A Big Mac Mystery

The Economist created the Big Mac Index in 1986 to compare the price of the Big Mac in different countries. Their goal, they said, was to make exchange rate talk more “digestible.” However, the January 16 Index also generated some…

What We Can Learn From Big Mac Prices

Based on the January 2017 Big Mac Index, we can get the most burger for our buck in Egypt. At the equivalent of $1.46, an Egyptian Big Mac is less than one-third the $5.06 U.S. price. On the other hand, a Big Mac…

Where to Buy the Cheapest Big Mac

More than a list of hamburger prices, the Big Mac Index provides an easy way to see which currencies are undervalued and overvalued.

The Yuan Devaluation and the Big Mac Index

Showing the purchasing power of different currencies and under-and overvaluation, the Big Mac Index can provide an understanding of the yuan devaluation.

What the Big Mac Says About the Trans-Pacific Partnership

While opponents of the TPP free trade deal cite currency manipulation, cheaper exports from countries with cheaper currencies save money for U.S. buyers.

Where to Spend the Most on a Big Mac

Displaying foreign exchange fluctuation, the price of a Big Mac in different countries can be compared to show if a currency is over- or undervalued.

Hamburger Economics

Our Sunday Charts The 2014 Big Mac Index is out and not much has changed. Norway’s Big Macs are most expensive and Chinese Big Macs are cheap. As The Economist explains, starting in 1986, they wanted to take a lighthearted look at whether currencies…

Emerging Markets: Brazil’s Big Mac

The price of a Big Mac can explain some of Brazil’s problems. But first, I wanted to share some insight about Brazil from financial writer James Surowiecki. In emerging markets like Brazil’s, the problems start when GDP rises, people earn…

Purchasing Power

The Big Mac Index is out again and not much has changed. Norway’s Big Macs are expensive and Chinese Big Macs are cheap. What do Big Mac prices tell us about purchasing power? Starting with an average U.S. price of $4.37, we…

Big Macs and Currency Manipulators

In China, a Big Mac costs close to the equivalent of $2.44. That same burger in the US is $4.20. The basic idea is PPP, purchasing power parity. The dollar can buy more when the yuan is undervalued. And President…