Friday, January 16, 2009

Big Numbers

Sometimes it's really interesting to understand basic math.

Zimbabwe unveiled a 100 trillion dollar note Friday in the latest grim measure of its staggering economic collapse, heightening the urgency of a new round of unity talks set for next week...

The new 100,000,000,000,000 Zim-dollar bill would have been worth about 300 US dollars (225 euros) at Thursday's exchange rate on the informal market, where most currency trading now takes place, but the value of the local currency erodes dramatically every day.

The move came just one week after the bank released a series of billion-dollar notes, which already are not worth enough for workers to withdraw their monthly salaries.

Inflation was last reported at 231 million percent in July, but the Washington think-tank Cato Institute has estimated it now at 89.7 sextillion percent -- a figure expressed with 21 zeroes.

When Mugabe took power at independence from Britain in 1980, the Zimbabwe dollar was equivalent to the British pound.


Carson said...

Hmmm... I hope countries didn't count on the Zim as a reserve currency.

Darren said...

Maybe Zimbabwe needs a "stimulus package."

(I just can't say that term without porn music (bow shicka bow shicka BOW WOW) popping into my mind.)