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Saloni Sardana

Saloni is a web writer for MoneyWeek focusing on personal finance and global financial markets. Her work has appeared in FTAdviser (part of the Financial Times),  Business Insider and City A.M, among other publications. She holds a masters in international journalism from City, University of London.

Follow her on Twitter at @sardana_saloni

Which house-price index is the best?
Property

Which house-price index is the best?

Britain is obsessed with house prices, and we have at least four house-price indices to choose from to measure the rate of increase in the value of ou…
12 Dec 2022
What is the £400 energy grant and how will it be paid?
Personal finance

What is the £400 energy grant and how will it be paid?

The government’s £400 energy grant is a discount applied to domestic energy bills in England, Scotland and Wales, with similar support for those in No…
7 Oct 2022
Sterling accelerates its recovery after chancellor’s U-turn on taxes
Currencies

Sterling accelerates its recovery after chancellor’s U-turn on taxes

The pound has recovered after Kwasi Kwarteng U-turned on abolishing the top rate of income tax. Saloni Sardana explains what's going on..
4 Oct 2022
Bank of England spends £65bn to “restore orderly market conditions”
Budget

Bank of England spends £65bn to “restore orderly market conditions”

The Bank of England has said it will spend £65bn buying bonds to stabilise the financial markets after the government’s mini-Budget. Saloni Sardana ex…
29 Sep 2022
Hundreds of mortgage products withdrawn as interest rates surge
Mortgages

Hundreds of mortgage products withdrawn as interest rates surge

Hundreds of mortgage products have been withdrawn after sterling crashed to the lowest levels in decades against the dollar and the Bank of England sa…
28 Sep 2022
What changes to the pensions charge cap mean for you
Pensions

What changes to the pensions charge cap mean for you

The government could raise the pensions charge cap – the amount you can be charged in your workplace's default pension fund. Saloni Sardana explains w…
27 Sep 2022
Tax changes: here is what the mini-Budget means for you
Budget

Tax changes: here is what the mini-Budget means for you

Saloni Sardana looks at the tax cuts in the mini-Budget and explains what each one means.
23 Sep 2022
National Insurance increase will be reversed in November, says chancellor
National Insurance

National Insurance increase will be reversed in November, says chancellor

The UK government has ditched the 1.25 percentage-point National Insurance rise, which will see workers pocket more pay and reduce tax for UK business…
22 Sep 2022
Interest rates rise to their highest in 14 years – here’s what it means for you
UK Economy

Interest rates rise to their highest in 14 years – here’s what it means for you

The Bank of England has raised interest rates by 0.5 percentage points to 2.25%, the highest level since December 2008. Saloni Sardana explains what i…
22 Sep 2022
Should I use a workplace pension or a SIPP?
Pensions

Should I use a workplace pension or a SIPP?

Workplace pensions and SIPPs both have attractive qualities, but which one will produce the best returns of investors?
30 Aug 2022
Pension planning: five strategies to maximise your retirement income
Pensions

Pension planning: five strategies to maximise your retirement income

Britain is heading for a recession. That means you’re going to have to make your money work harder. Here, Saloni Sardana outlines five pension plannin…
25 Aug 2022
Why is the petrol price falling, and will it rise again?
Oil

Why is the petrol price falling, and will it rise again?

Petrol prices are easing, but it’s not all good news, and it might not last, says Saloni Sardana. Here's why.
19 Aug 2022
Why we are in a cost of living crisis today
Inflation

Why we are in a cost of living crisis today

With inflation in double figures, the cost of living crisis isn't going away. Saloni Sardana explains what is behind it.
17 Aug 2022
What is a robo-adviser and which is the best one for me?
Investment strategy

What is a robo-adviser and which is the best one for me?

If you don’t want to take a DIY approach to investing, “robo-advisers” – automated online investment platforms or digital wealth managers – can take a…
1 Aug 2022
Cryptocurrency roundup: EU introduces crypto-regulation
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: EU introduces crypto-regulation

Bitcoin halted its decline this week as the EU moves to regulate the sector. Saloni Sardana rounds up the week’s cryptocurrency news.
8 Jul 2022
Why petrol prices are higher than in 2008, despite lower oil prices now
Inflation

Why petrol prices are higher than in 2008, despite lower oil prices now

The price of petrol is at an all-time high. Yet despite oil prices being higher in 2008, petrol was cheaper back then. Saloni Sardana explains why.
30 Jun 2022
The cost of petrol in the UK compared with the rest of the world
UK Economy

The cost of petrol in the UK compared with the rest of the world

The price of petrol in the UK has gone through the roof. Here, Saloni Sardana looks at how UK petrol price compares with the rest of the world.
15 Jun 2022
Why are energy prices going up so much?
Energy

Why are energy prices going up so much?

UK energy prices are going through the roof – and not just here. They are rising all around the world. Saloni Sardana explains what’s going on.
14 Jun 2022
What the UK’s no-confidence vote means for the pound
Currencies

What the UK’s no-confidence vote means for the pound

Boris Johnson is to face a vote of confidence in Parliament after a group of Conservative MPs turned against him. Saloni Sardana looks at what it migh…
6 Jun 2022
Here’s how the government plans to cut consumers’ energy bills
Personal finance

Here’s how the government plans to cut consumers’ energy bills

Rishi Sunak has outlined a £15bn package to help consumers cut the cost of soaring energy bills. Saloni Sardana looks at what he’s proposing and what …
26 May 2022
Law Debenture investment trust update: premium over net assets slips
Investment trusts

Law Debenture investment trust update: premium over net assets slips

Saloni Sardana looks at the latest update from the Law Debenture investment trust, one of the six funds in MoneyWeek’s model investment trust portfoli…
25 May 2022
RIT Capital Partners update: discount to NAV narrows
Investment trusts

RIT Capital Partners update: discount to NAV narrows

RIT Capital Partners one of the components of the MoneyWeek investment trust portfolio, has seen a narrowing in its share price's discount to its net …
9 May 2022
Caledonia Investments update: weak pound boosts returns
Investment trusts

Caledonia Investments update: weak pound boosts returns

Caledonia Investments, one of the components of the MoneyWeek investment trust portfolio, saw the value of its investments rise in April.
6 May 2022
What is a windfall tax?
UK Economy

What is a windfall tax?

Windfall taxes are levied on industries that have benefited the most from unusual economic conditions, earning above average profits. They are often a…
3 May 2022
Financial calendar – what to expect in the week of 2-6 May
Economy

Financial calendar – what to expect in the week of 2-6 May

A selection of economic events to watch out for in the coming week, including a decision from the Federal Reserve on raising US interest rates, and Ge…
2 May 2022
Surge in Covid cases in China rattles markets. What is going on?
Chinese economy

Surge in Covid cases in China rattles markets. What is going on?

The resurgence of Covid in China has led to fears that lockdowns could derail the global economic recovery. Saloni Sardana explains what is going on a…
26 Apr 2022
Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust update: discount to net asset value narrows
Investment trusts

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust update: discount to net asset value narrows

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's is still trading at a discount relative to its net asset value – but the discount is narrowing, says Saloni Sarda…
20 Apr 2022
Should investors care about UK firms being snapped up by overseas investors?
Investment strategy

Should investors care about UK firms being snapped up by overseas investors?

Britain is more open to foreign takeovers than comparable markets. Should investors be worried? John Stepek reports.
15 Apr 2022
Russia has avoided its first default since 1918, but it is not out of the woods yet
Emerging markets

Russia has avoided its first default since 1918, but it is not out of the woods yet

Russia appears to have avoided its first default in more than a century on foreign currency debt. Saloni Sardana explains what is next for Russia and …
18 Mar 2022
How China's “zero-Covid” policy could affect the global economy
Chinese economy

How China's “zero-Covid” policy could affect the global economy

As part of t its “zero Covid” policy, China is imposing stringent lockdowns as the number of cases rises sharply. Saloni Sardana looks at how this cou…
15 Mar 2022
What war in Ukraine means for agricultural commodities
Commodities

What war in Ukraine means for agricultural commodities

With both Ukraine and Russia major producers of grain, vegetable oil and fertilisers, Saloni Sardana looks at how the conflict could affect supply.
11 Mar 2022
The case for cryptocurrencies in times of war
Bitcoin & crypto

The case for cryptocurrencies in times of war

Both sides in the Russia-Ukraine war are turning to cryptocurrencies. Saloni Sardana looks at the case for digital cash in times of war.
4 Mar 2022
Oil passes $110 a barrel as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues – here’s what it means for you
Global Economy

Oil passes $110 a barrel as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues – here’s what it means for you

With Russia's invasion of Ukraine intensifying, the price of oil, gas and petrol has soared even further. Saloni Sardana looks at what the future may …
2 Mar 2022
What exclusion from the SWIFT banking system means for Russia
Global Economy

What exclusion from the SWIFT banking system means for Russia

As part of Western sanctions, many of Russia's banks have been banned from the SWIFT system. Saloni Sardana explains what that is, and how the ban wil…
28 Feb 2022
Personal Assets Trust update: keep faith in gold
Investment trusts

Personal Assets Trust update: keep faith in gold

Personal Assets Trust one of the components of the MoneyWeek investment trust portfolio, saw a rise in its premium relative to  net asset value. Salo…
25 Feb 2022
How the Ukraine crisis could drive food prices higher
Soft commodities

How the Ukraine crisis could drive food prices higher

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has driven energy prices up. But with both nations major exporters of agricultural commodities, it could send food prices…
24 Feb 2022