Morningstar picks Baird Short Term Bond Fund for Rising Rate Environment

In a December 11 video, Morningstar featured Baird Short Term Bond Fund (BSBIX) as one of its "Bond Fund Picks for a Rising Interest Rate Environment." The discussion of BSBIX begins at the 2:04 mark.


Emory Zink: Silver-rated Baird Short-Term Bond Fund exhibits a number of characteristics that make it a compelling offering in its category, regardless of where the Federal Reserve takes interest rates. First, the team manages duration close to the fund's Bloomberg Barclays US Government Credit 1-3 Year Index, eschewing aggressive interest-rate calls as a source of return. Second, there is a policy of absolutely no derivatives or leverage in the fund, which limits volatility versus more aggressive peers. Third, the fees on this fund are some of the lowest in the category, and in a category where yields are already quite low, this gives the fund an advantage over competitors who have a much higher price hurdle that they have to overcome. Those short-term bond funds are, by design, less vulnerable to broad market moves. This particular fund within this category is thoughtfully structured to remain resilient, regardless of where the Federal Reserve takes interest rates. 


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The Morningstar three-star rating for the Institutional Class Baird Short-Term Bond Fund is the overall rating received among 463 Short-Term Bond Funds. The fund received three stars for the three-year period among 463 Short-Term Bond Funds, four stars for the five-year period among 393 Short-Term Bond Funds and three stars for the ten-year period among 259 Short-Term bond Funds, as of November 30, 2017.

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The average annual total returns for the Institutional Class of the Baird Short-Term Bond Fund as of November 30, 2017 are 1.62% for the one-year, 1.51% for the five-year and 2.44% for the ten-year periods and 2.77% since its August 31, 2004 inception date.

The average annual total returns for the Barclays 1-3 U.S. Government/Credit Bond Index as of November 30, 2017 are 0.88% for the one-year, 0.84% for the five-year and 1.88% for the ten-year periods and 2.36% since the fund's inception. The minimum investment is $25,000.

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The Fund may invest in mortgage- and asset-backed securities which may be subject to prepayment risk and thus may be more sensitive to interest rate changes than other types of debt securities. The Fund may also invest in U.S. dollar denominated securities issued by foreign issuers which involve additional risks including political and economic instability, differences in financial reporting standards and less regulated securities markets. While the U.S. government has historically provided financial support to various U.S. government-sponsored agencies, no assurance can be give that it will do so in the future if it is not obligated by law. A bond's market value may be affected significantly by changes in interest-rates – generally, when interest rates rise, the bond's market value declines and when interest rates decline, its market value rises ("interest-rate risk"). Duration risk is the risk associated with the sensitivity of a bond's price to a one percent change in interest rates. Ratings are measured on a scale that ranges from AAA or Aaa (highest) to D or C (lowest). Investment grade investments are those rated from highest down to BBB- or Baa3.

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