Why Peer-to-Peer models fail against oligopoly, with Lending Club shutting down p2p platform, Seedrs/Crowdcube merging, and Morgan Stanley buying Eaton Vance for $7B

This week, we look at:

  • Lending Club, the peer-to-peer lending innovator, turning off peer-to-peer lending after having a bank in its pocket

  • Consolidation of the UK’s largest crowdfunders, CrowdCube and Seedrs, and their limited economics

  • The scale of the Morgan Stanley and Eaton Vance deal, creating a $1.2 trillion asset manager

  • The struggle of peer-to-peer models more generally, and whether the blockchain movement can overcome the Prisoner’s Dilemma