Public interest in bank failures has been
renewed recently as a number of multimillion
dollar banking firms have been
declared insolvent. Legislators, who share the
concern, have asserted that "the existing
structure of regulation of banking institutions
under Federal law . . . is incapable of insuring
the safe and sound operation of the commercial
banking system of the nation."
Regulators have responded with increased
bank surveillance and with "early warning
systems" to guard against further failures.