MFA Comment Letters

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Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: private funds commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, Form PF, systemic risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, market participants, managed futures, absolute return strategies, SEC, CFTC, Dodd-Frank Act, Council and Office of Financial Research, OFR, global regulators, overcounting, undercounting, threshold for enhanced performance, assets under management, reporting period, confidentiality protections, inadvertent disclosure, non-bank financial companies, lending institutions, interconnectedness, liquidity risk, maturity mismatch, regulatory scrutiny, systemically significant, Federal Reserve System, the Fed, Form CPO, Form PQR, Form CTA-PR, targeted requests, tiered reporting system, threshold, trading and investment strategies, borrowing arrangements, collateral practices, operational capabilities, illiquid assets, investment advisers, bespoke contracts, private equity, privately issued convertible bonds, equity derivatives, distressed debt, unaffiliated third party sources, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, Financial Accounting Standards Board, audited financial statements, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, Form 13F, public companies, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, portfolio management, CUSIP number, semi-annual reporting, counterparty exposures, market noise, short-term market fluctuations, margin requirements, hedge fund defaults, large private fund manager, qualifying fund, hedge fund assets under management, Form ADV, proposed reporting thresholds, interpretive guidance, private fund managers, recordkeeping requirements, section 404, confidentiality of information, proprietary information, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Schedule 13G, individual certification, valuation methodology, proprietary methodology, alternative methodology, de minimis, master-feeder, parallel funds, equity prices, interest rates, currency rates, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, funds of funds, direct investments, aggregate gross asset value, collateral, operational efficiency, ten-year option, five-year option, master agreement, regulatory assets under management, net assets under management, leverage, parallel managed accounts, net asset value, gross asset value, creditor, net borrowings, aggregate borrowings, beneficial owners, record owners, fixed advisory fees, investment expenses, performance fees, inception class, statistical arbitrage-equity, other quantitative strategies, strategy exposure, risk capital allocation, NAV, futures commission merchants, FCMs, direct clearing members, DCMs, prime brokers, clause (iii), loan commitments, offsetting exposure, tri-party collateral accounts, market value, asset-backed securities, debt securities, swap contracts, futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, notional value of derivatives, notional amount, long positions, short positions, LMV, SMV, maturity brackets, short-term interest rate, DV01, CR01, duration, non-rated issues, short term high quality corporate debt, foreign exchange derivatives, turnover rate, GMV, Bloomberg, risk methodology, repos, sensitivity analyses, liquidity management, balance sheet value, delta adjusted, variation margin, equity exposure, rehypothecated initial margin, CCPs, central clearing counterparties, Value at Risk, VaR, CDS, CDX, default rates, corporate bonds, short borrowing, synthetic borrowing, uncommitted lines of credit, side pocket arrangement,

MFA Response to CESR Consultation Paper on a Proposal for a Pan-European Short Selling Disclosure Regime10.01.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) today in response to its Consultation Paper on a […]

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Topics: Committee of European Securities Regulators CESR, CESR Proposal for a Pan-European Short Selling Disclosure Regime, alternative investment managers, hedge funds, fund of funds, hybrid funds, 130/30 funds, managed futures funds, industry service providers, alternative investment industry, absolute return strategies, short selling, manipulative conduct, Market Confidence, stability, public disclosure of short positions, short positions, market volatility, price discovery, risk management, risk management function, significant adverse effect, financial services sector, investors, Issuer, market participants, de minimis, aggregated anonymised data, timeframe for reporting, transparency directive, meaningful data, short selling bans, global equity markets, academics, liquidity, bid-ask spread, price declines, materially negative impacts, market efficiency, short selling disclosure regime, equity markets, enhanced transparency, investment managers, abusive short selling practices, abusive practices, financial institutions, herding, institutional investors, retail investors, transaction costs, capital markets, free flow of information, chilling effect, alternative investment classes, Pension Funds, endowments, foundations, alternative investment vehicles, hedging strategies, capital formation, hedge, convertible arbitrage, short equity position, convertible bonds, traditional bond issuance, convertible securities, short squeeze, Reverse Engineered, trading strategies, long equity positions, exposures, Unwind, financial stocks, pricing efficiency, short selling prohibitions, European markets, large-scale short selling, extreme market conditions, negative returns, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, securities prices, naked short selling, Journal of Finance, Credit Suisse, market stability, disclosure thresholds, private reporting, flagging short sales, Financial Regulatory Authority, FINRA, flagging regime, disproportionate costs, real time information, over-the-counter transactions, exchanges, trading platform, settlement, physical short sales transactions, EEA stock, extraterritoriality, European Union, EU, EEA equities, two-tier disclosure model, price amplification, market testing, MiFID, competent authorities, Member State competent authorities, professional secrecy, confidentiality, freedom of information regimes, harmonization, net economic short positions, transitory short position, abusive behavior, share issues, capital raising, index trading, basket trade, reporting regimes, net economic short position, asset management company, aggregation, prudential regulators, T+1 reporting, derivatives, derivative positions, delta adjusted, cumulative compliance costs, global capital markets, EU Member State, market maker, market making,

MFA Comments to IOSCO’s Call for Views on Issues That Could Be Addressed by IOSCO on Funds of Hedge Funds08.03.07


MFA submits comments in response to IOSCO’s “Call for Views on Issues that Could Be Addressed by IOSCO on Funds […]

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Topics: IOSCO FOHF Report, Investor Protection Issues, U.S. Funds of Hedge Funds, investment companies, Exemption, Disclosure, recordkeeping requirements, Commodity Pools, global alternative investment industry, hedge funds, managed futures funds, policymakers, absolute return strategies, private sector initiatives, hedge fund industry, United States, public sector, Federal Reserve, state agencies, Congress, private sector, major dealers, derivative market practices, international advisory and government bodies, United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority, Securities Exchange Board of India, retail investors, Full Part 4 Funds, Full Part 4 CPOs, Company Act FOHFs, IOSCO Technical Committe Standing Committee on Investment Management, retail investors' increased investment in FOHF's, IOSCO Report, Retail investment, retail market, regulatory regime, offering disclosure regime, advertising rules, Investor Protection, disclosure requirements, senior securities, management agreements, transactions, broker dealers, Financial Industry Regulatroy Authority, NASD, New York Stock Exchange, Investor Suitability, Manner of Offering, accredited investors, securities, private offering exemption, safe harbor, Public Offering, offering, mass mailings, General Solicitation, advertisement, open-end investment companies, mutual, liquidity, shareholders, periodic tender offers, high net worth requirements, qualified clients, natural person, adviser, net worth, initial investment requirements, retail funds, disclosure documents, compliance, compliance examinations, Company Act Registration, investment company, board members, interested persons, counsel, annual self-assessment, executive session, assets, bank, custody, broker-dealer, bank custodians, chief compliance officer, compliance policies and procedures, Federal Securities Laws, codes of ethics, fraudulent or manipulative practices, personal securities transactions, principal transactions, underlying fraud, outstanding voting, Affiliated Person, non-voting interests, agency transactions, asset coverage, company obligations, shares, dividends, borrowings, derivative instruments, advisory contracts, diversification, real estate, shareholder approval, breaches of fiduciary duty, compensation, registration statements, Form N-SAR, principal executive, principal financial officers, material fact, record keeping requirements, for cause examinations, sweep examinations, adviser operations, Subscription Agreement, verbatim risk of loss disclosure statements, table of contents, business background, risk factors, volatility, leverage, counterparty creditworthiness, commodities, margin obligations, fees, expenses, break-even chart, conflicts of interest, soft dollar, directed brokerage arrangements, futures brokers, tansferability and redemption rights, tax, liability, investor's capital contribution, undistributed profits, financial reporting to investors, Annual Report, Plain English Requirements, NFA Notice I-07-25, state securities regulators, statement of additional information, Company Act Disclosure Requirements, closed-end investment companies, Form N-2, prospectus, fee table, sales loads, offering price, dividend reinvestment, cash purchase plan fees, transaction fees, net assets, common shares, management fees, interest payments, borrowed funds, acquired fund fees, total annual expenses, initial investment, a 5% annual return, rask factors, public trading market, portfolio managers, Plain English Principles, glossaries, technical terms, administrators, custodians, affiliated broker, tax consequences, net asset value, capital stock, voting, liquidation, material pending legal proceedings, committee structure, ownership of shares, family of investment companies, proxy voting, independent registered public accounting firm, performance fees, securities transactions, tax status, offering prive, underwriters, legends, high risk, annual financial statements, independent public accountant, periodic statements, U.S. generally acceped accounting principles, accrual method of accounting, an oath or affirmation, unaudited semi-annual reports, fiscal period, Portfolio Holdings, advisory contract, Form N-CSR, Senior officer code of ethics, audit committee financial expert, audit, audit-related, share repurchases, U.S. GAAP, total return, futures professionals, promotional material, prospective investors, cherry picking, IOSCO Technical Committee, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, CPO, fund of funds, Department of the Treasury, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, National Futures Association, NFA, FINRA,

MFA Letter to NASD Regarding Proposed Rule on Member Private Offerings07.20.07


MFA submits comments to the NASD regarding NASD Proposed Rule 2721, Member Private Offerings, requesting that privately offered commodity pools […]

MFA Comments to SEC on Semiannual Regulatory Agenda07.05.07


MFA submits comments to the SEC on its semiannual regulatory agenda, urging the Commission to add to its agenda a […]

MFA Comment Letter to Canadian Securities Administrators on Registration Reform06.29.07


MFA submits comments and attachment to the Canadian Securities Administrators on Canadian registration reform.

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Topics: British Columbia Securities Commission Alberta Securities Commission, Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission, Manitoba Securities Commission, Ontario Securities Commission, Autorite des Marches Financiers, New Brunswick Securities Commission, Register of Securities Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia Securities Commission, Superintendent of Securities Newfoundland and Labrador, Register of Securities Northwest Territories, Register of Securities Yukon Territory, Register of Securities Nunavut, Proposed National Instrument 31-103, registration requirements, global alternative investment industry, hedge funds, fund of funds, managed futures funds, policymakers, absolute return strategies, hedge fund industry, regulatory authorities, educational outreach, alternative investment history, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Federal Reserve Board, Department of the Treasury, Canadian Securities Administrators', CSA, global financial marketplace, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, private pools of capital, capital markets, financial markets, liquidity, price efficiency, risk distribution, alternative investment opportunities, capital, funds, Canada, (NI31-103), alternative investment vehicles, regulation, privately offered fund, professional investment management for hedge fund managers, defined term, U.S. federal securities laws, investment company, venture capital, private equity, leveraged buyout, oil and gas, real estate funds, hedging, distressed, financing, large activist posistions, risk-adjusted performance, private equity funds, assets under management, AUM, Non-Canadian Hedge Fund Securities, capital raising, retirement plans, pension plans, exposure, international capital markets, National instrument 45-106, Prospects and Registration Exemptions, Labrador, non-resident dealers, limited market dealers, dealer registration requirements, Non-Ontario Regime, securities, Regulatory Authority, offering memorandum, offering document, Ontario Regime, prospectus exemption, disclosure obligations, dealer registration exemption, market intermediaries, flow-through analysis, adviser registration, commodity futures, non-resident exemptions, Commodity futures act, Administrative Costs, Fraud, international portfolio manager, international investment fund manager, advisers, fund units, Ontario registered dealer, registered broker-dealer, broker-dealer, exempt market trades, accredited investors, sophisticated investors, fund-of-funds, financial institutions, hedge fund consultant, private placement, White Paper, financial eligibility, standards, pooled investment products, investment sophistication, natural persons, net worth threshold, annual income threshold, private investment vehicles, accredited natural person, income tests for inflation, grandfather provision, dealer registrayion exemption, offshore investment vehicles, United Kingdom, European Union, EU, well-developed capital markets, regulatory regimes,

MFA Comments to IOSCO on Consultation Report on Principles for the Valuation of Hedge Fund Portfolios06.21.07


MFA submits comment letter to IOSCO on its Consultation Report on Principles for the Valuation of Hedge Fund Portfolios.

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Topics: IOSCO IOSCO's 2007 32nd Annual Conference, Mumbai., India, valuation of investments, hedge funds, global set of principles, conflicts of interest, investors, IOSCO Report, Investment Portfolios, hedge fund management, hedge fund managers, global alternative investment industry, advocate, absolute return strategies, public, private sector, United States, Securities and Exchange Committee, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commision, CFTC, Federal Reserve, Department of the Treasury, state agencies, Congress, major dealers, derivative market practices, advisory, government bodies, United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority, FSA, Securities Exchange Board of India, MFA's 2005 Sound Practices, Investor Protection, key market soundness, Management and Internal Trading Controls, Responsibilites to Investors, Valuation Policies and Procedures, Business Continutiy and Disaster Recovery, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, risk management, internal trading controls, Regulatory Controls, Transactional Practices, business continuity, disaster recovery, valuation, macro-level guidance, operational framework, risk monitoring, U.S. regulatory Filings, anti-money laundering, Checklist for Compliance Manuals, Checklist for Code of Ethics, consistency, independence, transparency, financial instruments, market prices, Instrument, organized exchanges, data vendors, governing body, third parties, mission-critical, Third Party Service Providers, investment portfolio, global capital markets, portfolio strategies, material obstacles, net asset value, NAV, Fair Value, pricing poliies and sources, price validation, financial statement close process,