MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits Comments to ESMA on Short Selling and Sovereign CDS03.09.12


MFA submitted comments in response to ESMAs public consultation on possible delegated acts concerning the Regulation on short selling and […]

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Topics: European Securities and Markets Authority ESMA, Regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps, uncovered short sales and credit default swaps, Level 2 process, natural or legal person, short sale, civil law, securities law, sovereign issuer, EU Member State, net short positions, sovereign debt, long positions, convertible bond positions, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, issued share capital, convertible debt securities, holding a share, financial instrument, short selling bans, quantitative threshold for high correlation, market participants, buffer periods, interest rates, Instituto de Credito Oficial, ICO, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Secretariat of State for the Economy, Financial Agency of Spain, liquid market price, maturity bucket, delta adjusted method, notional basis, convertible debt, broad-based indices, Eurostoxx, narrow-based indices/baskets, sector-specific, underlying shares, disaggregation, financial institutions, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, anti-avoidance provision, publicly available information, debt instruments, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, AIFMD, credit quality, yield curve, sensitivity adjusted method, ETF, fund management activities, aggregation of positions, netting, pan-European short selling disclosure regime, CESR, delegate, group, consolidated accounts, credit default swap, default risk, uncovered credit default swap, sovereign CDS, hedged portfolios, asset managers, correlation test, intra-Member State correlation, subordinated debt, trust preferred securities, RBS, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, interest rate swap, IRS, bank name CDS, emergent systemic risk, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Portugal, IRS curve, Italian CDS, sovereign bonds, credit protection, anticipated correlation, tail risk hedging, tail risk, severe market turmoil, reference asset, contract of insurance, Leonard Ng, Buttersworth Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, insurable interest, indices, supra-national European body, Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index, proprietary models, listed securities, CDS transaction, eurozone, Italian lira, redenomination, uncovered position, static or dynamic hedging strategy, indirect exposures, threshold of liquidity, OTC instruments, legitimate market operations, illiquid shares, corporate bonds, money market instruments, UCITS, short selling, margin level, clearing house, option, future, swap, forward rate agreement, derivative instrument, central clearing, Italian CONSOB, convertible bonds, Member State regulator, sovereign CDS transactions,

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,

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 Submits Joint Letter to SEC on Proposed Revisions to Rules to Shorten Restricted Security Holding Periods09.21.07


MFA submits comments to the SEC in a joint letter with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA, securities, banks, asset managers, privately negotiated derivatives industry, hedge funds, managed futures funds, underwriter, security-holders, broker dealers, affiliates, Issuer, public markets, Investor Protections, public resales, Holding Period, liquidity, capital, tolling, restricted security holding periods, shell companies, equity securities, hedging activities, transaction, Securities Industry Association, Jesse M. Brill, SIA, brokerage firms, institutional investors, derivative positions, holding periods, hedging periods, long posistion, long-equivalent, short, short-equivalent, disaster recovery, business continuity, prime brokers, clearing brokers, Portfolios, risk management strategies, account managers, trading desks, institutional holders, significant costs, compliance, pilot basis, Net Notional Amounts, safe harbor, private capital formation, short call option posistion, shares, relevant unit, Aggression, Single Trading Strategy, business units, buy-side, sell side, information sharing, regulatory requirements, client confidentiality, holder, monitor, record, track, verify, market, client driven, Partial Hedging, doctrine of fungibility, convertible debt, noncovertible debt, restricted debt securities, credit exposures, Goldman Sachs & Co., pre-paid forward contracts, Goldman Sachs II, forward and option contractsm sales, Baskets of Securities or Indices, basket, index, Nonconvertible Debt Securities, Fixed Income Exchange, class relief, Powershares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (ETF), exchange traded index funds (ETF), S&P 500 securities, New York Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options exchange, Transfer Restrictions, bids, resecuritization, domestic issuers, Reasonale Belief, Reliance on Represenatons, internal information barrier, transparency, preferred stock, asset-backed securities, inter-dealer quotation systems, VWAP Trades, volume-weighted average prices, qualified institutional buyers, usual and customary, executioms, market makers, volume limitations, FINRA/NASD rule 2320, aggregate resales, Form 144, Form 4, restricted security holders, seller, Form D filing, unaffiliated seller, director, executive officer, ten percent beneficial owner, multiple accounts, portfolio managers, Restrictive legends, de-legending, private placement, Staff Interpretive Posistions, Cashless Exercises, deminimis exercise prices, nominal exercise prices, pennies per share, Former Shell Company, Form 10 information, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, fund of funds, credit default swap, CDS, alternative trading systems, actual knowledge standard, FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority,
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