John Kicklighter

John Kicklighter

Chief Currency Strategist

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Fundamental analysis and market themes.
John Kicklighter is a Senior Currency Strategist and head of DailyFX in New York City and San Francisco where he specializes in combining fundamental and technical analysis with money management. Actively trading since he was a teenager, his experience ranges from spot currency, financial futures, commodities, stocks and options on all these instruments for his personal accounts. He holds a Finance and Investment degree from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York City.



Will the S&P 500 Tumble Consummate a Critical Break and When Will Oil Stop?

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EURUSD or NZDCHF: Which Pair Better Suits Trading Conditions This Week?

EURUSD has posted a noteworthy technical progression with clearing resistance not long after pushing a 16-month low. Yet, in filtering virtue from vice in general market conditions, NZDCHF may be a f...

US Equities Slide in Defiance of Holiday Expectations, Be Wary of EURUSD’s Break

The black hold in liquidity expected later in this week with holiday conditions seems to find numerous points of defiance in the form of volatility. Yet, can we expect charges like that in with equit...

Weekly Technical Forecast: Will Liquidity Define the Equities, EURUSD and Oil Reversals?

A range of ambitious technical moves were checked this past week. Equities’ return to bear trend steadied, the EURUSD pulled up from a break to 16-month lows and crude oil finally broke the fev...

Dollar Leans Towards Important Bearish Breaks, Will Liquidity Save It?

The Dollar hit a 16-month high last week, but it will begin the upcoming period distorted by low liquidity in retreat and eyeing medium-term support.

What Will Liquidity This Week Do for S&P 500, Dollar, Oil Trends?

The week ahead will bring to bear the seasonal draining of liquidity that prompts speculative reach in complacency against the persistent march of systemically important speculative themes. What tren...

US Oil Has Three Days of Stability Against Six Weeks and 30% Of Tumble

Calling a true recovery for crude oil owing to a three day steadying is extremely risky against the backdrop of a near 30 percent collapse for the commodity.

A Review and Outlook of an Australian and Kiwi Dollar Run

Volatility is one of the features of the markets that most traders most frequently seek. Yet, the promise of dramatic movement in the market is more often an excuse to allow emotions to reign as dili...

Dwindling Brexit Options Guarantees Pound Volatility, S&P 500 Shows Seasonal Benefits

The markets are fighting against the pull of a slow systemic drain in liquidity associated to holiday conditions. We will see how effective such historical norms prove against growing threats like Br...

High Volatility as with S&P 500 and Pound Demands More Regimented Trading

Volatility is one of the features of the markets that most traders most frequently seek. Yet, the promise of dramatic movement in the market is more often an excuse to allow emotions to reign as dili...

Risk Starts to List Again in US Trade, Brexit Headlines Swing Pound

General risk trends gave way to more targeted fundamental issues with a remarkable impact on volatility. Brexit headlines flipped from bullish to bearish and back again with GBPUSD experiencing excep...

What Would Signal a Panic-Low for Crude Oil?

Has crude’s tumble moved too far too fast? On aggressive market moves, the probability of an overshoot and snap back can be high. What is the current state of oil and what are the cues to follo...

EURUSD Bounces Despite Break, Brexit Hopes Prop Pound, Oil Hits the Gas

So much for the clear risk and EURUSD bear trends. Both moves would stall this past session despite the fundamental drums continuing. Meanwhile, Brexit rumors added to Sterling volatility and Oil con...

Evaluating the Drive Behind EURUSD’s 1.1300 Crash to Assess Follow Through

EURUSD, the currency markets most liquid currency cross, dove through support and moved on to the lowest levels plunged in 16 months. Is this revival of a bear trend or a temporary charge?

S&P 500 Extends its Tumble, EURUSD Hits 16-Month Low, Oil Dives an 11th Day

So much for a quiet start to the new trading week after a weekend to reevaluate. Risk aversion was shifting through the gears Monday with an accelerated US equity retreat. But that move has nothing o...

Weekly Technical Forecast: The US Indices Rally Stalled, Oil’s Tumble Continued, EURUSD Weighs a Key Level

There was a notable attempt to shift tentative breakouts and fledgling charges into more systemic trends. For most – like US indices – the effort fell apart after the week’s top eve...

Yen as a Risk Measure, Carry Barometer and Trade Vehicle

A strong risk asset rebound has stalled this past week, and different assets present their unique appeal to take advantage of the trend check. I look at the Yen crosses against this backdrop.

Dollar Attempting Another Ill-Fated Charge to Make a Bull Trend Stick

The Dollar is within easy reach of a more-than-year high in the DXY Index and EURUSD. Do these benchmarks offer a more reliable signal than the strained conviction in other measures?

S&P 500’s Recovery Falter, EURUSD Approaching 1.1300, Worst Oil Slide in Decades

Risk trends cut their bullish anchor this past week when the S&P 500 and Dow capitulated with a Friday tumble. Meanwhile, EURUSD is eying 1.1300 for next week’s open and US oil has suffered...

Markets After the US Midterms: Charts and Themes to Watch

The 2018 US midterm election cycle is winding down. Here’s what we’re watching for on the other side of Tuesday.