For millions of Americans, August is a month for relaxing and basking in the summer sunlight.
Those are the people without children.
The households with students are likely to be scurrying around under the bright florescent lights of big-box stores, searching for back-to-school bargains on clothes, shoes, notebooks, backpacks, computers and dorm furniture.
And many shoppers are timing their purchases to take advantage of sales-tax holidays for school-related items, hoping to keep a bit more in their wallets.
Companies set up tables to display their products to potential investors and employees at Launchpad LI's Tech Day in Huntington. Launchpad LI is an incubator, business accelerator, and coworking community space on Long Island.
New York banking regulators are investigating one of the nation's largest non-bank mortgage servicing companies, Ocwen Financial, over worries the company is bilking $65 million a year in kickbacks from both struggling homeowners and investors.
Watchdogs are scrutinizing the controversial, but common, practice of forcing homeowners to buy overpriced property insurance once they fall behind in their mortgage payments.
Connecticut has struggled for years to cut its amount of trash by increasing recycling. It turns out food waste and other organics account for the single biggest category of trash and about a third of the waste stream. Finding new ways to deal with food waste has been a slow go – but that might be changing.
(Read Jan Ellen Spiegel's story in the Connecticut Mirror on the the composting pilot here).
Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Credit Suisse have regulators asking questions about who they allow to trade in their private stock exchanges. These so-called "dark pools" have grown rapidly in recent years as slower moving institutional investors seek protection from predatory flash traders.