iShares® iBonds® 2023 Term Maturity ETFs Near Final Distribution Dates
BlackRock announced today the planned termination of two 2023 iBonds ETFs, which possess the following timelines for trading, net-asset value (NAV) circulation and expected liquidation:
iBonds ETFs are designed to cease trading and mature during a specific maturity window like an individual bond. Leading up to the ETF's final distribution date, the bonds held by iBonds ETFs mature, and the ETF transitions into short-term instruments and cash. Shareholders will receive their proceeds from liquidations on or around the listed liquidation dates, based on their brokerage's processes.
iBonds ETFs, across treasuries, municipal bonds and both investment-grade and high-yield corporate credit remain available to investors. iShares iBonds ETFs can help market participants to build bond ladders and manage interest rate risk in rising rate environments.
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Carefully consider the Funds' investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds' prospectuses or, if available, the summary prospectuses which may be obtained by visiting www.iShares.com or www.blackrock.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.
Fixed income risks include interest-rate and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in the value of debt securities. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the debt issuer will not be able to make principal and interest payments. Non-investment-grade debt securities (high-yield/junk bonds) may be subject to greater market fluctuations, risk of default or loss of income and principal than higher-rated securities. There may be less information on the financial condition of municipal issuers than for public corporations. The market for municipal bonds may be less liquid than for taxable bonds. Some investors may be subject to federal or state income taxes or the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Capital gains distributions, if any, are taxable. An investment in the Fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency and its return and yield will fluctuate with market conditions.
The iShares® iBonds® ETFs will terminate in March or December of the year in the fund's name. An investment in the Fund(s) is not guaranteed, and an investor may experience losses, including near or at the termination date. In the final months of the Fund's operation, as the bonds it holds mature, its portfolio will transition to cash and cash-like instruments. Following the Fund's termination date, the Fund will distribute substantially all of its net assets, after deduction of any liabilities, to then-current investors without further notice and will no longer be listed or traded. The Funds do not seek to return any predetermined amount.
During the months prior to the Fund's planned termination date, its yield will generally tend to move toward prevailing money market rates (or, in the case of the Muni iBonds ETFs, tax-exempt money market rates), and may be lower than the yields of the bonds previously held by the Fund and lower than prevailing yields for bonds in the market. The rate of Fund distribution payments may adversely affect the tax characterization of an investor's returns from an investment in the Fund relative to a direct investment in bonds. If the amount an investor receives as liquidation proceeds upon the Fund's termination is higher or lower than the investor's cost basis, the investor may experience a gain or loss for tax purposes.
Prepared by BlackRock Investments, LLC, member FINRA.
This information should not be relied upon as research, investment advice, or a recommendation regarding any products, strategies, or any security in particular. This material is strictly for illustrative, educational, or informational purposes and is subject to change.
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