MFA Comment Letters

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Petition to SEC for Rulemaking on Rule 502 of Regulation D, Ban General Solicitation01.06.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC requesting that the Commission amend Rule 502(c) of Regulation D to eliminate […]

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Topics: Petition for Rulemaking Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Offers or Sales Securities, Private Funds Managers, Economic Growth, Competitiveness, Job Creation, Independent Regulatory Agencies, Investor Protections, Offerings or Sales, private funds, Administrative Costs, sophisticated investors, House of Representatives, United States Congress, Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising, Senate, Public Offering, investment company, Interpretive Framework, Broadcast Over Television, Radio, Fund Managers, Issuer, Selling Agent, Pre-Existing Substantive Relationship, Continuous Offerings, Limited Partnerships, Broker, accredited investors, Pre-Existing Relationship Doctrine, Qualified Potential Investors, Industry Conferences, Inquiries, Legal Costs, Business Practices, transparency, hedge funds, Policy Makers, Regulators, Proprietary Investment Data, Systemic Risk Assessment, Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets, Disclosure, Third-Party, oversight, Private Offering, prime brokers, Auditors, General Solicitation, General Advertising, Fraud, Unsophisticated Investors, Ban on General Solicitation, Protecting Investors: A Half Century of Investment Company Regulation, Division of Investment Management, Investor Criteria, qualified purchasers, Division of Corporation Finance, Anti-Fraud Provisions, Wealth Tests, Federal Securities Laws, Chairman Schapiro, Congressman Darrell Issa, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Investor Protection, capital formation, Inadvertent Violation, Waiting Period, Consulting Firm, Subscription Agreement,

Supplementary Letter to the SEC in Response to its Proposed Antifraud Rule with Respect to Security-Based Swaps03.29.11


MFA submitted a letter to supplement our December 23, 2010 letter to the SEC in response to its proposed antifraud […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Fraud, Manipulation, Deception, security-based swaps, anti-fraud rule, security based swaps market, cost-benefit analysis, honest markets, legitimate market activity, US OTC derivatives market, derivatives market, swaps market, legitimate market participation, purchase, sale, definitions, statutory authorization, security based swap anti-fraud rule, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc, The Loan Syndications and Trading Association, maturity date, context, bilateral contracts, novations, unwinds, assignments, execution, termination, assignment, exchange, transfer of rights/obligations, conveyance of rights/obligations, extinguishment of rights/obligations, total return swaps, credit default swaps, transferor, credit events, corporate actions, underlying shares, disruption events, termination events, collateral, systemic risk, interim payments, premium payments, spread payments, material non-public information, ISDA master agreement, clearing agreement, counterparty defaults, bankruptcy proceedings, Bankruptcy Code, automatic stay provisions, price discovery process, fair dealing, competition, capital formation, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, single name credit default swaps, non-index multi-name credit default swaps, equity linked forwards, equity-linked swaps, unallocated swaps, Bank of International Settlements, BIS, price discovery, primary participant, secondary participant, credit exposure, equity exposure, institutional leveraged loans, investment grade bonds, Financial Stability Board, primary debt issuance, investment grade loans, leveraged loans, LBO-related loans, corporate loans, high yield bonds, Loan market Review, Reuters, SEC v. Rotech, FCIC, CDS market, swap market, financial crisis, price efficiency, investor confidence, material dislocation,

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 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,

Letter to the European Commission in Response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)02.02.11


MFA submitted comments to the European Commission in response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments […]

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Topics: European Commission Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, MiFID, regulatory framework, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, surveillance tools, European Union, EU, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, OTC, commodity derivatives market, Investor Protection, title transfer collateral arrangements, non-retail clients, third country firms, "strict equivalence" regime, electronic trading platforms, liquid derivatives, exchange trading, exchange-traded products, European OTC derivatives markets, US markets, Asian Markets, ESMA, sufficiently liquid, European Commission on Standardisation and Organised Platform Trading of OTC Derivatives, Organised Trading Venues, cost-effective manner, reduced transaction costs, algorithmic trading, broker dealers, market impact, accurate price discovery, high frequency trading, HFT, market makers, low latency technology, strategy holding periods, horizon strategies, fleeting arbitrage opportunities, risk management, electronic market-making, technology-driven market makers, inventory risk, risk exposure, inter-market arbitrage, ultra low-latency technology, capital formation, automated execution technology, global connectivity infrastructure, financial institutions, market connectivity intermediaries, direct market access, flash crash, HFT trades, non-HFT trade, asset managers, insurance companies, banks, brokers, automated trading, arbitraging, minimum quantitative threshold, portfolio manager, alternative investment fund managers, AIFM directive, UCITS Directive, level playing field, non-EU asset managers, risk controls, pre-trade checks, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, circuit breakers, market-wide single stock circuit breakers, limit up system, limit down system, speed bumps, trading delays, specified maximum execution speeds, co-location facilities, latency, liquidity, investor confidence, technological innovation, short-term price swings, low latency technology chain, minimum tick sizes, liquid market, deep market, liquidity provision requirements, article 4(8) of MiFID, broker-dealer capital, margin requirements, concentrated risk solution, regulatory "tax, market efficiency, minimum duration of orders, limit orders, stale orders, affirmative and negative obligations, pre-trade transparency, post-trade transparency, investment strategies, safeguards, equity markets, waivers, dark pools, equity investors, pre-trade transparency waivers, order stubs, alternative trading systems, ATSs, indications of interest, IOIs, actionable IOIs, block sized trades, daily trading volume threshold, order-slicing methodologies, price discovery, post-trade reporting proposals, depositary receipts, exchange traded funds, certificates, UCITS, non-EU markets, non-EU investment firms, MiFID framework directive, non-equity instruments, comprehensive price date, comprehensive notional data, regulatory transparency thresholds, data consolidation, approved publication arrangements, APAs, European Consolidated Tape, Consolidated Tape, Congress, National Market System, composite quotation system, consolidated transaction reporting system, quotations, Consolidated Tape Association, opaque market centers, sharp shoot, order flow, US Securities Industry Automation Corporation, national best bid and offer, depth of market quotations, reporting protocols, third party information vendors, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, NetCoalition, Yahoo Inc, Google, Bloomberg L.P., depth-of-market fees, NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission, core date, consolidated core data, CQ plan, position-level data, harmonised position information, reasonable threshold, nexus, trader ID, transaction report, confidentiality obligation, client identifier, statutory obligation, OTC contract, trade repository, summary disclosure, ex-post disclosure, ex-ante disclosure, conflicts of interest, title transfer collateral arrangement, retail client, member states, cash balance, risk warnings, securities financing transaction, information requirements, due diligence obligations, third country regime, equivalence mechanism, strict equivalence, market disorder, systemic risk, unilateral bans, market turmoil, cost/benefit analysis, regulatory authorities, consultation papers, systemic risk grounds, CCP, capital flows, lending flows, credit flows, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA, G20, Financial Stability Board, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, sovereign CDS, European Commission's report of Sovereign CDS, credit default swaps, CDS market, hedgers, hard position limits, physical commodity markets, market manipulation, position management, mechanical imposition, commodity derivatives, CESR, UK Treasury and Financial Services Authority, price movement, derivatives position, Disclosure, reporting obligations, transparency directive, security-based derivatives, European Commission Request for Additional Information in relation to the Review of MiFID, volatility, non-hedging, aggregate open interest/notional amount, reporting regimes, contract, market data,

Comment Letter Regarding SEC Study on the Whether the Establishment of a Self-Regulatory Organization Would Improve the Frequency of Examinations of Investment Advisers12.16.10


MFA submitted a letter today providing comments to the SEC on Section 914 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires the […]

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Topics: investment adviser examination self-regulatory organization, SRO, securities market, hedge fund managers, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, private fund manager, capital formation, broker dealers, oversight, derivative, derivatives trading activities, investment activity, insider trading, short selling, Disclosure, purchase, sale, nregistered securities, broker-dealer, clearing agencies, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, swap dealers, swaps, major swap participants, msp, initial margin, variation margin, transparency, Transaction Reporting, systemic risk, assets under management, leverage, trading positions, counterparties, liquidation, Investor Protection, Compliance Policies, chief compliance officer, Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, National Association of Securities Dealers, NASD, over-the-counter securities markets, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, OCIE, forensic accounting, compliance, registration, check-the-box, fiduciary duty, securities transactions, investment advisory firm, financial planners, traditional asset management firm, wealth managers, small advisers, mutual fund, pension, FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, clearing, custody, securities lending, reporting, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Investment Adviser Association and National Regulatory Services, Dodd-Frank Act,

Comment Letter to SEC Responding to Concept Release on Equity Market Structure05.07.10


MFA submitted a letter to the SEC in response to its request for comments on its Equity Market Structure Concept […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Equity Market Structure, order handling rules, regulation ATS, decimalization, Regulation NMS, institutional investors, retail investors, liquidity, bid-ask spreads, transaction costs, technology, non-public trading, risk management, broker dealers, capital formation, long-term investors, short-term traders, registered investment advisers, private investment pools, pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, direct market access, sponsored access, low latency technology, high frequency trading, HFT, automated trading, investor confidence, trading volume, order cancellations, market maker, specialist quotes, algorithm, quantitative strategies, global financial crisis, frontrunning, order anticipation, public information, momentum ignition, dark pools, Office of Economic Analysis, post-trade execution, National Market System, electronic communication networks, ECN, alternative trading systems, Intermarket Trading System Plan, ITS, Nasdaq, electronically accessibel quotes, New York Stock Exchange, NYSE, U.S. Department of Justice, National Association of Securities Dealers Inc., proprietary trading, electronic trading desks, inventory risks, inter-market arbitrage, price discovery, spreads, fees, execution speed, market depth, efficiency, transparency, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, hedging, Market Crash of 1987, asset classes, fixed income, buyers, sellers, market fragmentation, investment time horizon, capital allocation, mutual fund, trading desk, competitive barriers, U.S Treasury bonds, Treasury ETF, large cap stocks, small cap stocks, securities lending, quote flickering, phantom liquidity, cancellation rate, limit orders, order protection rule, market consolidation, Designated Market Maker, volatility, short selling, market color, trends, sector change, co-location, price swings, pinging, upstairs market, post-trade transparency, connectivity vendors,