Trade-war fears aren’t really rattling investors, going by these gauges

Get ready for more chatter about a potential global trade war, thanks to the Trump administration confirming that it may double down on its proposed tariffs on China.

“What was at first a trade skirmish,” writes economist Joseph Stiglitz, “appears to be quickly morphing into a full-scale trade war.”

There already has been “a major uptick in tariff conversation” in second-quarter earnings conference calls, note Bespoke Investment Group’s analysts.

But they’re also highlighting bullish action by key U.S. market measures of risk, as they serve up our call of the day.

The VIX

VIX, +1.56%

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