Zimbabwe’s Hyperinflation Solution: Slash Zero’s


Our friend Gideon Gono (Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) has decided to tackle the ultra-hyperinflation pummeling Zimbabwe in one fell swoop. His solution? Lopping zeros off of the Zimbabwean Dollar — ten of them! That means, as of August 1st, a 10 Billion Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWD) bill will be worth one ZWD. That’s a 10 000 000 000 : 1 ratio…. or a 99.99999999% devaluation!


A report from the BBC helps to put things into perspective, 100 Billion ZWD will buy a few eggs, with a tray of 24 eggs costing somewhere around Z$600bn. Better not break one of those!

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