MFA Comment Letters

Topic: alternative investment vehicles

Letter to ERISA Advisory Council on Hedge Funds’ Benefit to Pensions and Beneficiaries11.01.11


MFA submitted a written statement to the ERISA Advisory Council in connection with an Advisory Council meeting on November 8 […]

Comment Letter to the Department of Labor in Response to the Departments Proposed Rule to Amend the Definition of Fiduciary Under ERISA02.03.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Department of Labor in response to the Departments proposed rule to amend the […]

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Topics: Employee Benefits Security Administration Department of Labor, DOL, ERISA, alternative investment vehicles, hedge funds, diversification, risk management, equity markets, fixed income markets, Joseph Dear, California Public Employees' Retirement System, Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment, pension fund, rate of return, fee structure, performance fee, total returns, hedge fund managers, risk-adjusted returns, high water marks, government safety new, pooled investment funds, Congress, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodity Futures and Exchange Commission, CFTC, non-plan asset funds, plan asset vehicles, general partner, DOL regulations, equity securities, plan assets, market concern, Investor Protection, private investment fund, principal underwriter, fiduciary, appraisals, pricing services, custodians, appraisers, managing member, Internal Revenue Code, pooled investment vehicles, fiduciary liability insurance. prime brokerage, daily mark, swap counterparty, fund administration agreements, asset-based fee compensation, prohibited transaction provisions, net asset value, hard-to-value, private equity holdings, real estate holdings, side-pocket investments, appraisal of property, investment advisers, valuation firm, hedge fund manager, private pension, good faith estimate, may be considered standard, significantly influence standard, ERISA fiduciaries, mutual understanding, valuation of assets, "may be considered" advice, risk appetites, tailored advice, pooled investment fund, exemption applications, transaction reversal, excise taxes, selling exception, due diligence, adverse, marketing services, impartial investment advice, purchaser, seller, bilateral agreement, default, derivative markets, short sales, options, structured products, futures, settlement accommodations, overdraft coverage, inadvertent fiduciary status, pooled vehicle, market color, prime brokers, general partners,

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 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 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,