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New Fiscal Rules Will Produce Discipline And A Confidence Shock In Zimbabwe

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, like his predecessor Robert Mugabe, claims that economic sanctions have crippled Zimbabwe’s national development. What nonsense. Robert Mugabe and the current governing party ZANU-PF have made Zimbabwe into an economic basket case. Indeed, the ruling […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement – Current Annual Rate 4651%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worth less, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing today the world’s worst inflation.  As […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: Hyperinflation Started on December 17, 2016 and Continues Today, With Annual Inflation Hitting 4304%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worth less, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing today the world’s worst inflation.  As […]


Mugabe Out, Mnangagwa In, Inflation Down – Current Annual Rate 32%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. Robert Mugabe’s 27-year reign of lawlessness, corruption, and incompetence came to an end late November 2017, after a “soft coup” engineered by Emmerson Mnangagwa (aka “the Crocodile”) successfully unseated the aged dictator. Since then, inflation expectations in Zimbabwe have fallen […]


Mugabe Out, Mnangagwa In, Inflation Down

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. Robert Mugabe’s 27-year reign of lawlessness, corruption, and incompetence came to an end late November 2017, after a “soft coup” engineered by Emmerson  Mnangagwa (aka “the Crocodile”) successfully unseated the aged dictator. Since then, inflation expectations in Zimbabwe have fallen […]


Hyperinflation: Much Talked About, Little Understood

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. Professor Liping He from Beijing Normal University has produced a most comprehensive and useful scholarly treatment of world hyperinflation. It is hot off the press. This is a welcomed addition to the literature. Indeed, Hyperinflation: A World History is destined […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement – Current Annual Rate 2800%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worthless, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing the world’s worst inflation.  As the bolivar […]


The Economist Magazine Remains Confused On Zimbabwe Inflation

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Economist magazine remains confused. The November 4th issue of The Economist carried reportage on the ever-more acute economic disaster that grips Zimbabwe: “Surviving under Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s Deepening Crisis.” While the broad outlines of this reportage are correct, one reported “fact” in […]


Two Hyperinflations In Less Than Ten Years Did Mugabe In

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. Robert Mugabe’s 37-year reign of lawlessness, corruption and incompetence has just come to an end.  Mugabe is toast, thanks to a “soft coup” engineered by Emmerson Mnangagwa (aka: “the Crocodile”), who was Zimbabwe’s Vice President until he was dismissed earlier […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement – Current Annual Rate 2977%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worthless, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing the world’s worst inflation.  As the bolivar […]


Kevin Spacey Popped The ‘House Of Cards’-Bubble In Baltimore, Wiping Out Over 2000 Jobs

Last Tuesday, Media Right Capital and distributor Netflix announced the suspension of the American thriller, House of Cards, days after Anthony Rapp alleged Kevin Spacey, the executive producer and star had made ‘sexual advances’ towards him in the 1980’s, when he was 14-years old. Then last Thursday, Netflix cut ties with Spacey, a day after […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement – Current Annual Rate 2588%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worthless, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing the world’s worst inflation.  As the bolivar […]


Zimbabwe’s Inflation Monitor: A Weekly Update

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. In 2008, Zimbabwe suffered the second most severe episode of hyperinflation in recorded history. The annual inflation rate peaked in November 2008, reaching 89.7 sextillion (10^23) percent (see table below).  At the peak of Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation episode in November 2008, […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement – Current Annual Rate 2875%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worthless, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing the world’s worst inflation.  As the bolivar […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement – Current Annual Rate 3286%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worthless, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing the world’s worst inflation.  As the bolivar […]