Decades of shared fixed income investment management experience has shown us that it takes a strong team to deliver consistent performance through dynamic and challenging markets.  Our intergenerational talent works closely together, bringing the advantages of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to every decision we make, with a common focus on our clients.

As manager of Baird Funds’ fixed income offerings, our team consistently follows a time-tested approach designed to control risk while adding incremental value through yield-curve positioning, sector allocation, security selection and competitive execution. Our funds are available at competitively low fees, and Baird Short-Term Bond Fund (BSBIX), Baird Ultra-Short Bond Fund (BUBIX), Baird Aggregate Bond Fund (BAGIX), and Baird Core Plus Bond Fund (BCOIX) all receive a Gold Morningstar Medalist Analyst Rating™.

Mary Ellen Stanek, Co-Chief Investment Officer, described the team’s focus to Morningstar in 2020:

We don't try to hit home runs and make a big duration or interest-rate call because we think the chances of hitting that Grand Slam or that home run are—even for the best of hitters—not all that high. The risk of striking out is actually quite high, and for us that is not commensurate with why people own bonds in the first place. They own them for predictability, for cash flow properties, to lower overall volatility in their portfolios, liquidity--for any number of reasons. What our team tries to do is provide as smooth a ride as we can—to be a lot more right than wrong and take a lot of little bets, if you will, hit a lot of singles. And, compound that consistency.


Baird Advisors Difference

For more than 30 years, Baird Advisors’ core leadership team has worked together uniquely positioning them to help clients meet their near- and long-term investment objectives. Their philosophy is built on timeless principles.

  • A skilled investment team comprising complementary backgrounds and diverse perspectives
  • Competitive, risk-controlled returns
  • High-quality, attractively priced products
  • An unwavering focus on investors’ needs

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.

Performance data quoted represents past performance and 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. 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

Expense Ratio for the Institutional Share Classes is 0.30%; for the Investor Share Classes is 0.55%.The Advisor has contractually agreed to waive management fees for the Baird Ultra Short Bond Fund in an amount equal to an annual rate of 0.15% of the average daily net assets for the Fund until April 30, 2024. 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.

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

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