Recent Gold Morningstar Analyst Ratings™, as reported February 25, 2019, for the Baird Core Plus, Baird Aggregate and Baird Short-Term Bond Funds have attracted positive attention. But if you dig into the criteria for these prestigious recognitions, you’ll find the attributes the analysts prize reflect decisions the management team made decades ago with our investors’ interests in mind.
|Baird Advisors’ Key Strengths|
|A disciplined investment style engineered to control risk and add incremental value over complete market cycles|
|A track record of consistent returns versus peers and relative to benchmarks|
|Leadership team with a remarkable 35 years of investing together, complemented by top next-gen talent|
|Baird – an employee-owned, privately held firm with a 100-year history of strong financial partnerships|
|Competitive pricing intended to benefit future returns for investors|
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of each fund carefully before investing. This and other information is found in the prospectus and summary prospectus. For a prospectus or summary prospectus, contact Baird directly at 866-442-2473 or contact your Financial Advisor. Please read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing.
Performance data represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of the investment will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance data may be lower or higher than the data quoted. For performance data to the most recent month end, contact Baird directly at 866-442-2473 or https://www.bairdassetmanagement.com/baird-funds/bond-aggregate-fund#Performance
All investments carry some level of risk, including loss of principal and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss. Fixed income is generally considered to be a more conservative investment than stocks, but bonds and other fixed income investments still carry a variety of risk such as interest rate risk, regulatory risk, credit risk, inflation risk, call risk, default risk, political risk, tax policy risk and liquidity risk. In a rising interest rate environment, the value of fixed-income securities generally decline and conversely, in a falling interest rate environment, the value of fixed income securities generally increase. Municipal securities investments are not appropriate for all investors, especially those taxed at lower rates.
Analyst Rating is the summary expression of Morningstar's forward-looking analysis of a fund. Morningstar analysts assign the ratings on a five-tier scale with three positive ratings of Gold, Silver, and Bronze, a Neutral rating, and a Negative rating. The Analyst Rating is based on the analyst's conviction in the fund's ability to outperform its peer group and/or relevant benchmark on a risk-adjusted basis over the long term. If a fund receives a positive rating of Gold, Silver, or Bronze, it means Morningstar analysts think highly of the fund and expect it to outperform over a full market cycle of at least five years. The Analyst Rating is not a market call, and it is not meant to replace investors' due-diligence process. It cannot assess whether a fund is the right fit for a particular portfolio and risk tolerance. Morningstar evaluates funds based on five key pillars--Process, Performance, People, Parent, and Price. Analysts assign a rating of Positive, Neutral, or Negative to each pillar. Analyst Rating Scale - Gold: Best-of-breed fund that distinguishes itself across the five pillars and has garnered the analysts' highest level of conviction. Silver: Fund with advantages that outweigh the disadvantages across the five pillars and with sufficient level of analyst conviction to warrant a positive rating. Bronze: Fund with notable advantages across several, but perhaps not all, of the five pillars. Analyst Ratings are reevaluated at least every 14 months.