August
31,
2022
iShares,
Inc.
iShares
MSCI
USA
Equal
Weighted
ETF
|
EUSA
|
NYSE
Arca
2022
Annual
Report
Dear
Shareholder,
The
12-month
reporting
period
as
of
August
31,
2022
saw
the
emergence
of
significant
challenges
that
disrupted
the
economic
recovery
and
strong
financial
markets
of
2021.
The
U.S.
economy
shrank
in
the
first
half
of
2022,
ending
the
run
of
robust
growth
that
followed
the
reopening
of
global
economies
and
the
development
of
COVID-19
vaccines.
Changes
in
consumer
spending
patterns
and
a
tight
labor
market
led
to
elevated
inflation,
which
reached
a
40-year
high.
Moreover,
while
the
foremost
effect
of
Russia’s
invasion
of
Ukraine
has
been
a
severe
humanitarian
crisis,
the
ongoing
war
continued
to
present
challenges
for
both
investors
and
policymakers.
Equity
prices
fell
as
interest
rates
rose,
particularly
weighing
on
relatively
high-valuation
growth
stocks
and
economically
sensitive
small-capitalization
stocks.
While
both
large-
and
small-capitalization
U.S.
stocks
fell,
declines
for
small-capitalization
U.S.
stocks
were
steeper.
Both
emerging
market
stocks
and
international
equities
from
developed
markets
fell
significantly,
pressured
by
rising
interest
rates
and
a
strengthening
U.S.
dollar.
The
10-year
U.S.
Treasury
yield
(which
is
inversely
related
to
bond
prices)
rose
notably
during
the
reporting
period
as
investors
reacted
to
higher
inflation
and
attempted
to
anticipate
its
impact
on
future
interest
rate
changes.
The
corporate
bond
market
also
faced
inflationary
headwinds,
and
increasing
uncertainty
led
to
higher
corporate
bond
spreads
(the
difference
in
yield
between
U.S.
Treasuries
and
similarly-dated
corporate
bonds).
The
U.S.
Federal
Reserve
(the
“Fed”),
acknowledging
that
inflation
is
growing
faster
than
expected,
raised
interest
rates
four
times
while
indicating
that
additional
rate
hikes
were
likely.
Furthermore,
the
Fed
wound
down
its
bond-buying
programs
and
began
to
reduce
its
balance
sheet.
As
investors
attempted
to
assess
the
Fed’s
future
trajectory,
the
Fed’s
statements
late
in
the
reporting
period
led
markets
to
believe
that
additional
tightening
is
likely
in
the
near
term.
The
horrific
war
in
Ukraine
has
significantly
clouded
the
outlook
for
the
global
economy,
leading
to
major
volatility
in
energy
and
metals
markets.
Sanctions
on
Russia,
Europe’s
top
energy
supplier,
and
general
wartime
disruption
have
magnified
supply
problems
for
key
commodities.
We
believe
elevated
energy
prices
will
continue
to
exacerbate
inflationary
pressure
while
also
constraining
economic
growth.
Combating
inflation
without
stifling
a
recovery,
while
buffering
against
ongoing
supply
and
price
shocks,
will
be
an
especially
challenging
environment
for
setting
effective
monetary
policy.
Despite
the
likelihood
of
more
rate
increases
on
the
horizon,
we
believe
the
Fed
will
ultimately
err
on
the
side
of
protecting
employment,
even
at
the
expense
of
higher
inflation.
In
the
meantime,
however,
we
are
likely
to
see
a
period
of
slowing
growth
paired
with
relatively
high
inflation.
In
this
environment,
while
we
favor
an
overweight
to
equities
in
the
long-term,
the
market’s
concerns
over
excessive
rate
hikes
from
central
banks
moderate
our
outlook.
Furthermore,
the
energy
shock
and
a
deteriorating
economic
backdrop
in
China
and
Europe
are
likely
to
challenge
corporate
earnings,
so
we
are
underweight
equities
overall
in
the
near
term.
We
take
the
opposite
view
on
credit,
where
higher
spreads
provide
near-term
opportunities,
while
the
likelihood
of
higher
inflation
leads
us
to
take
an
underweight
stance
on
credit
in
the
long
term.
We
believe
that
investment-grade
corporates,
U.K.
gilts,
local-currency
emerging
market
debt,
and
inflation-protected
bonds
(particularly
in
Europe)
offer
strong
opportunities
for
a
six-
to
twelve-month
horizon.
Overall,
our
view
is
that
investors
need
to
think
globally,
extend
their
scope
across
a
broad
array
of
asset
classes,
and
be
nimble
as
market
conditions
change.
We
encourage
you
to
talk
with
your
financial
advisor
and
visit
iShares.com
for
further
insight
about
investing
in
today’s
markets.
Sincerely,
Rob
Kapito
President,
BlackRock,
Inc.
The
Markets
in
Review
Rob
Kapito
President,
BlackRock,
Inc.
Total
Returns
as
of
August
31,
2022
Past
performance
is
not
an
indication
of
future
results.
Index
performance
is
shown
for
illustrative
purposes
only.
You
cannot
invest
directly
in
an
index.
6-Month
12-Month
U.S.
large
cap
equities
(S&P
500
®
Index)
(8.84%)
(11.23%)
U.S.
small
cap
equities
(Russell
2000
®
Index)
(9.31)
(17.88)
International
equities
(MSCI
Europe,
Australasia,
Far
East
Index)
(13.97)
(19.80)
Emerging
market
equities
(MSCI
Emerging
Markets
Index)
(13.30)
(21.80)
3-month
Treasury
bills
(ICE
BofA
3-Month
U.S.
Treasury
Bill
Index)
0.36
0.39
U.S.
Treasury
securities
(ICE
BofA
10-Year
U.S.
Treasury
Index)
(9.71)
(13.27)
U.S.
investment
grade
bonds
(Bloomberg
U.S.
Aggregate
Bond
Index)
(7.76)
(11.52)
Tax-exempt
municipal
bonds
(Bloomberg
Municipal
Bond
Index)
(5.72)
(8.63)
U.S.
high
yield
bonds
(Bloomberg
U.S.
Corporate
High
Yield
2%
Issuer
Capped
Index)
(7.78)
(10.61)
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Table
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Contents
Page
3
The
Markets
in
Review
...................................................................................................
2
Annual
Report:
Market
Overview
.......................................................................................................
4
Fund
Summary
........................................................................................................
5
About
Fund
Performance
..................................................................................................
7
Disclosure
of Expenses
...................................................................................................
7
Schedule
of
Investments
..................................................................................................
8
Financial
Statements:
Statement
of
Assets
and
Liabilities
..........................................................................................
17
Statement
of
Operations
................................................................................................
18
Statements
of
Changes
in
Net
Assets
........................................................................................
19
Financial
Highlights
.....................................................................................................
20
Notes
to
Financial
Statements
...............................................................................................
21
Report
of
Independent
Registered
Public
Accounting
Firm
..............................................................................
28
Important
Tax
Information
(Unaudited)
.................................................................................................
29
Board
Review
and
Approval
of
Investment
Advisory
Contract
...........................................................................
30
Supplemental
Information
.................................................................................................
32
Director
and
Officer
Information
..............................................................................................
34
General
Information
.....................................................................................................
36
Glossary
of
Terms
Used
in
this
Report
..........................................................................................
37
Market
Overview
4
2022
iShares
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Report
to
Shareholders
iShares,
Inc.
Domestic
Market
Overview
U.S.
stocks
declined
for
the
12
months
ended
August
31,
2022
(“reporting
period”),
when
the
Russell
3000
®
Index,
a
broad
measure
of
U.S.
equity
market
performance,
returned
-13.28%.
Significant
challenges
emerged
during
the
reporting
period,
including
high
inflation,
rising
interest
rates,
slower
economic
growth,
and
the
impacts
of
Russia’s
invasion
of
Ukraine.
Investors’
expectations
that
interest
rates
are
likely
to
continue
to
rise
in
the
near-term
fueled
pessimism
about
the
economic
outlook.
These
factors
drove
stock
prices
sharply
lower,
leading
to
negative
performance
for
the
reporting
period.
The
U.S.
economy
grew
briskly
over
the
final
half
of
2021,
powered
primarily
by
consumer
spending.
Record-high
personal
savings
rates
allowed
consumers
to
spend
at
an
elevated
level,
releasing
pent-up
demand
for
goods
and
services.
Growth
subsequently
stalled
in
the
first
half
of
2022,
and
the
economy
contracted
amid
lower
inventories
and
faltering
business
investment.
Despite
the
economic
downturn,
economic
indicators
were
mixed,
showing
evidence
of
a
slowdown
in
some
areas
while
others
remained
positive.
Hiring
continued
to
increase
as
businesses
restored
capacity,
and
unemployment
declined
substantially,
falling
to
3.7%
in
August
2022
while
the
number
of
long-
term
unemployed
dropped
below
the
pre-pandemic
level.
Although
high
inflation
negatively
impacted
consumer
sentiment,
which
declined
significantly,
consumer
spending
continued
to
grow.
However,
the
rapid
increase
in
consumer
spending
drove
a
significant
rise
in
inflation.
Supply
chains
for
many
goods
were
disrupted
by
the
pandemic
and
were
unable
to
adapt
quickly
to
the
rapid
rebound
and
shifting
composition
of
demand.
Oil
prices
also
rose
as
demand
increased
and
a
lack
of
investment
constrained
the
supply
of
oil.
The
strong
job
market
led
to
higher
wages,
particularly
for
lower-wage
jobs.
These
factors
drove
prices
higher
in
many
areas
of
the
economy.
Rising
inflation
led
to
a
significant
shift
in
policy
from
the
U.S.
Federal
Reserve
(“the
Fed”).
As
the
reporting
period
began,
the
Fed
was
still
using
accommodative
monetary
policy
to
stimulate
the
economy.
Short-term
interest
rates
were
kept
at
near-zero
levels,
and
the
Fed
used
bond-buying
programs
to
stabilize
debt
markets.
However,
rising
prices
led
the
Fed
to
tighten
monetary
policy
during
the
reporting
period
in
an
attempt
to
prevent
runaway
inflation.
The
Fed
slowed
and
then
ended
its
bond-buying
activities,
finally
reversing
course
as
it
began
to
reduce
its
balance
sheet
in
June
2022.
In
that
environment,
the
U.S.
dollar
rose
relative
to
most
foreign
currencies.
In
March
2022,
the
Fed
began
to
raise
short-term
interest
rates,
followed
by
three
more
increases
for
a
total
of
225
basis
points
(or
2.25%),
the
most
rapid
increase
in
decades.
Interest
rates
rose
significantly
in
response,
leading
to
higher
borrowing
costs
for
businesses.
Late
in
the
reporting
period,
the
Fed
indicated
that
its
continued
efforts
to
counter
inflation
were
likely
to
negatively
affect
the
broader
economy.
The
impact
of
higher
inflation
and
interest
rates
on
equities
varied
substantially.
Growth
stocks,
which
derive
much
of
their
value
from
expectations
of
future
growth,
declined
significantly
more
than
value
stocks.
Russia’s
invasion
of
Ukraine
in
late
February
2022
led
to
considerable
disruptions
to
the
global
economy
and
increased
uncertainty
in
financial
markets,
exacerbating
inflation
and
impacting
U.S.
businesses
with
operations
in
Russia.
The
invasion
was
met
with
widespread
condemnation,
and
many
countries
imposed
sanctions
on
the
Russian
state,
businesses,
and
individuals.
As
Russia
is
a
top
producer
of
both
oil
and
natural
gas,
global
supply
concerns
led
to
sharp
volatility
in
U.S.
energy
markets.
iShares
®
MSCI
USA
Equal
Weighted
ETF
5
Fund
Summary
Fund
Summary
as
of
August
31,
2022
Investment
Objective
The
iShares
MSCI
USA
Equal
Weighted
ETF
(the
Fund
)
seeks
to
track
the
investment
results
of
an
index
composed
of
equal
weighted
U.S.
equities,
as
represented
by
the
MSCI
USA
Equal
Weighted
Index
(the
“Index”).
The
Fund
invests
in
a
representative
sample
of
securities
included
in
the
Index
that
collectively
has
an
investment
profile
similar
to
the
Index.
Due
to
the
use
of
representative
sampling,
the
Fund
may
or
may
not
hold
all
of
the
securities
that
are
included
in
the
Index.
Performance
GROWTH
OF
$10,000
INVESTMENT
(AT
NET
ASSET
VALUE)
Index
performance
through
August
31,
2015
reflects
the
performance
of
the
MSCI
USA
Index.
Index
performance
beginning
on
September
1,
2015
reflects
the
performance
of
the
MSCI
USA
Equal
Weighted
Index.
Past
performance
is
not
an
indication
of
future
results.
Performance
results
do
not
reflect
the
deduction
of
taxes
that
a
shareholder
would
pay
on
fund
distributions
or
on
the
redemption
or
sale
of
fund
shares.
See
“About
Fund
Performance”
for
more
information.
Expense
Example
Average
Annual
Total
Returns
Cumulative
Total
Returns
1
Year
5
Years
10
Years
1
Year
5
Years
10
Years
Fund
NAV
.................................
(13.93
)
%
9.47
%
11.38
%
(13.93
)
%
57.21
%
193.70
%
Fund
Market
...............................
(13.86
)
9.48
11.38
%
(13.86
)
57.29
193.69
Index
....................................
(13.88
)
9.61
11.52
(13.88
)
58.19
197.65
Actual
Hypothetical
5%
Return
Beginning
Account
Value
(03/01/22)
Ending
Account
Value
(08/31/22)
Expenses
Paid
During
the
Period
(a)
Beginning
Account
Value
(03/01/22)
Ending
Account
Value
(08/31/22)
Expenses
Paid
During
the
Period
(a)
Annualized
Expense
Ratio
$
1,000.00
$
900.00
$
0.43
$
1,000.00
$
1,024.75
$
0.46
0.09
%
(a)
Expenses
are
equal
to
the
annualized
expense
ratio,
multiplied
by
the
average
account
value
over
the
period,
multiplied
by
184/365
(to
reflect
the
one-half
year
period
shown).
Other
fees,
such
as
brokerage
commissions
and
other
fees
to
financial
intermediaries,
may
be
paid
which
are
not
reflected
in
the
tables
and
examples
above.
See
“Disclosure
of
Expenses”
for
more
information.
Fund
Summary
as
of
August
31,
2022
(continued)
iShares
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USA
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Weighted
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Portfolio
Management
Commentary
U.S.
equal
weighted
stocks
declined
significantly
for
the
reporting
period
amid
high
inflation
and
rising
interest
rates.
The
information
technology
sector
declined
the
most,
as
software
stocks
with
high
valuations
were
particularly
affected
by
the
increase
in
interest
rates.
As
pandemic-related
restrictions
raised
and
more
workers
returned
to
the
office,
demand
slowed
for
software
that
facilitates
online
collaboration.
Stiff
competition
from
other
companies
expanding
into
the
market
for
cloud-based
remote-work
tools
also
weighed
on
the
industry.
Concerns
about
a
maker
of
expense
management
software’s
high
European
exposure
led
to
analyst
downgrades.
The
consumer
discretionary
sector
further
detracted
from
the
Index’s
return.
Profits
in
the
internet
and
direct
marketing
retail
industry
were
pressured
as
new
entrants
in
the
online
furniture
and
housewares
space
reduced
prices
to
increase
market
stock.
Slowing
growth
in
revenues
from
online
sports
betting
weighed
on
the
hotels,
restaurants,
and
leisure
industry,
which
also
declined.
The
healthcare
sector
was
another
detractor
from
the
Index’s
performance,
particularly
the
life
sciences
tools
and
services
industry.
Disruption
from
the
omicron
variant
of
COVID-19
led
to
laboratory
closures,
which
weighed
on
sales
of
lab
equipment.
The
strengthening
U.S.
dollar
pressured
international
sales
revenues
of
teeth-straightening
devices,
negatively
impacting
the
healthcare
equipment
and
supplies