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The Year in International-Stock Funds

Not one for the record books, but overall, it could have been worse.

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Investors in international-stock funds aren’t likely to recall 2015 fondly. A variety of factors conspired to make it tough to post any gains at all. That said, given the headwinds, for most funds the results could have been worse.

Through Dec. 18, the large-cap categories have been the most challenged among the "style-box" international-stock groups. None are in positive territory. The best performer, the foreign large-growth Morningstar Category, has a 0.4% loss, while foreign large-blend and foreign large-value are deeper in the red, at negative 3.1% and negative 4.6%, respectively. The world-stock category, whose funds typically have about half of their assets in the United States, lands in between the latter two categories.

Gregg Wolper does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.