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Ohio deferred compensation plan signs 3 for small-cap white-label funds

Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program, Columbus, hired Apex Capital Management, Westfield Capital Management and Westwood Holdings Group to manage two new white-label domestic small-cap equity funds, said spokesman Josh King.

The $12 billion 457 plan issued an RFP in June due to performance concerns with existing small-cap managers Hartford Funds Management (growth) and First Pacific Advisors (value).

Both new funds are white-label separate accounts. The new growth fund will be 70% managed by Westfield and 30% managed by Apex, and the new value fund will be 100% managed by Westwood.

As of Dec. 31, 2015, according to the plan’s most recent annual report, the First Pacific Advisors fund had $169 million in plan assets and the Hartford fund, $132 million.

Hartford Funds spokeswoman Robin Pertusi could not immediately provide comment and an FPA spokesman said the firm declined to comment.

Investment consultant Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting assisted.