Baird Short Term Bond Fund is highlighted as one of "3 Ways to Reduce Risk in a Portfolio" in a December 12 Morningstar.com article. The author writes that people nearing retirement might be able to mitigate risk by adding a short term bond fund to their portfolios, and refers to the Silver-rated Baird Short Term Bond Fund as one of Morningstar's favorites.
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Morningstar is referring to the institutional class of the Baird Short Term Bond Fund. It has an investment minimum of $25,000. To obtain the fund’s prospectus and to access the fund’s performance current to the most recent month end, please visit its page at bairdfunds.com.