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  • Recovery Needs More Than Just Low Rates Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 3:45 AM ET
    European Union flags in front of European Commission headquarter in Brussels, Belgium.

    There is a legendary quote from the movie Top Gun when the commanding officer berates one of his ace pilots with the line: "Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash."

  • Will All the Money Printing Lead to Hyperinflation? Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    Fiat money is a wonderful thing is it not? Truly one of the more useful developments in society since humans first learned to think / speak, that one can put in a day’s work and be rewarded with a piece of paper, which can itself be exchanged for something as marvelous as a punnet of strawberries or a Fender Jazz Bass.

  • Citi’s Buiter: Time for 'Helicopter Money Drops' Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 9:35 PM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    Wall Street is starting to sound a little spooked.

  • Dutch Bonds Lift Euro, But Politics Sap Risk Appetite Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    A Dutch bond sale reassures, but investors are looking for havens - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Guest Blog: Money-Printing Has Reached Its Limits Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 2:01 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve decides how much money needs to be printed each year and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing does the actual printing. So how do they swap in the new money? When the Fed gets a cash deposit from banks, it reviews all the currency using special currency processing and authentication machines. Generally, those reviews result in the conclusion that one-third of the currency is unfit for future circulation. The currency that’s deemed unfit is shredded and the bills are replaced

    Given that title inflation has been with us since the 1980s, in everything from estate agents’ property descriptions to job titles for students in summer jobs frying hamburgers, we should not be surprised that “printing money” in the 21st century is referred to as “quantitative easing”.

  • Pondering a Dire Day: Leaving the Euro Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 9:49 AM ET

    As the truth dawns in Greece and other weak euro zone economies that the price for remaining bound to the single currency will be more hardship and sacrifice, a growing number of legal and financial experts — to say nothing of the Greeks themselves — are examining in detail what would happen if Greece abandoned the euro. The NYT reports.

  • Fair Value: CNBC Explains Friday, 21 Oct 2011 | 9:35 AM ET

    Fair value is a tool used by investors to understand the relationship between the value of futures contracts and the current price of a stock. The term is used in pre-market hours to help forecast the direction of the market.

  • Money-Printing Won't Bring Inflation Surge: Economist Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 5:06 AM ET

    Central banks' policy of printing money to try and stimulate weak economies is unlikely to result in significantly higher inflation, Rob Carnell, chief international economist at ING, wrote in a market note.

  • Hyperinflation: CNBC Explains Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 7:55 AM 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. CNBC explains

  • Swiss Central Bank Move 'Huge Mistake': Jim Rogers Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 2:40 AM ET
    Jim Rogers during a visit to Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Rogers says he's long Chinese stocks and the currency even though he thinks the property sector may be in a bubble.

    The Swiss central bank's decision to set a limit on how much the Swiss franc can appreciate against the euro is "a huge mistake," investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, told CNBC.com on Wednesday.

  • Happy 40th Birthday Gold-Free Dollar! Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 10:01 AM ET
    Sheet of US one hundred dollar bills

    On August 15th, 1971, the dollar's final gold tether was severed, allowing it to sail away into uncharted seas.

  • 25 Million Reasons China Cannot Fight Inflation Thursday, 12 May 2011 | 10:18 AM ET
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    China today once again raised banks’ reserve requirements in an effort to restrain rising prices. This marks the fifth time this year that China has hiked bank reserve requirements.

  • Why the Chinese Should Fear HyperInflation Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | 9:47 AM ET
    Chinese Yuan

    In countries where politicians or other special interest groups control monetary policy, hyperinflation remains a very real possibility.

  • Buying Gold = Shorting Mankind's Wisdom: Analyst Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 1:43 AM ET
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    Despite mankind's ability to adapt and invent new materials and make use of new resources, humans seem "hopelessly incapable of learning past wisdom and apparently doomed to repeat past follies," according to Dylan Grice, a research analyst at Societe Generale.

  • Dennis Gartman: Market Getting Inured to Middle East Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:46 PM ET

    If news out of the Middle East doesn't get any worse than it has been, Gartman thinks the market will quickly become inured to the unrest.

  • The Worst Hyperinflation Situations of All Time Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 9:28 AM ET
    Imagine that during the time it took to drink a cup of coffee, the price of that cup of coffee doubled. Although extreme, this becomes the reality of hyperinflation, where prices change so rapidly that everyday items rise exponentially and money becomes worthless, virtually overnight or even in the course of a working day. Today, inflation has become a major topic of debate in the United States, and although many are concerned about the effects of a devalued dollar on the economy, history shows

    What were some of the worst inflation situations in history and how did they come to be? Click to find out!