PERFORMANCE


Cum. Fund Perf. Since Inception: 12.34%

Source: Lipper. Data reflects different methodology from the BlackRock calculated returns in the Returns tab. The $10,000 Hypothetical Over Time chart reflects a hypothetical $10,000 investment in the investor class of shares noted and does not assume the max sales charge. Had sales charge been included, returns would have been lower. The chart uses total return NAV performance and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Fund expenses, including 12b-1 fees, management fees and other expenses were deducted. Performance for other share classes will vary.


The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted, and numbers may reflect small variances due to rounding. Standardized performance and performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by clicking the "Returns" tab above.
as of
  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.  
2.99 3.95 - - 3.95
-1.13 2.55 - - 2.55
Benchmark (%)  

as of 31-Aug-2014

- - - - -
Morningstar Category Avg. (%)   3.24 3.94 4.28 4.24 -
Lipper Category Avg. (%)   3.34 3.99 4.95 4.48 -
as of
  YTD 1m 3m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.  
1.19 -0.82 -1.09 2.99 12.34 - - 12.34
-2.86 -4.79 -5.05 -1.13 7.85 - - 7.85
Benchmark (%)  

as of 31-Aug-2014

- - - - - - - -
Morningstar Category Avg. (%)   2.18 -0.28 -0.25 3.24 12.28 23.32 51.48 -
Lipper Category Avg. (%)   2.24 -0.50 -0.48 3.34 12.60 27.53 55.78 -
Lipper Ranking   90/147 57/106
as of
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Total Return (%)   - - - 6.75 3.49
Annual w/ Sales Charge (%)   - - - 2.47 -0.65
Benchmark (%)   - - 0.00 0.11 0.07
Morningstar Category Avg. (%)   19.00 5.44 -1.29 7.50 0.29


The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

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Ex-Date Payable Date Record Date Total Distribution   Income ST Cap Gains LT Cap Gains Return of Capital
Jun 30, 2014 Jun 30, 2014 Jun 30, 2014 $0.011900 - - - -
May 31, 2014 May 31, 2014 May 31, 2014 $0.011000 - - - -
Apr 30, 2014 Apr 30, 2014 Apr 30, 2014 $0.010800 - - - -
Mar 31, 2014 Mar 31, 2014 Mar 31, 2014 $0.011500 - - - -
Feb 28, 2014 Feb 28, 2014 Feb 28, 2014 $0.012500 - - - -
Jan 31, 2014 Jan 31, 2014 Jan 31, 2014 $0.010800 - - - -
Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013 $0.010462 $0.010462 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
Dec 23, 2013 Dec 23, 2013 Dec 23, 2013 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
Nov 29, 2013 Nov 29, 2013 Nov 29, 2013 $0.009164 $0.009164 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
Oct 31, 2013 Oct 31, 2013 Oct 31, 2013 $0.009645 $0.009645 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
Sep 30, 2013 Sep 30, 2013 Sep 30, 2013 $0.007236 $0.007236 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
Aug 30, 2013 Aug 30, 2013 Aug 30, 2013 $0.007006 $0.007006 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
Jul 31, 2013 Jul 31, 2013 Jul 31, 2013 $0.004674 $0.000973 $0.000000 $0.003014 $0.000687
Jun 28, 2013 Jun 28, 2013 Jun 28, 2013 $0.007016 $0.001441 $0.004544 $0.000000 $0.001031
May 31, 2013 May 31, 2013 May 31, 2013 $0.010860 $0.002231 $0.007034 $0.000000 $0.001595
Apr 30, 2013 Apr 30, 2013 Apr 30, 2013 $0.012508 $0.002569 $0.008101 $0.000000 $0.001837
Mar 28, 2013 Mar 28, 2013 Mar 28, 2013 $0.014341 $0.002946 $0.009288 $0.000000 $0.002107
Feb 28, 2013 Feb 28, 2013 Feb 28, 2013 $0.011886 $0.002442 $0.007698 $0.000000 $0.001746
Jan 31, 2013 Jan 31, 2013 Jan 31, 2013 $0.010720 $0.002202 $0.006943 $0.000000 $0.001575
Dec 21, 2012 Dec 24, 2012 Dec 20, 2012 $0.090156 $0.000000 $0.090156 - -
Dec 21, 2011 Dec 22, 2011 Dec 20, 2011 $0.017813 $0.008913 $0.006500 $0.002400 -

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Year Total Distribution   Income ST Cap Gains LT Cap Gains
2013 0.12 0.06 0.04 0.00
2012 0.09 0.00 0.09 -
2011 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.00

Past distributions are not indicative of future distributions.



The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted, and numbers may reflect small variances due to rounding. Standardized performance and performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by clicking the "Returns" tab above.

Holdings

Top Holdings as of 31-Aug-2014

% of Market Value

Bottom Holdings as of 31-Aug-2014

% of Market Value



Exposure Breakdowns

Country as of 31-Aug-2014

% of Market Value

Region as of 31-Aug-2014

% of Market Value

Sector as of 31-Aug-2014

% of Market Value

Credit Quality as of 31-Aug-2014

% of Market Value

Asset Class as of 31-Aug-2014

% of Market Value

The fund itself has not been rated by an independent rating agency. Credit quality ratings on underlying securities of the fund are received from S&P, Moody's and Fitch and converted to the equivalent S&P major rating category. This breakdown is provided by BlackRock and takes the median rating of the three agencies when all three agencies rate a security the lower of the two ratings if only two agencies rate a security and one rating if that is all that is provided. Unrated securities do not necessarily indicate low quality. Below investment-grade is represented by a rating of BB and below. Ratings and portfolio credit quality may change over time.

Negative weightings may result from specific circumstances (including timing differences between trade and settle dates of securities purchased by the funds) and/or the use of certain financial instruments, including derivatives, which may be used to gain or reduce market exposure and/or risk management. Certain transactions the funds may utilize may give rise to a form of leverage through either (a) additional market exposure or (b) borrowing capital in an attempt to increase investment return. The use of such transactions includes certain leverage-related risks, including potential for higher volatility, greater decline of the fund’s net asset value and fluctuations of dividends and distributions paid by the fund.

 

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KEY FACTS

Size of Fund (Millions)

as of 22-Oct-2014

$6,754.4 M
Size of Class (Millions)

as of 22-Oct-2014

$1,260.0 M
Inception Date Sep 30, 2011
Asset Class Alternative
Morningstar Category Nontraditional Bond
Lipper Classification Alt Credit Focus Funds
CUSIP 091936757
Benchmark Index BofA ML 3 Month Treasury Bill Index (G0O1)

Total Expense Ratio 1.85%
Net, Including Investment Related Expenses   1.82%
Net, Excluding Investment Related Expenses 1.40%

Max Offer Price

as of 22-Oct-2014

$11.28
Distribution Frequency   Daily
Number of Holdings (Long)

as of 31-Jul-2014

829
Number of Holdings (Short)

as of 31-Jul-2014

200
Turnover Percent

as of 30-Sep-2014

207%
Open to New Investors Yes

PORTFOLIO CHARACTERISTICS

30 Day SEC Yield  

as of 30-Sep-2014

2.84%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield  

as of 30-Sep-2014

2.84%

Effective Duration  

as of 31-Jul-2014

0.00 yrs
Yield to Worst  

as of 31-Jul-2014

2.26%

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