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BlackRock Announces Fund Name Changes Following Acquisition of Claymore Investments

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

BlackRock Announces Fund Name Changes Following Acquisition of Claymore Investments16:05 EDT Wednesday, March 28, 2012TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 28, 2012) - BlackRock Investments Canada Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced that following its previously-announced acquisition, the names of most of the exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds managed by BlackRock Investments Canada Inc. (formerly Claymore Investments, Inc.) have been rebranded to iShares®. The TSX ticker symbols for these investment funds remain unchanged. The funds will begin trading under their new names on March 29, 2012, except for the iShares Premium Money Market Fund, which will begin trading under its new name on April 2, 2012. The name changes are as follows:Prior Fund NameNew Fund NameClaymore Gold Bullion ETFiShares Gold Bullion FundClaymore 1-10 Yr Laddered Corporate Bond ETFiShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index FundClaymore 1-10 Yr Laddered Government Bond ETFiShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index FundClaymore 1-5 Yr Laddered Corporate Bond ETFiShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index FundClaymore 1-5 Yr Laddered Government Bond ETFiShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index FundClaymore Advantaged Canadian Bond ETFiShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index FundClaymore Advantaged High-Yield Bond ETFiShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)Claymore Advantaged Short Duration High Income ETFiShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income FundClaymore Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ ETFiShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ FundClaymore Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ ETFiShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ FundClaymore BRIC ETFiShares BRIC Index FundClaymore Broad Emerging Markets ETFiShares Broad Emerging Markets FundClaymore Canadian Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ ETFiShares Canadian Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ FundClaymore Canadian Fundamental Index ETFiShares Canadian Fundamental Index FundClaymore China ETFiShares China All-Cap Index FundClaymore Conservative CorePortfolio™ ETFiShares Conservative CorePortfolio™ FundClaymore Global Agriculture ETFiShares Global Agriculture Index FundClaymore Global Infrastructure ETFiShares Global Infrastructure Index FundClaymore Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend ETFiShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend Index FundClaymore Global Real Estate ETFiShares Global Real Estate Index FundClaymore International Fundamental Index ETFiShares International Fundamental Index FundClaymore Inverse 10 Yr Government Bond ETFNo name changeClaymore Japan Fundamental Index ETF - C$ HedgediShares Japan Fundamental Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)Claymore Oil Sands Sector ETFiShares Oil Sands Index FundClaymore S&P Global Water ETFiShares S&P Global Water Index FundClaymore S&P US Dividend Growers ETFiShares S&P US Dividend Growers Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)Claymore S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend ETFiShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index FundClaymore S&P/TSX CDN Preferred Share ETFiShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index FundClaymore S&P/TSX Global Mining ETFiShares S&P/TSX Global Mining Index FundClaymore Small-Mid CAP BRIC ETFiShares Small-Mid Cap BRIC Index FundClaymore US Fundamental Index ETF - C$ HedgediShares US Fundamental Index FundClaymore Advantaged Convertible Bond ETFiShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index FundClaymore Broad Commodity ETFiShares Broad Commodity Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)Claymore Canadian Financial Monthly Income ETFiShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income FundClaymore Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETFiShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco FundClaymore Managed Futures ETFiShares Managed Futures Index FundClaymore Natural Gas Commodity ETFiShares Natural Gas Commodity Index FundClaymore Premium Money Market ETFiShares Premium Money Market Fund *Claymore Silver Bullion TrustBlackRock Silver Bullion Trust Big Bank Big Oil Split Corp.No name change* Effective on or about April 2, 2012.Where applicable, prospectus disclosure of the above investment funds has been updated to reflect these name changes as well as other changes incidental to the completion of the acquisition. The CUSIP numbers for these funds have changed and are available at BlackRockBlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At December 31, 2011, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.513 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 December 31, 2011, the firm has approximately 10,100 employees in 27 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 iSharesETFsThe iShares business is a global product leader in ETFs with over 460 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 19 exchanges worldwide. 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 and individual investors.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Veritas CommunicationsMedia Relations Contact:Amanda Gun-Munro416-955-4580 or C -