Note to Editors: The BlackRock “Investor Watch” research is conducted over the Internet with support from research firm Market Strategies International. For this research, conducted in September, 671 investors – 294 retired and 377 nonretired -- were polled between September 26 and October 9, 2012. All of the investors surveyed work with financial advisors, and all had $250K or more in investable assets.

*Source: Annuity 2000 Mortality Table, Society of Actuaries.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At September 30, 2012, BlackRock’s AUM was $3.673 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients’ needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of September 30, 2012, the firm has approximately 10,400 employees in 29 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.blackrock.com.

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