John Kicklighter

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.



What to Expect from USD/CAD and Other Loonie Pairs with BoC Expected to Hike

We are coming on the major central bank rate decision of 2018 and it is already expected to be a remarkable one.

US Equities Blow off Bullish Pressure, Dollar Pauses Collapse, Bitcoin Embraces Its Own

The global financial markets were back up to full liquidity Tuesday with US traders back online following the MLK holiday.

Dollar’s Pain Continues Despite Holiday, Positioning Hits Extremes

Monday opened to a US bank holiday - the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - and risk trends were properly subdued in respect to the state of liquidity.

A Look at Equally-Weighted Views of Dollar, Euro, Pound and More

Often times, we make an evaluation of a certain currency by referencing a single currency pair. Even when that pair is as liquid as EUR/USD, the picture we are getting of the individual may be far of...

Risk Rally is Really a S&P 500 Rally, Dollar Collapse a EUR/USD Breakout

Risk trends were still one of the biggest stories to close out this past week, but conviction continues to stumble behind the bulls' ambitions.

Will the Euro and Pound Trigger the Dollar’s Tumble?

The Dollar is dangling over the edge of a technical cliff. Take a look at the ICE's Dollar Index (DXY) chart and you will find the benchmark currency at a three-year low.

ECB Signals QE Retreat Again, Will EUR/USD Overtake 1.2100?

Which currency is presently in charge of the EUR/USD's bearing and intensity? Is it the Dollar as the world's most liquid currency?

Where Euro and Yen Charged by Policy, BoC Offers Clear USD/CAD Lines

This week, we have seen both the Euro and Japanese Yen set in motion speculation that their respective central banks were readying for changes.

China Sinks the Dollar, Trump Hits CAD and BoJ the S&P 500

This past session, the S&P 500 posted its first day-over-day loss in seven sessions - so the first decline of 2018. This misstep was not isolated to this particularly high flying index either.

Why ECB and BoJ’s Monetary Policies Matter for All Traders

I think few would disagree with the notion that global monetary policy has played a crucial role in stabilizing and lifting the global financial markets this past decade.

How and When To Trade Trend Reversals Like AUD/USD’s, Gold’s, SPX’s

Reversals: they are the most attractive events in the financial markets for traders. In these events, we expect dramatic volatility for quick profits

Will EUR/USD Stoke Dollar Conviction, BoJ Drive US Yields, Oil Bulls Commit?

Favorite risk benchmarks continued to rise - like the SPX's 6-day rally - but recognition of flagging momentum is growing

EUR/USD Turns from Critical Resistance But With Limited Inspiration

EUR/USD had worked itself into a tight spot this past week. Congestion was running around 100 pips suggestion a break would be inevitable.

Risk’s 2018 Charge Starting to Flag, Dollar Finds Mild Relief

Capital markets were still pushing generally higher to start the second trading week of 2018, but there was a moderation of enthusiasm that offered inspiration to bulls last week.

Weekly Forecast: Carry and Euro Rise to Start the Year as Dollar Struggles

NFPs underwhelmed an increasingly anesthetized Dollar crowd, but would the currency even responded more definitively to a more dramatic surprise? The Greenback’s bullish options seem to be thin...

Dollar Risks Three-Year Low as Rate Expectations Lose Sway

NFPs underwhelmed an increasingly anesthetized Dollar crowd, but would the currency even responded more definitively to a more dramatic surprise? The Greenback’s bullish options seem to be thin...

It is Growing Increasingly Difficult to Mount a Dollar Reversal

Looking at the charts, we could say the Dollar is significantly discounted if we were looking at a year's or two of historical price action.

Amid NFPs, S&P 500 Post Best Week in a Year While Dollar Flounders

There was a wide bid across various asset types and regions during the first week of trade for 2018. The US indices yearned for the greatest attention.

Dow Brazenly Leads Risk Higher While Dollar Recovery Falters

US equity indices continued to pace the capital markets with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq all moving to fresh record highs.

What the NFPs Can and Cannot Do For the Dollar, S&P 500

The monthly US nonfarm payrolls (NFPs) report is celebrated by volatility spotters as one of the most media-hyped events of the calendar month.