Form FWP for iShares Gold Trust

Free Writing Prospectus

   Filed Pursuant to Rule 433

Registration No. 333-167807


January 30, 2012






Trust description

The iShares Gold Trust (“Trust”) seeks to correspond generally to the day-to-day movement of the price of gold bullion. The objective of the Trust is for the value to reflect, at any given time, the price of gold owned by the Trust at that time, less the expenses and liabilities of the Trust.



Backed by physical gold

The shares are backed by gold, identified on the custodian’s books as property of the Trust and held by the custodian in vaults in the vicinity of New York, Toronto, London and other locations.




Investors may purchase and sell shares through traditional brokerage accounts. The shares are listed and trade on NYSE Arca and are available to be bought or sold throughout the trading day.



Cost efficient

Shares of the Trust may represent a cost-efficient alternative to investments in gold for investors not otherwise in a position to participate directly in the market for physical gold.




Price, NAV and holding amounts of gold are available daily on Vault inspections are conducted twice a year and inspection certificates are available on

Gold pricing description

PLEASE NOTE: On 12/9/10, the Trust began using the London PM Fix price for valuing the Trust’s assets. Benchmark performance and NAV values for dates prior to 12/9/10 reflect COMEX gold pricing. The London PM Fix Price is the spot price of gold fixed by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) at 3:00 p.m. London time. Spot prices are for illustrative purposes only and do not represent actual Trust performance. Spot prices do not reflect any fees, transaction costs or expenses.

Performance history

as of 12/31/11


    2011 YTD     1 Year     3 Year     5 Year     10 Year     Since Trust


    8.66     8.66     19.73     18.82     —          19.77


    8.93     8.93     20.11     19.24     18.57     20.20

Market Price Returns

    9.57     9.57     21.01     19.21     —          20.12

Annual returns

as of 12/31/11


    2011 YTD     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  


    8.66     27.94     23.46     5.41     30.92     22.43


    8.93     28.33     23.95     5.83     31.44     22.84

Market Price Returns

    9.57     29.42     23.95     —          —          —     

Trust details




Inception Date


Sponsor’s Fee


IOPV Ticker




Stock Exchange

     NYSE Arca   

Total Net Assets

   $ 8.42 Billion   

Shares Outstanding

     564 Million   

Total Ounces of Gold

     5.50 Million   

Total Tonnes of Gold


Creation/Redemption Size




   BlackRock Asset
   Management International Inc.


   The Bank of New York Mellon


   JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.,
   London Branch

Vault Inspection

   Two times annually



Beta vs. S&P 500®


Standard Deviation–3 Year



IOPV, or Indicative Optimized Portfolio Value, is a calculation disseminated by the stock exchange that approximates the Trust’s NAV every fifteen seconds throughout the trading day.

Beta is a measure of an investment’s volatility relative to the market or an asset class. A beta above 1 is more volatile than the market, while a beta below 1 is less volatile. For stocks, the market is usually taken to be the S&P 500.® Beta is sometimes referred to as systematic risk.

Standard deviation is the statistical measure of the degree to which an individual value in a probability distribution tends to vary from the mean of the distribution. It is widely applied in modern portfolio theory, where the past performance of securities is used to determine the range of possible future performance, and a probability is attached to each performance.

* London PM Fix Price.

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. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by calling toll-free 1-800-iShares (1-800-474-2737) or by visiting

Market returns are based upon the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 p.m. ET (when NAV is normally determined for most iShares® products) and do not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times.





Historical price of gold (London PM Fix gold spot price)


Source: Bloomberg, as of 12/31/11. The spot price for gold is determined daily by the five member firms of the London Fix.

Portfolio Diversification

10-Year Correlations as of 12/31/11


    Gold      US Large Cap      US Small Cap      Developed
     Emerging Markets      US Fixed Income      Commodities  


    1.00         0.04         0.05         0.16         0.26         0.26         0.30   

Sources: Bloomberg, S&P, MSCI, Barclays Capital, BlackRock® . 10-year correlations based on monthly returns, as of 12/31/11. Gold: London Gold Market Fixing Ltd; US Large Cap: S&P 500®; US Small Cap: S&P 600 Index; Developed International: MSCI EAFE Index; Emerging Markets: MSCI Emerging Markets Index; US Fixed Income: Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index; Commodities: S&P GSCI Total Return Index.


iShares Gold Trust (“Trust”) has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus and other documents the Trust has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the issuer and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting or EDGAR on the SEC website at Alternatively, the Trust will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling toll-free 1-800-474-2737.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. The Trust is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a commodity pool for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act. Shares of the Trust are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds. Because shares of the Trust are intended to reflect the price of the gold held by the Trust, the market price of the shares is subject to fluctuations similar to those affecting gold prices. Additionally, shares of the Trust are bought and sold at market price, not at net asset value (“NAV”). Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

The price received upon the sale of the shares, which trade at market price, may be more or less than the value of the gold represented by such shares. 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 the risk factors relative to the Trust, carefully read the prospectus.

Following an investment in shares of the Trust, several factors may have the effect of causing a decline in the prices of gold and a corresponding decline in the price of the shares. Among them: (i) Large sales by the official sector, including governments, central banks and related institutions, which own a significant portion of the aggregate world gold holdings. (ii) A significant increase in gold hedging activity by gold producers. Should there be an increase in the level of hedge activity of gold producing companies, it could cause a decline in world gold prices, adversely affecting the price of the shares. (iii) A significant change in the attitude of speculators and investors towards gold.

The amount of gold represented by shares of the Trust will decrease over the life of the Trust due to sales of gold necessary to pay the sponsor’s fee and Trust expenses. Without increases in the price of gold sufficient to compensate for that decrease, the price of the shares will also decline, and investors will lose money on their investment. The Trust will have limited duration. The liquidation of the Trust may occur at a time when the disposition of the Trust’s gold will result in losses to investors.

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 the shares, which may result in losses on your investment at the time of disposition of your shares. The value of the shares of the Trust will be adversely affected if gold owned by the Trust is lost or damaged in circumstances in which the Trust is not in a position to recover the corresponding loss. The Trust is a passive investment vehicle; the value of your shares may be adversely affected by trust losses that, if the Trust had been actively managed, might have been avoidable.

BlackRock Asset Management International Inc. (“BAMII”) is the sponsor of the Trust. BlackRock Investments, LLC (“BRIL”), assists in the promotion of the Trust. BAMII and BRIL are affiliates of BlackRock, Inc.

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 large aggregated units called “Baskets.” Only registered broker-dealers that become authorized participants by entering into a contract with the sponsor and the trustee of the Trust may purchase or redeem Baskets.

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