BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (“BlackRock Canada”), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (“BlackRock”) (NYSE:BLK) today announced an update to the investment risk ratings of certain iShares exchange-traded funds (“iShares ETFs”). Capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this press release have the meaning ascribed to them in the Prospectus.

Risk Rating Updates

BlackRock Canada has updated the investment risk ratings of the iShares ETFs, or class of the iShares ETF, as applicable, listed below, effective on or about June 29, 2022:

iShares ETF Name Previous RiskRating Updated Risk Rating
iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF1 Low Low to medium
iShares MSCI Min Vol USA Index ETF1 Low to medium Medium
iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF2 Low to medium Medium
iShares Global Water Index ETF Low to medium Medium
iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor Index ETF Low to medium Medium
iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders Index ETF Low to medium Medium
iShares NASDAQ 100 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) Medium Medium to high

A copy of the standardized risk classification methodology used by BlackRock Canada to identify the investment risk levels of the iShares ETFs is available on request, at no cost, by calling us at 1-855-255-5951 or by writing to BlackRock Canada at 161 Bay Street, Suite 2500, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1.

________________________1 The investment risk rating change only applies to the USD Units and not the CAD Units of the Fund.2 The investment risk rating change only applies to the CAD Units and not the USD Units of the Fund.

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About iShares

iShares unlocks opportunity across markets to meet the evolving needs of investors. With more than twenty years of experience, a global line-up of 900+ exchange traded funds (ETFs) and US$3.15 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022, iShares continues to drive progress for the financial industry. iShares funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm.

iShares ETFs are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in iShares ETFs. 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.

MSCI is a trademark of MSCI, Inc. (“MSCI”). The ETF is permitted to use the MSCI mark pursuant to a license agreement between MSCI and BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A., relating to, among other things, the license granted to BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. to use the Index. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. has sublicensed the use of this trademark to BlackRock. The ETF is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by MSCI and MSCI makes no representation, condition or warranty regarding the advisability of investing in the ETF.

Standard & Poor’s® and S&P® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”). TSX is a registered trademark of TSX Inc. (“TSX”). All of the foregoing trademarks have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and sublicensed for certain purposes to BlackRock Fund Advisors (“BFA”), which in turn has sub-licensed these marks to its affiliate, BlackRock on behalf of the applicable ETF. The Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, and has been licensed for use by BFA and by extension, BlackRock and the applicable ETF. The ETF is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P, any of their respective affiliates (collectively known as “S&P Dow Jones Indices”) or TSX, or any of their respective affiliates. Neither S&P Dow Jones Indices nor TSX make any representations regarding the advisability of investing in the ETF.

“NASDAQ®, NASDAQ OMX®, NASDAQ-100®, NASDAQ-100 Currency Hedged CAD IndexSM are trademarks of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (which with its affiliates is referred to as “NASDAQ OMX”) and have been licensed for use by BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. has sublicensed the use of the trademark to BlackRock. The ETF has not been passed on by NASDAQ OMX as to its legality or suitability. The ETF is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by NASDAQ OMX. NASDAQ OMX makes no warranties and bears no liability with respect to the ETF.

©2022 BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited. All rights reserved. iSHARES and BLACKROCK are registered trademarks of BlackRock, Inc., or its subsidiaries in the United States and elsewhere. Used with permission.

Contact for Media:Reem JazarT – 1 (416) 919-9347Email: Reem.abujazar@blackrock.com

 

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