BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) previously announced in a public filing on April 26, 2013, that its iShares Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) business, the world’s largest manager of ETFs, plans to liquidate and close the iShares Diversified Alternatives Trust (NYSEArca: ALT).
As indicated in the prior announcement, ALT will continue to trade and intends to pursue its current investment strategies until May 28, 2013. Beginning May 29, 2013, ALT will be closed to creation and redemption activity, trading of the shares of ALT on NYSE Arca will terminate, and ALT will seek to liquidate its holdings into cash over a certain period. iShares expects the liquidation of ALT to be completed and a final distribution of the cash proceeds to be made to its shareholders on or about June 4, 2013.
For more information, shareholders of ALT should visit: http://us.ishares.com/product_info/fund/overview/ALT.
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This information must be accompanied by a current prospectus, which may be obtained by clicking here http://us.ishares.com/product_info/fund/overview/ALT. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.
The iShares® Diversified Alternatives Trust (the "Trust") is a commodity pool as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act and the applicable regulations of the CFTC. The Sponsor of the Trust is iShares Delaware Trust Sponsor LLC (the "Sponsor"), a commodity pool operator ("CPO") registered with the CFTC. BlackRock Fund Advisors ("BFA") serves as the commodity trading advisor of the Investing Pool and is registered with the CFTC. There may be conflicts of interest between you and the Sponsor, BTC, BFA and their respective affiliates. Neither BFA nor its affiliates has prior experience as advisor to or manager of a commodity fund such as the Trust. BlackRock Investments, LLC ("BRIL"), a broker-dealer and FINRA member, provides promotional support to the Trust. BFA is a subsidiary of BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. ("BTC"), a national banking association and the Trustee of the Trust. The Sponsor, BRIL and BTC are affiliates of BlackRock, Inc. The Trust is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act.
Investments in shares of the Trust are speculative and involve a high degree of risk. You could lose all or a substantial portion of your investment in the shares of the Trust. Before making an investment decision, you should carefully consider the risk factors and other information included in the prospectus. The price of the shares of the Trust will fluctuate as a result of fluctuations in the prices of any (1) foreign currency forward contracts and 2) exchange traded futures contracts held by the Trust, (2) commodities, currencies, interest rates, or eligible stock or bond indices underlying the futures and/or forward contract positions held by the Trust. Futures and forward contracts are volatile and even a small price movement may result in large losses. Commodity prices, currencies, interest and exchange rates and stock or bond indices may be volatile, thereby creating the potential for losses. The Trust will trade in forward contracts that are not traded on regulated exchanges and, therefore, offer different or lower level of protections to investors. The Trust's use of leverage and/or short positions will involve special risks, including potentially high volatility, and any investment in the Trust should be considered to be speculative. The return on assets in the portfolio, if any, will not be intended to track the performance of an index or other benchmark and will be reduced by applicable fees. There is no assurance that the Trust will achieve its investment objectives.
The price you receive upon the sale of your shares may be less than their NAV. The NAV will fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Trust's assets, and market supply and demand. Brokerage commissions and fees will reduce returns.
Although shares of the Trust may be bought or sold on the exchange through any brokerage account, shares of the Trust are not redeemable from the Trust except in one or more blocks of 100,000 units called Baskets. Only institutions that become Authorized Participants may purchase or redeem Baskets.
Shares of the Trust may not provide the anticipated benefits of diversification from other asset classes. The lack of an active trading market for the shares may result in losses on your investment at the time of disposition of your shares.
The iShares Diversified Alternatives Trust issues shares representing fractional undivided beneficial interests in its net assets. The Trust is registered under the Securities Act of 1933 of the United States but is not registered for distribution, or traded, anywhere outside the United States.
If an investor sells the shares at a time when no active market for them exists, such lack of an active market will most likely adversely affect the price received for the shares. For a more complete discussion of risk factors relative to the iShares Diversified Alternatives Trust, carefully read the prospectus.
An investment in the Trust is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.of principal.
The iShares Funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC (together with its affiliates, “BlackRock”). The iShares Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by MSCI, Inc., nor does this company make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds. BlackRock is not affiliated with the company listed above.
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