Nationwide Retirement Solutions Web Site Ranked #1

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Nationwide

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationwide Retirement Solutions,
 the nation's leading provider of deferred compensation programs, received top
 grades for its Web site www.NRSFORU.com in a recent Web site review conducted
 by Prime Benefits Inc., an independent retirement plan consulting and
 administrative firm.
     Nationwide Retirement Solutions was among four major deferred compensation
 administrators whose sites were reviewed. The site www.NRSFORU.com received a
 grade of  "A-."
     "These results are an affirmation of our commitment to provide the
 technology to enable our customers to do business with us," said Nationwide
 Retirement Solutions President Duane Meek. "Since the review, we have been
 working on additional web enhancements that should further strengthen our
 position as a market leader," Meek said.
     Web sites were reviewed for user experience, account management, education
 and research, interactive planning tools, customization for plan sponsors and
 personalization for participants.
     According to Randall Perkins, President of Prime Benefits, Inc., a
 Baltimore, Md. based firm, technology in the deferred compensation arena is
 changing at an accelerated rate. "It was apparent to us that Nationwide has
 invested heavily in this technology as they ranked substantially ahead of the
 competition in many of the categories," Perkins said.
     Nationwide Retirement Solutions is a subsidiary of Nationwide(R) Financial
 and provides investments, education and administrative service solutions for
 the public sector and non-profit markets. Nationwide Financial Services, Inc.
 (NYSE:   NFS), based in Columbus, is a leading provider of annuities, life
 insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, and other financial services for
 individuals and institutional clients.  Its principal holding, Nationwide Life
 Insurance Company, is among the country's 10 largest life insurers(1).
     Nationwide Financial, with assets under management of $111 billion in
 2000, is the retirement savings and income operation of Nationwide, a leading
 provider of diversified insurance and financial services.  The parent company
 is ranked #127 on the Fortune 500. For more information about Nationwide
 Financial visit www.nationwidefinancial.com .
 
     (1) A.M. Best, based on 9/30/00 assets
 
 

SOURCE Nationwide
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationwide Retirement Solutions,
 the nation's leading provider of deferred compensation programs, received top
 grades for its Web site www.NRSFORU.com in a recent Web site review conducted
 by Prime Benefits Inc., an independent retirement plan consulting and
 administrative firm.
     Nationwide Retirement Solutions was among four major deferred compensation
 administrators whose sites were reviewed. The site www.NRSFORU.com received a
 grade of  "A-."
     "These results are an affirmation of our commitment to provide the
 technology to enable our customers to do business with us," said Nationwide
 Retirement Solutions President Duane Meek. "Since the review, we have been
 working on additional web enhancements that should further strengthen our
 position as a market leader," Meek said.
     Web sites were reviewed for user experience, account management, education
 and research, interactive planning tools, customization for plan sponsors and
 personalization for participants.
     According to Randall Perkins, President of Prime Benefits, Inc., a
 Baltimore, Md. based firm, technology in the deferred compensation arena is
 changing at an accelerated rate. "It was apparent to us that Nationwide has
 invested heavily in this technology as they ranked substantially ahead of the
 competition in many of the categories," Perkins said.
     Nationwide Retirement Solutions is a subsidiary of Nationwide(R) Financial
 and provides investments, education and administrative service solutions for
 the public sector and non-profit markets. Nationwide Financial Services, Inc.
 (NYSE:   NFS), based in Columbus, is a leading provider of annuities, life
 insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, and other financial services for
 individuals and institutional clients.  Its principal holding, Nationwide Life
 Insurance Company, is among the country's 10 largest life insurers(1).
     Nationwide Financial, with assets under management of $111 billion in
 2000, is the retirement savings and income operation of Nationwide, a leading
 provider of diversified insurance and financial services.  The parent company
 is ranked #127 on the Fortune 500. For more information about Nationwide
 Financial visit www.nationwidefinancial.com .
 
     (1) A.M. Best, based on 9/30/00 assets
 
 SOURCE  Nationwide