BlackRock Announces October Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2010) - (TSX:XBB)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XHY)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XHB) -

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the October 2010 cash distributions for the twelve iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which pay on a monthly basis. Unitholders of record on October 28, 2010 will receive cash distributions payable on October 29, 2010. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

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Cash

Distribution Per

Fund Name Fund Ticker Unit ($)

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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB 0.09893

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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB 0.07940

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend

Index Fund XDV 0.09000

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iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) Capped Financials

Index Fund XFN 0.09218

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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund XGB 0.06200

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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund

(CAD-Hedged) XHY 0.12045

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund XIG 0.06629

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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund XLB 0.07666

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund XRE 0.06175

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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund XSB 0.08247

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iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund XTR 0.06000

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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund XHB 0.07087

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Further information on iShares funds can be found at www.iShares.ca.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At June 30, 2010, BlackRock's AUM was $3.151 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(R) (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(R). Headquartered in New York City, as of June 30, 2010, the firm has approximately 8,500 employees in 24 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.

About iShares ETFs

The iShares business is the global product leader in ETFs with over 410 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 16 exchanges worldwide. The iShares funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost, tax efficiency and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell securities through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors.

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