MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Bank of America-Merrill Lynch

Supervisory Commitment Letter on OTC Derivatives Initiatives03.31.11


The MFA, along with several other major financial institutions, submitted this letter to William C. Dudley of the Federal Reserve […]

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Topics: Federal Reserve Bank of New York G-14, buy-side institutions, signatories, Over-the-Counter, OTC, derivatives, OTC derivatives risk management, market structure, OTC Derivatives Supervisors Group, central clearing, bilateral risk management, transparency, Federal Reserve System, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Connecticut Banking Department, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Autorite de Control Prudential, ACP, German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Japan Financial Services Agency, New York State Banking Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, United Kingdom Financial Services Authority, Alliance Bernstein, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Blackrock Inc, Blue Mountain Capital Management LLC, BNP Paribas, Citadel LLC, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutche Bank AG, D.E. Shaw & Co L.P., DW Investment Management LP, Goldman, Sachs & Co, Goldman Sachs Asset Management L.P., HSBC Group, International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc, J.P. Morgan, Managed Funds Association, Morgan Stanley, Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Societe Generale, UBS AG, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Wellington Management Company LLP, Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems, European Commission, European Central Bank, European Securities Markets Authority, Financial Stability Board, Bank of England, international regulatory coordination, standardization, data reporting, flexibility, market regulation, global derivatives, reporting, G20, automated processing, uncleared transactions, disputed margin calls, steady state, standardization benchmarking, standardization matrix, standardization narrative, flow/activity data, quantitative stock, credit, equity, interest rates, column-wise functional area, Commodities Steering Committee, Commodities Major Dealers, CMD, Foreign Exchange/Currency Derivatives Major Dealers, Simple instruments, Complex Exotic Instruments, Financial Markets lawyers Group, FMLG, baseline metrics, Equity Derivatives Definitions, 2011 EDDs, Master Confirmation Agreements, MCA, Matrix Working Group, Transaction Supplement, Equity Steering Committee, ESC, operation efficiency targets, trade repositories, infrastructure providers, matching and confirmation, affirmation, lifecycle events, Credit Implementation Group, CIG, equity derivative, operational performance targets, electronically eligible conformations, platform convergence, trade lifecycle event processing, Equity Determinations Committee, EDC, Interest Rate Derivative, functionality, middleware platforms, granularity, Trade Date submission, currently eligible transactions, statutory clearing requirements, submission targets, uncollateralized payable, offsetting CDS hedge, direct buy-side clearing models, indirect buy-side clearing models, product pipeline, sovereigns, FRAs, amortizing swaps, HUF, CZK, SGD, enhanced financial safeguards, cross-currency swaps, caps, floors, European swaptions, inflation swaps, trade date repositories, enhanced clearing penetration, clearing agreement, client onboarding, client collateral, risk issues, compression requirements, margin requirement, liquidity, CPSS-IOSCO, credit default swap, CDS, ISDA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committees, DC, CCP, CDS central counterparties, ISDA 2011 convention on Portfolio Reconciliation and the Investigation of Disputed Margin Calls, ISDA 2011 Formal Market Polling Procedure, Dispute Resolution, portfolio reconciliation, collateral disputes, dispute reporting, prudential regulator, ISDA Minimum Market Standards for Portfolio Reconciliation, electronic messaging, portfolio compression, commodity derivatives, foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate derivatives, residual risk position, regular compression cycles, tear-up algorithms, compression MIS, automatic compression, FX derivatives, aggregate compression yields, trade repository infrastructure, market participants, international data standards, IGC Data Working Group, DWG, legal entity identifiers, LEI, FpML Standards Committee, tradable instruments, cost-recovery, standardized representation, unique product identifiers, Interest Rate Derivatives Trade Reporting Repository, IRRR, Request for Proposal, RFP, Phase II Repository Reporting Expectations, OTC Derivatives Regulatory Forum, ODRF, transaction level data submissions, trade pairing process, COSC, FXMD, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, LEAP, EFET, ISDA, IETA, LMBA, copper records, Warehouse Trust, New "Gold" Products, Trade Information Warehouse, recovery lock transactions, client data confidentiality, EMIR legislation, FX Volatility Swap, Cross-Currency Guide, FX Novation Protocol, European Interdealer Index Swap, European Interdealer Fair Value Swap, EMEA EM Interdealer Options, Cash Flow Matching for Equity Derivative Transactions, Allocations, Trade Affirmation, Interoperability, MarkitSERV, MarkitWire, DTCC, Credit Derivative Tranche Transactions, Sukuk Corporate, ISDA Credit Derivatives Physical Settlement Matrix, Credit Derivatives 2010 Documentation Update Working Group, CDD, Small Bang Protocol, Restructuring Credit Event, Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Limited, novation consent, Novation Consent Platform, European MBS, Fixed Recovery Swaps, Swaptions on Indices, iTraxx Europe Untranched Swaption transactions, CDX Untranched Swaption transactions, NDOs, Vanilla Options, Simple Exotic Options, Core FX, NDFs, Continuous Linked Settlement system, CLS, dealer to dealer clearing, LCH.Swapclear, Rates TRR aggregate reporting, zero coupon swaps, single currency basis swaps, extending operating hours, end user clearing, ICE Trust, ICE Clear Europe, dispute resolution procedures, inter alia, Global Compression, CLS Aggregation Service, Core FX settlement processing, ODSG, Equity Derivative Reporting Repository, EDRR, trickle down effect,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations03.21.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Risk Management Requirements, derivatives clearing organizations, DCO, participant eligibility, eligibility standards, fair and open access, clearing member, DCO concentration risk, diversity of market participants, competition, capital requirements, clearinghouses, swap portfolio size, transaction volume, antitrust considerations, $50 million upper limit, minimum capital requirements, net capital obligation, risk exposure, risk-based methodologies, stress and default scenarios, tiers, threshold guaranty fund contribution, direct clearing members, DCO margin methodologies, guaranty fund scaling methodologies, margin, obligations, cleared trade volumes, scaling requirements, Chicago Board of Trade, committee on payment and settlement systems and technical committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, CPSS-IOSCO standards, product eligibility, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, electronic execution, connectivity, standard two-way protocols, executing counterparty, risk management, margin requirements, market liquidity, initial margin, five-day liquidation horizon, highly liquid instruments, market volatility, on-the-run 10 year interest rate swaps, initial margin requirements, excess margin, default management framework, customer initial margin, direct clearing members' initial margin, credit risk, Columbia University, leverage ratio, investment banks, hedge fund industry, non-hedge positions, product portfolio, swap portfolio, margin methodology, creditworthiness, counterparty credit assessment practices, margin calls, mark-to-market variations, volatility, bilateral trades, greater market concentration, systemic risk mitigation, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, The Turner Review, global banking crisis, margin calculation utility, effective date, phase-in period, mandatory central clearing, differentiated margining, portfolio margining, cross product margin, swaps, futures, federal register, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, ISDA, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission,

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 Responding to SEC’s Proposal to Implement Amendments to the Advisers Act Contained in Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act01.24.11


MFA submitted a comment letter todayto the SEC on its proposal to implement amendments to the Advisers Act contained in […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission De Minimis Amount, Investment Management, Richard H. Baker, Hearing on Industry Perspectives on the Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, venture capital funds, private fund managers, Effective Date of Title IV, registration requirements, Mid-Sized Managers, Securities Commissioner, Exemption, hedge fund industry, Unregistered Managers, SEC-Registered Managers, Substantive Provision, effective date, net assets, Commission on Form ADV, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Hedge Fund Manager Registration Rul, performance fee, Income Thresholds, Grandfathering Provisions, equity owner, private adviser exemption, transitional relief, qualified purchaser, qualified client standard, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, IARD, SEC, Registration Process, SEC's Contract, IARD System, Duplicative Filing, NSMIA, Form ADV-T, regulatory assets under management, Proprietary Accounts of the Manager, Threshold of $25 Million, assets under management, Portfolios, investment adviser, Form ADV Part 1A, Instruction 5.b., threshold, registration, state securities commission, Mid-Sized Manager, SEC-registered investment advisers, Family Accounts, Proprietary Accounts, pooled investment vehicle, gross assets, hedge funds, leverage, collateral, counterparties, FSA, systemic risk, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Leverage Ratios, European Central Bank, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Columbia University, The Turner Review, Definition, proprietary information, valuation methodology, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Debt-to-Equity, Instruction 5.b(4), Fair Value Methodology, International Accounting Standards, Difficult-to-Value Assets, Valuation Information, Private Fund Information, Compliance Risks, public disclosure, beneficial owners, Investor Protection Benefits, Fair Valu Hierarchy, Schedule D, Section 7.B.1, Proposed Items 14, 15, 17, 13 and 29, 11 and 12, $1 Billion, Incentive-Based, Excessive Compensation, banks, Credit Unions, broker dealers, assets, Proposed Items 5.A, 5.D and 5.F, Form ADV, Part 1A, Proposed Instruction 1.b., hedge fund managers, Depository Institutions, Taxpayer Money, National Securities Exchanges, Wealth and Income Requirements, Tier 1 Financial Holding Company, Compensation Structure, Unit-Linked Life Insurance,
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