MFA Comment Letters

Related Legislation: Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act

MFA Coalition Submits Joint Letter to SEC and CFTC on CDS Customer Portfolio Margining05.10.13


MFA, the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) (collectively, the “Associations”) submitted a […]

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Topics: ACLI American Council of Life Insurers, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, Mary Jo White, Gary Gensler, SEC, CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, portfolio margining, clearing, ICE Clear Credit LLC, security-based swaps, swaps, credit default swaps, CDS, buy-side participants, sell-side firms, margin, central clearing, Investor Protection, market efficiency, derivatives, hedging, FCM, futures commission merchants, broker-dealer, single-name CDS, economic barriers, systemic risk, counterparty credit risk, credit risk, offsetting position, collateral, price distortion, broad-based indices, narrow-based index credit default swap, initial margin, initial margin requirements, margin requirements, registered clearing agencies, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, clearinghouse, capital, segregation, clearing agency, self-clearing members, dealers, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, end-users, regulatory framework, interconnectedness, ICE Trust, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, settlement, New York State Banking Department, risk management, variation margin, long-short strategies, interest rate swaps, market participants, clearing mandate, master netting agreements, voluntary clearing, backloading, iTraxx Europe, liquidity, liquidity requirements, tri-party segregation arrangements, custody bank, institutional custodian, excess margin, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, LSOC with excess, directional portfolio, insolvency, equity markets, arbitrage, S&P 500, price competition, direct clearing members, DCM, liquidation, proprietary strategies, volatility, net margin, margining, straight-through processing, counterparty risk, speculative position, Options Clearing Corporation, OCC, short straddles, capital formation,

Comment Letter Responding to FSB’s Background Note, ‘Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues’05.16.11


MFA submitted a comment letter in response to the FSBs Background Note on Shadow Banking. In our letter, we discussed […]

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Topics: Financial Stability Board Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues, shadow banking system, banks, broker dealers, Background Note, hedge fund industry, concentration of assets, low leverage, borrowing arrangements, derivatives contracts, stable capital, regulation, credit intermediation chain, Distribution/Wholesale Funding, non-bank institutional investors, long-only mutual funds, insurance companies, Pension Funds, private equity funds, large corporate investors, systemic risk concerns, maturity transformation, liquidity transformation, individual adviser, hedge fund adviser, asset concentration, asset management structures, interconnectedness of hedge funds, systemic impact of hedge funds, The UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, legal separation of different funds, bank holding companies, nonbank financial institutions, secured borrowings, manage liquidity risk, investors, bank/broker counterparts, secured basis, short term liability, repo liabilities, ABCP conduits, mutual funds, collateral, margining process, haircuts, initial margin, mark-to market margining, repo sellers, repo collateral, highly leveraged financial institutions, hedge fund borrowings, Long Term Capital Management, LTCM, U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, hedge fund leverage, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory arbitrage concerns, off-balance sheet vehicles, direct regulation of entities, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, macro-prudential approach,

Letter to Mary Schapiro; Attachments: (Industry Letter on Buy Side Access to Clearing) and (Recommended Timeline for Adoption and Implementation of Final Rules Pursuant to Title VII of The Dodd-Frank Act)03.24.11


MFA submitted a letter to Chairmen Schapiro and Gensler, and each of the SEC and CFTC Commissioners, providing our recommendations […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission OTC derivatives market, reform, systemic risk, efficiency, global financial system, central clearing, liquid contracts, clearable contracts, trade repositories, cleared swaps, bilateral swaps, price transparency, liquid swap transactions, broad industry clearing, trade repository data, electronic data, trade transparency, buy-side participants, buy-side access, New York Fed, ISDA Governance Committee, IIGC, standardizing contracts, trade compression, OTC derivatives reform, milestones, phase-in period, sell-side firms, clearinghouses, Regulators, current clearable swaps, future clearable swaps, broad-based index credit default swaps, CDS, interest rate markets, single-name CDS, asset managers, end-users, CCPs, CMs, customer clearing services, open interest caps, waterfalls, block trading, risk compression, customer funds, pre-default portability, give-up agreements, US bankruptcy, non-US bankruptcy, cleared OTC derivatives, 14d order, 17f6 order, SEC exemptions, FINRA exemptions, margin methodology, CME rules, CME, ClearPort, migration, TBF, Bloomberg, MarkitWire, ICELink, end to end production testing, front-office processing, middle-office processing, back-office processing, back loading facility, end-to-end systems flow, fallback processing, post-default portability, risk waterfall process, net client omnibus margin account, price challenge protocol, financial disclosure requirements, clearing, commission fee, trading annex, give up process, transparency, default waterfall, futures, CDS books, margin segregation, Basel I capital requirements, FCMs, commodity contracts, Bankruptcy Code, roll-out schedule, margin regime, vendor, streamlined netting process, trade rejection rights, segregation framework, alternative margin segregation schemes, title transfer regime, English law CSAs, US banking regulators, US bank CM, non-US bankruptcy laws, non-US CM's default, position limits, real-time reporting, big bang approach, phase-in approach, derivatives clearing organizations, interest rate swaps, exchange trading, MSPs, hedge funds, dealer-to-dealer clearing, SEF trading, onboarding, mixed swap, swap dealer, eligible contract participant, DCO governance, DCO registration, collateral, Business Conduct Standards, capital requirements, margin requirements, MSP recordkeeping requirements, SD recordkeeping requirements, public reporting, liquidity, individual risk concentrations, block trade. swap initial margin, post-trade reporting, pre-trade reporting, interdealer reporting, Dodd-Frank clearing requirements, clearing agreement, execution agreement, clearing members, FIA, CFTC rules, SEC rules, mandatory clearing date, CCP implementation period, CCP risk management, end-user exemptions, Phase 1 mandatory cleared products, counterparty risk, OTC derivatives, standardized documentation, onboarding work streams, voluntary period, direct clearing participants, indirect clearing participants, voluntary targets, scale readiness, volume targets, simpler instruments, complex instruments, credit, voluntary back loading, compression, systemic counterparty risk, industry-level metrics, DTCC data, cleared settlement, uncleared settlement, tear-ups, long-only accounts, asset manager accounts, investor,

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 on Proposed Rulemaking for Systemically Significant Institutions02.25.11


MFA submitted a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils proposed rule regarding the criteria […]

Comment Letter on CFTCs Proposed Rule Related to Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, Designated Contract Markets, and Swap Execution Facilities Regarding the Mitigation of Conflicts of Interest11.17.10


On November 17, MFA submitted a comment letter on the CFTCs proposed rule related to Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, […]

Comment Letter Responding to the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s Advance Notice and Request for Comment on the Criteria for Designating a Nonbank Financial Company as Systemically Important.11.05.10


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils advance notice and request […]

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Topics: Systemically Important Institutions Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Nonbank Financial Company, Systemically Important Financial Companies, market participants, Systemic Risk Monitoring, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System, Systemically Relevant Firms, Congress, "too big to fail, U.S. Financial Stability, hedge funds, Financial Market Participants, counterparty risk management, banks, broker-dealer, hedge fund industry, collateral, Borrowing, counterparties, capital markets, financial system, global mutual fund industry, U.S. Banking Industry, systemic risk, assets under management, leverage, Colombia University, Investment Company Institute, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, BofA Merrill Lynch, risk monitoring, due diligence, Collateral Posting, credit exposure, Structure of the Industry, Financial Assets, investment portfolio, sophisticated investors, ultra-high net worth individuals, retail investors, diversified portfolio, Liquidity Restrictions, Periods of Redemption, Redemptions, gates, Side Pocket Vehicles, Highly Illiquid Assets, alignment of interests, performance fees, high water marks, risk-adjusted returns, Legally Distinct Funds, Common Adviser, financial institutions, insurance companies, Long Term Capital Managment, LTCM, Position Size, Inadequate Counterparty Risk, leverage ratio, OTC Derivatives Trades, OTC, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, Fed Chairman Bernanke, Securities Exchange Commission, SEC, regulatory regime, over-the-counter derivatives, Standardized Transactions, swap dealers, major swap participants, CFTC, Cleared Transaction, Uncleared Transaction, margin requirements, prime brokerage, Short-Term Funding, overnight borrowing, asset mix, off-balance sheet exposures, bank holding companies, Equity Capital Stability, FDIC, FDIC deposit insurance, Debt Guarantees, Government-Issed Charter, Government-Funded Capital, Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, Federal Reserve's Discount Window,

MFA Comments on CFTC Regulatory Intitiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, financial crisis, institutional investors, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, systemic risk, operational risk, transparency, capital markets, U.S. Banking Industry, Columbia University, Investment Company Institute, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, leverage, private investment funds, Investor Protection, market discipline, investor confidence, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, international coordination, financial risk, business risk, swap dealer, swap, Counterparty, market maker, futures commission merchant, FCM, futures, Major Swap Participant, msp, non-swap dealer, AIG, initial margin, variation margin, substantial position, offsetting position, clearing, central clearing, liquidity, regulatory capital requirements, creditor, depositor, Tier 1 capital, pension plans, endowments, cleared swaps, uncleared swaps, security-based swaps, collateral, non-bank MSP, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, equity market, futures market, risk management, central counterparties, CCP, risk model, customer protection, risk committee, proprietary asset, customer asset, third party custodian, segregation, omnibus account, individual account, reporting, Designated Contract Market, market integrity, physical market, position limits, contract market, commodity trading advisor, CTA, investment adviser, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, commodity pool operator, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Office of Financial Research, owned funds, residual value, managed funds, investment portfolio, roll-over, commercial paper, credit exposure, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, Federal Reserve, "too big to fail, bankruptcy law, Bondholder,