Barclays Global Investors announces certain iShares(R) funds now trading on a "split-adjusted" basis on TSX

    Listing: TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)
    Symbol: XEG, XFN, XGD, XIC, XIU, XMA, XMD

    TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Barclays Global Investors Canada Limited
(Barclays Canada), a worldwide leader in exchange-traded funds, today
announced that, further to the press release dated July 16 announcing unit
splits for certain iShares funds (iShares Funds), and in accordance with the
rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the seven iShares Funds set out
below have begun trading on a "split-adjusted" basis on the TSX. The splits
will become effective on August 8, 2008, following which additional units will
be distributed to unitholders' accounts. Unitholders of record of the iShares
Funds on August 8, 2008 will automatically participate in the unit splits.
    Barclays Canada is initiating these splits in response to investor
demand. The prices of certain iShares funds have increased significantly, so
the splits will allow investors access at a smaller initial investment to some
of the more popular iShares funds that have a relatively high unit price. The
"split ratios" shown below indicate the number of units that a unitholder of
an iShares Fund will hold after the split in relation to the number of units
held by the unitholder before the split.

    Fund Splits

    Fund Name                                           Ticker   Split Ratio
    iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund          XEG        4:1
    iShares CDN S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund            XGD        4:1
    iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index Fund       XIC        4:1
    iShares CDN S&P/TSX 60 Index Fund                     XIU        4:1
    iShares CDN S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund             XMD        4:1
    iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund      XFN        2:1
    iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index Fund       XMA        2:1

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    About Barclays Canada

    Barclays Canada is an indirect subsidiary of Barclays PLC and part of
Barclays Global Investors (BGI), a division of Barclays PLC and one of the
largest institutional investment managers in the world and the largest manager
of index funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs). BGI leads the world in ETFs,
with over 200 iShares funds representing over $400 billion in assets. As at
March 31, 2008, Barclays Canada managed over $73 billion in Canadian assets
and in other assets for Canadian clients, including $17 billion in the
TSX-listed iShares funds. Barclays Canada has offices in Toronto and Montreal.

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Lindsay Mattick Davidson, Narrative Advocacy Media, T (416) 644-4123, C (416)
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