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BlackRock rebranding to iShares

01 June 2017

We’ve been advised that on 30 June 2017, BlackRock will rebrand a number of sub-funds in the BlackRock Index fund range from BlackRock to iShares.

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This will affect the following funds:

Old Name New Name
BlackRock Global Property Securities Equity Tracker Fund iShare Global Property Securities Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Index Linked Gilt Tracker iShare Index Linked Gilt Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Japan Equity Tracker Fund iShares Japan Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Mid Cap UK Equity Tracker Fund iShares Mid Cap UK Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock North American Equity Tracker Fund iShares North American Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Overseas Corporate Bond Tracker Fund iShares Overseas Corporate Bond Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Overseas Government Bond Tracker Fund iShares Overseas Government Bond Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Pacific ex Japan Equity Tracker Fund iShares ex Japan Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock UK Equity Tracker Fund iShares UK Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock UK Gilts All Stocks Tracker Fund iShares UK Gilts All Stocks Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock US Equity Tracker Fund iShares US Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock 100 UK Equity Tracker Fund iShares 100 UK equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Continental European Equity Tracker Fund iShares Continental European Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Corporate Bond Tracker Fund iShares Corporate Bond Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Emerging Markets Equity Tracker Fund iShares Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock 350 UK Equity Tracker Fund iShares 350 UK Equity Index Fund (UK)
BlackRock Over 15 Years Gilts Tracker Fund iShares Over 15 Years Gilts Index Fund (UK)

If you have clients invested in any of these funds on the Zurich Intermediary Platform or in the Sterling ISA/ Sterling Investment Account then we’ll update the fund names on the policy systems and on factsheets shortly after the changes take place.

If you have clients invested in these funds through a Sterling Bond, Zurich Investment Bond or Zurich Pension then the Sterling and Zurich fund names on the policy systems, in literature and on factsheets will remain the same until we have an opportunity to make the changes. The underlying fund names will be reflected in the factsheets from mid-July.

You can download a copy of the BlackRock communication here: