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Hyperinflation

Hyperinflation

A very high rate of inflation, especially sustained over a long period of time. While there is no set numeric definition, it is associated with inflation percentages in the millions and billions. Hyperinflation is almost always caused by poor monetary policy on the part of the government. For example, a government that rapidly increases the money supply without a corresponding growth in GDP often undergoes hyperinflation. This situation often leads to (though it may also be caused by) wider economic instability, and may lead to a lack of confidence in the government. As a result, hyperinflation that persists for a long time may lead to the government issuing a new currency entirely.

hyperinflation

A very high level of inflation that tends to result in the breakdown of the monetary system, the hoarding of goods, and difficulty in achieving real economic growth. The classic case of hyperinflation occurred in Germany during the 1920s. Hyperinflation, which tends to motivate people to own real goods, adversely affects security prices.

hyperinflation

a very high level of INFLATION.

hyperinflation

a situation of high and accelerating rates of INFLATION. Unlike CREEPING INFLATION, which usually has little ill-effect on the functioning of the economy, hyperinflation reflects a situation where people begin to lose confidence in the value of MONEY and revert to BARTER. At this point there is a serious danger of economic collapse, accompanied by growing social disorder. Hyperinflation is a rare phenomenon, but when it does occur its causes are as much political as economic: for example, the excessive printing of money to finance government spending (during wars, in particular) or an acute shortage of goods and services combined with a large pent-up demand, as in periods immediately following the ending of a war.
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Central banking purists, especially in Germany, with its history scarred by hyper-inflation, worry that the guardians of sound money are losing their independence to governments and will find it hard to get the genie back into the bottle.
As inflation erodes the rial's purchasing power, Iran's central bank must increase the supply of money, which risks hyper-inflation, a cycle of rising prices and rising volumes of money in circulation.
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