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Quarterly Report

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

This information should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes to financial statements included in Item 1 of Part I of this Form 10-Q. The discussion and analysis that follows may contain statements that relate to future events or future performance. In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. None of the Trust, the Sponsor, the Advisor, the Trustee or the Delaware Trustee assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any forward-looking statements. None of the Trust, the Sponsor, the Advisor, the Trustee or the Delaware Trustee is under a duty to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform such statements to actual results or to a change in expectations or predictions.


The iShares® Dow Jones-UBS Roll Select Commodity Index Trust (the "Trust") is a Delaware statutory trust that issues units of beneficial interest ("Shares") representing fractional undivided beneficial interests in its net assets. The Trust holds long positions in exchange-traded index futures contracts of various expirations, or "Index Futures" on the Dow Jones-UBS Roll Select Commodity Index (the "DJ-UBS Roll Select CI"), together with cash, U.S Treasury securities or other short-term and similar securities that are eligible as margin deposits for the Trust's Index Future positions, referred to as "Collateral Assets." The Index Futures held by the Trust are listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the "CME"). It is the objective of the Trust that the performance of the Shares will correspond generally, but will not necessarily be identical, to the performance of the Dow Jones-UBS Roll Select Commodity Index Total Return (the "Index"), which reflects the return on a fully collateralized investment in the DJ-UBS Roll Select CI, before payment of the Trust's expenses and liabilities. The Index is intended to reflect the performance of a diversified group of commodities, while also seeking to minimize the effect of contango and maximize the effect of backwardation in connection with periodically switching or "rolling" into new futures contracts.

iShares® Delaware Trust Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, is the sponsor of the Trust (the "Sponsor"). BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. is the "Trustee" of the Trust. The Trust is a commodity pool, as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act (the "CEA") and the applicable regulations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC"), and is operated by the Sponsor, a commodity pool operator registered with the CFTC. BlackRock Fund Advisors (the "Advisor") serves as the commodity trading advisor of the Trust and is registered with the CFTC. The Trust has delegated day-to day administration of the Trust to the Trustee. The Trustee has delegated certain day-to-day administrative functions of the Trustee to State Street Bank and Trust Company (the "Trust Administrator"). Wilmington Trust, National Association, a national banking association with its principal place of business in Delaware, serves as the "Delaware Trustee" of the Trust.

Although the Trust is an "emerging growth company" subject to reduced public company reporting requirements under U.S. federal securities laws, it has elected not to make use of the extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards pursuant to Section 107(b) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, as amended, and has otherwise prepared the financial statements and disclosures included in this form 10-Q in a manner comparable to that of other iShares® exchange-traded funds.

The Trust intends to offer Shares on a continuous basis. The Trust issues and redeems Shares only in one or more blocks of 50,000 Shares ("Baskets"). These transactions are generally in exchange for consideration (or redemption proceeds) consisting of Index Futures and cash (or, at the discretion of the Sponsor, other Collateral Assets in lieu of cash) with a value equal to the net asset value per Basket on the date the creation or redemption order is received in proper form. Only certain institutions, called "Authorized Participants," that enter into an agreement with the Trust may purchase or redeem Baskets. Owners of beneficial interests in Shares ("Shareholders") who are not Authorized Participants have no right to redeem their Shares; they may redeem their Shares only through an Authorized Participant.

Shares of the Trust trade on NYSE Arca, Inc. ("NYSE Arca") under the symbol "CMDT."

Valuation of Index Futures; Computation of the Trust's Net Asset Value

The Sponsor has the exclusive authority to determine the net asset value of the Trust and the net asset value per Share, or "NAV," which it has delegated to the Trustee under the Trust Agreement. The Trustee determines the net asset value of the Trust and the NAV as of 4:00 p.m. (New York time), on each Business Day on which NYSE Arca is open for regular trading, as soon as practicable after that time. A "Business Day" is a day (1) on which none of the following occurs: (a) NYSE Arca is closed for regular trading, (b) the CME is closed for regular trading or (c) the Federal Reserve wire transfer system is closed for cash wire transfers, or (2) that the Trustee determines that it is able to conduct business.

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The Trustee values the Trust's long positions in Index Futures on the basis of that day's announced CME settlement prices for the Index Futures held by the Trust. The value of the Trust's positions in Index Futures of any particular expiration will equal the product of (a) the number of such Index Futures of such expiration owned by the Trust, (b) the settlement price of such Index Futures on the date of calculation and (c) the multiplier of such Index Futures. If there is no announced CME settlement price for a particular Index Future on a Business Day, the Trustee will use the most recently announced CME settlement price unless the Trustee, in consultation with the Sponsor, determines that such price is inappropriate as a basis for valuation. The daily settlement price for the Index Futures initially held by the Trust is established by the CME shortly after the close of trading for such Index Future, which is generally 2:40 p.m. (New York time).

The Trustee values all other holdings of the Trust at (a) its current market value, if quotations for such property are readily available, or (b) its fair value, as reasonably determined by the Trustee, if the current market value cannot be determined.

Once the value of the Index Futures and interest earned on the Trust's Collateral Assets has been determined, the Trustee subtracts all accrued expenses and liabilities of the Trust as of the time of calculation in order to calculate the net asset value of the Trust.

Once the net asset value of the Trust has been calculated, the Trustee determines the NAV by dividing the net asset value of the Trust by the number of Shares outstanding at the time the calculation is made. Any changes to NAV that may result from creation and redemption activity are not reflected in the NAV calculations for purposes of the Trust's operations until the following Business Day on which they occur, but are reflected in the Trust's financial statements as of such Business Day. Creation and redemption orders received after 2:40 p.m. New York time are not deemed to be received, and the related creation or redemption will not be deemed to occur, until the following Business Day. Subject to the approval of the Trustee, Baskets may be created solely for cash, but the related creation orders will be deemed received as of the following Business Day unless received by 10:00 a.m. New York time. Orders are expected to settle by 11:00 a.m. New York time on the Business Day following the Business Day on which such orders are deemed to be received.

Results of Operations

The period from August 8, 2013 (Commencement of Operations) through September 30, 2013

The Trust's net asset value increased from $5,000,000 at August 8, 2013 to $5,086,035 at September 30, 2013. The increase in the Trust's net asset value resulted primarily from an increase in net realized and unrealized gains from investments.

Net gain for the period was $86,035, resulting from a net investment loss of $6,297 and net realized and unrealized gains of $92,332. For the period ended September 30, 2013, the Trust had a net realized gain of $192 on short-term investments and net realized and unrealized gains of $92,140 on futures contracts. Other than the Sponsor's fees of $5,608 and brokerage commissions and fees of $1,020, the Trust had no expenses during the period.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Trust's assets consist of Index Futures and Collateral Assets used to satisfy applicable margin requirements for the Trust's Index Future positions. The Trust does not anticipate any further need for liquidity, because creations and redemptions of Shares generally occur in kind and ordinary expenses are met by cash on hand. Interest earned on the assets posted as collateral is paid to the Trust and is used to pay the fixed fee to the Sponsor and purchase additional Index Futures and Collateral Assets, or, in the discretion of the Sponsor, distributed to Shareholders. In exchange for a fee based on the net asset value of the Trust, the Sponsor has assumed most of the ordinary expenses incurred by the Trust. In the case of an extraordinary expense and/or insufficient interest income to cover ordinary expenses, however, the Trust could be forced to liquidate its positions in Index Futures and Collateral Assets to pay such expenses.

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The Sponsor is unaware of any other trends, demands, conditions or events that are reasonably likely to result in material changes to the Trust's liquidity needs.

Because the Trust trades Index Futures, its capital is at risk due to changes in the value of the Index Futures or other assets (market risk) or the inability of counterparties to perform (credit risk).

Market Risk

The Trust holds Index Future positions and Collateral Assets to satisfy applicable margin requirements on those Index Future positions. Because of this limited diversification of the Trust's assets, fluctuations in the value of the Index Futures are expected to directly affect the value of the Shares. The value of the Index Futures is expected to track generally the DJ-UBS Roll Select CI, although this correlation may not be exact. The DJ-UBS Roll Select CI, in turn, reflects the value of a diversified group of commodities, while also seeking to minimize the effect of contango and maximize the effect of backwardation in connection with periodically switching or "rolling" into new futures contracts. The Trust's exposure to market risk will be influenced by a number of factors, including the lack of liquidity of the Index Future market and activities of other market participants.

Credit Risk

When the Trust purchases or holds Index Futures, it is exposed to the credit risk of a default by the CME's clearing house, which serves as the counterparty to each Index Future position, and of a default by its clearing futures commission merchant (the "Clearing FCM"). In the case of such a default, the Trust may be unable to recover amounts due to it on its Index Future positions and Collateral Assets posted as margin. The Trust is also exposed to credit risk as a result of its ownership of U.S. Treasury bills.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements and Contractual Obligations

The Trust does not use and is not expected to use special purpose entities to facilitate off-balance sheet financing arrangements. The Trust does not have and is not expected to have loan guarantee arrangements or other off-balance sheet arrangements of any kind other than agreements entered into in the normal course of business, which may include indemnification provisions related to certain risks service providers undertake in performing services that are in the interest of the Trust. While the Trust's exposure under such indemnification provisions cannot be estimated, these general business indemnifications are not expected to have a material impact on the Trust's financial position.

Critical Accounting Policies

The financial statements of the Trust and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of these financial statements relies on estimates and assumptions that impact the Trust's financial positions and results of operations. These estimates and assumptions affect the Trust's application of accounting policies. Please refer to Note 2 to the financial statements of the Trust for a further discussion of the Trust's accounting policies.

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