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No Big Changes to Corporate Travel Spending in 2017


In 2017, corporate travel spending is expected to be flat or up slightly year-to-year. Despite heightened global security concerns, travel policies are not changing for most, while a few cited investments in duty of care risk-management programs.

Robo-Advisors: Low Cost vs. a Personalized Approach


According to two new Grassroots℠ Research surveys, robo-advice has the potential to help both investors – and advisors – alike. While automated services may be an attractive low-cost solution, not everyone is willing to forgo the personal touch.

Aging Water Infrastructure Means More Municipal Capex


Aging US water infrastructure translates to increased municipal spending in 2017, focusing on replacements rather than repairs, and a commitment to follow through on planned investments. Grassroots℠ Research shows that this trend is likely to continue.

China's Banks Are Looking Less Shadowy


As China's banking industry sets out to improve transparency, Grassroots℠ Research analyst Joey Wong says a new breed of lower-risk wealth-management products and a healthier mortgage market support a more positive view of the country’s banks.

TV and the Internet: Toward a More Perfect Union


As television and the internet become more integrated, satellite and cable providers are presenting a plethora of new subscriber packages. Grassroots℠ Research shows that consumers are captivated, with many inclined to negotiate new package agreements.

Post-Brexit, UK Residents Are Changing Travel Plans


UK travel agents tell Grassroots℠ that the 2017 travel season is off to a good start, but plans are changing. Among the top reasons cited: a weaker British pound, political uncertainty and security concerns in previously popular destinations like Turkey.

Microlending Makes It Big in Mexico


Microlending is a proven way for developing economies to advance and for small businesses to build a bridge to bigger bank loans. Recent Grassroots℠ research shows just how effective and competitive the microlending market can be as practiced in Mexico.

Tough Task Ahead for China's Coal and Steel Industries


When Grassroots surveyed coal and steel manufacturers in China about recent capacity reduction orders, we learned many didn't meet their targets. And now with the potential for protectionism from the Trump administration, production looks more uncertain.


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