iShares To Begin Trading The iShares Global High Yield Corporate Bond Fund ETF Thursday, April 05, 2012

iShares has announced that they will begin trading The iShares Global High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (BATS:GHYG) Thursday, April 05, 2012. The iShares Global High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (the “Fund”) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Markit iBoxx Global Developed Markets High Yield Index.  The Markit iBoxx Global Developed Markets High Yield Index measures the performance of the global high yield corporate bond market. As of February 29, 2012, the Underlying Index is a rules-based index consisting of approximately 649 high yield corporate bonds denominated in U.S. dollars, Euros, British pounds sterling and Canadian dollars. The Underlying Index seeks to maximize liquidity while maintaining representation of the broader global high yield bond market.

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: 0.55%

Principal Investment Strategies

The Underlying Index is a rules-based index consisting of high yield corporate bonds denominated in U.S. dollars, Euros, British pounds sterling and Canadian dollars. The Underlying Index is designed to provide a broad representation of the global high yield corporate bond market. High-yield bonds are also known as “junk bonds.” The Underlying Index may include corporate bonds that are issued by companies domiciled in countries classified as developed markets by the index provider. The Underlying Index is a market value weighted index with a cap on each issuer of 3%. There is no limit to the number of issues in the Underlying Index, but as of February 29, 2012, the Underlying Index included approximately 649 constituents. Component companies include financial, industrials and utilities companies, and may change over time. The Fund will invest in privately-issued securities, including those that are normally purchased pursuant to Rule 144A or Regulation S promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”). It is expected that the Underlying Index, under normal market conditions, will include a significant percentage of issuers (generally, at least 40%) organized or located outside the United States or doing business outside the United States.

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. “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 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 the Underlying Index and in investments that provide substantially similar exposure to the securities in the Underlying Index. The Fund may at times invest up to 20% of its assets in certain futures, options and swap contracts, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds advised by BFA or its affiliates, as well as in bonds not included in the Underlying Index, but which BFA believes will help the Fund track the Underlying Index.   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 Markit Indices Limited (“Markit”).

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