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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.



Weekly Trading Forecast: US and China Raise the Trade War Stakes to Compete with Apple, Brexit and Rate Decisions

Trade wars are still one of the most comprehensive and ominous fundamental threats to the broader financial system, but its influence fell to the wayside recently amid rate decisions, top scheduled e...

What Apple’s $1 Trillion Market Cap Means to the Market

Apple's $1 trillion market cap and the surge in their stock price leverage speculative enthusiasm, but do not offset growing market risks.

Pound Drops Despite BoE Hike, Dollar Rallies Ahead of NFPs, Apple Lifts FANG

Although the Bank of England hiked rates, Sterling still dropped. Apple's market cap exceeded $1 trillion, helping risk trends out to US equities.

Anticipation for the Pound On a BoE Decision the Antithesis of the Fed Meeting

Despite expectations of a BoE rate hike, Brexit uncertainty may erase any follow-through for the British Pound’s ensuing moves.

Risk Trends Struggle Despite Apple, Fed a Dud for Dollar, Pound Ready for BoE Hike

Despite Apple's strong earnings, market-wide risk trends still struggle. The top event risk over the next 24 hours is the Bank of England rate decision, seen at a high probability hike.

Fed Rate Decision Will Swamp Headlines but Dollar’s Motivations Lie Elsewhere

The Fed is still on pace for four rate hikes in 2018, but the August meeting is not due to be one of the active events. How sensitive is speculation to rhetoric for forecasts and what is the dollar p...

FANG and Indices Look for Recovery from Apple Beat, Dollar Traders Await Fed

Apple's earnings will attempt to revive sentiment weighed by FANG's struggles. With the BoJ and Eurozone GDP figures behind us, the FOMC rate decision is our next high-profile event risk.

A Troubling Start to the Week for FANG, Global Markets Head into Heavy Event Risk

FANG outperforming headlines ahead of a week of heavy event risk: Eurozone GDP, BoJ rate decision, US consumer sentiment, and Chinese PMI.

FANG Sets Up Apple for a Risk Showdown, Rate Decisions and Trade War Storms Cross

What fundamental theme or piece of event risk is in charge next week? There is an overwhelming amount of scheduled and unscheduled fodder in the week ahead that can touch off volatility, but is there...

Central Banks Versus Trade Wars: What Moves the Markets Next Week

Given how ubiquitous it is, there is a good chance that you’re considering a trade on EURUSD. Before you put that position on, however, consider the high profile event risk and troubling market...

Weekly Trading Forecast: A Flood of Rate Decisions, NFPs and More Trade Wars

Though the US-EU seem to have eased tensions on trade wars somewhat, this overwhelming theme remains. And in the week ahead, it will be reinforced with a deluge of high profile event risk.

What Kind of Risk Does FANG Represent to Global Risk Trends?

Facebook's epic plunge Thursday has certainly shattered the calm consistency of risk trends, but what will lead markets to maintain an increasingly dubious outlook for speculative windfall.

Risk Trends Uneven Amid FANG Earnings, EURUSD Moves from ECB to US GDP

Will Amazon’s earnings offset the record-breaking plunge from fellow FANG member Facebook? Will US 2Q GDP carry more weight with the dollar or general risk trends with trade wars still buffetin...

Questions for EURUSD and Risk Trends Between EU-US Trade, ECB Decision, Earnings

While trade war tensions abated following EU President Juncker and US President Trump's meeting, the ECB's decision and US companies' earnings hold questions for EUR/USD.

EURUSD Trades Must Account for EU-US Trade Talks, Then ECB Decision

Given how ubiquitous it is, there is a good chance that you’re considering a trade on EURUSD. Before you put that position on, however, consider the high profile event risk and troubling market...

FANG Earnings Offset By Trump’s Commitment to Trade Wars

We were offered another speculative litmus test this past session in the form of the Google 2Q earnings release. And, the enthusiasm lasted for almost the entire trading day until trade wars swooped ...

What is the Trump Administration’s Strategy in its China Trade War?

The United States is likely pressuring China to capitulate while neutralizing the Yuan, rather than simple anarchy.

No Trade Wars Relief from G20, Trump Warns Iran, Google Steadies US Earnings

Afterhours Google earnings offer hope for risk trends, which struggled during Monday's session due to trade war carry-over. Dollar, Euro, and Pound expect volatility ahead.

If You Haven’t Yet, Evaluate and Reduce Your Risk

The rise of trade wars and failing forecasts for global growth represent yet another indisputable risk shaping the market’s future. As the backdrop grows more unstable, it is important to evalu...

Trade Wars Threaten to Overshadow Earnings, ECB Decision, US GDP

Trade wars have escalated into the weekend while the Trump administration has raised pressure on the US Dollar. Can scheduled events like US GDP and the ECB rate decision hope to compete with these a...