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Big Mac and iPhone Indexes Clash on Valuations

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Investors accustomed to using the price of a Big Mac to tell whether a currency is cheap or expensive may have to reboot their thinking.

Nomura Holdings Inc.’s new iPhone index suggests the dollar is the most undervalued currency among 23 global peers, based on the cost of the Apple Inc. product in different countries. That’s the opposite conclusion of existing purchasing-power parity measures, such as The Economist’s Big Mac Index, which has the greenback as the fourth-most-overvalued currency.