Overview


The Fund is managed through a duration-neutral, risk-controlled approach with a strong emphasis on the long-term perspective. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek current income consistent with preservation of capital. The Fund’s benchmark is the Bloomberg U.S. Short-Term Government/Corporate Index. The Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in the following types of U.S. dollar-denominated debt securities: 

  • U.S. government and other public-sector entities
  • Asset-backed and mortgage-backed obligations of U.S. and foreign issuers
  • Corporate debt of U.S. and foreign issuers
  • Money market instruments

The Fund invests primarily in investment-grade debt securities, but may invest up to 10% of its net assets in non-investment-grade securities.

Awards


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The Baird Ultra Short Bond Fund (Institutional Class) received a Gold Morningstar Analyst Rating.™ The Fund’s Investor Share Class received a Silver Morningstar Analyst Rating.™

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Performance

ALL DATA AS OF 9/30/2021
1 Month 3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception
Ultra Short Bond Fund -0.07 0.01 0.19 0.37 1.77 1.70 1.45
Bloomberg Short-Term U.S. Government/Corporate Bond Index 0.00 0.03 0.14 0.19 1.59 1.45 1.07
  • Disclosure

    Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment in the fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The funds' current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

    The Fund may invest in mortgage- and asset-backed securities which may be subject to prepayment risk and thus may be more sensitive to interest rate changes than other types of debt securities. The Fund may also invest in U.S. dollar-denominated securities issued by foreign issuers which involve additional risks including political and economic instability, differences in financial reporting standards and less regulated securities markets. Non-investment-grade bonds involve greater risk of default and bankruptcy than investment-grade securities. While the U.S. government has historically provided financial support to various U.S. government-sponsored agencies, no assurance can be given that it will do so in the future if it is not obligated by law. A bond's market value may be affected significantly by changes in interest rates – generally, when interest rates rise, the bond's market value declines and when interest rates decline, its market value rises ("interest rate risk").

    The advisor has contractually agreed to waive management fees in an amount equal to an annual rate of 0.15% of the average daily net assets for the Fund until April 30, 2022. The agreement may only be terminated prior to the end of this term by or with the consent of the board of directors of Baird Funds, Inc.

    The Bloomberg Short-Term U.S. Government/Corporate Index contains securities that have fallen out of the U.S. Government/Credit Bond Index because of the standard minimum one-year-to-maturity constraint. Indices are unmanaged and are not available to direct investment.

    Time periods greater than one year are annualized.

Morningstar Rankings

ALL DATA AS OF 9/30/2021
Category Overall 3 Year 5 Year
Ultra Short Bond Fund Ultrashort Bond
(213 funds)
(213 funds)
(168 funds)
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Distributions

Income Record Date Reinvest Date Payable Date Reinvest Price
0.00338812 9/23/2021 9/24/2021 9/27/2021 10.06
0.00347544 8/24/2021 8/25/2021 8/26/2021 10.06
0.00389748 7/26/2021 7/27/2021 7/28/2021 10.07
0.00423004 6/24/2021 6/25/2021 6/28/2021 10.07
0.00461789 5/24/2021 5/25/2021 5/26/2021 10.07
0.00467900 4/23/2021 4/26/2021 4/27/2021 10.07
0.00329934 3/24/2021 3/25/2021 3/26/2021 10.07
0.00632020 2/24/2021 2/25/2021 2/26/2021 10.07
0.00486100 1/25/2021 1/26/2021 1/27/2021 10.08

Portfolio Characteristics

ALL DATA AS OF 9/30/2021
Quality Profile Fund Index
U.S. Treasury 21.2% 76.3%
U.S. Agency 0.0% 3.7%
AAA 20.7% 0.2%
AA 3.1% 2.0%
A 19.6% 11.4%
BBB 34.6% 6.4%
Below BBB 0.0% 0.0%
Not Rated 0.9% 0.0%
  • Disclosure

    The quality profile is calculated on a market value-weighted basis. Per the Baird Funds prospectus, each security in the Fund is assigned the highest credit quality rating provided by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (e.g. S&P, Moody’s, Fitch). For pre-refunded securities, the reported credit quality reflects the highest reported rating from S&P, Moody’s or Fitch for the underlying collateral. Per the Bloomberg index controlling rating methodology, each security in the index is assigned a rating using S&P, Moody’s, and Fitch (middle of three ratings, lower of two ratings, or singular rating if rated by one rating agency). Ratings are measured on a scale that generally ranges from AAA (highest) to D (lowest).

    Totals sum based on unrounded data. Breakouts are shown rounded to the nearest tenth and may not visually sum.