Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Wins Lipper Award

Fund Named Best in U.S. for 3-Year Period

Already well-established and respected in the industry, Baird’s Bond Fund Team was recognized with a Refinitiv Lipper Fund Award in March for the 3-year performance of its Short-Term Municipal Bond FundThe fund was rated Best Fund for the past 3 years in the Short Municipal Debt category.

  Q1 2020 1 Year  3 Years  10 Years Since
Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund Institutional -0.39% 4.30% 2.84% n/a 2.33%
Bloomberg Barclays 1-5 Yr Short Term Municipal Bond Index -0.41% 4.10% 2.37% n/a 1.71%

Returns for 1 year, 3 year and since inception are as of November 30, 2019.

Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better And Other Lessons from the Municipal Market

As investment managers, Baird Advisors spends a good deal of time surveying the market to find the best relative value ideas for our funds and portfolios. The consensus industry view of the current landscape seems to be: U.S. economic expansion will continue, credit fundamentals combined with strong technicals should keep spreads near current levels and interest rates may never go up again (or at least not by much).

While there are still relative value ideas out there, we felt it was time to take a step back and ask ourselves what offers us a competitive edge in today’s environment. The exercise led us to some interesting conclusions:

  1. Size: Too-large of an asset base can be a disadvantage in the municipal market
  2. Experience : Remembering that "pigs get slaughtered"
  3. Prospective: Acknowledging the full impact of ESG/Sustainable initiatives on municipalities

Read the entire whitepaper.

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The Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund since inception net return is based on performance from August 31, 2015, through November 30, 2019. Expense Ratio for the Institutional Share Classes is 0.30%; for the Investor Share Classes is 0.55%. The Baird Municipal Short-Term Bond Fund was awarded best fund for the past 3 years in the short municipal debt funds category which, consisted of 39 funds.

Returns shown include the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains.

The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards, granted annually, highlight funds and fund companies that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers. The reporting period for the awards is the period ending November 30, 2019. Most recent returns for the Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund can be found here.

The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards are based on the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return rating, which is a risk-adjusted performance measure calculated over 36, 60 and 120 months. The fund with the highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value in each eligible classification wins the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Award. For more information, see Although Refinitiv Lipper makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Refinitiv Lipper.

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