composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade corporate bonds maturing after March 31, 2017 and before April 1, 2018.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver: 0.10%
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund seeks its investment objective by investing in the securities of one or more Underlying Funds that themselves seek investment results corresponding to their own underlying indexes and individual securities which satisfy the criteria of the Barclays 2018 Maturity Corporate Index (the “Underlying Index”). The Fund invests in a combination of individual fixed-income securities and Underlying Funds (primarily consisting of other iShares funds) and may also invest in other exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), U.S. government securities, short-term paper, cash and cash equivalents, including shares of money market funds advised by BFA or its affiliates (“BlackRock Cash Funds”).
The Fund is a term fund that will terminate on or about March 31, 2018, at which time it will distribute its remaining net assets to shareholders pursuant to a plan of liquidation. The Fund does not seek to return any predetermined amount at maturity or in periodic distributions. The Underlying Index is composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, taxable, investment-grade corporate bonds scheduled to mature after March 31, 2017 and before April 1, 2018.
The Underlying Index includes U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade securities publicly issued by U.S. and non-U.S. corporate issuers, that have $250 million or more of outstanding face value at the time of inclusion. The non-U.S. corporate issuers included in the Underlying Index initially will consist primarily of corporate bonds issued by companies domiciled in developed countries. The Fund will invest in non-U.S. issuers to the extent necessary for it to track the Underlying Index. Each bond must be registered with the SEC, have been exempt from registration at issuance, or have been offered pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“1933 Act”), with registration rights. In addition, to be included in the index, securities that are rated by all three of the rating agencies below must be rated “investment grade” by at least two of the agencies, as defined as Baa3 or higher by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) or BBB- or higher by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services or Fitch, Inc. (“ Fitch”). When ratings from only two of these agencies are available, the lower rating is used to determine eligibility. Securities with a rating from only one of the three ratings agencies must be rated investment grade or are excluded from the Underlying Index.
The Underlying Index is constructed with the following methodology. A parent index, the Barclays U.S. Corporate Index, representing U.S. dollar-denominated, taxable, investment-grade corporate bonds, is stripped of securities maturing outside of the maturity range defined above. Securities are then market-cap weighted within the index, with a 3% cap on any one issuer, and a pro rata distribution of any excess weight across the remaining issuers in the index. The securities in the Underlying Index are updated on the last calendar day of each month until one year prior to March 31, 2018. During this final one year period, the Underlying Index will no longer be updated or rebalanced, except to remove securities which are downgraded below investment grade per the eligibility criteria described above. Additionally, during this period, existing bond weights will be allowed to float based on changes in market value. During the final two years of the Underlying Index, bonds which are screened from the parent index due to being within one year to maturity will be added back into the Underlying Index until such bonds reach maturity.
When a bond that is included in the Underlying Index matures, its maturity value will be represented in the Underlying Index by cash throughout the remaining life of the Underlying Index. As the Fund approaches its termination date, its holdings of money market or similar funds may increase, either directly, or through its holdings of the Underlying Funds, causing the Fund to incur the fees and expenses of these funds. By March 31, 2018, the Underlying Index value will be represented almost entirely by cash as no securities will remain in the Underlying Index.
As of its inception date, the Fund intends to initially invest in the following Underlying Fund: iSharesBond 2018 Corporate ex-Financials Term ETF.
BFA uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not try to “beat” the index it tracks and does not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued.
Indexing may eliminate the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform the Underlying Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as poor security selection. Indexing seeks to achieve lower costs and better after-tax performance by keeping portfolio turnover low in comparison to actively managed investment companies.
BFA uses a representative sampling indexing strategy to manage the Fund or the Underlying Funds that are affiliated with BFA. “Representative sampling” is an indexing strategy that involves investing in a representative sample of securities that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Underlying Index. The securities selected are expected to have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market capitalization and industry weightings), fundamental characteristics (such as return variability, duration, maturity or credit ratings and yield) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Underlying Index. The Fund or an Underlying Fund may or may not hold all of the securities in the Underlying Index.
The Fund generally invests at least 80% of its assets in the securities of its Underlying Index through holding shares of one or more Underlying Funds and direct investments in securities, except during the last months of the Fund’s operations (as described below) the Fund’s assets will consist of cash and cash equivalents. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in cash and cash equivalents (including BlackRock Cash Funds), as well as in bonds not included in the Underlying Index, but which BFA believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. In the last months of operation, as the bonds held by the Fund mature, the proceeds will not be reinvested by the Fund in bonds but instead will be held in cash and cash equivalents. By March 31, 2018, the Underlying Index is expected to consist almost entirely of cash earned in this manner. Around the same time, the Fund will wind up and terminate, and its net assets will be distributed to then-current shareholders pursuant to a plan of liquidation.
The Fund may lend securities representing up to one-third of the value of the Fund’s total assets (including the value of the collateral received).
The Underlying Index is sponsored by an organization (the “Index Provider”) that is independent of the Fund and BFA. The Index Provider determines the composition and relative weightings of the securities in the Underlying Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Underlying Index. The Fund’s Index Provider is Barclays Capital Inc. or its affiliates (“Barclays”).
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