Has economic crisis been avoided?

FEATURE - If the reaction of markets so far is anything to go by, the world has avoided the worst case scenario of a global economic meltdown after the terrorist attacks on the US.

With policy makers and central banks pledging to help ward off a recession, shares have recovered lost ground, and "safe haven" assets such as gold and bonds have given up some of the gains made immediately after Tuesday's events.

But the broad feeling in the financial community might best summed up by US Federal R