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John Kicklighter

Chief Strategist

Expertise: Fundamental analysis and market themes.

At DailyFX Since: 2004

Trading Style

  • Analytical Profile: Technical and Fundamental
  • Time Frame: Medium-Term (2 Days to 2 Weeks)
  • Type: Swing

Can we guess your trading personality?


  • Started trading in options in 2000 and expanded to FX in 2002
  • Has worked with DailyFX since attending college in 2004 starting with an internship
  • Has spoken at numerous trader expos and conferences over the years


  • Bachelor’s degree cum laude in in Finance and Investment degree the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York City

Most Important Trading Lesson Learned

“We spend so much time focusing on our ‘edge’ and eventually we move on to work in risk and positioning management. Over so many years, though, I find that the most important progress I’ve made was through working on my own behavior or psychology. A sound analysis to establish probabilities is straightforward, but our perspective and interpretations are rarely so clear cut.“

Recent Articles

S&P 500 Volatility Should Settle if Risk Appetite is Set, AUDCAD a Top Watch
S&P 500 Volatility Should Settle if Risk Appetite is Set, AUDCAD a Top Watch
2021-12-08 03:00:00
Nasdaq Recovery Outstripped by Dow Raises Caution, Dollar Ready to Break
Nasdaq Recovery Outstripped by Dow Raises Caution, Dollar Ready to Break
2021-12-07 03:15:00
USD/JPY on the Cusp of Reversal as All Yen Crosses Yield to Risk Trends
USD/JPY on the Cusp of Reversal as All Yen Crosses Yield to Risk Trends
2021-12-05 08:00:00
Crude Oil Drops a 6th Straight Week Amid Extreme Volatility
2021-12-04 20:36:00
If Volatility Remains Elevated, Risk of an Unseasonal S&P 500 Bear Trend Uncomfortably High
2021-12-04 04:30:00
Dow Attempts Recovery, Nasdaq 100 Still in Reversal Pattern with NFPs and Seasonality at Play
2021-12-03 03:00:00
Nasdaq 100 and US Indices Bleed Premium While VIX Hits 10 Month High as Risk Aversion Solidifies
2021-12-02 03:00:00
S&P 500 Stages Reversal, Dollar Volatility After Powell, Dow the Worrying Signal
2021-12-01 04:00:00
Dow to Nasdaq Ratio, Crude Oil, Treasury Curve: Top Three Monthly Charts as December Begins
2021-11-30 22:30:00
Covid Worries Don’t Capsize Markets Just Yet, But Watch the Dow and US Dollar
2021-11-30 05:00:00
Top Market Moving Themes and Event Risk Next Week…Including Friday NFPs
2021-11-26 23:30:00
Swapping Bitcoin and DAX for S&P 500 and Dow as Risk Measures Through Week’s End
2021-11-25 04:00:00
Dollar Extended Rally Faces Last Major Event for the Week, S&P 500 Breaks Provide No Direction
2021-11-24 04:00:00
Dollar Rally Extended by Powell Fed Decision, S&P 500 Suffers False Break Reversal
2021-11-23 03:00:00
S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq Show Haywire ‘Risk’, Dollar Charged for Biden’s Fed Chair Decision
2021-11-22 01:30:00

Recent tweets

JohnKicklighter Dec 8, 2021
There are three central bank rate decisions today: the RBI hold; an expected 150bp Brazilian central bank hike and the Bank of Canada expected hold. That BOC event is likely to be the most market moving and $AUDCAD is my my preferred focus:
2021-12-08 06:05:00
JohnKicklighter Dec 8, 2021
The $SPX happily took up the baton on a broad risk appetite rally this past session and the $VIX fell back as would be expected. Yet, if the market's tempo doesn't settle; risk of abrupt reversals remain worryingly high:
2021-12-08 03:24:32
JohnKicklighter Dec 7, 2021
Very early - and narrow field of study - reports of Pfizer vaccine providing significantly less effective with Omicron doesn't knock the markets off before the close
JohnKicklighter Dec 7, 2021
RT @heatherscope: House on track to vote TONIGHT on NDAA and debt limit process Both would go to Senate, where its looking like they have…
JohnKicklighter Dec 7, 2021
Looking at the intraday chart of $AUDUSD again, their is a 9 consecutive 4-hour candle advance in a swing to the back to the top of its descending trend channel
2021-12-07 17:36:02
JohnKicklighter Dec 7, 2021
Crude oil is up approximately 10% over the past two days. The biggest rally over that period since Nov 10, 2020. The midpoint of the past three months' range and the 100-day SMA hovering around 73.95/90
2021-12-07 17:09:57
Dec 8, 2021