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Hyperinflation: CNBC Explains

Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 12:00 PM ET

Although inflation is not necessarily a bad thing for a growing economy, there have been numerous historical examples when inflation runs wild--a situation called hyperinflation. Some of the worst examples of hyperinflation have seen prices double in a matter of hours, with monthly inflation rates exceeding hundreds of trillions of percent. However, monthly inflation reaching 50% is generally considered to be the threshold for hyperinflation. What is hyperinflation, how does it occur and what happens to the value of money? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains.