The U.S. dollar has been on a tear, soaring to multiyear highs against a basket of other major currencies. In 2014, the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) rose 12.8%, and in early 2015 the dollar’s formidable strength continues to be a major theme.

"We see increasing strength in the dollar as a long-term trend," says Brian Andrew, president and chief investment officer at Cleary Gull, an investment advisory firm in Milwaukee.

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