Baird Funds Receive Silver Morningstar Analyst Ratings

Recently published Morningstar reports reveal Silver Analyst Ratings for Baird Aggregate Bond Fund (BAGIX), Baird Core Plus Bond Fund (BCOIX) and Baird Short-Term Bond Fund (BSBIX). For more information, read Morningstar's Take:

Morningstar Analyst Report: Baird Aggregate Bond Inst BAGIX
Form and function come together seamlessly in this Silver-rated core bond fund.

Morningstar Analyst Report: Baird Core Plus Bond Inst BCOIX 
This fund is honest about its capabilities, anchored in experience, and positioned to its strengths.

Morningstar Analyst Report: Baird Short-Term Bond Inst BSBIX
Consistent and risk conscious wins the race. 

 

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The average annual total returns for the Investor Class of the Baird Core Plus Bond Fund as of March 31, 2017 are 2.25% for the one-year, 3.19% for the five-year and 5.10% for the ten-year periods and 6.140% since its September 29, 2000, inception date.

The average annual total returns for the Barclays US Universal Bond Index as of March 31, 2017 are 1.92% for the one-year, 2.99% for the five-year and 4.52% for the ten-year periods