Big Mac Index

The Economist: Markets and Data

The Economist has those with a sweet tooth for quantitative data and analysis well-covered on their Markets and Data website. The first place most visitors will want to visit is the “World Markets” area. Here they can get an overview of the latest stock market indices and commodity prices, and also look over company financial statements. After that, it’s time to bite into the “Big Mac Index”, which happens to be “the world’s most accurate financial indicator to be based on a fast-food item.” Also on the homepage, visitors can perform a currency exchange based on the latest information and also display a customized graph of historical exchange rates for 164 countries. Visitors shouldn’t overlook the “Weekly Indicators” area, which includes information on commodity prices, Asian GDP growth forecasts, budget balances, and producer prices.

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