETF (MPCT) will remove the “Sustainable” from the fund name, effective August 22, 2016. The new name will be iShares MSCI Global Impact ETF.

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August 1, 2016 – iShares Product Update

Fee Waiver and Expense Ratio Updates

On 8/1/2016, 14 iShares funds with contractual fee waivers (not due to AFFE*) had their fees simplified by converting the fee waivers to permanent price reductions.

Additionally, funds with FYE 3/31/16 had expense ratio updates.

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July 11, 2016 - iShares Product Update

Share Splits for iShares ETFs & Annual Russell Reconstitution

BlackRock announced on June 27, 2016 that the Board of Trustees for iShares Trust has authorized share splits for a number of iShares ETFs. The Board has approved share splits for 11 iShares ETFs for shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 19, 2016, payable after the close of trading on July 22, 2016.

2016 Annual Russell Reconstitution

The Russell indexes underwent their annual reconstitution on June 24th. The iShares Russell family of funds (16 in total) performed as expected, effectively navigating the day with a total two-sided trade of $29 billion and an average one-way turnover of 12.7%.

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July 1, 2016 – iShares Product Update

Index Changes for 3 iShares Treasury ETFs

Effective on or around 7/1/2016, iShares will be changing the underlying indexes for three iShares Treasury ETFs – GOVT, SHV and TLH – from Barclays to the ICE U.S. Treasury Index Series, which is administered and operated by Interactive Data (IDC). The composition, methodology, and back-tested returns are very similar to the existing Barclays indexes and, the fund expense ratios will not be affected.

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June 30, 2016 – iShares Product Launch

Announcing Two New ESG ETFs

We are excited to announce the launch of the iShares ESG ETFs – the iShares MSCI EAFE ESG Select ETF (ticker: ESGD) and the iShares MSCI EM ESG Select ETF (ticker: ESGE). The iShares ESG ETFs seek to provide broad equity market exposure while allowing investors to better align their social and environmental objectives like low emissions and worker safety in their investment portfolios.

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June 24, 2016 – iShares Product Update

Closing 10 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 10 iShares ETFs. The decision was based on ongoing reviews, client feedback and lack of investor interest.

The funds will continue to trade through August 24th, 2016. At that time, the funds will seek to liquidate holdings. Shareholders should expect to receive a cash distribution on or about September 2, 2016.

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June 16, 2016 – iShares Product Launches

Announcing Two New High Yield Bond ETFs

We are excited to announce the launch of the iShares Fallen Angels USD Bond ETF (FALN) and the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield ex Oil & Gas Corporate Bond ETF (HYXE). Designed to offer low-cost targeted exposure to subsets of the High Yield Bond Market.

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June 16, 2016 – iShares Product Update

Announcing Fee Reductions

Effective June 16, 2016, we are lowering fees on two iShares fixed income ETFs - the iShares 0-5 Year Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (SLQD) and the iShares Convertible Bond ETF (ICVT), making them even more attractive to investors. These reductions can help you keep more of what you earn when using iShares ETFs in your portfolio.

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June 15, 2016 – iShares Product Launch

iShares MSCI China A ETF

We are excited to announce the launch of the iShares MSCI China A ETF (CNYA). Designed to offer low-fee exposure to the Chinese A-share market, this ETF provides a new way to tap into opportunities within one of the world’s largest economies.

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May 19, 2016 – iShares Product Launch

iShares International Dividend Growth ETF

We are pleased to announce the launch of the iShares International Dividend Growth ETF (ticker: IGRO) as part of the iShares Dividend Growth ETF Suite.

In today’s environment of low bond yields and heightened volatility, investors must look for ways in which they can carefully seek to balance stability and growth. The iShares Growth ETFs seek to target steady growth through exposure to quality companies with the potential to sustainably increase dividends over time.

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May 11, 2016 – iShares Product Launch and Updates

iShares Edge

BlackRock announces the launch of the iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor Sector ETFs – a suite of Smart Beta sector funds that target select companies within their U.S. stock sector. The funds offer exposure to style factors which have historically outperformed their broad sectors and focus on four proven drivers of return: financial health (quality), low valuation (value), trending price (momentum), and smaller market cap (size).1

Why Edge Sector?

  • Seek outperformance with similar risk to the broad respective sector market.
  • Focus on proven drivers of return: inexpensive stocks, financially healthy firms, trending stocks and relatively smaller companies.1
  • Use as part of a sector rotation strategy or to tilt a portfolio towards specific sectors.

Furthermore, we are excited that all of our factor-based Smart Beta ETFs will join the new iShares Edge suite. iShares Edge will cover 26 existing Smart Beta funds as well as the 9 new Smart Beta sector funds – all of which are listed below. Note that we are not making any changes to our existing funds beyond the fund names.

1. Source: MSCI.

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April 22, 2016 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Sustainable MSCI Global Impact ETF

BlackRock announces the launch of the iShares Sustainable MSCI Global Impact ETF (ticker: MPCT). There is growing demand – and increasing opportunity – for investment approaches that targets sustainable outcomes while still seeking financial goals. iShares Impact ETFs help investors seeking to drive change and advance social and environment objectives.

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March 21, 2016 – iShares Product Update

iShares iBonds Funds Maturing

In accordance with their prospectuses and investment objectives, the iShares® iBonds® Mar 2016 Corporate ex-Financials ETF (ticker: IBCB) and the iShares® iBonds® Mar 2016 Corporate ETF (ticker: IBDA), with planned maturity dates of April 4th and April 5th respectively, are closing effective March 29th 2016.

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March 1, 2016 – iShares Product Updates

As of 3/1/2016, the expense ratios for the iShares Treasury Floating Rate Bond ETF (ticker: TFLO) and the iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF (ticker: NEAR) will be changing.

Additionally, effective 3/1/2016, several fund names will be changing. Please note that there will be no change to the investment objective for any of the listed funds.

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February 12, 2016 – iShares Product Update

Four iShares Treasury ETFs Changing Indices

Effective on or after 3/31/16, iShares will be changing the underlying indices for four iShares Treasury ETFs – SHY, IEI, IEF and TLT – from Barclays to the ICE U.S. Treasury Index Series, which is administered and operated by Interactive Data (IDC).

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February 2 , 2016 – iShares Product Update

Exchange Changes for 11 iShares ETFs

Effective today, February 2nd, iShares is announcing a primary listing venue change for 11 iShares ETFs. Please reference the chart below for complete details on these changes.

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January 28, 2016 – iShares Product Update

iShares MSCI Israel Capped ETF Benchmark Methodology Change

Effective today, MSCI will be changing the methodology of the MSCI Israel Capped Index from a MSCI Capped Indexes methodology to the MSCI 25/50 Indexes methodology.

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January 7, 2016 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Adaptive Currency Hedged MSCI ETFs

We are pleased to announce the launch of the iShares Adaptive Currency Hedged MSCI ETFs, dynamically hedged versions of our flagship international funds. Launching today 1/7/2015 are the iShares Adaptive Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (ticker: DEWJ), the iShares Adaptive Currency Hedged MSCI Eurozone ETF (ticker: DEZU) and the iShares Adaptive Currency Hedged MSCI EAFE ETF(ticker: DEFA), which seek to remove the burden of deciding currency indicators to dynamically adjust the level of hedging for the investor.

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December 31, 2015 – iShares Product Update

As of 12/31/2015, the expense ratios for several iShares ETFs have changed.

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December 18, 2015 – iShares Product Update

Effective today 12/18/2015, the iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF will undergo a change to its benchmark.

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December 10, 2015 – iShares Product Launch

iShares Expands Its Multi-Factor Suite

We are pleased to announce the launch of the iShares FactorSelect MSCI Emerging ETF (ticker: EMGF). This expands our existing multi-factor suite, providing efficient access to a portfolio of stocks based on an index strategy that combines four well-known investment factors: value, quality, momentum and size. The strategy aims to maximize exposure to these four factors, which have historically outperformed the broad market, while maintaining a similar level of market risk.

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December 1, 2015 – iShares Product Update

As of 12/1/2015, the expense ratios for several iShares ETFs have changed. Please note the changes to these funds in the chart below. Additionally, effective today 12/1/2015, the iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers ETF (ticker: IAI) will be changing its fund name to the iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF. Please note that there will be no change to the underlying exposure.

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November 12, 2015 – iShares Product Launch

Announcing the iShares Core International Aggregate Bond ETF

We are pleased to announce the launch of the iShares Core International Aggregate Bond ETF (ticker: IAGG), a fund that seeks to diversify fixed income holdings with low cost access to international bonds while seeking to mitigate currency fluctuations.

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November 10, 2015 – iShares Product Update

iShares Core ETFs Enhancement

We are pleased to announce that we are making the following enhancements to the iShares Core ETF suite as part of the continued evolution to provide investors with broad, competitively-priced ETF exposures:

  • Lower expense ratios on seven iShares Core ETFs, as low as 0.03%
  • Launch of the iShares Core International Aggregate Bond ETF (IAGG), offering investors greater diversification through international bonds
  • A new, broader benchmark for the iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT), providing broader coverage of the total U.S. stock market

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November 9, 2015 – iShares Product Update

Effective 11/9/2015, the iShares India 50 ETF will undergo an index rebranding.

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November 2, 2015 – iShares Product Launch

Expanding the iShares Currency Hedged ETF Suite

We’re are pleased to announce the next five funds to complement the suite of iShares Currency Hedged ETFs that are already in the market.

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October 30, 2015 – iShares Product Enhancement

Effective today 10/30/2015, both the iShares Currency Hedged Global ex USD High Yield Bond ETF and the iShares Global ex USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF will undergo a fund name change.

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October 1, 2015 – iShares Product Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of the iShares Currency Hedged JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF (ticker: HJPX), a new addition to the already existing Currency Hedged suite. HJPX is the first US iShares currency hedged ETF to track the JPX-Nikkei Index 400. Similar to the already existing hedged funds, this fund will also have a fund of fund structure and will hold the iShares JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF (ticker: JPXN) and currency forwards.

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September 30, 2015 – Product Enhancement

Effective today 9/30/2015, the iShares Liquidity Income ETF will undergo a fund name change.

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Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Fixed income risks include interest-rate and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in bond values. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the bond issuer will not be able to make principal and interest payments.

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