John Kicklighter

John Kicklighter

Chief Currency Strategist

Expertise:
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.

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Weekly Trading Forecast: Can Markets Hold Steady Through US GDP with Trade Wars Exploding?

There is a hearty round of scheduled event risk due over the coming week from US 1Q GDP to an ECB rate decision, but it will be difficult for the market to keep focus with trade wars constantly escal...

Dollar Steadies After Trump Criticizes Currency and Fed, Trade Wars Weigh Risk

US Dollar experienced volatility following President Trump's criticism of the Fed, while markets may experience a wide shift towards risk aversion weighing trade wars headlines vs. weekend liquidity ...

Dollar Inches Higher Despite Powell, S&P 500 Despite FANG

The US Dollar slightly rose ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s semi-annual testimony to the Senate. In addition, risk trends were mostly positive on Wednesday despite significant vo...

The Dollar-Yuan Exchange Rate is a Very Poor Trade Candidate for Trade Wars

The tension between the United States and China is about as ubiquitous as trade wars itself at this stage. Yet that doesn’t insinuate a straight forward trade opportunity between the Dollar and...

Will Dollar and Nasdaq Remain Steady Under Trump and Netflix Headlines?

Despite systemic weekend developments, including China filing a WTO complaint and President Trump’s scheduled summit with Russian President Vladmir Putin, headlines only slightly influenced mar...

The Case for Fading the Impressive USDJPY Breakout

USDJPY managed to win a remarkable technical advance this past week when it cleared a confluence of heavy resistance markers. And yet, conditions suggest the more appealing opportunity is to fade rat...

EURUSD, Dow, Oil Will Start New Week with Ranges and a Fear of Trade Wars

Volatility continues to churn with trade wars folding into more ‘mundane’ fundamental risk. With trade wars still on slate alongside China 2Q GDP and Fed Chairman Powell’s testimony...

The Root of the Next Market Collapse: Leverage is Everywhere

Would you rather be a profitable trader over time or impress your peers by making exceptional calls on major market moves? Reason would tell us the former is the ideal, but psychology often changes p...

A Nasdaq Record Vs Commodity Slump, EURUSD Unmoved by Fed and ECB Hike Talk

Not trade wars nor Fed rate speculation nor debate among the ECB members on when to first hike nor a softer turn for Brexit would move the markets this past session. Are the markets immune or waiting...

Third Quarter Forecasts for Dollar, Euro, Oil, Equities and More

Has the emergence of trade wars fundamentally altered the course for the Dollar and global equities? Have Brexit fears been fully absorbed into the Pound? Can oil extend its rally to three-and-a-half...

Trump Tariffs and NATO Pressure Bend Risk Trends, Dollar Rally Comes with Questions

As crude oil prices fell and US Dollar rose, US-China trade war tensions were intensified by President Trump’s calls for 4% GDP contribution to NATO.

Looking for the Consistent Setups Rather Than the ’Hero’ Trades

Would you rather be a profitable trader over time or impress your peers by making exceptional calls on major market moves? Reason would tell us the former is the ideal, but psychology often changes p...

Trump Disputes at NATO Summit Will Amplify Trade Wars, Loonie Clarity from BoC

Risk trends were starting to flag this past session as the world closed in on a doubtlessly belligerent NATO Summit. Convoluted fundamental risks make for difficult trading in equities, Dollar, Euro,...

Dollar and S&P 500 Stable Despite Trade Wars, Pound Up-Ended by Political Risk

Despite the US-China trade war, risk assets such as the S&P 500 rose on Monday. On the other hand, Sterling fell due to political risk and uncertainty.

Weekly Trading Forecast: US and China Ensure Trade Wars, Dollar and Pound Look for Guidance

Risk trends were remarkably sanguine this past week in the face of confirmed tariffs placed by the US and China on each other. Don’t expect risk trends or benchmark FX currencies to simply igno...

Dow Charge Evidence Trade Wars Don’t Matter and Where are EURUSD, GBPUSD Heading?

If you doubted the world’s largest economies were engaging in a trade war, the United States and China’s implementing $34 billion in tariffs against each other should banish that suspicio...

Dollar Starts to Lose Traction as China Trade War Takes Effect, Next the World?

The Dollar took a notable spill to close out this past week as employment data came in close to expectations, local capital markets (like the Dow) charged and tariffs on China went into effect. So wh...

Where USDCAD Offers Better Trade Terms than USDCHF, EURUSD, GBPUSD

It is generally the case that the pair or market most prone to volatility and acting lightening rod to the most prominent fundamental themes is considered the most ‘tradable’. Yet, realit...

Count Down to Trade War Engagement, Dollar Interst in NFPs, Oil Turning

The next move in the US-China trade war is due to take clear effect Friday as the costly intellectual property tariffs go into effect. Meanwhile, NFPs, a Brexit Cabinet meeting and oil turn promise t...

Third Quarter Forecasts for Dollar, Euro, Oil, Equities and More

Has the emergence of trade wars fundamentally altered the course for the Dollar and global equities? Have Brexit fears been fully absorbed into the Pound? Can oil extend its rally to three-and-a-half...


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