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Tife Wins Young Financial Journalist Competition

Year 10 pupil Tife Y has won The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) and the Financial Times (FT) Young Financial Journalist competition in the 14-15 age group category. Judges commended her essay commenting that her submission contained “strong arguments, punchy prose, excellent data and notes.”

The competition is open to pupils aged 14 to 19 and invites them to submit articles on set questions. This year’s topics included financial tactics to cope with the cost of living, what young people can do to avoid falling victim to scams, and how financial institutions help to tackle climate change.

Tife chose the topic of a cashless society and said: “I’m really pleased that I entered the competition. The topic posed an interest to me and I wanted to learn more about where society was moving ahead and whether a cashless society is something that will happen, so I thought it would be a fun thing to research.”

This year, the panel of judges included: Money and Wealth Editor at the FT, Stefan Wagstyl, Maths teacher, author and broadcaster, Bobby Seagull, and Managing Director of Financial Education and Community Outreach at LIBF, Catherine Winter, who comments: “This year the standard for the competition was incredibly high. There were so many great articles that stood out, which made it very interesting and fulfilling to judge.

“It’s always interesting to hear about young people’s thoughts on money. Reading these articles, it is evident that so many young people are passionate about finance and the future of the industry.”

Tife’s entry will now be published on the Insights section of the LIBF website and may also be included in a feature on the FT website and/or in FT Money. She also receives a £150 cash prize.