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.



A Consistent but Slow EURUSD Slide May Turn Into a Euro Cascade

The Euro has found itself tipped into a painful retreat over the past five weeks - but really only against the US Dollar. That may soon change.

A ’Pause’ on the US-China Trade War Sees Little Dow Traction, None for Dollar

We opened up the new trading week on an optimistic note in US-China trade relations…and yet, risk trends were uneven and the Dollar eased back through Monday’s close.

What Do Speculative Extremes Suggest for EUR/USD, Oil and VIX?

There are a number of benchmark assets that have experienced a pullback in extreme, one-sided positioning over the past weeks and months.

A Steady Dollar Rally and Smallest SPX Range of 2018 Amid Trade Wars?

There was a dearth of high profile scheduled event risk this past week which could reasonably be expected to trigger a wide and sustained speculative move.

US China Trade War & a Brief History of Trade Wars – 1900 until Present

In this report, we look at some of the key events that have promoted and stymying global trade from 1900 to the latest US China Trade War.

Aussie Dollar Offers Great Technicals, Patiently Awaiting Fundamental Catalyst

There are few major currencies that have as many remarkable technical patterns behind its name than the Australian Dollar. Yet, setup struggles to turn into opportunity without fundamental catalyst.

Dow and S&P 500 Can’t Keep Up with DAX and FTSE, Dollar’s Advance a Crawl

There is a clear performance discrepancy between European and US equity indices, but do you want a market on a break-neck run in an environment so rife with skepticism?

What the Dollar and Emerging Market Currencies Can Tell Us About the Market

Fundamental themes mix and conflict to produce unusual bouts of volatility, changes in trend and generally shape the trading landscape. We discuss what the contrast between the Dollar and emerging ma...

Dow Turns an 8-Day Advance, Dollar Ratchets Up the Bullish Pressure

US equities have lost traction in their recovery attempt and the Dollar has reasserted its bullish ambitions, but neither development seems to follow clear fundamental lines.

A US-China Trade War Thaw Doesn’t Spark Risk Trends, EUR/USD Notches Large Wick

President Trump’s weekend tweet in favor of Chinese firm ZTE suggests there trade wars are not on an inevitable path, but markets read the update with skepticism with little Dow or risk respons...

Lack of Motivation but Long CHF Trend Leverage EUR/CHF and USD/CHF Appeal

While there are many appealing technical setups across the Swiss franc crosses, the fundamentals present very different opportunities.

Week Ends with Dow Leading ’Risk’ Rebound and Dollar Slipping

The past weeks have seen some remarkable moves among some majors - some without tangible fundamental drive and some without.

Why an AUD/USD Reversal Shouldn’t Pass Your Trade Checklist

Volatility was in remarkable abundance for the FX market this past session, but that alone should not be the foundation for trades. We consider the issues behind an otherwise alluring AUD/USD turn by...

Trades from Dollar Pause, Pound Slide, Kiwi Tumble? (Trading Video)

There were two noteworthy central bank updates this past 24 hours, and both of them were measurably dovish with bearish currency moves to match.

The BoE Is Unlikely to Hike Rates but the Details Can Charge the Pound

The Bank of England is due to weigh on monetary policy Thursday in London, and the market is remarkably confident on its outcome.

Dow Advances Despite US-Iran Deal, US CPI and BoE Decision Targets GBP/USD

President Trump's decision Tuesday to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal hasn't capped the Dow or S&P 500 yet.

Dollar Continues its Slow Advance Despite Iran Deal and China Trade Problems

There are many fronts to global political risk, but an inordinate number of these points of conflict seem to trace bank to the United States.

Dow, Dollar and Oil Reaction to President Trump’s Tuesday Iran Announcement

There are many fronts to global political risk, but an inordinate number of these points of conflict seem to trace bank to the United States.

Why EUR/USD and GBP/AUD Qualify as Appealing Trade Opportunities

It would seem a rudimentary consideration of trading FX that traders pursue naturally - without concerted thought or strategy.

Dollar Ends Week Steady and S&P 500 Strong, BoE Top Event Risk Ahead

Friday's charge for US equities was undoubtedly impressive. The final session's rally proved the best daily performance for the benchmark S&P 500 in a month.