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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…
23 May 2022
Cryptocurrency roundup: “stablecoin” instability provokes a wider crypto-crash
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: “stablecoin” instability provokes a wider crypto-crash

Cryptocurrencies crashed hard this week as stablecoins proved less than stable. Saloni Sardana rounds up the week's cryptocurrency news.
13 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
Law Debenture investment trust update: commodity stocks drive returns
Investment trusts

Law Debenture investment trust update: commodity stocks drive returns

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…
6 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
What makes up the price of a litre of petrol?
Budget

What makes up the price of a litre of petrol?

Rishi Sunak cut fuel duty by 5p today’s Spring Statement. But duty is only one component of the petrol price. Saloni Sardana explains just what makes…
23 Mar 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
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
Amazon signs a truce with Visa on credit card fees
Personal finance

Amazon signs a truce with Visa on credit card fees

Amazon has reached an agreement with Visa that allows its customers to continue paying by Visa credit card. Saloni Sardana explains what's happened an…
17 Feb 2022
What the rise in National Insurance contributions means for you
National Insurance

What the rise in National Insurance contributions means for you

National Insurance contributions are due to increase from 6 April. Saloni Sardana explains the reasons behind the rise, and how much it will cost you.
17 Feb 2022
Energy bills rebate: what is the government’s plan?
Personal finance

Energy bills rebate: what is the government’s plan?

The government recently said that it would rebate some of the cost of rising energy prices to consumers. Saloni Sardana looks at what's planned.
16 Feb 2022
Energy bill cost breakdown – where your money goes
Personal finance

Energy bill cost breakdown – where your money goes

With energy bills soaring, Saloni Sardana looks at how the average energy bill is made up.
14 Feb 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.
10 Feb 2022
UK house prices hit a fresh record last month, but the market may be cooling off
House prices

UK house prices hit a fresh record last month, but the market may be cooling off

Average UK house prices rose in January shows Halifax data but there are signs that the market is cooling down. Saloni Sardana looks at why prices may…
7 Feb 2022
The energy price cap is to rise by 54% in April – here’s what it means for you
Personal finance

The energy price cap is to rise by 54% in April – here’s what it means for you

Ofgem, the UK's energy regulator, has said that the energy price cap is to rise by £693 from 1 April – a 54% increase on its current level. Saloni Sar…
3 Feb 2022
Personal Assets Trust update: tech investments drive underperformance
Investment trusts

Personal Assets Trust update: tech investments drive underperformance

Personal Assets Trust one of the components of the MoneyWeek investment trust portfolio, said it underperformed its benchmark in the last quarter. Sa…
2 Feb 2022
Bitcoin is down more than 50% since its all-time high. What is going on?
Bitcoin & crypto

Bitcoin is down more than 50% since its all-time high. What is going on?

Bitcoin, the world's most popular cryptocurrency, is trading more than 50% below its all-time high in November. Saloni Sardana explains why the digita…
24 Jan 2022
Unilever slides and GSK bounces after GSK knocks back £50bn bid
UK stockmarkets

Unilever slides and GSK bounces after GSK knocks back £50bn bid

Unilever shares fell to their lowest level in around five years, after its £50bn takeover bid for GSK’s consumer health unit was rejected.
17 Jan 2022
Cladding crisis: what new proposals for mean for housebuilders and leaseholders
Property

Cladding crisis: what new proposals for mean for housebuilders and leaseholders

The government is seeking an extra £4bn from house developers to fix the UK’s cladding crisis. Saloni Sardana explains how the new proposals affect bo…
17 Jan 2022
The best low cost index funds for 2022
Funds

The best low cost index funds for 2022

Index funds are an easy, low-cost way for investors to invest in a sector or asset class. Saloni Sardana picks six of the best low-cost index funds to…
11 Jan 2022
Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin crashes to lowest in three months
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin crashes to lowest in three months

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies joined in the wider market crash this week. Saloni Sardana explains what's going on, and looks at the rest of the stories…
7 Jan 2022
The charts that matter: Fed becomes more hawkish
Economy

The charts that matter: Fed becomes more hawkish

Gold rose meanwhile the US dollar fell after a key Fed meeting. Here’s what else happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.
18 Dec 2021
Cryptocurrency round-up: selling Tesla “merch” for dogecoin, and the Bank of England warns on cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency round-up: selling Tesla “merch” for dogecoin, and the Bank of England warns on cryptocurrencies

In a week that Tesla's Elon Musk says the company may accept dogecoin as a form of payment, Saloni Sardana looks at the week’s top cryptocurrency stor…
17 Dec 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: IMF calls for global crypto-regulation
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: IMF calls for global crypto-regulation

In a week when the IMF said regulation of cryptocurrencies should be global and “Satoshi Nakamoto” won his court case, Saloni Sardana looks at the wee…
10 Dec 2021
NFTs: what are they and why are they so popular?
Bitcoin & crypto

NFTs: what are they and why are they so popular?

The NFT market has been on a rollercoaster ride in 2021 starting with the $69m sale of a digital artwork backed by a cryptographic token known as an “…
8 Dec 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: Black Friday crypto crash
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: Black Friday crypto crash

Bitcoin fell to a six-week low today as wider markets sold off. Saloni Sardana looks at the stories that caught our eye this week.
7 Dec 2021