The XX Factor

Recession Briefing 7.29

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says the global economic crisis is an opportunity to re-think values related to finance. ( AFP )

More retailers are accepting food stamps, as a record number of consumers are turning to government aid to pay for groceries. ( USA Today )

Even as the recession has led to reduced budgets, it is also bringing forth a class of highly skilled volunteers who agree to work for only a thank you. This could be very valuable during hurricane season. ( New York Times )

Men may be disproportionately affected by the economy, but that doesn’t mean these are boom times for women. ( Newsweek )

A study finds that the recession will likely have a negative effect on the health and well-being of American children. ( Washington Post )

A new survey finds that American love lives are becoming strained as a result of the recession. It also found that Americans have become resigned to retiring later, but are unwilling to sacrifice their current lifestyle. ( Press Release )

Based on consumer confidence polls as well as hard data, Americans have shifted many of their former bad habits. Here are five lessons we’ve learned from the recession. ( CBS News )

Some employers have begun rehiring, and a survey says that nearly a fifth of displaced employees return to the company that issued their pink slip. ( CNN/Money )

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s assets tumbled by as much as 29 percent last year as declining stocks eroded the value of his annuities and other investments ( Bloomberg )

Working a government agency might sound like a good idea, but their plans to hire may be a mirage. ( Wall Street Journal )