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IShares To Launch Core Series ETFs For Long-Term Buy-and-Hold Investors

Composed of four new and six existing funds, this is the first series of iShares ETFs designed specifically with long-term buy-and-hold investors in mind and is backed by the world-class analytics and global investment insight of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager 4. The suite can be supplemented with iShares solutions from a broad selection of ETFs for investors seeking to address more specific needs, from earning income in retirement to capitalizing on market opportunities in the shorter-term. The iShares Core Series comprises the following funds:

U.S. Equities
  • iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF <ITOT> (previously <ISI>)
  • iShares Core S&P 500 ETF <IVV>
  • iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF <IJH>
  • iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF <IJR>

International Equities
  • iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF** <IXUS>
  • iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF**<IEMG>
  • iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF** <IEFA>

U.S. Fixed Income
  • iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF <AGG>
  • iShares Core Long-Term U.S. Bond ETF <ILTB>* (previously <GLJ>)
  • iShares Core Short-Term U.S. Bond ETF** <ISTB>

*Beginning on or around Tuesday, October 23, 2012, <ILTB> will track a new underlying index, the Barclays US Long Government/Credit Bond Index and will cease to track the B of A Merrill Lynch 10+ Year US Corporate & Government Index.

**These Funds are expected to begin trading on or about October 22, 2012

Mr. Wiedman commented: “As more and more investors turn to ETFs 5 for the diversification and exposures they seek in the core of their portfolios, we saw the opportunity to offer a cost-effective suite of funds that still provide the same professional quality you expect from iShares. We believe that every investor is unique, and with the iShares Core Series, investors have the opportunity to match their large, long-term core holdings to their individual needs and still have the flexibility to complement them with more specialized ETFs that suit their specific objectives.”

All three iShares Core international equity ETFs track segments of the flagship MSCI Investable Market Index (IMI), providing investors access to some of broadest exposure available in the global equity universe today.

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