Nationwide Funds Group receives five Lipper Awards
Named “Best Fixed Income Fund Family” in small fund company category
Columbus, Ohio — Nationwide Funds Group received five awards at the annual Lipper Fund Awards ceremony held in New York City. Nationwide Funds Group was recognized as the “Best Fixed Income Fund Family” in the small fund company category. Nationwide Funds Group ranked first out of 73 fund families with less than $28 billion in total net assets during the three-year period ending December 31, 2007. In addition, three Nationwide mutual funds received Lipper Fund Awards for their category-leading performance.
The Lipper Fund Awards event is part of Lipper’s global program of fund awards, which now covers 21 countries and regions. Lipper, a leading global provider of mutual fund research and analysis, uses The Lipper Fund Awards program to acknowledge funds and fund groups that have delivered consistently strong investment performance relative to their peers, over the three-, five- and ten-year time periods. For more information on the Lipper Fund Awards, please visit http://about.reuters.com/lipperweb-awards/2008/us/assets/US%20list%20w%20classification%20fund%20counts%20%20041108.pdf.
“We’re very proud to be acknowledged by Lipper for the strong performance of our mutual funds,” said Tim Grugeon, interim president of Nationwide Funds Group. “Our focus is to help investors pursue their goals by selecting the best possible managers for each investment style.”
• Three Nationwide Funds were honored for their performance during the three-year period ending December 31, 2007:
o Nationwide International Growth Fund Institutional Service
Shares ranked first out of 256 funds in the International Multi-Cap Core
o Nationwide Natural Resources Fund (formerly Nationwide Global Natural Resources Fund) Institutional Shares ranked first out of 98 funds in the Natural Resources category.
o Nationwide Worldwide Leaders Fund Institutional Shares ranked first out of 58 funds in Global Large-Cap Core category.
• Nationwide Worldwide Leaders Fund Institutional Service
Shares received an award for its consistent performance during the
five-year period ending December 31, 2007.
The fund competed against 53 funds in the Global Large-Cap Core category.
About Nationwide Funds Group
Nationwide Funds Group is the mutual fund complex of Nationwide Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: NFS), a leading provider of long-term savings and retirement products. Nationwide Funds Group is based in the Philadelphia area and offers a wide range of sub-advised mutual funds. As of March 31, 2008, Nationwide Funds Group managed approximately $30.0 billion in assets.
About Nationwide Financial
Nationwide Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: NFS), a publicly traded company based in Columbus, Ohio, provides a variety of financial services that help consumers investi and protect their long-term assets, and offers retirement plans and services through both public- and private-sector employers.
It’s part of the Nationwide group of companies, which offers diversified insurance and financial services. The group is led by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, which is ranked No. 108 on the Fortune 500 based on 2007 revenue.ii For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.
For more information about Nationwide Funds, please visit www.nationwidefunds.com.
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