As the recession looms, deepens, dips and dives, another revered financial institution, the Bank of LegoLand, with branches worldwide, has collapsed, leaving investors penniless.
However, according to financial gurus and that nice girl from children's TV, the light which has appeared at the end of the tunnel, unlike in Northern Rock's case, is not an oncoming train.
The bank collapse in this instance was due to 4-year old Lego enthusiast Owen Money of Portmerion in Wales. It would appear that Owen hadn't built his Lego Bank correctly, not putting the bricks on top of one another in a zig-zag pattern for stability.
The family cat Tom, a female Siamese with a nomenclature complex, brushed against the child's newly constructed bank, and it collapsed.
A spokesperson for Owen, his mother Wilma, said:
"Owen was devastated. He was in the kitchen with me discussing the benefits of Fairy liquid on soft hands, when there was an almighty crash, followed by a blood-curdling cat-shriek. Next thing we knew, the Bank of LegoLand that Owen had spent all morning constructing, had collapsed.
"Thankfully, instead of taking out a mortgage, Owen had just taken out a lollipop and a packet of hedgehog flavoured crisps.
"Following a fit of tears and foot-stomping, we expect the bank to be rebuilt later this afternoon when his older sister gets back from school."