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John Kicklighter

Chief Strategist


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 tweets

JohnKicklighter Dec 3, 2022
Historically, December is the host of the 'holiday' lull; but recent history has shown bouts of volatility in the middle of the month. I suspect we are looking at a $VIX charge over the next two weeks (similar to 2021):
2022-12-03 21:08:15
JohnKicklighter Dec 2, 2022
Going to watch where we end today on $SPX around the 200-day SMA. If we close below, it would raise the burden of recharging a default bullish bias into next week
2022-12-02 17:00:00
JohnKicklighter Dec 2, 2022
Keep an eye out for unscheduled Fed remarks today. Let's see if they have a need to steer market expectations after the is back and forth from Powell response to PCE dud to NFPs whip. Charles Evans is on the schedule 15 minutes from now
JohnKicklighter Dec 2, 2022
Probably going to be a trader migration to hedge funds next year. Could mean some redistribution of capital more long/short interest and generally greater risk taking
JohnKicklighter Dec 2, 2022
It seems the overall interpretation of the November US labor report is that the Fed still has plenty of room to combat still-oppressive inflation. Powell's remarks were not enough differentiated enough to build upon a more serious back off on monetary policy from previous weeks
JohnKicklighter Dec 2, 2022
Following a similar path to the US Dollar, the US 2-Year Treasury yield jumped 20 basis points after the US labor report.
2022-12-02 13:45:38
Dec 4, 2022