We are now midway through 2015, and U.S. stocks remain near where they started the year.

The S&P 500 index is up just 1.1% this year through June 30, 2015, and the DJIA is down 1.1%. Small caps, mid caps and the Nasdaq have all fared better, each gaining roughly 4%.

The big winner has been foreign stocks. The S&P 350 Europe index was up 4.8%, and the MSCI EAFE index (Europe, Australasia and Far East) was up 6.1%.

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For the month of June, however, U.S. markets led. EAFE lost over 3%, while broad U.S. indexes lost closer to 2%.

With every dip in the market, pundits banter about how the market is overdue for a 10% correction. Investors  are also bombarded by fears of Greek and Puerto Rican debt defaults and the eventual move by the Fed to incrementally normalize interest rates. But there are also a number of positive signs: Earnings continue to grow, margins are robust, inflation is low, unemployment is dramatically better and real estate is in the early stages of a pretty dramatic recovery. Innovation in tech and science has fueled advances and solid investment gains. And the U.S.-led stock market rally is expanding globally.

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Funds change over time, and we change our fund listings in response. We highlight changes to the funds and ETFs listed in the monthly newsletter and online.

Newly added

We added Parnassus Endeavor (PARWX) to Class 3.

Closed to New Investors

Class 1 T. Rowe Price Health Sciences (PRHSX) closed to new investors as of June 1, 2015.

Bond Fund Changes

We replaced AMG CW&K Core Bond (MBDFX) with better performing  DoubleLine Low Duration N (DLSNX).

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