Mary Ellen Stanek Discusses Turbulent Bond Market on MoneyLife
Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, Baird Advisors Co-CIO and Baird Funds President, discussed higher inflation, rising rates and the potential "gift" they are for retirees and the benefits an experienced team can provide during challenging markets.
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