Cushing’s Syndrome | Seeking Alpha

Looking at the dizzying volatility in the government bond space and in continuation of our recent theme dealing with “alkaloids,” we remembered Cushing’s syndrome when choosing our title analogy, also known as “hypercortisolism” which is a collection of signs and symptoms due to prolonged exposure to cortisol (or QEs). Cushing’s syndrome is generally associated with rapid weight gain (bond prices), moodiness, irritability or depression to name a few.

The most common cause of Cushing’s syndrome is “exogenous” administration of glucortocoides prescribed by a health practitioner to treat other diseases such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. In our “market case,” one could argue that the most common cause of the sudden rise in government bond yields could be linked to the exogenous administration of “QEs” prescribed by central bankers in order to treat weak aggregate demand (AD). Strictly, Cushing’s syndrome refers to excess cortisol of any etiology (as syndrome means a group of symptoms).

 

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