On July 30, Morningstar highlighted the Baird Core Plus Bond Fund (BCOIX) in an article titled 9 Exceptional—And Plucky—Core Bond Funds. The fund is one of the first to be inducted into the new Intermediate Core-Plus Bond Morningstar category and also continues to bear the gold fund analyst rating.
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