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Moriah Costa


Moriah Costa is a journalist specializing in fintech, finance and regulation. She previously worked at S&P Global as a banking reporter covering U.S. regulators, markets and issues impacting the sector at large. She is currently a graduate student at City University of London where she studies Financial Journalism. She has covered a variety of stories, including education, personal finance, and economics. She holds a BA in Journalism from Arizona State Univeristy.

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Articles by Moriah Costa

P2P property platform Lendy passes £300m milestone

16th May 2017

The platform raised £50m in the last 100 days for property projects throughout the UK.     As bank lending slows down, peer-to-peer investment is up. Lendy, a P2P property platform, ...

Industry calls on UK government to support fintech, immigration

15th May 2017

As Brexit negotiations continue, the UK fintech association urged the government to support the globally diverse industry.      Innovate Finance, the fintech trade association has ...

Assetz Capital extends interest rate promotion due to “strong demand”

12th May 2017

The peer-to-peer lending platform is extending access to its 30-day access accounts that offer a return of 4.75 per cent.     Investors can continue to make an even bigger profit from ...

Carney, Hammond promote fintech as UK prepares for Brexit

14th April 2017

International “bridge” agreements could help maintain the UK as a fintech hub.   Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, wants to keep the UK at the forefront of financial ...

MarketInvoice reports record growth in Q1

13th April 2017

The marketplace lender reported a 60 per cent growth in the volume of business during the first three months of the year.     Online invoice finance marketplace lender MarketInvoice ...

Assetz Capital raises P2P interest rates for investors

13th April 2017

The unusual move raises the rate of 30-day access accounts to 4.75 per cent.   For a limited time peer-to-peer platform Assetz Capital is making investing in small companies worth more.   The ...

Robo advisors embrace Lifetime ISAs while banks pass

13th April 2017

Banks have said the product is too complex but some robo advisors are already offering the service.     Many high-street banks rejected the government’s savings programme, or Lifetime ...

IG Group unveils robo advice offering with BlackRock partnership

7th April 2017

IG Group unveils robo advice offering with BlackRock partnership   The firm, better known for its online trading business, promises to have total fee transparency with its new IG Smart Portfolios. ...

Downing Crowd launches Innovative Finance ISA

24th March 2017

The platform is the latest entrant to offer the Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account.     Downing Crowd launched its Innovative Finance ISA this month, as investors rush to ...

RBS mulls mortgage robo advice service, shuts 158 branches

23rd March 2017

The bank is expected to make a decision on its robo advice services by the end of the third quarter amid cost cutting drive.     The Royal Bank of Scotland is testing its robo advice ...

Proplend approved to offer Innovative Finance ISA

23rd March 2017

The peer-to-peer lender plans to offer an Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account by the end of April.   Berkshire-based commercial property lender Proplend has received approval from ...

The ISA myths robo-advice investors should dispel this ISA Season pt.2

17th March 2017

In the second part of a two-part series, digital wealth manager Nutmeg reveals the most stubborn ISA misconceptions.     Investors are flocking to set up Individual Savings Accounts ...

The ISA myths robo advice investors should dispel this ISA Season pt.1

15th March 2017

In this two part series, digital wealth manager Nutmeg reveals the most stubborn ISA misconceptions.     There are only a few weeks left before the tax-year deadline, many more investors ...

NACFB extends insurance for P2P loans

14th March 2017

The association’s insurance coverage now allows members to arrange an unrestricted number of loans for P2P lenders.   The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers ...

London Independent Financial Advisor launches robo advice for clients

14th March 2017

  FOL Wealth has unveiled an automated investment service to complement its wealth management services.   A London-based financial advisor has launched a robo advice like service for ...

Chinese robo advice could be opportunity for European fintech firms

10th March 2017

Wealth management in China is expanding rapidly as  private wealth in the mainland grows.   Financial technology is everywhere in China. As the country’s economy continues to grow ...

Money&Co. launches Innovative Finance ISA

9th March 2017

The peer-to-peer lender is the latest entrant to the IFISA, as the largest lenders still wait for approval.   Money&Co. is the latest peer-to-peer lender to offer an Innovative Finance ...

Alcentra finishes second fundraising round

9th March 2017

The close of its European fundraising brings the firm's commitments to €4.3bn of assets.     Alcentra, the alternative fixed income specialist for BNY Mellon Investment Management, ...

LendUp closes $100m credit facility with Victory Park Capital

9th March 2017

The U.S. lender has originated more than 3.3m loans since launching back in 2012.   Online lender LendUp has closed a $100m credit facility with investment firm Victory Park Capital, the company ...

Funding Circle secures $100M investment from CIM

2nd March 2017

Investment firm CIM has agreed to finance U.S. business loans through Funding Circle.     San Francisco-based Funding Circle will offer an additional $100m (around £82m) in loans ...

Wealthify drops minimum investment to £1

2nd March 2017

The digital wealth manager slashed its minimum investment from £250 to £1.   Robo advisor Wealthify lowered its investment requirement to £1 from £250 in an attempt ...

Fintech investment in Asia surpasses the U.S., report finds

1st March 2017

A number of large fintech deals in China caused the region to overtake North America for the first time last year.   Financial technology in the Asia-Pacific surpassed the U.S. as investments ...

Demand for robo advice surges as ISA Season takes off

28th February 2017

Investors are moving to robo advice as they rush to meet April 5 deadline.     Robo advisors are seeing an increased interest in their services as investors rush to lock in their Individual ...

Investors flock to Innovative Finance ISA

24th February 2017

Lending platforms are seeing a flux of ISA turnover, as firms and investors rush to meet the tax year deadline.   As the Individual Savings Account deadline looms, many investors are looking ...

Australian comparison firm eyes UK robo advice

23rd February 2017

Finder.com is the latest company to move to UK, as the government looks to attract cross border fintech companies.   Australian-based personal finance comparison site finder.com is moving ...

Moneyfarm hires ex-Facebook advisor

23rd February 2017

The digital wealth manager is planning its next phase of growth.   A former Facebook strategist is joining robo advisor Moneyfarm as its Chief Commercial Officer as the firm celebrates its ...

Robo advisor Moola poaches CIO from BlackRock

16th February 2017

The online wealth management firm has hired Simon Moore as its Chief Investment Officer, who joins from BlackRock-owned FutureAdvisor.       Online wealth management firm Moola ...

OurCrowd continues push into Asia with Taiwan office, partnership

16th February 2017

The platform is opening an office in Taipei as Asian investors increase their interest in equity crowdfunding.     Jerusalem-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd is continuing its expansion ...

Robo-advisor Wealthify plotting growth with 2017 national marketing campaign

20th January 2017

The wealth management start-up hopes to help 1 million UK savers invest with its first nationwide marketing.     Cardiff-based start-up Wealthify is kicking off a national advertising ...

Why millennials are the future of robo advice

20th January 2017

Ease of access and cost savings are some of the reasons the younger generation in both the US and UK use wealth management apps, finds Moriah Costa.     The financial crisis of 2008 ...

UK robo-advisers to watch out for in 2017

19th January 2017

A number of wealth management start-ups have recently launched in the UK.     As robo advising grows in popularity among users, a number of recent companies have launched in the UK ...

Brexit could be an opportunity for fintech firms in the UK

18th January 2017

The UK has been the leader of fintech regulation and leaving the Europe Union could make it even stronger, Moriah Costa examines in the last of a special three pieces on the impact of Brexit on fintech.     Although ...

Robo advisor Scalable Capital partners with Siemens

17th January 2017

The wealth manager will provide current and former German Siemens employees investment options through its automated portfolio.     Start-up wealth manager Scalable Capital is partnering ...

Alternative lender Platform Black changes name to Sancus Finance

17th January 2017

The name change is part of an operational review by its owner, GLI Finance Limited.     Platform Black Limited is now Sancus Finance Limited, in a move by its owners to specialise in ...

Fintech makes it to Davos

17th January 2017

Innovate Finance, a UK fintech association, will discuss how the UK became a leader in financial technology at the World Economic Forum.       UK fintech companies are attending ...

How the UK became the ‘fintech capital of the world’

16th January 2017

In the second of a three-part series, Moriah Costa examines the impact of Brexit on alternative finance and how the UK became the fintech capital.     As the date for the government ...

Investors welcome robo advisors, finds report

16th January 2017

Seven in 10 consumers globally are open to using robo advice for banking, insurance and retirement planning.       Clients around the world welcome the use of automated algorithms ...

Landbay becomes latest P2P platform with ISA manager status by HMRC

16th January 2017

The buy-to-let mortgage platform was granted ISA status and plans to launch an IFSA in the next month.   Landbay will join the growing number of platforms authorised to offer an Innovative ...

Robo advisor Nutmeg kicks off ISA Season by slashing fees

13th January 2017

  The online wealth manager has introduced a lower fee structure and is cutting management fees for customers.     Online wealth manager Nutmeg is passing on technology advancements ...

P2P platforms kick off ISA season eyeing Q1 product launch

12th January 2017

Edinburgh-based LendingCrowd and London-based LandlordInvest are the latest platforms approved to offer the IFISA.   LendingCrowd and LandlordInvest are set to launch their own Innovative Finance ...

Report: UK millennials set to increase 2017 investments, despite Brexit

12th January 2017

A quarter of retail investors are more likely to invest after Brexit, in a sign of confidence post-referendum Britain.   Investors are confident in the market, despite half of the UK voting ...

The Brexit risk to the UK’s status as ‘fintech capital of the world’

11th January 2017

In this three part series, Moriah Costa examines the impact that Brexit could have on fintech in the UK, how it became the capital and what opportunities could arise.     The future ...

Five crowdfunding predictions for 2017

10th January 2017

Crowdcube reveals its key expectations for the crowdfunding market in 2017     As small businesses increasingly look to alternative methods of financing, crowdfunding platform Crowdcube ...

Just Loans Group seeks £50m bond backed by SME loans

10th January 2017

The A rated tradable bond will be backed by small-and-medium sized business loans, providing them much needed financing as banks continue to scale back loans.     Alternative lender ...

Robo advisor Scalable reaches £100m of assets

9th January 2017

Shortly before Christmas the start-up reached €100m of assets under management in 10 months, making it among the fastest growing robo advice companies.        Wealth ...

The big banks and wealth managers that invested in robo advice in 2016

6th January 2017

Large financial institutions are embracing the brave new world of financial technology, investing in robo advising firms and spinning off advisors of their own.         Wells ...

Curiosity about peer-to-peer lending, blockchain and fintech spiked among investors in 2016

6th January 2017

Investors were keen to find out more about Trumponomics, peer-to-peer lending, blockchain and fintech during the tremulous year of post-truth.       Peer-to-peer lending gained ...

Fintech investment in Asia surpasses the U.S., report finds

30th November -0001

A number of large fintech deals in China caused the region to overtake North America for the first time last year.   Financial technology in the Asia-Pacific surpassed the U.S. as investments ...