iShares Celebrates Suite of Emerging Market Bond ETFs at the NYSE

On Thursday, April 4th, BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to celebrate iShares’ suite of Emerging Market Debt ETFs on NYSE Arca, NYSE Euronext’s all electronic trading platform.  iShares has the largest suite of Emerging Market Debt ETFs, with $6bn in US-listed products. (Source: BlackRock Inc.)

As investors cast a wider net for income, investors are incorporating iShares Emerging Market ETFs into their portfolios.  Investors recognize emerging market debt provides competitive yields compared with developed markets, and are attracted by improved fundamentals and credit quality within emerging markets.

In honor of the occasion, Robert Kapito, President of BlackRock, and Daniel Gamba, Head of iShares Americas Institutional Business at BlackRock, will ring the NYSE Closing Bell joined by executives and guests of iShares.

About BlackRock (NYSE: BLK):

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide.  At December 31, 2012, BlackRock’s AUM was $3.792 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, 2012, the firm has approximately 10,500 employees in 30 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 (Source: BlackRock Inc.)

About iShares:

iShares is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 600 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 20 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 shares 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 high net worth individuals.