*"Rolling" a futures contract means closing out a position in an expiring futures contract and establishing an equivalent positions in a replacement futures contract on the same commodity.
The sponsor of the Trust is iShares Delaware Trust Sponsor LLC (the “Sponsor”). BlackRock Investments, LLC ("BRIL"), assists in the promotion of the Trust. The Sponsor and BRIL are affiliates of BlackRock, Inc.
The value of the shares of the Trust depends on the value of Index Futures held by the Trust, which will fluctuate based on the prices of commodity futures contracts reflected in the DJ-UBS Roll Select Commodity Index. These prices may be volatile, thereby creating the potential for losses regardless of the length of time shares of the Trust are held.
Commodity prices are generally affected by, among other factors, the cost of producing, transporting and storing commodities, changes in consumer or commercial demand for commodities, the hedging and trading strategies of producers and consumers of commodities, speculative trading in commodities by commodity pools and other market participants, disruptions in commodity supply, weather, political and other global events, global economic factors and government intervention in or regulation of the commodity or commodity futures markets. These factors cannot be controlled by the Trust. Accordingly, the price of shares of the Trust could change substantially and in a rapid and unpredictable manner. This exposes investors to a potential loss on an investment in the Trust, regardless of the length of the investment. The Trust may not provide anticipated benefits of diversification from other asset classes.
Commodity futures trading may be illiquid. In addition, suspensions or disruptions of market trading in the commodities markets and related futures markets may adversely affect the value of the Trust. Although market makers will generally take advantage of differences between the NAV and the trading price of Trust shares through arbitrage opportunities, there is no guarantee that they will do so. There is no guarantee an active trading market will develop for shares of the Trust, which may result in losses on an investment at the time shares are sold.
The Sponsor has broad discretion to liquidate the Trust at any time. The Trust could be liquidated at a time when the disposition of its interests will result in losses to investors. Shares of the Trust are not deposits or other obligations of or guaranteed by BlackRock, Inc., and its affiliates, and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency.
Shares of iShares Funds are bought and sold at market price (not NAV) and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.
Index returns are for illustrative purposes only and do not represent actual iShares performance. Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Indexes are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
Total returns for the periods since inception are calculated from the inception date of the fund. "Average annual total returns" represent the average annual change in value of an investment over the period indicated. "Cumulative total returns" represent the total change in value of an investment over the periods indicated.
After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor's tax situation and may differ from those shown. The after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.
Market returns are based upon the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 p.m. eastern time (when NAV is normally determined for most iShares Funds), and do not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times.
Dow Jones-UBS Roll Select Commodity Index Total Return is a service mark of Dow Jones and UBS AG, and has been sublicensed for use for certain purposes by the Trust. The Shares are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Dow Jones or UBS AG or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates. Neither Dow Jones and UBS AG, nor their affiliates, make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Trust.
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