FTSE 100 is approaching the 5000 mark, the Dow Jones isn't too far off the 10000 mark. The UK is forecast to technically come out of rescission with a small amount of growth in about 1 months time. I think the same has been said of other economies around the world. So it's looking very much like the worst may be behind us. Now of course we all just have to pay back the money our Governments have spent trying to "fix" things, and find jobs for all those that have lost them. But...was the recession bad enough for those at fault to actually change their ways? Doesn't seem like it from where I'm sitting. It seems to have been a bit of an uncomfortable ride, and I am sure there are many that have been severely effected, over all though despite the mass media hype nothing really seems to have changed with any significance. Could it have been worse, should it have been worse, would it have changed anything?