MILWAUKEE, July 20, 2021 –Employee-owned Baird announced that four of its bond funds have been named to Morningstar’s Thrilling 37 list.  Returning to the list are the Morningstar™ gold rated Baird Aggregate Bond Fund (BAGIX), Baird Short-Term Bond Fund (BSBIX), and silver rated Baird Core Plus Bond Fund (BCOIX). New to the list for the first time is Morningstar™ gold rated Baird Ultra Short Bond Fund (BUBIX).

Morningstar considered crucial metrics on more than 8,000 mutual funds to select just 37 “outstanding funds accessible to individual investors” using the following criteria:

  1. Expense ratio in the category’s cheapest quintile.
  2. Manager investment of more than $1 million in the fund.
  3. Morningstar Risk rating below the High level.
  4. Morningstar Analyst Rating of Bronze or higher.
  5. Parent rating better than average/neutral.
  6. Returns above the fund’s benchmark over the manager’s tenure for a minimum of five years.
  7. Must be a share class accessible to individual investors with a minimum investment no greater than $50,000.
  8. No funds of funds.

“We’re honored to have four bond funds on this highly selective list of just 37 mutual funds,” said Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer of Baird Advisors and President of Baird Funds. “Morningstar’s strict criteria, including low costs and strong analyst and parent ratings align well with our funds.  Our investors have benefited from the consistent investment approach and strong results that have helped us achieve our place on this prestigious list.”

About Baird Funds

Baird Funds is a no-load mutual fund family with more than $97 billion in assets as of June 30, 2021. The Baird Funds offer proven track records and a variety of portfolios spanning fixed income and equity asset classes. The ten bond funds and six stock funds feature competitive fees and are managed with a careful focus on risk control. For more information, visit www.bairdfunds.com.

About Baird

Putting clients first since 1919, Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets, and private equity firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Baird has approximately 4,500 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients and more than $350 billion in client assets as of December 31, 2020. Committed to being a great workplace, Baird ranked No. 32 on the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s website at www.rwbaird.com.


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. To read the fund’s prospectus or to obtain the fund’s performance to the most recent month end, SEC 30-day yield information, any sales charges, maximum sales charges, loads, fees, total annual operating expense ratio, gross of any fee waivers or expense reimbursements as stated in the fee table contact Baird directly at 866-442-2473 or visit the fund’s webpage here for BCOIX, and here for BAGIX, and here for BSBIX and here for BUBIX. Investment minimums for these institutional class funds is $10,000.

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.

The Morningstar Analyst Rating™ is not a credit or risk rating. It is a subjective evaluation performed by Morningstar’s manager research group, which consists of various Morningstar, Inc. subsidiaries (“Manager Research Group”). In the United States, that subsidiary is Morningstar Research Services LLC, which is registered with and governed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Manager Research Group evaluates funds based on five key pillars, which are process, performance, people, parent, and price. The Manager Research Group uses this five-pillar evaluation to determine how they believe funds are likely to perform relative to a benchmark over the long term on a risk adjusted basis. They consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research. For actively managed strategies, people and process each receive a 45% weighting in their analysis, while parent receives a 10% weighting. For passive strategies, process receives an 80% weighting, while people and parent each receive a 10% weighting. For both active and passive strategies, performance has no explicit weight as it is incorporated into the analysis of people and process; price at the share-class level (where applicable) is directly subtracted from an expected gross alpha estimate derived from the analysis of the other pillars. The impact of the weighted pillar scores for people, process and parent on the final Analyst Rating is further modified by a measure of the dispersion of historical alphas among relevant peers. For certain peer groups where standard benchmarking is not applicable, primarily peer groups of funds using alternative investment strategies, the modification by alpha dispersion is not used.

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For certain peer groups where standard benchmarking is not applicable, primarily peer groups of funds using alternative investment strategies, a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold, Silver, or Bronze reflects the Manager Research Group’s expectation that a fund will deliver a weighted pillar score above a predetermined threshold within its peer group. Analyst Ratings ultimately reflect the Manager Research Group’s overall assessment, are overseen by an Analyst Rating Committee, and are continuously monitored and reevaluated at least every 14 months.

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