CityWire Manager Profile: Lyle Fitterer and Duane McAllister

Lyle Fitterer CFA. and Duane McAllister, CFA, Senior Portfolio Managers with Baird Advisors, are featured in an April, 2020 CityWire Manager Profile. Fitterer and McAllister discussed their more than 30 years of experience in the municipal bond industry and provided a timely update about the impact of coronavirus on the municipal bond market.

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Performance as of June 30, 2020:

  Expenses
(Gross/Net)
QTD 1 Year 3 Years Since
Inception
Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund (Inst Class)  0.30/0.30 2.01% 2.94% 2.69% 2.44%
Bloomberg Barclays 1-5 Year Short Municipal Bond Index   2.19% 2.96% 2.34% 1.91%

Inception date: 8/31/2015

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Total Fund AUM as of March 31, 2020, for both the Institutional and Investor share classes were $1.01B.

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