Form FWP for iShares Silver Trust

Free Writing Prospectus

Filed Pursuant to Rule 433

Registration No. 333-173755

May 6, 2011

Silver ETF Safe?

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Melissa Lee:    Okay, let’s bring in Noel Archard, who is the iShares managing director of the SLV ETF. Noel, good to have you with us on a day like today. What’s your reaction or have you seen this happen before, where the CME will actually raise margin requirements four times in about a week and a half?
Noel Archard:    I haven’t, but, you know, clearly, as was just stated, these are circumstances that are being enacted, I mean, to cool down volatility in the market, presumably. But the trading community or the investors that want access to this are just going to factor that in to whether it’s a smart trade for them or not.
Melissa Lee:    Have you been noticing — I don’t know if you can comment on this at all — but have you been noticing with the volatility in the past week or so, outflows from the SLV — tremendous outflows?
Noel Archard:    We have seen some outflows over the last week, and I think that’s one of the interesting aspects, especially in relation to the comments that were made yesterday referring to SLV in terms that I think are simply wrong and bordered on irresponsible.
Melissa Lee:    You mean the Ponzi scheme —
Noel Archard:    Absolutely.
Melissa Lee:    Comment. Okay.

Guy Adami:    Well, then push back — I mean, I happen to agree with you, by the way — but why wouldn’t it be?
Noel Archard:    Well, I think, you know, first off, it’s 180 from a Ponzi scheme, right? I mean, the whole premise for the physical-backed ETFs, whether it’s a commodity, whether it’s securities, is that the price of the ETF is pegged to actually owning something in the fund or in the trust, and in the case of SLV, it’s silver bars held in a vault.
00:03:52    So whether there’s upside pressure by people buying and creating more shares, forcing delivery in, or downside pressure, which would end up in redemptions of the fund and silver going back out into the market, there’s always that stability between the price of the fund and the silver in the vault.
Karen Finerman:    [It’s Karen.] Let me ask you a question so I can understand the ETF a little better. The $10 move, from let’s say $38 to $48, in terms of market cap of the SLV ETF, was that the same dollar amount as the move down from $48 to $38?
Noel Archard:    Yeah, so you do see the same step function as it rolls through because the price of the fund is pegged to London fixed, so there’s a natural equation there between the two. What I would say is not in line — you know, we get a lot of questions just, you know, is this just sort of cause or effect, you know? Are people trading and that’s causing these changes in prices, or is the change in price reflective of other macro conditions and folks are trading around it? I think it’s a little bit of the latter.

Karen Finerman:

   That doesn’t really answer the question. Is — the dollar amount of the market cap of SLV from $38 to $48 was X. From $48 to $38, is that greater than, less than, or equal to X?

Noel Archard:

   It’s, again, a straight — well, there’s two aspects to it, right? It’s the price move of the silver, and it’s also, when you’re looking at the outstanding value of the fund, it’s reflective of shares outstanding in the fund. So in the last week or so, we’ve actually seen some outflows in the fund. Year to date, the fund has actually had about $2 billion, roughly, reduction in shares outstanding, which is reflective of shares being put back to us and silver going back out to the marketplace.

Melissa Lee:

   Karen, what’s your — what’s the thinking behind this line of questioning? I’m just curious.

Karen Finerman:

   That if more money was — I’m curious if more money was lost on the $10 down than was made on that $10 up, and I think — that’s the point that I’m trying to make. So that, to me, says more weak hands if there was more money lost, is my guess.

Melissa Lee:


Brian Kelly:

   I guess my question would be, to kind of put the Ponzi scheme to rest, if I want to exchange my shares for silver, can I do that?

Noel Archard:

   If you’re an authorized participant in the fund, which means that you’re qualified to take delivery of the silver and deliver shares to us back, then, yes, you can.

   If not, you’re going to trade in the secondary market and get a value of your shares that’s equivalent to the value of silver underlined in the fund.
Melissa Lee:    All right, Noel, thanks so much for joining us today. Noel Archard, managing director of the iShares SLV ETF.

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Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. The iShares Silver 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 Silver Trust are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds. Because shares of the iShares Silver Trust are expected to reflect the price of the silver held by the Silver Trust, the market price of the shares will be as unpredictable as the price of silver has historically been. Additionally, shares of the Silver Trust are bought and sold at market price (not NAV). Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

Shares of the Silver Trust are created to reflect, at any given time, the market price of silver owned by the trust at that time less the trust’s expenses and liabilities. The price received upon the sale of shares of the Silver Trust, which trade at market price, may be more or less than the value of the silver represented by them. 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 Silver Trust, carefully read the prospectus.

Following an investment in the iShares Silver Trust, several factors may have the effect of causing a decline in the prices of silver and a corresponding decline in the price of the shares. Among them: (i) A change in economic conditions, such as a recession, can adversely affect the price of silver. Silver is used in a wide range of industrial applications, and an economic downturn could have a negative impact on its demand and, consequently, its price and the price of the shares. (ii) A significant change in the attitude of speculators and investors towards silver. Should the speculative community take a negative view towards silver, a decline in world silver prices could occur, negatively impacting the price of the shares. (iii) A significant increase in silver price hedging activity by silver producers. Traditionally, silver producers have not hedged to the same extent as other producers of precious metals (gold, for example) do. Should there be an increase in the level of hedge activity of silver producing companies, it could cause a decline in world silver prices, adversely affecting the price of the shares.

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

Although market makers will generally take advantage of differences between the NAV and the trading price of Silver Trust shares through arbitrage opportunities, there is no guarantee that they will do so. There is no guarantee an active trading market 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 Silver Trust will be adversely affected if silver owned by the trust is lost or damaged in circumstances in which the Silver Trust is not in a position to recover the corresponding loss. The Silver Trust is a passive investment vehicle. This means that the value of your shares may be adversely affected by trust losses that, if the trust had been actively managed, might have been possible to avoid.

Shares of the iShares Silver 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.

BlackRock Asset Management International Inc. (“BAMII”) is the sponsor of the Silver Trust. BlackRock Fund Distribution Company (“BFDC”), a subsidiary of BAMII, assists in the promotion of the Silver Trust. BAMII is an affiliate of BlackRock, Inc.

Although shares of the iShares Silver Trust may be bought or sold on the exchange through any brokerage account, shares are not redeemable except in large aggregated units called Baskets.

When comparing commodities and the iShares Silver Trust, it should be remembered that the sponsor’s fee associated with the Trust is not borne by investors in individual commodities. Buying and selling shares of the iShares Silver Trust will result in brokerage commissions. Because the expenses involved in an investment in physical silver will be dispersed among all holders of shares of the Silver Trust, an investment in the Silver Trust may represent a cost-efficient alternative to investments in silver for investors not otherwise able to participate directly in the market for physical silver.