The rising value of the dollar has really started to hurt the trade deficit in the United States. The deficit rose by 14% in the 4th quarter of 2015 and has continued to increase in 2015. This trade deficit is more of a problem because of the relatively weaker value of currencies in Asia and Europe. I thought it was interesting to note how the article mentions that political questions have been raised about Asian and European countries intentionally depreciating their own currencies to gain a competitive advantage. Regardless, it is hard for the recovery process to take place in our economy if we are continuing to import more than we export. It will be interesting to see if an increase in the interest rate will start to hurt the dollar and help bring the deficit back down.