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Salman Haqqi

Salman Haqqi

Personal Finance Editor

About the Author

Salman Haqqi’s 10 year career in journalism started out writing for DRUM! Magazine in California, USA, where he interviewed and profiled some of the most famous musicians in the world.

He then worked as a journalist in Pakistan for Dawn and later, Newsline Magazine, reporting on breaking news events and doing investigative stories on current affairs and politics.

Salman moved to the UK to pursue a passion for personal finance and a desire to help people make informed financial decisions, writing for price comparison site, Finder, covering mortgages, loans, credit cards and insurance.

Now as a Personal Finance Editor at money.co.uk, he applies his knowledge of consumer finance, especially loans, credit cards, current accounts and savings accounts, to ensure all of our guides are helpful, relevant and up to date.

Salman is also a money.co.uk spokesperson and regularly gives his expert view on financial issues for local and national press such as The Financial Times, The Sun, and The Evening Standard.

When he’s not working Salman is an avid landscape and wildlife photographer and self-confessed news junkie.

Expertise

  • Credit cards

  • Loans

  • Current accounts

  • Savings accounts

Education

  • BS Journalism & Mass Communications, San Jose State University

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The most expensive sports stadiums in North America for fans

Now that fans are allowed back into stadiums, sport is well and truly back. But supporting our favourite sports teams isn’t cheap, so which stadiums are the most budget-friendly?

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Bank of England base rate

The Bank of England base rate influences all loan and mortgage interest rates in the UK. When the BoE increases or decreases the bank rate, interest rates usually follow. The current base rate is 1.25%

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money.co.uk has conducted research to find the most love threatres in the world right now.

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Tax-free shopping is a great way to pick up luxury items for less. Now that the UK has officially left the European Union, Brits can benefit more than ever before.

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Cashless Countries Europe Edition

Following the contact-free payment increase during the coronavirus pandemic, plus the recent announcement that old-school £20 and £50 notes will be obsolete by September 30th 2022, bank notes and coins are continuing to be phased out

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Santander Everyday No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card July 2022

Santander Everyday No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card review - our verdict on its rewards, benefits and costs and whether it is the right option for you.

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For over a century, the Michelin Guide has been the gold standard when it comes to fine dining excellence. But which Michelin star holding restaurants are the best of the best, and which offer the best value for money?

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As airports start to welcome travellers back through their gates, our travel experts reveal the best airports for holidaymakers?

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The world can be a remarkable place and is home to some truly breathtaking sights and scenic landscapes. But which countries around the world can claim the most of these natural wonders?

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The real cost of childcare around the world

Money.co.uk reveals the cost of childcare around the world.

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The most popular dog breeds over time

The popularity of different dog breeds changes from year to year, from Pugs to Labradors. Find out which dog breed comes out on top in our lastest study.

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Quotes on Investments

When it comes to investing, we could take a little inspiration from stock market legend, Warren Buffet. We've rounded up Warren Buffett's top 10 quotes to help you share some of that wealth of knowledge.

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The best value celebrity-owned alcohol

With so many famous faces creating their own line of alcohol, the personal finance experts at money.co.uk have revealed which one is the best value.

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Subscription savers | The cost of convenience

Money.co.uk reveals how much it actually costs to live from the most popular subscription boxes on the market.

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The Renovation Nation Report

Where is the best place to buy a property to renovate? Money.co.uk has analysed everything from prices to planning permission approval rates to reveal England’s best renovation location.

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What are rotating savings and credit associations?

Find out how these informal savings and lending schemes work and what to think about before you choose to take part in one.

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10 ways to get your Christmas shopping for free

Christmas can be an expensive time of year, but luckily there are ways to save money. Here's how to get your Christmas shopping for free.

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What is capital gains tax?

Find out what you pay CGT on, when you pay it, how much you have to pay and how to make sure you don't pay any more than you have to.

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Take our pet insurance expert's Emoji Quiz to see how well you know the different dog breeds from around the world.

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There are legal rights in place for consumers if a business closes down. Find out what they are and how they protect you and your money.

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Revealing the best and worst games for selling your loot.

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The best value Christmas Dinners Report

With Christmas just around the corner, our personal finances experts reveal the best supermarkets for both value and luxury Christmas dinner options.

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Most popular celebrity fashion icons

Using Google search data, Money.co.uk have revealed the most popular celebrity fashion icons in (nearly) every country in the world.

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The Dirty Delivery Report 2021

The consumer spending experts at money.co.uk reveal the carbon cost of online shopping.

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Most trusted consumer brands

Our personal finance experts reveal which brands are the most trusted by the consumers who use them.

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The most popular fashion brands around the world

The consumer spending experts at money.co.uk have analysed Google search data from around the globe to reveal the world's most popular fashion brands.

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Loans for Peer to peer lending July 2022

Peer to peer lending is also known as P2P or crowdfunding. It matches savers wanting a high return with borrowers needing a low interest rate. Peer to peer is closer to investing than it is to saving.

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What is Universal Credit?

The government are rolling out a host of changes to the benefit system centred on a Universal Credit that incorporates a host of existing benefits. Here's how the plans could affect your finances.

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The Doggy Daycare Report

Revealing the cost of dog daycare facilities around the world.

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The UK's pension problem

New data reveals data shows Brits are woefully underprepared for life after retirement. Our personal finance experts have analysed the nation’s understanding of pensions to reveal just how little we know about our future retirement funds.

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Where the world wants to retire to

Discover the most popular countries for retirement, as people around the world search for the destinations they'd like to settle down in the most.

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Beloved Billionaires

Money.co.uk have analysed annual search volume data and social media sentiment across a range of the world’s richest business moguls to reveal the most searched, most loved and most popular of the world’s top 1%.

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The ultimate bucket list of global golf courses

Money.co.uk reveals which of the world’s most prestigious golf courses are the best to visit.

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Eco-home report: The green improvements that homebuyers value the most

With the environment being a key concern for most, our loans experts wanted to discover which eco-conscious improvements home buyers value the most

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£1,000 around the world

Our personal finance experts have analysed the cost of living for major cities around the world to find out where in the world £1,000 can take you the furthest?

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The best locations for entrepreneurs

Where in the world boasts the best environment for launching a business? Our loan experts reveal which cities offer the most accommodating for a new business.

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The personal finance experts at money.co.uk have analysed some of the biggest creative platforms to find out what percentage of earnings they take from their creators.

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Live music hotspots around the world

From jazz to country, pop to rock, the mortgage experts at money.co.uk reveal the destinations house hunters should consider to be close to the live music action.

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The top fashion investments

Discover the fashion brands to consider investing in to make the most profit in the future.

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Worldwide Wage Report

Our personal finance experts have explored the minimum wages and living costs around the globe to create the Worldwide Wage Report.

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The most luxurious cities in the world

Discover the cities around the world offering visitors the most luxurious hotels, restaurants and designer stores per kilometre.

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Our car insurance experts reveal the weird and wonderful attractions to stop at during your next roadtrip across the United States of America.

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The world's most beautiful palaces

Our home insurance experts studied the most popular palaces worldwide using the golden ratio to discover which palace is statistically the most beautiful.

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Sports Investments

Our latest study reveals which sports are choosing to invest more money in their male players than their female counterparts.

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Discover the best open space to get away from the stresses of modern life for the perfect tonic for your mental health.

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Cycle Cities Report

Revealing the safest and most affordable cities to rent bikes.

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How much does it cost to be a popstar superfan

Discover which mega pop acts cost the most, and least, for fans to support, from gig tickets and signed merchandise to album downloads.

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Designer Desire

The experts at money.co.uk have taken to Pinterest and to reveal the most lusted after interior design styles.

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Best Value Theme Park Report

Our spending experts reveal the most affordable theme parks for families

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Smartphone apps that can help you save money

Whether it's setting budgets, monitoring your spending, or saving money, these apps can help you keep track of your finances and help you reach your financial goals.

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The World of Wine Report

The investment experts at money.co.uk have delved into the world of wine to find out everything from which countries are the biggest wine exporters, and how much wine is drunk per person per year, to the most Instagrammable vineyards and things to look out for if you’re considering investing in wine.

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From royals to rockstars, we found out if living on a celebrity street name could impact your property value before your next move.

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Everyone loves a day out but the cost of visiting famous attractions can often stack up, discover the best and worst value attractions in the UK here.

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With the pressure on to get it right, naming your company is no mean feat. However, some UK entrepreneurs have found inspiration for their brand in the world of TV and film.

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Lustworthy Listings

View the most extravagantly expensive homes currently for sale across the UK with money.co.uk's Lustworthy Listings explorer.

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Insta Art Investing

As digital art continues to rise in value, the investing experts at money.co.uk have imagined the world’s most-liked Instagram photos as famous paintings

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LGBTQ+ Retirement Index

The pensions experts at money.co.uk rank the most LGBTQ+ friendly retirement destinations in Europe and the US, according to how progressive the laws and legislation are. 

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Furry Destroyers

The home insurance experts at money.co.uk have scoured pet forums to work out the most destructive breeds of all.

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Global Beer Lovers’ City Index

With world-class breweries, bars, and beer festivals to enjoy around the globe, and international travel beginning to open up, money.co.uk has revealed the best cities around the world for beer.

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City style inspirations

Discover the cities around the world serving up the greatest inspiration for our fashion style and décor decisions, according to Pinterest data.

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Breached Brands

Money.co.uk reveals which UK eCommerce, retail and technology brands have suffered the worst data breaches and how many people were affected over the last 20 years.

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Hot wheels; revealing which cars improve your chances of a swipe right

Our car insurance experts reveal which make and model increase your curb appeal on Tinder.

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Revealed: The most beautiful beaches around the world

Discover the most beautiful beaches around the world to give you inspiration for your future getaways.

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Beach Hut Britain

Money.co.uk reveals how to find the perfect beach hut (including the spots where you can bag a bargain).

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Influencer Hotspots

Discover which cities and states are the biggest influencer hotspots in the UK and US.

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With Father's Day just around the corner, the personal finance experts at money.co.uk have taken a look at how much Brits are set to spend this year, following a year of social restrictions and virtual celebrations.

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The Best Value BBQ Report

Our personal finance team have scoured retailers across the UK to reveal the average cost of a Great British BBQ and which stores to head to for the best value items.

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Football transfer fever - the top 10 most expensive transfers in history

With the Football Association transfer window opening in June, the investing experts at money.co.uk looked back at the most expensive transfers of all time, and estimated what they would be worth today.

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The world’s most popular condiments

Money.co.uk has analysed 43 condiments alongside 55 condiment brands from around the world to reveal which are the most popular in the 35 of the world’s wealthiest countries.

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Where in the UK are dangerous animals being kept as pets?

The pet insurance team at money.co.uk reveal where in the UK is home to most exotic and dangerous animals being kept as pets.

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Luxury Fashion Index

We delve into the world of luxury goods to discover the cost of iconic fashion around the world.

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We’ve delved into Pinterest data to see which wedding trends are being pinned the most - from top bridal looks to popular destinations for the big day.

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The side hustle capitals of the world

See where in the world is spending the most time on their side hustle, with more and more of us looking to turn our passions into payments.

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Our car insurance experts have reimagined classic cars from the silver screen, bringing the old fuel guzzlers right up to date with a green screen eco makeover.

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Pubs to people

The consumer spending experts at money.co.uk have studied government data to discover which area in the UK has the best pub to people ratio.

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Dog Theft Hotspots

Money.co.uk requested information from police forces up and down the country on the number of dog thefts people have reported in the last five years, as well as which types of dog were most commonly stolen.

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From Arizona to Sweden here are the towns you can actually buy

Mortgage experts reveal where in the world you can buy a whole town.

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House plants have grown massively in popularity, and are almost a staple in a millenial living room. Money.co.uk researched the most in demand houseplants and discovered which ones can make you a great profit in the long run.

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Pride of place: car product placement in film and TV

The most advertised cars in film and TV and the most valuable product placement deals

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Analysing the most sought-after property features for home buyers pre and post-pandemic.

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Discover the world's most affordable places to buy a house

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Analysing the most popular searched for stock investments in each country around the world.

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Research from money.co.uk into the outfits of previous winners alongside expert fashion analysis reveal the dress nominees should be wearing in order to win a coveted statue.

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Discover which empty packaging from your favourite luxury brands could be worth up to £160.

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Celebrity Investments Index

Money.co.uk analysed $11.9bn of total funding for 339 different investments to determine who is the most prolific celebrity backer.

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Discover the world’s most pup-ular dog breeds for tattoos, as well as other favourite pets people get inked on their bodies.

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A comprehensive guide on how to get a mortgage on the moon.

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Deciding whether to undertake a higher education qualification is a large financial and life decision made by many every year. But how has the coronavirus pandemic affected degree demand? And how do job prospects differ by degree discipline?

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From EV charging points, the cost to charge to the number of EV parking spaces available on campus, the EV University league from money.co.uk reveals which institutions provide the most support for green transport.

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The world’s most popular collectibles

From sports memorabilia to vintage wine, we look at the collectibles the world loves to splash out on and work out which collectibles have the highest price tag.

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The postcode premiums of the world’s greatest landmarks revealed in a new report from money.co.uk

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The most searched for luxury cars around the world

These are the world’s most wanted luxury vehicles, according to Google.

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Our team of mortgage experts have explored how many streams musician on Spotify need to achieve to pay for the mortgages on their epic homes.

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Research from money.co.uk has revealed that Princess Diana's engagement ring style is still the most sought after, in their 2021 study of the most popular engagement rings.

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Innovation Investment Index

Governments around the globe recognise the need to promote, protect and finance the innovation economy to help new businesses to flourish. But which of the world’s economies are doing the most to drive innovation?

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Experts from money.co.uk reveal the true value of the homes, flats and mansions that inspired the works of Charles Dickens.

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Work-Life Balance Index 2021

The mortgage experts at money.co.uk have delved into data to uncover where you should locate to, if you want to chase a good work life balance.

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The most pet-friendly cities in Europe

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T-day sees Brits rush to move credit card debts

Monday will see so many Brits rush to transfer their credit card balances, that money experts have dubbed it Balance Transfer Day.

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