Baird’s Municipal Bond Fund Team Marks Three-Year Anniversary With Strong Performance

Three years ago, Duane McAllister, CFA, along with his nationally recognized team, joined Baird Advisors, bringing significant experience and complementary investment perspectives.

"Duane and his team brought an investment process consistent with our risk-controlled approach and integrated seamlessly with our team," said Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and President of Baird Funds. "They haven’t missed a beat and we are all better together."

Baird launched two municipal bond funds after the team’s arrival—both have delivered competitive relative returns versus their benchmarks and peer groups through the funds’ three-year anniversary on August 31, 2018:

Fund Name1-Year3-YearSince InceptionInception Date
Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund (BTMIX) 0.76 1.80 1.80 8/31/15
Bloomberg Barclays 1-5 Year Short Municipal Bond Index 0.60 1.04 1.04
Lipper Ranking and Percentiles 28 out of 115
2 out of 103
2 out of 103
Overall Morningstar Rating 5 Stars
Core Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund (BMNIX) 0.88 2.87 2.87 8/31/15
Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Year Municipal Bond Index 0.11 2.19 2.19
Lipper Ranking and Percentiles 35 out of 109
19 out of 187
19 out of 187
Overall Morningstar Rating 5 Stars

All data as of 8/31/2018. Morningstar Categories: Municipal National Short and Municipal National IntermediateLipper ranking and percentile is based on total return. Lipper classification for Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund is Lipper Short Municipal Debt funds and for Baird Core Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund is Lipper Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds. All ratings and rankings are for the Institutional class of the funds.

Baird Advisors' core leadership has worked together for more than 30 years, placing them in a distinctive position within the industry to help clients meet their objectives. Their philosophy is built on timeless principles:
  • Competitive, risk-controlled returns
  • Skilled investment team comprising complementary skills and diverse perspectives
  • High-quality, competitively priced products
  • An unwavering focus on investors’ needs

Baird Advisors’ Senior Leaders Discuss the Municipal Market

Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, Chief Investment Officer; Warren Pierson, CFA, Deputy Chief Investment Officer; and Duane McAllister, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager, offer their perspectives on the municipal market as the firm’s newest funds celebrate their three-year anniversary.

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