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Nationwide Funds Group Reduces Expenses for the Nationwide Bond Fund

February 27, 2012

Lower expenses designed to make investment offerings more competitive

Columbus, Ohio - Nationwide Funds Group has announced that it will reduce expenses for the Nationwide Bond Fund by 0.20 percent, effective February 29, 2012.

“The Nationwide Bond Fund, utilizing the proven investment and risk management capabilities of our subadviser and partner, Nationwide Asset Management, has a strong history of delivering superior risk-adjusted returns for shareholders,” said Michael Spangler, president of Nationwide Funds. “The expense reduction will make this fund more competitive in the marketplace, enhancing its appeal to financial advisors and retirement plan sponsors.”

Because of increased fee waivers, net expenses1 will be reduced as follows:

Nationwide Bond Fund Class A Class B Class C Class D Class R2
Net Operating Expense Reduction -0.20% -0.20% -0.20% -0.20% -0.20%
New Gross Expenses 1.18% 1.88% 1.88%  0.92% 1.53%
New Net Expenses 0.85% 1.55% 1.55%  0.59% 1.20%

In the past year, Nationwide Funds Group has taken several steps to expand its lineup and make its investment offerings more competitive:

July 2011: Launched the Nationwide Alternatives Allocation Fund, a low-cost alternatives fund with an expense ratio of 0.90 percent for Class A shares.

November 2011: Introduced a new Institutional Service share class for the Nationwide Growth Fund.

January 2012: Lowered expenses for the firm’s 11 Target Destination Funds as well as the Nationwide Growth Fund.

"As we look for ways to grow our mutual fund business, we are continuously searching for ways to improve our fund offerings and make them more competitive,” said Spangler.

The new mutual fund prospectus will be available online beginning February 29, 2012. Financial professionals interested in learning more should contact the Nationwide Funds at 877-877-5083, option 3.

About Nationwide Funds Group 

Nationwide Funds Group is the mutual fund business of Nationwide Financial Services, Inc., 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 December 31, 2011, Nationwide Funds Group managed approximately $41 billion in assets.

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