John Kicklighter

Chief Currency Strategist

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.



Weekly Trading Forecast: What Currencies Face Volatility Amid Low Volatility Global Markets

Extremely thin trading for the capital markets is sidelining FX trends as well. Volatility in the majors continues to outpace its financial peers, but can Janet Yellen's remarks at the Jackson Hole S...

Dollar Looks to Yellen to Turn Volatility into Trend, Will She Acquiesce?

Indecision is a universal market theme. And, the Dollar has not escaped the sedation. A confluence of conviction and participation is proving exceptionally difficult to muster due to the growing sens...

What Will it Take to Finally Kindle a SPX, USD/JPY, Dollar Move?

The juxtaposition of an extreme high for the S&P 500 or precarious position of USD/JPY to the exceptionally low levels of activity (volatility and volume) is striking.

Will Market Depth Return for Breakouts and Trends This Week?

All the sparks in the world will not create a fire without sufficient fuel. Market depth (participation) is too shallow to generate the major breakouts that so many currency pairs and asset benchmark...

Despite USD Slide and Risk Shake, USDJPY Holds 100 and Oil Climbs

Unfulfilled threats - that is what we keep running into with these markets.

Strategy Video: Traders and BoJ Watch as USD/JPY Lurks at 100

There is considerable weight in the 100 level for USD/JPY - some of it tangible, some of it purely the product of speculation.

Has the S&P 500 Marked its Break and Has 100 Fallen for USD/JPY?

Volatility picked up this past session, but it was hardly the kind of activity that traders have been waiting for.

Stimulus Turns a Financial Stalwart into Speculative Bomb

Is there a recession or financial crisis enveloping the global economy?

Evaluating SPX, EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD Breakouts in Range Markets

It seems logical when we consider it as a passive observer: breakouts and trend trades in range bound markets are low probability scenarios.

GBP/USD Rebounds on CPI, Pound Pairs Ready for Post-Brexit Jobs Data

The Cable posted the biggest move amongst the majors this past session between an ideal confluence of fundamental motivation.

Forecast - Volatility Versus Trend for Dollar, Pound, Yen and Aussie

Chief Strategist John Kicklighter discusses the top Forex fundamental themes for the coming week of trading.

Doubt Hounds S&P 500 at Record Highs, Dollar Readies for US CPI

The quiet that plagued the markets last week carried into Monday. While the S&P 500 led the charge to new highs among risk-oriented markets, there was little momentum or volume to bolster the leve...

How Pound May Follow Euro’s Lead with Persistent Brexit Fear

The Cable is slowly marching back towards the three decade lows the pair set last month in the aftermath of the calamitous fall following the Brexit vote.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Weekly Trading Forecast: What Currencies Face Volatility Amid Low Volatility Global Markets

Activity in equities and other asset classes have ground to a halt recently. The FX market is not immune, but it has maintained a volatility advantage over its brethren. Which currencies and events c...

USDollar Range to Extend Unless CPI or Fed Speakers Shift Rate Timing

Conditions are extraordinarily quiet across the financial market, and the Dollar is certainly not escaping the lethargy.

Looking for USD, JPY, GBP and AUD Opportunities Amid Extreme Quiet

This past week closed out one of the quietest trading periods in years. The S&P 500 would carve out its smallest weekly range in 15-months while volatility metrics (from VIX to ATRs) tallied more ...

Selecting the Appropriate Trades for Current Market Conditions

The financial markets are extremely quiet. For many, this means sitting on the sidelines for the seemingly interminable future or otherwise forcing trades that don't fit current conditions hoping the ...

A Fundamental and Structural Review of S&P 500 at Record Highs

Sentiment doesn't need to be grounded in traditional fundamentals.

Stocks Set 1999 Record Yet USDJPY Creeps, Kiwi Gives Up RBNZ Gains

US equity indexes offered up yet another record high close, but there was an added historical milestone to Thursday's progress.

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