MFA Comment Letters

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Comment Letter to SEC and CFTC Regarding Definition of ‘Eligible Contract Participant’01.10.12


MFA and SIFMA submitted a letter and attachment to the CFTC and the SEC on their proposed definition of “eligible […]

Comment Letter to SEC and CFTC on Proposed Rules Defining ‘Swap,’ ‘Security-Based Swap,’ and ‘Security-Based Swap Agreement,’ and Guidance on Mixed Swaps and Security-Based Swap Agreement Recordkeeping07.22.11


MFA submitted comments to the SEC and CFTC in response to their request for comments on their proposal on the […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, further definitions of swap, Security-Based Swap, security-based swap agreement, mixed swaps, security-based swap agreement recordkeeping, forward contract exclusion, commodities, 1993 energy exemption, loan participants, OTC derivatives, systemic risk, book-out contracts, market participants, nonfinancial commodity, security, deferred shipment, delivery, physically settled, physical commodity, energy commodities, oil, alternative delivery procedures, loan participations, direct or indirect ownership, beneficial ownership interest, true participation, Federal Securities Laws, netting, loan markets, participation agreements, assignment and assumption agreements, grantor, participant, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, LSTA, loan market association, LMA, lender of record, loan agreement, loan payments, true sale, bankruptcy estate, current debtor-creditor relationship, true participants, loan total return swaps, total return receiver, total return payer, reference loan, synthetic exposure, loan transfer mechanism, primary loan markets, secondary loan markets, exchange trading, central clearing, capital, margin, reporting, recordkeeping, business conduct requirements, eligible contract participants, material non-public information, private market, antifraud liabilities, loan arrangers, alternative transfer structure, syndicated loan market, institutional investors, liquidity, U.S. domiciled counterparties, non-U.S. counterparties,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations03.21.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Risk Management Requirements, derivatives clearing organizations, DCO, participant eligibility, eligibility standards, fair and open access, clearing member, DCO concentration risk, diversity of market participants, competition, capital requirements, clearinghouses, swap portfolio size, transaction volume, antitrust considerations, $50 million upper limit, minimum capital requirements, net capital obligation, risk exposure, risk-based methodologies, stress and default scenarios, tiers, threshold guaranty fund contribution, direct clearing members, DCO margin methodologies, guaranty fund scaling methodologies, margin, obligations, cleared trade volumes, scaling requirements, Chicago Board of Trade, committee on payment and settlement systems and technical committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, CPSS-IOSCO standards, product eligibility, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, electronic execution, connectivity, standard two-way protocols, executing counterparty, risk management, margin requirements, market liquidity, initial margin, five-day liquidation horizon, highly liquid instruments, market volatility, on-the-run 10 year interest rate swaps, initial margin requirements, excess margin, default management framework, customer initial margin, direct clearing members' initial margin, credit risk, Columbia University, leverage ratio, investment banks, hedge fund industry, non-hedge positions, product portfolio, swap portfolio, margin methodology, creditworthiness, counterparty credit assessment practices, margin calls, mark-to-market variations, volatility, bilateral trades, greater market concentration, systemic risk mitigation, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, The Turner Review, global banking crisis, margin calculation utility, effective date, phase-in period, mandatory central clearing, differentiated margining, portfolio margining, cross product margin, swaps, futures, federal register, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, ISDA, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities03.08.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, swap execution facilities, SEFs, SEF trading platforms, regulatory efficiencies, market efficiencies, market-based competition, transparency, real-time public reporting of swap transaction data, available for trading, competition, grandfather relief, request for quote, RFQ, order book, cleared swaps, block trades, timing delay, required transactions, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Mandatory Execution Requirement, annual review, market liquidity, minimum block threshold, large notional transaction size threshold, reporting requirements, recordkeeping requirements, daily trading records requirements, major swap participants, CEA, RFQ system, Over-the-Counter, OTC, electronic platform, one-to-one voice services, mandatory objective criteria, mandatory transparent criteria, OTC market, connectivity, grace period, liquidity, resting bids, swap data repositories, liquidity characteristics, bilateral trading environment, trading venues, dealer-to-customer platforms, exchanges, swap execution, bilateral trading, voice-based trading, flexibility, execution protocol, order book systems, multiple-to-multiple trading venues, limit order, central limit order variants, non-continuous liquidity, credit default swaps, responsive quote, interstate commerce, mandatory minimum required recipients, quote requesters, institutional investors, voice-based system, security-based swap execution facility, SB SEF, permitted transactions, block trade thresholds, block size, data analysis, minimum block sizes, joint the trade, auction-based methods, matching, fixing, open outcry trading pits, quote-requesting participant, widened bid/offer spreads, exchanges for physical, exchanges for swaps, off-market transactions, linked transactions, packaged transactions, single joint transactions, crossing, matching traders, futures position, physical position, cash position, debt instrument, physical contract, discreet contract, Manipulation, price distortion, congestion, sporadic liquidity, emergency procedure, public information, complete audit trail, conflicts of interest, chief compliance officer, ISDA, SIFMA, Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets, CBOE futures exchange, RFQ response period, Rulebook,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants02.28.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposal on Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, confirmation, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression requirements, swap dealers, major swap participants, SDs, MSPs, operational abilities, market participants, post-trade exercises, mandated timeframes, Counterparty, trade execution, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, valuation data, bilateral portfolio compression exercise, multilateral portfolio compression exercises, swap markets, pre-trade draft acknowledgement requirement, customized swaps, heavily negotiated swaps, time-sensitive swaps, hedging risk, limiting parties, volatility, bid spreads, offer spreads, over-the-counter derivatives, legal risks, rights, trade acknowledgment, consistent timing, confirmation periods, financial entities, pension plans, private funds, insurance companies, banks, swap portfolio trade confirmation, electronic processing, calendar day, financial entity, trade capture system, electronic matching platforms, electronic matching process, complex swap, life cycle events, timing requirements, novation, modification, partial termination, dividend payment, merger, market disruption, compliance period, clearance, exchange execution, clearing satisfying requirements, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, confirmation requirement, collateral management, counterparty risk, market risk, position level discrepancies, margin disputes, position level portfolio reconciliation, best practices, bilateral portfolio reconciliation exercise, multilateral portfolio reconciliation exercise, Valuation Disputes, valuation discrepancy, nominal value, dollar threshold, broader markets, collateral steering committee of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc., ISDA, market-driven solution, portfolio compression rule, operational risk, risk mitigation benefits, multilateral compression, swaps portfolio, liquidity,

Comment Letter to the SEC on Establishment of a Registration Regime for Municipal Advisors as Required by the Dodd-Frank Act.02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in response to its proposal to establish a registration regime for municipal […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, municipal advisors, duplicative registration, investment advisers, commodity trading advisors, CTAs, pooled investment vehicles, municipal financial products, municipal securities, guaranteed investment contracts, investment strategies, municipal escrow investments, pools of assets, pooled investment vehicle, municipal advisor, primary investors, private fund managers, solicitation, common control, third-party solicitor, SEC regulation, CFTC regulation, regulated persons, registered broker-dealer, pay to play rule, SEC-registered entities, registered investment advisers, registered CTAs, municipal advisory activities, municipal derivatives, commodity for future delivery, option, securities futures product, Security-Based Swap, bank deposits, investment advisory services, ancillary services, registered advisor, regular oversight, state-registered investment advisors, exempt reporting advisers, state entity, self-regulatory entity, state securities commission, mid-sized adviser, participating affiliate agreements, no-action letters, affiliate letters, SEC resources, multi-jurisdictional advisory firms, venture capital funds, private fund advisors, foreign private advisers, SEC No-Action Letter, Uniao de Banco de Brasileiros, Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Limited, Murray Johnstone Holdings Limited, ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Royal Bank of Canada, SEC oversight, transition period for registration, private adviser exemption, Form MA, dually-registered investment advisers, Form ADV,

Comment Letter to the SEC and CFTC on Definitions of “Swap Dealer, Security-Based Swap Dealer (together, SDs), Major Swap Participant, Major Security-Based Swap Participant (together MSPs) and Eligible Contract Participant (ECP)02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC and CFTC on their joint proposed rule to further define swap dealer, […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Securities Exchange Commission, CFTC, SEC, Swaps dealer, SD, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Swap Participant, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, msp, security-based swaps, market activity, market growth, systemic risk, United States financial markets, potential future exposure test, systemically important, MSP thresholds, Dealer, end-users, default risk, risk-mitigating tools, hedge fund managers, potential future exposure calculation, over-collateralization, current uncollateralized outward exposure test, independent amount of collateral, initial margin, mark-to-market exposure, ISDA master agreements, daily variation margin calls, valuation of collateral, future exposure discount, centrally cleared positions, central clearing, clearing member defaults, clearinghouse, variation margin, daily volatility, risk mutualization, discount factor, independent variable, tools of credit protection, reproducible test, credit default swaps, CDS, index CDS, unpaid premiums, portfolio risk, fixed downside risk, interest rate swap, LIBOR, swap rate, market-standard discount rate, CDS protection, index reference entity, volatility, jump-to-default risk, single-name CDS, risk factor multiplier, high yield credit swaps, investment-grade credit swaps, credit spreads, credit ratings, investment grade, non-investment grade, margin methodologies, bank capital standards, Chicago mercantile exchange, CME, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., FINRA, multiplier, spread bank designation, swap underlier, swaptions, options on a swap, physically settled swaptions, cash settled swaptions, option expiration date, Form PF, delta weighting, Financial Stability Oversight Council, large private fund, smaller private fund, Form PQR, MSP definitions, Proposed Form PF section 1b, question 11, question 27, proposed form PF section 2(a), question 38, proposed form PF section 3, question 47, proposed form PF section 4, question 68, proposed Form PQR, schedule B, question 5, substantial counterparty exposure, MSP test, substantial position, undiversified market participant, counterparty exposure, systemically important financial institution, commercial hedging, index derivatives, commercial loans, mitigating commercial risk, threshold levels, dealers, uncollateralized exposure, potential systemic risk impact, inflation, upward adjustment, U.S. banking system, highly leveraged, liabilities to equity, asset mix, liquidity, liquidity rights, capital markets, secured debt, unsecured debt, short-term leverage, overnight borrowing, short-term financing, highly liquid assets, US Treasuries, longer-term leverage, term borrowings, risk factor multipliers, high-grade corporate securities, FSOC, hedge funds, eligible contract participant, ECP, non-ECP, financial counterparty, traditional commodity pool, Retail Forex Pool, SD obligations, retail cash, currency based institutions, limited purpose designations, minimum duration of status, quarters, deregistration period, reevaluation period, abnormal price movement, applicable MSP thresholds, master-feeder fund, feeder fund, trading entity, MSP determination, Senator Hagan, Senator Lincoln, creditworthiness, know your counterparty requirements, daily mark requirements, trade verification, acknowledgment requirements, fund domicile, manager domicile, reference entity domicile, market location, underlying instrument, counterparty domicile, US entities, non-US entities, non-US domiciled fund, non-US securities, non-U.S. market, offshore fund, non-U.S. regulators.,