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Nationwide to Offer International Small Cap Fund

Columbus, OH - Nationwide will add a new option to its menu of funds. The Nationwide International Small Cap Fund offers investors the opportunity to diversify their international equity exposure with the objective of providing long-term capital growth.

“While many investors maintain international allocations within their portfolios, they are often heavily weighted toward larger, more well-known companies, which may limit a portfolio’s growth potential,” said Mike Spangler, president of Nationwide Funds. “The Nationwide International Small Cap Fund enables investors to further diversify their investment portfolio and expand their potential for capital appreciation.”

The Nationwide International Small Cap Fund (Class A: NWXSX; Institutional Class: NWXUX; Institutional Service Class: NWXVX) will invest at least 80 percent of its net assets in equity securities of international companies with smaller market capitalizations at the time of purchase. The fund will invest in a portfolio that is diversified across countries, industries, issuers and styles.

Subadvised by Wellington Management Company, the Fund will employ a unique management structure consisting of multiple sub-portfolios, each one being managed within individual sectors of expertise by one of Wellington’s 24 Global Industry Analysts. Mark Mandel, CFA, and Cheryl Duckworth, CFA, are responsible for risk oversight and ensuring sector neutrality.

With nearly $1 trillion in client assets under management, Wellington Management Company has secured its position as one of the largest independent investment companies in the world. Serving as an investment manager for clients in more than 50 countries, Wellington has a vast international securities presence.

“We selected Wellington based on their consistent track record of providing above benchmark returns regardless of market conditions, said Spangler. “This appointment serves as another example of our commitment to make institutional-caliber asset managers available to our individual investors.”

As a strategic partner to advisors, Nationwide provides a full family of subadvised mutual funds designed to help meet the unique investment goals and risk tolerances of investors. Nationwide currently manages 115 funds with approximately $62 billion in assets, excluding fund of funds.

Investors interested in learning more about Nationwide’s mutual funds should contact their financial professional or click here. Financial professionals interested in learning more should call the Nationwide Funds Group sales desk at 877-877-5083, option 3, or visit the website.

About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Call 1-800-848-0920 to request a summary prospectus and/or a prospectus, or download prospectuses at nationwide.com/mutualfunds. These prospectuses outline investment objectives, risks, fees, charges and expenses, and other information that you should read and consider carefully before investing.

This material is not a recommendation to buy, sell, hold, or rollover any asset, adopt an investment strategy, retain a specific investment manager or use a particular account type. It does not take into account the specific investment objectives, tax and financial condition or particular needs of any specific person. Investors should work with their financial professional to discuss their specific situation.

Investing in mutual funds involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Share price, principal value, and return will vary, and you may have a gain or a loss when you sell your shares. There is no assurance that the investment objective of any fund will be achieved.

The Fund is subject to the risks of investing in equity securities (including small companies). The Fund also is subject to the risks of investing in foreign securities (currency fluctuations, political risks, differences in accounting and limited availability of information, all of which are magnified in emerging markets). The Fund may invest in more-aggressive investments such as derivatives (many of which create investment leverage and illiquidity, and are highly volatile). The Fund uses both a growth style and a value style of investing, and may underperform other funds that use different investing styles. Please refer to the most recent prospectus for a more detailed explanation of the Fund’s principal risks.

Firm: For purposes of GIPS® compliance, the Firm is defined as all portfolios managed by Wellington Management Company LLP, an independently owned, SEC-registered investment adviser, as well as its affiliates (collectively, Wellington Management). Wellington Management provides investment advisory services to institutions around the world. GIPS®: Wellington Management claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS® standards. Wellington Management has been independently verified for the periods 1 January 1993 to 31 December 2015. The verification report is available upon request.

Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS® standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm's policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS® standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

Other Matters: This material contains summary information regarding the investment approach described herein and is not a complete description of the investment objectives, policies, guidelines, or portfolio management and research that supports this investment approach. Any decision to engage Wellington Management should be based upon a review of the terms of the investment management.

Nationwide Funds distributed by Nationwide Fund Distributors LLC (NFD), member FINRA, Columbus, OH. NFD is not affiliated with any subadviser contracted by Nationwide Fund Advisors (NFA), with the exception of Nationwide Asset Management, LLC (NWAM).

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