October 31, 2012
Baird Investment Management Senior Portfolio Manager Chuck Severson, CFA, was recently interviewed by MoneyLife's Chuck Jaffe about Baird’s Mid Cap investing strategy.
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The overall Morningstar rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with a fund’s three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics.
For each fund with at least a three year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.
As of 10/31/12 the Baird MidCap Fund Investor Class received 4 stars for the overall rating among 671, 5 stars for the 3-year period among 671, 4 stars for the 5-year period among 590 and 3 stars for the 10-year period among 427 Mid-Cap Growth Funds. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
The Fund invests a substantial portion of its assets in the stocks of mid-capitalization companies. Mid-capitalization companies often are more volatile and face greater risks than larger, more established companies. The Fund focuses on growth-style stocks and therefore the performance of the Fund will typically be more volatile than the performance of funds that focus on types of stocks that have a broader investment style. The Fund may invest up to 15% of its total assets in foreign securities and ADRs. Foreign investments involve risks such as currency rate fluctuations, different and sometimes less strict financial reporting standards and regulation, and the potential for political and economic instability.
Following are the fund’s top ten holdings as of 10/31/12:
|O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE INC NEW||ORLY||2.5|
|DOLLAR GENERAL CORP NEW||DG||2.4|
|DICKS SPORTING GOODS INC||DKS||2.4|
|ALLIANCE DATA SYS CORP||ADS||2.4|
|CABOT OIL & GAS CORP||COG||2.3|
|DIGITAL RLTY TR INC||DLR||2.2|
|TERADATA CORP DEL||TDC||2.1|
|MCCORMICK & CO INC||MKC||2.1|
Baird makes a market in the stocks of East West Bancorp, Oceaneering International, Rockwell Automation, Fluor Corporation, Panera Bread Company, Church & Dwight, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Perigo and Foster Wheeler.
Baird Funds are offered through Robert W. Baird & Co., a registered broker/dealer, member NYSE and SIPC. Robert W. Baird & Co. also serves as investment advisor for the Fund and receives compensation for these services as disclosed in the current prospectus.