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What is an Annual Fee Disclosure (AFD)?

The AFD includes important information about Savings Plus service, administrative and investment-related fees. Savings Plus provides investment options where you can invest your assets. You may modify your investment selections on any day the New York Stock Exchange is open for business. The Investment Performance Report provides information about the investment options available to you. Additional information about your investment options can be found under Investment Information.

As with any investment, fees are paid by the investor. Savings Plus service and investment fees are featured below.

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Asset-based fees

Featured as Expense Ratios in performance reports, these fees are the percentage of assets deducted for fund expenses, including management fees, administrative fees, operating expenses, and all other asset-based costs incurred by the fund. You will not see these fees directly because they are deducted from investment earnings. The total asset-based fee includes a 0.05% administration fee to offset operational costs to administer the plans.

Account fees

  • Administrative fee: $1.50 per plan per month is deducted from each participant’s account.

Participant-directed fees

  • Loan fee: A $50.00 fee will be deducted from your account if you take a loan.
  • Domestic Relations Order fee (DRO): A processing fee of $300.00 is assessed and equally split by the participant and the alternate payee, unless the court decree orders differently. The fee is deducted from your account before the order is applied.
  • Check writing fee: If you choose to receive a check in lieu of a direct deposit, a $2.00 check fee will be deducted from your account for each distribution.
  • Overnight check fee: If you choose to receive a check and want it sent through overnight delivery, a $25.00 overnight check fee will be deducted from your account.
  • Insufficient funds fee: A processing fee of $50 is assessed per loan repayment if the ACH fails due to insufficient funds. This fee is deducted from your account.
  • Redemption fees: Our excessive trading policy imposes a 2.0 percent redemption fee on the sale of securities in the International Fund, the International Index Fund, and the Target Date Funds if the sale occurs within 30 calendar days of purchase (the "holding period").

Enhanced services fees

These fees are for additional investing service options:

Schwab Personal Choice Retirement Account (PCRA)
The PCRA gives you access to a marketplace of investment options not featured in the Savings Plus Core Investment Funds. It allows you greater flexibility with your Savings Plus investments by allowing the freedom to select and manage your portfolio from a larger universe of mutual funds, individual stocks, bonds and a variety of other investment choices. It is generally for more experienced investors or those who desire more investment options and are willing to pay an additional fee to process transactions. A PCRA Pricing Summary is available on the Forms and Publications page. There is no initial or ongoing transfer minimum to the PCRA. A minimum amount of the lesser of $2,500 or 50 percent of your account balance must remain in your core accounts when you use the PCRA (including Target Date Funds). Commissions and fees (to Schwab) may apply. These fees are deducted directly from the assets in your PCRA account.

Professionally Managed Account fee
Nationwide ProAccount is a fee-based, managed account service that creates and maintains a personalized retirement investment strategy. This service manages your account using the Savings Plus core investment funds lineup. Fees associated with ProAccount are as follows:

  • The first $99,999.99 — 0.50% fee assessed
  • The next $150,000 — 0.45% fee assessed
  • The next $150,000 — 0.40% fee assessed
  • The next $100,000 — 0.35% fee assessed
  • Assets $500,000 and above — 0.30% fee assessed

The Professionally Managed Account Fee is calculated daily based on the market value of your Account (also known as "average daily balance") and payable quarterly. Nationwide Investment Advisors (NIA) exercises discretionary authority to allocate and rebalance a participant’s account to implement the advice Wilshire provides. Because investing involves market risk, there is no guarantee that Nationwide ProAccount will achieve an investor’s objectives. Wilshire is a service mark of Wilshire Associates, Inc., which is not affiliated with Savings Plus or NIA. Nationwide ProAccount is a service mark of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

Additional Information

It pays to understand the cumulative effect of fees and expenses on your account. Lower fees keep more of your contributions in your account, and more in your account means there is greater potential for growth. Savings Plus’ fees are some of the lowest in the industry, which means more of your contributions go to work for you. Check out how Savings Plus’ fees compare to the industry to learn more. You can also visit the Employee Benefit Security Administration’s (EBSA’s) website at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa for an example demonstrating the long-term effect of fees and expenses.

Fees are only one of several factors to consider when making investment decisions. Carefully consider other key factors, including asset class, risk, principal investment strategies, and historical performance when selecting investments. Investing involves market risk. Read the Fund Fact Sheets carefully before investing. No investment strategy or program can guarantee a profit or avoid losses.

Resources

Investment Performance Report provides the performance history of the available investment options.

Investment Operating Expenses provides an estimated operating expense for the available investment options.

Total Plan Cost Benchmarking Survey provides a third-party review of Savings Plus’s fees.

Investment Information provides resources for all investment related topics.

Plan Documents and Reports provides the Plan Documents and Financial Audits Reports.

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