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    The triggering of insurance payments on Greek sovereign debt should be a "non-issue" for the markets, as they will happen in an orderly fashion, a representative of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) told CNBC on Monday.

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    The financial system could face a test this week as industry officials debate a provision of the Greek bailout, the New York Times reports.

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    Interest rate swaps are derivative instruments commonly used by sophisticated investors to allow cash flows on interest-earning securities or loans to be exchanged. CNBC explains.

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    Bankers believe that an additional disclosure requirement, relating to previously unpublished details of banks’ credit exposures, could trigger approaches for credit portfolios from specialist buyers. The FT reports.

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    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Merrill Lynch’s sale of a complex mortgage-related security it created for Magnetar, an Illinois hedge fund, and the collateral manager involved in the deal. The FT reports.

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    Conflicts of interest, excessive risk-taking and failures of government oversight triggered the financial crisis and helped push the country into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, concludes a new report by the U.S. Senate.