Baird Short Term Bond Fund (BSBIX) is featured in a July 18 Morningstar.com article titled “8 of the Best Short-Term Bond Funds.”
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The average annual total returns for the Institutional Class of the Baird Short-Term Bond Fund as of June 30, 2018 are .54% for the one-year, 1.49% for the five-year and 2.34% for the ten-year periods and 2.66% since its August 31, 2004 inception date. The expense ratio of the Institutional Class is 0.30% and the minimum investment is $25,000. The SEC 30-day yield cited in the article is as of 5/31/18.
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