MFA Comment Letters

Topic: algorithmic trading

MFA Submits Comments on Hong Kong Consultation on Electronic Trading09.23.12


On September 23, MFA submitted comments to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission on its consultation paper on the […]

MFA Responds to ECON’s MiFID Questionnaire01.13.12


MFA submitted responses to MEP Markus Ferbers Questionnaire on MiFID/MiFAR 2, which asks for further information on certain aspects of […]

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Topics: Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee ECON, European Parliament, Questionnaire on MiFID/MiFIR 2 by Markus Ferber MEP, Markus Ferber, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, eligible counterparties, custody, safekeeping, MiFID passport, professional clients, retail clients, equivalence, reciprocal access, regulatory capital, corporate governance rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, European Commission, management bodies, trading venues, corporate governance, broker crossing network, derivatives trading venues, derivatives, voice brokerage systems, alternative investment managers, alternative investment funds, broker dealers, relevant counterparties, clearing obligation, EMIR, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, central limit order book, CLOB, request for quote system, RFQ, algorithmic trading, high frequency trading, market-making activities, correlating instruments, mutual funds, arbitrage trading, high frequency/low latency, liquidity, flash crash, limit up-limit down measure, counterbalancing benefits, regulatory investigation, direct electronic access, DEA, co-location services, circuit breakers, abnormal trading conditions, confidentiality requirements, organized venues, public consultation, third country trading venues, EEA venues, reciprocal recognition, third country firms, straight-through processing, real-time registration, listed futures, listed equity derivatives, energy swaps, bilateral credit agreement, bilateral execution documentation, CCP, risk caps, SME, MTF SME, non-discriminatory access to market infrastructure, pre-trade market data, position limits, alternative arrangements, commodity derivatives, position management powers, hedging transactions, conflicts of interest, structured UCITS, non-structured UCITS, financial activity, shares, depositary receipts, exchange traded funds, ETF, broker liquidity, transparency, trading obligation, confidentiality safeguards, dark pools, approved publication arragement, APA, approved reporting mechanism, ARM, consolidated tape provider, CTP, European Supervisory Authorities, ESA, non-discriminatory access, real-time clearing, UCITS IV, packaged retail investment product, PRIP, organized trading facility, OTF, sanction,

Comment Letter on IOSCO’s Consultation Report on ‘Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Changes on Market Integrity and Efficiency,’08.12.11


MFA submitted comments to IOSCO on its consultation report on Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Changes on […]

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Topics: Mr. Werner Bijkerk International Organization of Securities Commissions, Spain, Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, OSCO, Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Change on Market Integrity and Efficiency, Consultation Report, high frequency trading, HFT, market trends, technological developments, institutional investors, pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, market liquidity, Economic Growth, market efficiencies, market access, market information, transaction fees, order execution, Technical Committee, empirical data, algorithmic trading, trading strategies, Gomber, Arndt, Lutat, Uhle, transaction delivery, Peter Gomber, electronic markets, computer programs, monopolies, proprietary, investment time horizons, low latency, broker dealers, sponsored access, spreads, fees, execution speed, market depth, efficiency, transparency, pricing reliability, TAGG Group, fixed commission rates, Schwab, E-Trade, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, passive, long-term, mutual funds, algorithms, proprietary trading tools, executing brokers, third party vendors, buy-side brokers, fiduciary obligation, educational campaigns, Flash Crash of May 6, 2010, flash crash, market dislocations, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Market Break of 1962, Securities Exchange Commission, SEC, 1963 Special Study of the Securities Markets, 1963 Special Study, New York Stock Exchange, dark pools, wait-and-see, single-stock circuit breakers, CFTC, Joint Advisory Committee on Emerging Regulatory Issues, bid-ask spreads, Thomson, NBBO, Barclays Capital Equity Research, EU, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Nasdaq, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, LaBranche, Barclays Plc., institutional investor, Financial Crisis of 2008, Rosenblatt Securities, AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Washington Mutual, Market Crash of 1987, intermediary firm, DEA, circuit breakers, limit-up/limit-down systems, erroneous trades, Elizabeth Murphy, Joint Industry Limit Up-Limit Down Proposal, two-sided displayed quotes, oversight, affirmative stock locate framework, ETFs, quote stuffing, order-to-trade ratios, co-location services, standardize disclosure, connectivity, TABB Group, effective spreads in European equities, Division of Risk, Strategy and Innovation memorandum, threshold securities, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, Office of Markets in the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation,

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,

MFA Letter to IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force on Regulatory Approaches to Short Selling12.23.08


MFA sent a letter to the IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force providing comments to regulatory approaches to short […]

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Topics: International Organization of Securities Commissions Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, Martin Wheatley, John G. Gaine, short selling, international harmonization of regulations, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, market participants, institutional investors, Florence Harmon, price discovery, market bubbles, market liquidity, liquidity, hedging, risk management, upward market manipulations, derivatives, derivatives trading, capital markets, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, listed derivatives, convertible bond, distressed companies, "delta" hedge, capital raising, naked short selling, locate, settlement, settlement date, FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, broker-dealer, systematic disturbances, risk, closed-out, trade reconciliation, prime broker, algorithmic trading, executing brokers, registered market centers, threshold security, bid-ask spreads, uptick rule, decimal pricing, high-volume trading, sub-penny quotes, Equity Security, sell-side firms, buy-side firms, hard to borrow shares, easy to borrow shares, long positions, reconciliation, exchanges, short squeeze, pre-borrow requirement, market efficiency, Pre-borrow Emergency Order, automated systems, manual trading, securities depositaries, custodian banks, Continuous Net Settlement, CNS, European Corporate Governance Institute, Yale International Center for Finance, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, clearing brokers, artificial price movements, short sale reporting, fraudulent short selling activity, manipulative naked short selling, unintentional failures to deliver, proprietary investment strategies, OTC equity securities, short interest positions, Regulation Filing Applications, Order Audit Trail System Rules, OATS, Order Tracking System, OTS, Nasdaq-listed securities, NYSE-listed securities, NYSE, Electronic Blue Sheet system, public disclosure, pensions, endowments, foundations, headline risk, alternative investment vehicles, chilling effect, transparency, reverse engineer, money managers, aggregate basis, synthetic positions, bilateral swaps, hedge, swap,

MFA Comments to SEC on Interim Final Temporary Amendments to Regulation SHO12.15.08


MFA sent a letter to the SEC providing comments to the Commission’s interim final temporary rule on amendments to Reg […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, emergency orders, short selling, manipulative naked short selling, market dislocations, market participants, liquidity, public interest, efficiency, competition, capital formation, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, broker-dealer, naked short selling, pricing efficiency, Short Selling Activity in Financial Stocks, SEC July 15 Emergency Order, Arturo Bris, European Corporate Governance Institute, Yale International Center for Finance, three-day settlement cycle, capital raising, risk management, derivatives hedging strategies, hedging, distressed companies, capital, market risk, "delta" hedge, volatility, public companies, fails to deliver, securities, close-out, Voting Rights, prime broker, algorithmic trading, automated trading, manual trading, short selling regulation, clearing, settlement, uptick rule, sell-side firms, buy-side firms, hard to borrow shares, easy to borrow shares, locate, threshold securities list, threshold securities, self-regulatory organization, SRO, short positions, short squeeze, operational efficiency, bid-ask spreads, options, market maker, long sales, market efficiency, market liquidity, delivery, securities depositaries, custodian banks, executing brokers, Continuous Net Settlement, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, clearing agency, settlement date, market distortions, order to purchase, artificial buying pressure, borrowing costs, G19, G19 securities, Wall St. Journal, regulatory efficiencies, mandatory close-out, T+5, T+2, T+4, pre-fail credit, NYSE, New York Stock Exchange, debt securities, arrangement to borrow,
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