BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (iShares)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (iShares)

September 19, 2014 17:01 ET

Enhancements and Name Change to the Index for the iShares China Index ETF

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 19, 2014) - (TSX:XCH)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), has been advised by FTSE International Limited ("FTSE"), the provider of the FTSE China 25 Index (the "Index") which iShares China Index ETF ("XCH") seeks to replicate, that FTSE is enhancing the Index to become a 50 stock index effective after the close of trading on September 19, 2014. In connection with the enhancement, FTSE will change the name of the Index to "FTSE China 50 Index".

Since the Index was first launched in 2001, there has been a substantial increase in the number of Chinese stocks in the eligible universe of companies that are freely accessible to international investors. FTSE is enhancing the Index in response to this market evolution. As part of the increase in constituent stocks to 50, FTSE will also be enhancing the existing capping methodology applied to the Index and aligning the foreign exchange rates source used in the official closing Index values with that of FTSE's global indices.

Further information on the enhancements to the Index can be found at

Further information on XCH can be found at

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