Three Baird Bond Funds Receive Morningstar’s Highest Gold Rating

Mutual funds rating firm Morningstar has upgraded Baird Core Plus, Baird Aggregate and Baird Short-Term Bond Funds to its prestigious Gold rating. 

Baird Short-Term Bond Fund (BSBIX/BSBSX) is the only Gold-rated fund in Morningstar’s Short-Term Bond Category (Morningstar.com, 2019). Morningstar wrote, “The small but tight-knit team behind Baird Short-Term Bond is thoughtful about how investors use its portfolios, which informs a circumspect process that doesn’t take risk in esoteric sectors or duration bets. Disciplined security selection and sector rotation combined with low fees have helped the strategy beat its benchmark with modest volatility, supporting a Morningstar Analyst Rating upgrade to Gold from Silver.” To read the full Morningstar write up, click here

Baird Aggregate (BAGIX/BAGSX) and Baird Core Plus (BCOIX/BCOSX) join 11 Gold rated funds in Morningstar’s Intermediate Bond Category. About Baird Aggregate, Morningstar wrote, “A cohesive team, proven and deliberative process, and low fees position Baird Aggregate Bond for long-term success, supporting an upgrade of the strategy’s Morningstar Analyst Rating to Gold from Silver.” To read the full write up, click here.

On Baird Core Plus, Morningstar said, “Baird Core Plus Bond has a strong foundation for success. Its stalwart team, disciplined process, and low fees align to make the fund a dependable choice in the intermediate-bond Morningstar Category, meriting a Morningstar Analyst Rating upgrade to Gold from Silver.” For the full write up, click here.


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